The historic log cabin studio of world famous German born etching artist Hans Kleiber (1887-1967) is on Main Street in Dayton, WY, less than a mile from where Hans originally built it behind his home. Kleiber, a US Forest Ranger, was inspired by the majesty of the Bighorn Mountains to write poetry and sketch with pencils and ink. With a desire to produce prints of his work, Hans amazingly taught himself the complex art process of etching and printing metal plates. He gave up forestry in 1923 to pursue art full-time. Kleiber's etchings drew a large number of collectors, showing all over the U.S. and also in Europe. Hans Kleiber's art reflects the natural beauty of the Bighorn Mountains, as well as life in and around the Town of Dayton in the early to mid-1900's. The church in the etching "My Home Town" is still in use and has changed little since his time, although Dayton no longer sports a blacksmith shop, pool hall, or milk cows wandering the streets.
Kleiber's studio looks much like it did when he used it. His furniture, books, art supplies, etching tools, and famous printing press are on display as well as photos of the artist at work. Several etchings and original, one of a kind works by Kleiber grace the rustic walls of his studio.
The Kleiber Studio Museum is open and free to the public during the summer months. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/hanskleiber.museum .