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Stone Gallery
Stone comes to life at Stone Gallery, the professional studio for sculptor Pete Felten. Pete "Fritz" Felten, Jr. was born and raised in Hays and is a self-taught sculptor. He was a track star and expert swimmer in high school and spent one year at Fort Hays State College. His interest in arts and sculpting began during his time of service in the U.S. Navy between 1952 and 1956 when he was able to visit art museums along the east and west coasts and Hawaii. After he completed his tour of duty, Pete toured museums in St. Louis, Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Chicago, Boston, Hartford and Baltimore. Before returning to Hays to pursue his career in sculpting, Pete attended an art league school iCody-4n New York for a month.



Pete Felten
Over the years, Pete has become well known for his sculpting and many towns and organizations have commissioned him to create commemorative pieces to pay tribute to events or people of importance in their community. His works have been displayed for more than 40 years. The first of Felten's commissioned work to be displayed - a bust of Buffalo Bill Cody located at the Hays Public Library - was completed in 1961. Many are located in Hays and the surrounding communities but Felten's sculptures can also be found throughout the Midwest, including "Four Famous Kansans" on view at the State Capital rotunda in Topeka, Kansas (1981).



Limestone Sculpting
Hickok-2Though his medium is sculpture, Felten's work is varied, ranging from miniatures to 24-ton monuments. He works with a variety of stone including Carthage Marble, Alabaster, Fence Post Limestone, Texas Limestone, Vermont Blue Marble, Colorado Yule Marble, Kansas Limestone, and Indiana Limestone. Some of Felten's works that are easily spotted in Hays are the "Pteranodon" which greets Interstate 70 travelers on the northeast edge of the city and the "Monarch of the Plains" (buffalo), located at the Fort Hays Historic Site. This sculpture took nearly two years to create and was completed in 1967. It is 8 feet high, 10 feet long and stands on an eight foot high base. The City of Hays is amply populated with Felten's other creations and a self guided driving tour is the perfect way to view some of these magnificent sculptures.



Visitors
Visitors are always welcome to visit the Stone Gallery. You will typically find Pete at work in his studio between 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday or outside working on another project in progress. Guided group tours are available with advance notice.

Citizens of Hays take pride in his creativity and ability as an artist and are glad he chose to stay in Hays to share his talent and work. We invite you to take a driving tour of Hays and enjoy the many sculptures he has created.



Statue

Location

1. Buffalo Bill Cody - 1961

12th & Main

2. Monarch of the Plains - 1967

Historic Fort Hays

3. Kent State Memorial - 1972

FHSU ­ Memorial Union

4. Boot Hill Man - 1972

18th & Fort

5. Lawman - 1975

16th & Main

6. Hadley Memorial - 1976

201 E. 7th

7. Hereford Bull - 1977

KSU Ag Research Center

8. FHSU Students - 1977

8th St & Campus Drive ­ FHSU

9. Stone Gallery - 1980

107 W. 6th

10. Street Singer - 1981

7th & Main

11. Nun - 1982

2220 Canterbury Drive

12. Elizabeth Polly - 1983

26th & Indian Trail

13. Pioneer Tower - 1985

2900 Hall

14. Wild Bill Hickok - 1989

10th & Main

15. Train Hwy - 1995

40th & Commerce Pkwy

16. Watching the Wagons Come In - 1990

N. Vine St.

17. Teacher & Student - 1997

FHSU-Country Schoolhouse

18. Buffalo - 1998

500 Commerce Pkwy.

19. Pteranodon - 2000

Commerce Pkwy.

20. Small Buffalo

14th & Main

21. Sculpture Garden

16th & Main

22. Christ & Lamb - 2001

27th & Fort

 

 

Other Sculptures in Kansas

Statue

Location

1. Pioneer Family - 1971

Oberlin

2. Volga German Family - 1976

Victoria

3. Capuchin Priest - 1976

Victoria

4. Angus Monument - 1977

Victoria

5. St. Francis - 1978

Munjor

6. Golden Eagle - 1978

WaKeeney High School

7. Buffalo - 1980

Atwood

8. 4 Famous Kansans - 1981

Topeka State Capital Rotunda

9. Girl Reading - 1984

Hill City Library

10. Eagle - 1986

WaKeeney Court House

11. Lane Co. Centennial Monument - 1986

Dighton Court House



Contact Us
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Pete Felten's Stone Gallery

107 ½ West 6th
Hays, KS 67601

785-625-7619

Hours:
Guided tours available by appointment.

Admission: Free