Goshen mayor to present painting by local artist to sister city in Germany

    Mayor Allan Kauffman is visiting Bexbach, Germany, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Goshen’s sister city relationship. A local artist has created an original painting of downtown Goshen for the mayor to give to the German city.

    Posted on May 22, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.

    GOSHEN — Mayor Allan Kauffman is headed to Europe next month to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Goshen’s sister city relationship with Bexbach, Germany — and he won’t be showing up empty-handed.

    Kauffman commissioned Goshen artist Ben Stutzman to create an original painting that will be presented to the mayor of Bexbach.

    “Whenever they come over here or whenever we go over there, we bring gifts from our respective cities,” Kauffman said. “I don’t think there’s ever been a painting done by a local artist in either community for the other one, so I thought this would be a unique gift.” He added that he will also present a plaque to the German city.

    The painting features buildings on Main Street in downtown Goshen.

    “He wanted something related to Goshen, so I looked at the signs at the entrance to the city that say ‘Goshen’ and under that, it lists the sister city,” said Stutzman, who studied fine art at Goshen College. “I also ended up including a scene from downtown. That’s one of the things I really like about the Midwest in general ... the architecture, the original buildings.”

    The mayor and 15 of his fellow travelers, including members of Goshen’s Sister City Committee, will leave June 12 for Germany where they will spend three nights with host families in Bexbach, celebrate the sister city anniversary and take a boat ride on the Rhine River. After that, they will tour other parts of country and return home June 23.

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