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Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 9:08 am

This year the chamber is asking area businesses to create a centerpiece for the Holiday Auction. It can be any type of centerpiece. It does not need to be Christmas related. All centerpieces will be on display at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery from November 5 to November 30 for bids. Hours at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery are 12:30 - 4:30 - Monday - Friday. The Auction will take place on the 29th of November with pick up being the next day during the art gallery’s hours.



Filed under: prairie musings, family, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 8:08 am

Ellsworth Reporter, June 12, 1902:  “J. Frank Baker has had the old porch in front of the American House pulled down and a fine new one built in its place. Delos Eldridge did the work, which is a guarantee that it was well done. We understand Mr. Baker contemplates making other important improvements to his hotel in the near future.”  J. Frank was my grandfather.  He owned and operated the American House, among other endeavors, then, along with my grandmother, the Baker House Hotel. The Baker House was located on the corner of Douglas and South Main just east of the Ellsworth County Historical Museum and once was home to the Charles Rogers Art Gallery.



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 6:08 am

On Friday, June 29, 2012, the Ellsworth Area Art Council is inviting everyone to the
reception held for the young artists from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  at 223 N. Douglas in Ellsworth.

Students’ work from the Ellsworth High School Art Class
Kaitlin Ptacek         Wison        paintings
Tanisha Stenike     Wilson       photography
Nicole Bowen         Salina        paintings & drawings
Lindsay Jackson    Ellsworth    photography
Rusty Cross           Ellsworth    drawings

Morgan Dobrinski   Ellsworth    photography

from Sharon Haverkamp



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 8:43 am

The EAAC invites everyone to attend a Come and Go  reception to be held Monday, May 14th at 6 to 8 p.m. at 223 Douglas St., in Ellsworth, Kansas.  This event is to honor the area artists:

Paintings  by    Delmar Kohls, Kay Bailey, Tina Davis,  Charlie Rogers  and  Hugo Balin;
The photo collection of area churches belonging to Dr. Derril Gwinner;
Stiffel drawings by  Dee Warren;
Wheat weavings by Donna Morgenstern and
Jewelry by Rhena Landsiedel.

Sharon Haverkamp
785 472 5682



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 7:53 am

From Sharon Haverkamp:
A new display of several area artists who have their art on exhibit in the Ellsworth Area Art Center, 223 Douglas St. will be on display through May 15th.  We are open Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 4:30.

Delmer Kohls, Ellsworth, who is retired from construction work, is showing 18 paintings that he has taught himself to paint in the last 18 months.  Delmer’s son-in-law, Dee Warren, who currently serves as marketing manager for Land Pride of Salina, has 6 pen and ink drawings of area farmsteads on exhibit.

Derril Gwinner, O.D. of Ellsworth, has on display the photography of 20 area churches that were taken in 1991 by Jan Shaw.  These are the photos that are hung on the halls and walls of his office.

Kay Bailey, Ellsworth, who works for the school system, has 7 of her paintings on display.

Tina Davis, H.R. of the ECMC, has 4 paintings on display.

In the entry room of the Art Center, the Wheat weavings made by Donna Morgenstern, New Cambria, are on exhibit.

The crucifixion oil paintings by Hugo Ballen, and oil paintings of Charles Rogers that have not been seen in 20 to 30 years are on exhibit.  One is of the church on the Lindsborg campus.

Also, two Native American paintings and a papier mache of Christ on the Cross from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility Spiritual Life Center.

Sharon Haverkamp



Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 5:24 pm

We have a new display at the Art Center.

Now showing are the seldom seen arts of Charlie Rogers and his wife, Ruth Rogers.
The “nonobjective” paintings were painted from 1953 to 1965, while Charlie Rogers lived in California.  These are not the western themed nor landscapes or seascapes that we normally put on display.  In fact, they have seldom been seen in the last 20 or more years.

