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Take a summer art walk through Bluffton

Third installment "The Family," by John Peter Klassen

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Summer is a great time to explore the art spread across the Bluffton community – especially for viewers unable to visit art galleries elsewhere in Ohio.

As a weekly series, The Icon will feature the art created by John Peter Klassen, a long-time Bluffton College art professor.

For some viewers, this series is familiar. For others, it may be a first-time experience.

Either way, it’s an opportunity to take a walk and view some art that is uniquely Bluffton. Much of Klassen’s art is spread through Bluffton University campus, however several pieces, shown later in this series, are elsewhere in the community.

Today’s feature – The Family 
Located in the entrance of First Mennonite Church

This large aluminum plaque is located in the entrance of the First Mennonite Church, corner of Jackson and Church streets, where Klassen attended. The Family, or Story Time, features a mother reading to her children. The models for this work were his wife and their children. This work was created circa 1933.

The Klassen children are Paul, Otto, Herbert and Anita, with their mother, Anna.

First installment - The Cossack
Second installment - The Wake

Click here for the second installment in this series.