For years Pawhuska has been diligently working toward completion of the Ben Johnson Memorial. Now there is a concerted effort to finish this great project, started by Mike McCartney. Arts and Preservation in the Osage is dedicated to seeing the monument in place, gracing our community, the Osage and drawing tourists.
The monument will be 1 1/4 life size and stretch from 20 to 35 feet, depending on site location. We are so excited to see this sculpture by Oklahoma artist John Free being pursued.
In an effort to raise the funds to complete the project, maquettes of the original by Mr. Free are available. These are available from members of Arts and Preservation in the Osage or currently one can be seen at Tallgrass Art Gallery, downtown Pawhuska. It is an honor to have a piece of Mr. Free's work in the gallery.
Please support this project with a purchase, or donation to Arts and Preservation in the Osage. We are Pawhuska.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery