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Hesston Record 12.24

Arboretum Hosts Prairie Artists

Posted 3/14/2013

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains hosted the first Art symposium featuring local artists and artwork centered around Kansas and the prairies. 

Symposium coordinator Brad Guhr was very pleased with the event and the opportunities it presented artists and vistitors.

“I thought one would stand out but every exhibit and presentation was interesting, professional, and engaging.  The 12 presentations gave a nice review of each artist's work, some of the processes they apply to create their art, and a summary of why and how the prairie inspires them.  They were each efficient with the 20 minutes they had and left time for questions,” said Gurh.

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains hosted the first Art symposium featuring local artists and artwork centered around Kansas and the prairies. 

Symposium coordinator Brad Guhr was very pleased with the event and the opportunities it presented artists and vistitors.

“Seeing during Q&A sessions and breaks the enthusiasm that artists and attendees had for dialog about art and the Kansas environment was great.  The purchasing of art, positive networking energy and exchange of ideas throughout the day was inspiring,” he said.

Throughout the day, artists were able to not only present their work, but create new prairie-related pieces.

“During breaks, demonstrators Hanna Eastin worked with clay, and Cher Heller-Olson painted while interacting with folks and this added another intriguing element to the day,” said Gurh.

Each artist in attendance was able to address the audience and give insight into their creative process and display their work.

“I thought one would stand out but every exhibit and presentation was interesting, professional, and engaging.  The 12 presentations gave a nice review of each artist's work, some of the processes they apply to create their art, and a summary of why and how the prairie inspires them.  They were each efficient with the 20 minutes they had and left time for questions,” said Gurh.

Attendees at the event said they were very impressed with the creativity and craftsmanship of local artisans.

“It’s amazing. I had no idea of the ability of many of these people.  I was really looking forward to this event,” said Janis Bonner of Valley Center.

Artist Cher Heller Olsop from Council Grove said the Art Symposium presented an opportunity for artists to exchange ideas.

“I have spent most of my life in Kansas and the prairie has been so inspiring. I think it’s great and wonderful to see so many artists of different mediums get together and share their experiences with this common thread of appreciating nature. And what better place to do it,” she said.