Flint Hills exhibit opens

To an artist, the Flint Hills can be a magnet. They connect with the prairie’s boundless sky and infinite sea of grass. “As I view the landscape which surrounds me, I’m always thinking of how I want to paint it,” says Deb Schroer, one of three artists in a new exhibit at Pioneer Bluffs.

The exhibit features three artists from the Flint Hills, Joseph Loganbill, Peggy Lyon, and Deb Schroer, artists, whose work is inspired by the Flint Hills. Each of these widely-known artists demonstrate a unique perspective of the land.

A passion for being outdoors is expressed in the oil paintings of Joseph Loganbill, Newton. “I love painting outdoors; being in nature and trying to capture the fleeting light/beauty of a unique space,” Loganbill explains. He is always “on alert for those magical moments when light and shade have drawn a truce with one another.”

Painter Peggy Lyon of rural Chase County makes a study of the Kansas Flint Hills. She has made a name for herself around the state with her landscape and floral arrangement pieces. As art instructor for Chase County High School she inspires youth to find their own artistic direction.

Living near Strong City most of her life, Deb Schroer has experienced firsthand the beauty of the Flint Hills of Kansas. “Whether painting a landscape or a beautiful prairie fire,” says Schroer, “I try to create a connection with the viewer to have them become part of the prairie, to feel as though they are seeing it in person.”

The Flint Hills exhibit ends Saturday, August 5, with a closing artist reception at 3:00 p.m.

This exhibit can be seen in the 1908 home at Pioneer Bluffs, along with art by other regional artists and a gift shop that includes autographed books by local authors.

Featured photographer, Dave Leiker, exhibits photos of prairie fires, landscapes, and rural life.

The wood creations of Featured Prairie PastTimes artist, Wade Coester, begin when he finds the right tree. “Trees have a character all their own,” says Coester. “The climate and soil conditions that provide the rich grasses of the prairie also influence the trees that grow here, giving them color and texture like none other.”

Visitors to Pioneer Bluffs are welcomed by a docent who will share stories of the tallgrass prairie and Flint Hills ranching. They are invited to take time to enjoy a simpler life—sit on the front porch and rock, play a game of checkers, have a meal at a picnic table, explore the historic barn, or skip rocks on the creek.

The home is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment. More information can be found at pioneerbluffs.org, on Facebook, or contact Executive Director Lynn Smith at lynn@pioneerbluffs.org or (620) 753-3484.

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