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Ernie Miller Nature Center to Host Flint Hills Art Exhibit During October and November
POSTED: 09/21/2004
A Kansas Flint Hills -themed traveling art exhibit is coming this fall to the newly-expanded Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

The exhibit, titled "Homage to the Flint Hills," will be on display at the nature center from Oct. 2 through Nov. 21. The exhibit features about 35 pieces of art by artists from throughout the Midwest. The majority of the pieces are paintings in various styles and sizes. Many depict the western side of Kansas' wide-open spaces and seemingly endless skies. Also featured are a few pieces showcasing photography, ceramics, and fiber.

The exhibit has been shown throughout the region, including at the Topeka Public Library during June and July. The exhibit will be coming to the District after being on display in Arkansas City, Kan.

There is no fee for viewing "Homage to the Flint Hills," which will be open during the nature center's regular hours. Through Oct. 31, the nature center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. After Nov. 1, the nature center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The nature center is closed on Monday.

The exhibit will be used to draw visitors to the newly-expanded facility, but art will be located throughout the center. The expansion project, which was completed earlier this year, effectively doubled the facility’s square footage and brings the center’s space to approximately 11,000 square feet. This is the first addition to the center, which first opened in 1985, since 1992. New features added by the expansion include new multipurpose, exhibit, and wildlife viewing rooms, as well as a 500-gallon fish tank featuring native fish.

For more information on "Homage to the Flint Hills," call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

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