The needlework and handiwork of Ruth Rogers is now on display.  She received her degree in design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1942.  Many samply pieces, and some clothing will be on display through out the month of January at the Ellsworth Area Art Center, 223 N. Douglas in Ellsworth, Kansas.  We are open Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Please stop by and see these artist’s work, and also woodcarvings by Glen Knak from Salina.

Sharon Haverkamp
785 472 5682



Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 5:02 pm

I have been informed that the SMOKY HILLS PICKERS will play their music on the first Sunday of November, the 6th, at 6 p.m.,  at the Ellsworth Area Art Center, 223 N. Douglas Ave., in Ellsworth.  Everyone is welcome to join the jam session…or just relax and enjoy an evening of music.

Remember that is the day of the time change… fall back!


Sharon Haverkamp

785 472 5682



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 5:22 pm

Enter a cake decorating contest sponsored by the Ellsworth Area Arts Council.

A “Happy Birthday, Kansas”  cake decorating contest will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at the Ellsworth Area Arts Council building at 223 N. Douglas, Ellsworth.

The contest is open to youth in two categories, 9-12 years old and 13-18 years old, and adults above 18.  There will be a “Judge’s Winner” and a “People’s Choice” winner in each category. Prizes range from $20 to $100 in Chamber Bucks.

Please pick up the specific rules and entry forms at the Arts Council building Monday through Friday 12:30 - 4:30.This will be held in conjunction with the  Kansas Cattle Drive Celebrating Kansas 150th Anniversary.   Head ‘em up and move ‘em out!” Trail Boss Gil Favor’s famous words from TV’s “Rawhide” will once again echo over the Kansas plains as the Kansas 150th Anniversary Cattle Drive heads for the end of the trail at Ellsworth.

Celebrations will be held in several Kansas towns along the old Ellsworth/Cox Cattle Trail.  Four hundred head of Texas Longhorn cattle will be gathered just south ofCaldwell, in Oklahoma, over the weekend of September 3rd & 4th, 2011, in preparation for the “big drive” that ends in downtown Ellsworth on the 24th.You don’t want to miss this spectacular event.



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 4:31 pm

The Ellsworth Area Art Gallery will be showing three artists during August and September.  Artist David Culbertson of Salina will have on display his colorful paintings of the Southwest.  He has moved to Santa Fe, N.M. to further his studies.

Also showing  his art, is Bob Cain of Wichita, with his 8 foot woodcarved sunflower, and other carvings and sculptures.  Bob has been an artist from child hood starting with drawings of comic book characters.  Through the years he kept developing his artistic ideas while working as a Structural Designer of aircraft by drafting and designing airplanes.  He has attended several classes through the years studying drawing, painting and finally found the itch that needed scratching, working with his hands in sculpting stone, clay and since retirement, wood carving.

“Harmony In Sculpture” originals by Judith Pearson of Wichita, shows her passion for her expressions in clay and bronze.  She has on exhibit  pigs, horses, dog and buffalo, as well as people.  Mrs. Pearson has been commissioned to make three bronzes for the Sedgwick Zoo.  Her humor and compassion is revealed in the  and heart warming poses of whimsical pigs, and of her own Rottweiler and German Shepherd dogs.

The EAAC will be open Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The show will run to September 30th.

Sharon Haverkamp
785 472 5682



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 3:12 pm


We are holding a reception at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery, 223 N. Douglas, this Friday, June 17th at 2 p.m. to meet Andrea Mehringer and view her photography.  She is a 19 year old student at Fort Hays College.  Her dad is Richard Mehringer, a high school art teacher at Larned.

Showing with her is Becky Hyberger, of Salina, exhibiting her miniatures.

The show will be over on June 17th.  Everyone is welcome.

June 20th is the opening date at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery, 223 N Douglas,  for Jerry Exline’s painting exhibit entitled “From Whence I Came”.  Showing with him are Vernon Brejcha, with his blown glass on display, and Robert Hulse showing a large collection of polished rocks and minerals.

The EAAC will hold a reception on June 28 at 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The public is welcome to come and meet the artists.

