Clay County Hospital Foundation
Tel: 785-632-2144 ext. 489
617 Liberty
Clay Center, KS 67432

Clay County Medical Center
Tel: 785-632-2144
617 Liberty
Clay Center, KS 67432

Artist Statement

Keath L. Meyer

Photography and Visual Arts

Keath L. Meyer is the 11-year-old son of Sheryl K. Gaines of Clay Center, and Steve and Gloria Meyer of Milford. Even at his young age, he is an accomplished photographer, having earned many purple ribbons including Grand and Reserve Champions at the Clay County Fair, and blue ribbons at the Kansas State Fair. Keath is a five-year member of Lincoln Creek 4-H Club in Clay Center. His older brother, Matthew “Alex” Gaines, was a 4-H photographer for 12 years and their mother is a long-time photographer and 4-H photography leader. So by the age of 3, Keath had a camera in hand and was taking “self-portraits,” baseball pictures, and much more. He loves the  4-H photography project and has been a three-year county medal winner at the annual achievement awards. His goals include getting a purple at the state fair, serving as 4-H photography junior leader this coming year, and being an adult photography leader when that time comes.

“I want people to know that photography is an art form that is a fun way to remember and capture stuff and you might even make a living at it,” Keath said. “My favorite type of photography is abstract mostly because people don’t take the time to see cool things in everyday items. Photography is my favorite project because I’ve basically been doing it since I was born.”

Keath also loves visual arts in 4-H and school. He has done several drawings in school and many different crafts at home with his Mom. Keath has learned candle making, woodburning, sand art, copper etching, and tie dye. He has also made beaded, cinnamon, painted glass, and clothespin reindeer Christmas ornaments, which he has shared with senior citizens. Other crafts have included wreaths, recycled paper snowmen, May Day baskets, button-decorated picture frames, duct tape purses and wallet, paper twist woven baskets, K-State picnic basket, garden stones, clay pot puppy, stacked floral pots, and decorated friendship plates. He has won Reserve Champion ribbons two years at the fair, and was selected to display one of his woodburnings this year at the state fair, an honor that is difficult to achieve.

“Craft work is a really good way to show your creativity,” said Meyer. “I encourage people to just try exploring what they can do and enter items in open class at the Clay County Fair. My favorite projects involve etching and woodburning because it makes things look a little more realistic to me.”

keathmeyerAlso in 4-H, Keath is involved in Citizenship, Clothing Buymanship, Clothing Construction, Foods and Nutrition, and Woodworking. As part of his citizenship project, he has shipped several care packages to soldiers stationed overseas, school supplies to children in Iraq, and Christmas gifts to veterans living in soldiers’ homes in Winfield, Kansas, and Washington D.C., as well as completing community service projects here at home, including donating clothing and canned goods to the Lighthouse for Christ.

A sixth-grade student at Clay Center Community Middle School, Keath has earned a State Math Award the last two years, and consistently earns As in his classes with an occasional B. He loves football, wrestling, baseball, and playing with friends. He hopes to play football for Kansas State University when he’s older, and as an adult, wants to be a professional football player or chef. 

Keath attends Ebenezer United Methodist Church, where he serves as communion steward, and Junction City First United Methodist Church. He has served as usher at both churches. A regular attendee at Vacation Bible School, he chose to be the assistant teacher of a challenging 5-year-old class this summer rather than be a student.

He hopes that you enjoy this exhibit of photographs and crafts.
Please call 785-223-3234 if you are interested in purchasing any of these projects.

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