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'The ultimate artist's artist'

Kansas City remembers the life of artist Wilbur Niewald. Niewald taught at the Kansas City Art Institute for more than 40 years and was a fixture at Loose Park, painting outdoors in all kinds of weather.

If you’ve walked near a stand of pine trees at Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri, not far from the tennis courts, you’ve likely seen artist Wilbur Niewald, shock of white hair tucked under his straw hat and wearing a light blue denim shirt and blue jeans. Niewald frequently worked in the park, etching or painting on an easel.

Niewald died on Saturday at the age of 97, according to family and friends. KCUR's Steve Kraske spoke with fellow artist Nina Irwin and Bill Haw Jr., owner of Haw Contemporary, about Niewald’s decades-long influence on the Kansas City art community.

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