Sharon Haverkamp



Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery, Kansas — Peg Britton @ 1:13 pm

By Rebekah Dryden
Tue May 31, 2011 12:35 PM EDT

When the administration of Kansas’ Republican Governor, Sam Brownback, laid off the staff of the state’s Arts Commission earlier this month, citing a “lack of funding,” despite a clearly-stated plan on the part of the Republican-controlled legislature to fund the agency, lots of folks predicted what would happen next.

Or, more precisely what just happened.

Governor Brownback signed the state budget bill over the weekend, and he made use of his line-item veto pen to eliminate funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. Essentially the governor eliminated the agency by eliminating its funding. He tried to eliminate the Arts Commission by executive order back in February but the order was overruled by a Senate vote the following month.

From Saturday’s Topeka Capital-Journal:

The action by Brownback ran counter to votes by the House and Senate to retain state support of KAC and to preserve the organizational structure of a 45-year-old agency sending arts grants to every corner of the state.

Henry Schwaller, chairman of the Kansas Arts Commission, said the governor’s removal of $689,000 in state financing would prevent Kansas from qualifying for grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kansas will be the only state to miss out on this federal aid, he said.

“With a stroke of his pen, the governor cost the state of Kansas $1.2 million,” Schwaller said. “On July 1, nearly 200 local arts organizations and artists will lose critical support for local arts programs, operational funding and professional development.”



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 10:07 am

Two artists will be showing their work at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery, 223 Douglas, Ellsworth, Kansas.

Andrea Mehringer, age 19, the daughter of Richard Mehringer who teaches art in the Larned high school, is displaying her photography, until June 17, 2011.   Her art style is “uncharacteristically traditional”.  She is a student at Fort Hays State University.  Her work has been featured in the Five State Photography Show in Hays, Great Bend Arts Council, Larned Public Laibrary and the Shafer Gallery on the Barton County College campus.  Her influences include Dali, Warhol, and street artist Banksy.  Not only does she create pieces for artistic expression, but she also photographs weddings.

The public is invited to a reception to honor Andrea on Friday, June 17 at 2 p.m.

Becky Hyberger, Salina, has “The Library” miniatures on exhibit until June 28, 2011.  For more than 30 years she has built 3-dimensional “miniature” constructions.

Becky was awarded a Horizons Grant from the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission for the development of her brochure and traveling exhibit, “from miniatures to Metaphors.”  Becky was voted as Salina’s favorite artist in the 2005 Salina Journal’s Readers’ Choice awards; in both 2008 & 2009 she was a finalist. Her work has been exhibited at art centers and galleries throughout Kansas including the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, the Deines Cultural Center in Russell, the Hays Arts Council, the Kemper Gallery at K-State, Strecker – Nelson Art Gallery in Manhattan, Bergen’s Sculpture Gallery in Salina and the Emporia Arts Center. She was a featured artist on the KPTS PBS program, Kansas Arts Today and profiled on Salina Community Access TV. She has also presented her work at fine arts festivals such as the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina, the Brookside Art Annual in Kansas City and the Mulvane Art Fair in Topeka.  A degree in psychology, an interest in dreams, and a fascination with the creative process provide the basis for Becky’s artwork – “from miniatures to Metaphors.”

Everyone is welcome to stop by the Art Gallery which is open Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 4:30.  You’ll be glad that you took time to stop by the gallery.  They have earned your support.



Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 12:03 pm

There is always something new and exciting going on at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery. Many local volunteers contribute a considerable amount of their time and talent to bring new and exciting displays to you.   The latest displays for your enjoyment are by “Friends of the Lincoln Art Center” directed by Joyce Harlow. These works have been composed by 14 Kansas artists from the Lincoln, Salina and Hays areas.  You are encouraged to visit the gallery and welcome the artists to Ellsworth.

As you enter the gallery, you will see four acrylic paintings with a western theme by Mary Rodgers from Salina.

Bob Crangle, Lincoln, has four oil “Dreamscapes” on display. Hally Crangle’s display consists of four still life photographic images.

