Visions of the Flint Hills Art Benefit & Sale:
Preserving the Vanishing Prairie
For eight years Buttonwood Art Space has supported the Flint Hills area of Kansas and its unique place in our greater regional ecosystem through this annual art benefit. Visions of the Flint Hills Art Benefit and Sale is a juried exhibit featuring art of the Flint Hills. Sweeping paintings of sky and native prairie grass dominate the show, but sculpture pieces, fiber works, fused glass and photos are also featured. The art is on exhibit each October and November, in Buttonwood Art Space (www.buttonwoodartspace.com). Proceeds from the event always benefit a non-profit organization, which changes through the years. 2016 will benefit Friends of the Konza Prairie, a 501(C)3 organization which is involved in supporting the Konza Prairie, an 8.600 acre research and educational preserve south of Manhattan, Kansas. The Flint Hills are the continent’s largest remaining tract of Tallgrass native prairie which is also one of America’s unique places. It harbors a wealth of adventure, beauty, and history. The region’s sweeping horizons and carpets of wildflowers captivate artists and enchant visitors.
This year, 47 artists joined our efforts to preserve the prairie and shared their “vision” of the Flint Hills and its inspiration and presence in their lives through their art. We have artists from the local region and as far away as Washington and Minnesota. The vast beauty contained in the Flint Hills region inspires many to reflect that beauty in their artworks and the 2016 art show features the best of submitted artworks.