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Stairway Undeniably the most high-impact piece in the Shafer's collection is a cardboard gun suspended above their staircase. This senior project by former NDSU art student, Kelly Cantrell, was originally displayed at the Plains Art Museum. Though Cantrell herself has no stance on the issue, she wanted her sculpture to be a platform for the community to start having conversations about gun control. When the exhibition closed, Cantrell had planned to dispose of the large sculpture. "She called and said, 'I'm moving to Omaha, and I'm going to burn it unless you want it,'" Ellen Shafer explained. The Shafers did not want to see the sculpture burn and happened to have the perfect space for it, so they came to an agreement with the artist. Before they had it installed in their house though, they had to make sure that its hanging apparatus would be secure. "It hung out in the garage all summer," Ellen Shafer said. After the cardboard gun sculpture passed this test, it took two people on a ladder to hang it in the stairwell. "I wouldn't be here because I didn't want to see them go through the glass or the railing," Rod Shafer joked.

Also above the staircase, the Shafers have pieces by various artists including Sheila Reenders, Julia Suits and Marjorie Schlossman. They even have a few framed posters from Rod Shafer's travels. "I went to museums and got posters, but I didn't buy a real piece until after we got married," Rod Shafer explained.

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