Judy Donley, Lincoln,  has four landscape and nature photos.  Barbara Cordin, Overland Park, has four crocheted purses made from fiber on display.

Ann Eitel, longtime Salina  artist, has four watercolors.  One of particular interest is a painting of  Ellsworth’s Drover Building; others are Kansas landscapes.

Joyce Fent, Salina, is showing her wonderful Native American culture inspired mixed media.  You will find this exhibit to be very eye catching and interesting.

Cindy Lloyd of Hays is displaying floral watercolors and a humming bird.

Randy Lohmann is exhibiting three oil landscapes of Lincoln area grass land.

Marion McReynolds, Lincoln, is exhibiting six very interesting limestone relief carvings with native Kansas theme.

Marguerite Miller, Lincoln, has three  traditional oil and watercolor paintings.

Pam Morgan, Lincoln, has photography of “The Wall” and a unique sculptural welding of a bird’s nest.   She also has a Printer’s Drawer, titled “Faith”, made from mixed media.

Mary Ann Stertz, Lincoln, is showing her three pieces of stained glass. Joyce Harlow has two displays.Phil Wilkerson of Lincoln, who hung the entire show, has three “Travel Photography”on display.

The show will close on Thursday, May 5th, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30. The artists will be present so that you can meet them.  The public is welcome.

The Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 4:30.  Ellsworth and area residents are encouraged to stop by the gallery and show their support for the effort put forth by local volunteers.

The “perfect” art gallery visitor will stop by the gallery and leisurely view the exhibits…then return for the reception on May 5th to welcome and visit with the artists.  That would be a nice thing for you to do.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 11:30 am

Several events are on going at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery…

The “It’s All About Kansas” display is coming down this Friday, February 25.

National Youth Art Month begins Monday, February 28th,  with area schools, K-12, and our local Pre-School displaying their art until April 1st.

Sunday, March 6, the Gallery will host the Smoky Hills Pickers at 6 p.m.  Everyone is invited to drop in to sing, pick or just listen.

The Cowtown Carvers meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays every month at 7 p.m. at the Art Gallery.

The most exciting thing going on is the joint effort by the Art Gallery and Ellsworth County  Medical Center co-hosting the “Go Red for Women Art Contest” to educate people about February’s Heart Health Awareness Month.   The contest will display the entries throughout the month of  March.  The Gallery will host a reception on Monday, February 28th at 6:30, where the winners of the contest will be announced.  Bobby Cunningham will provide music.

For further information, contact Sharon Haverkamp at 472 5682.



Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 3:11 pm

There is still time to participate in an on-going contest sponsored by the Ellsworth Area Art Council and the Ellsworth County Medical Center Chronic Disease Council.

The contest is intended to educate so all entries much include an educational tie-in to woman’s heart health.  Artwork must be original and use a visual art medium such as painting, photography, drawing, collage or sculpture.  For entry forms and more information, contact the Area Art Center at 785.472.5658 or call Meredith at 785.472.4908.

Individual or team entries are encouraged and will be entered into one of three age categories:  K-5th grade; 6th-12th grade; and adults 17 years or older.

Each entry must be the original work of the contestant(s).

The winners will be announced on February 28th at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery at 6:30 p.m.  Top category winners will win a WII.




Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 9:13 am

During January and February, the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery will be celebrating our state’s 150th birthday.  On Friday, January 28, The Ellsworth Area Art Gallery will be open all day for school tours and the public.  There are many varieties of Kansas artifacts and art objects on display.  Please stop by and enjoy the efforts of those who have assembled this outstanding display.

The gallery is open Monday thru Friday, 12:30 to 4:30.  Check out the new signage made by inmates at the ECF.

The National Youth Art Month will start on Feb. 28 and run through March.   Parents, relatives and friends have the opportunity to stop in and see the childrens’ art work…preschool through high school.

As always, the gallery is open the first Sunday of every month, at 6 p.m., for those who like to drop in and listen to the Smoky Hills Pickers sing and play!

