By Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:13 PM CST, December 6, 2012
One depicts the pioneer days of a young and burgeoning Wichita. The other captures the images of a vibrant and maturing Air Capital.
Hidden from public view for 60 years, two large paintings by a former Wichita artist have been rededicated and placed on display at the Kansas Aviation Museum.
The Exchange Club of Wichita commissioned Felix Jones to paint the Art Deco-style works which depict the history of the Wichita area. The paintings hung in the old Wichita airport terminal until it closed in 1952, then they were put in storage.
Now the paintings have returned to their original home, as the Kansas Aviation Museum now resides in the old terminal building.
Jones' daughters and great-grandson came from Colorado to help unveil the paintings at a ceremony.
"When you look at this and you are his daughter, it is so difficult to even tell you what I feel," Judy Gardner says. "It's a such a wonderful thing (the museum is) doing."
The massive paintings are on display for all to see in a special room dedicated to Jones and at the Kansas Aviation Museum.
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