|Flint Hills Art Show Extended at Ernie Miller Nature Center|
The run of the "Homage to the Flint Hills" traveling art exhibit at the Ernie Miller Nature Center has been extended by at least three weeks, Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials have announced.
The show began at the nature center on Oct. 2 and was originally supposed to last through Nov. 21, but an expected December venue has fallen through and now the exhibit's next appearance will be in Chanute, Kan., in January. As a result, the art show, which features 37 works from artists from throughout the Midwest, will be at the nature center until at least Dec. 12. Organizers have also confirmed that the nature center is the show's only scheduled appearance in the Kansas City metro area.
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 and will be closed Nov. 25 through 28 for Thanksgiving.
The Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.
Outdoor Education Manager Bill McGowan said the show has already made a difference in the facility's attendance.
"They're not busting the doors down but we're getting a steady stream of people," he said. "Word of mouth is spreading about it. People love it. Overall it's been very positive having the art exhibit here. It's something we haven't done before and it's brought in people that haven't seen the nature center before."
For more information on "Homage to the Flint Hills," call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.