Plank

Salem artist David Plank is shown with the new art display at Salem Public Library.

The community is invited to view a new art display dedicated in honor of David Plank, a well-known Salem artist, at the Salem Public Library.

It is located above the Missouri shelf at the library. Randy Eudy, an Ozarks craftsman, artist and photographer, designed the display wall on behalf of Tod and Rose Kinerk and Kay Wortman.

Central to the wall is David Lo’s pencil portrait of Plank, donated by the Kinerks, said Glenda Wofford, library director.

Lo’s artwork is known for capturing the personalities of his subjects. This piece conveys a sense of David Plank’s gentle and humble spirit, Wofford said.

Surrounding the portrait is a collection of cards featuring prints of Plank’s famous Ozarks bird paintings. The cards were donated by Wortman, who also arranged to have them framed by The Frame Shop in Rolla.

Wortman received these cards over the years on special occasions, like her birthday. Each was kept as a memento of her 40-year friendship with Plank and his cousin, Bonnie Kohut.

Plank’s sister, Shirley Nash, was instrumental in the production of Plank’s cards. These cards are collectors’ items since they are no longer being produced.

The community is encouraged to drop in and see this display and others. Salem Public Library is open Monday through Saturday.