The Red Cross Blood Mobile will be  at the First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth  Monday, January 24th .  Drop ins are always welcome.

Support your local volunteers and the work they do to make Ellsworth a better place in which to live and work.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 6:54 pm

Here are three upcoming events in Ellsworth:

The Smoky Hill Pickers will meet on Sunday January 2, at 6 p.m. at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery.  Everyone is welcome.  As always, the first Sunday of every month marks the time when the group convenes.

At the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery, the  Ellsworth High School Art students will have their art on exhibit until January 3rd.  The work is under the leadership of art teacher Brian Hutchinson.  They have a wide variety of art on display.  Please stop by and check out the art work of our Ellsworth High School students.  Support the arts and our art students.

Coming in January:  The 150th birthday of Kansas will be celebrated with displays of various artisans and artifacts.  It will include Kansas history, art reflection of Kansas wildflowers, nature, animals, birds, and other ways to celebrate the birthday of our state.  Plan to stop in and view this wonderful exhibit.

The Ellsworth Area Art Gallery is located at 223 Douglas, in downtown Ellsworth,  and is open Monday thru Friday, 12:30 to 4:30.

For further information about these events, contact Sharon Haverkamp at 785.472.5682



Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 10:49 am

The Smoky Hills Pickers will meet on Sunday, December 5th, at 6 p.m. at the Ellsworth Area Art Council, 223 N. Douglas.  The public is welcome to come listen to the music.

The last day to view the beautiful exhibits at the EAAC for painter Rebecca Drach and potter Carol Long, both of the St. John/ Hudson area, will be Thursday, Dec. 2nd.  The Art Gallery is open M-F 12:30 to 4:30.

The Ellsworth High School art class will assemble their art display on Friday, December 3rd, and have an open House on Saturday, December 4th, from 1 to 6 p.m.   Their display will run through December.   Please come in and visit with the students and have a cup of coffee.

The silent auction for the Christmas wreaths will end on December 4th.  The wreaths can be seen at the Art Gallery until Friday at 4:30 p.m.  On Saturday, the wreaths may be seen at the VFW Hall where people can still put a final bid on the wreaths.

Support the activities of the arts council and various organizations that help make Ellsworth a better place to live.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 2:13 pm


Betty Gwinner looks at a partial display of wreaths in the lobby area of the Ellsworth Art Gallery.  The wreaths were donated to the gallery by the various businesses in town as a fund-raising event for the gallery.  Ceramics created by Carol Long are displayed below the wreaths.


A silent auction on the wreaths is being held until Dec. 4th.  Stop by the gallery and enter your bid on the sign-up sheets associated with each wreath.   There are 37 wreaths on display from which to chose a special one for your house or business.


The paintings by Rebecca Drach are featured behind this wreath.


Paintings by Rebecca Drach, left, and ceramics by Carol Long are on display at the gallery.  These two very talented women have brought a display of their art to Ellsworth in a very remarkable display.  Please stop by and enjoy their works of art.

Thank you for supporting the arts and the volunteers who bring these outstanding exhibits to Ellsworth for your enjoyment.



Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 9:01 am

The Ellsworth businesses will have Christmas wreaths on display at the Ellsworth Area Art Center, on November 15th to December 4th.  It is expected there will be about 40 wreaths for your viewing pleasure.  There will be a silent auction held on each one so you can place your bid as your peruse the display.

Previously, the wreaths were displayed in the individual businesses who contributed them and were not easily viewed, or compared.  This way, all the wreaths are under one roof and you’ll be able to view them in one place.  If you want to buy a wreath, you can bid through the silent auction process.

The wreaths will be interspersed with the paintings by Rebecca Drach and decorative ceramics by Carol Long and in the back room of the gallery.   You’ll be in for a real treat with a visit to the gallery.  And it will offer an opportunity to buy a  lasting objet d’art and a wreath for your holiday enjoyment.

The gallery is located at 223 N. Douglas  and is open Monday through Friday 12:30 to 4 :30.

Thanks for tuning in…

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