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August 10, 2004

Homage to the Flint Hills on display in Cowley's Wright Gallery


Thirty-four works of art, including a piece by Cowley County Community College Art Instructor Mark Flickinger, are on display in the Earle N. Wright Community Room & Gallery at the college now through Sept. 24.

oil canvas image"Headwaters of Grouse Creek, Elk County," is the title of this oil on canvas by Cowley County Community College Art Instructor Mark Flickinger.

The gallery is located inside the Brown Center for Arts, Sciences and Technology on Cowley's main campus in Arkansas City. Flickinger's piece is titled "Headwaters of Grouse Creek, Elk County." It is oil on canvas.

Don Lambert, a Topeka freelance writer and art promoter organized the exhibit.

"We believe this is the first time that a Kansas Flint Hills exhibit has been organized so that it can be seen not just in one community, but around the state," Lambert said.

The display has been touring the state and will travel to Manhattan, Emporia, Lawrence, and Wichita through spring 2006.

Artists chosen for the exhibit mostly live in Kansas. Artists range in age from under 30 to more than 80 years old. Artwork includes paintings, photographs, weaves, drawings, videos, and ceramics.

Connie Bonfy, Cowley's director of institutional grants and arts programming, said the exhibit was a real tribute to one of the state's most beautiful areas.


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Phil Epp of Newton has an oil on canvas titled "Flint Hills Horses" as part of the exhibit.

"The Flint Hills area of Kansas is a wonder of nature," Bonfy said. "The native grasses and limestone meet to form a unique landscape, which lends itself to beautiful art opportunities. This exhibit is just wonderful."




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Wichita artist Marilyn Grisham produced a piece of fiber art titled "Summer Dressed Prairie" as part of the Homage to the Flint Hills exhibit on display in the Earle N. Wright Community Room & Gallery at Cowley County Community College.



A full-color catalog of the exhibit may be purchased by contacting Lambert (785) 234-0759 or Bonfy
(620) 441-5308.