Rent out the Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery for your next event and see what's currently on exhibit.
The Gallery is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West" on tour
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, Symphony in the Flint Hills partnered with Flint Hills Design and Lost Trail Soda to create "The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West" traveling exhibit. This original exhibit invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860s to today. Exhibit highlights include an interactive musical exploration of the scores of verses to the cowboy song, "The Old Chisholm Trail," video and audio clips of movies and songs that reference the Chisholm Trail, and several artistically rendered, life-size longhorn cattle.
The Chisholm Trail fundamentally changed the American West. From the birth of the cowboy as icon to the revival of the cattle industry, the Old Chisholm Trail helped shape our popular culture by altering how we thought of the American West and the individuals who lived there.
Don't miss your chance to see this traveling exhibit:
April 5 - May 29: Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan
May 30 - July 24: Elgin Hotel, Marion
July 26 - Sept. 18: Kansas Museum of History, Topeka
Sept. 20 - Nov. 13, 2018: Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City
Learn more about the exhibit.
Plan your next event at the SFH Gallery
The Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery is the perfect venue for business meetings, wedding showers or receptions, graduation or birthday parties, and reunions. The Gallery is conveniently located across from the Historic Chase County Courthouse in downtown Cottonwood Falls. Local restaurants and catering services are available to satisfy specific needs. Ample lodging is available locally or within a 15-minute drive to the county. We also offer ADA accessible features and a prep kitchen. Call us at 620-273-8955 for help designing that perfect retreat or special occasion.
On exhibit: Maggie Starcher's Formal Play
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Maggie Starcher holds a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She received her MFA from Kansas State University in painting. She has shown nationally in juried and invitational shows for over 15 years. She frequently works serially, creating separate bodies of artwork around a concept or process of making.
In Formal Play, Maggie explores the formal elements of shape, color and line through collage and painting. Searching for a positive, exploratory and responsive mode of working during months of serious insomnia, she reimagined unfinished drawings into a spirited visual buffet. Maggie currently lives in Alabama with her husband Nathan, son Zach and cat Mila.
Join us for an open house for Maggie's exhibit on Saturday, June 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. An artist presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through July 22.
"Page 19," by Maggie Starcher
Mixed Media on Paper, 11.5 x 8 inches
Gallery Open House: Valerie Simonelli
Join us in the Symphony in the Flint Hills Art Gallery for an open house - featuring art, music and refreshments - to celebrate the opening of Valerie Simonelli's exhibit on Saturday, July 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Valerie Simonelli was born and raised in Rhode Island. Directly out of high school Simonelli joined the United States Air Force. After completing her four-year commitment she separated from the service and began her college education. She graduated Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. Though she has been away from the “Ocean State” for over fourteen years, much of her work implies her ongoing relationship with the sea. Recently, Simonelli has found it not only necessary to suggest water, but to actually employ water as an essential medium for the drawings.
Artist statement: My technique for creating two-dimensional work is greatly influenced by my sculpture background. I approach the drawings intuitively. There is constant pushing and pulling, adding and subtracting. I am just as physical while I draw as while I sculpt. Water-soluble graphite and liberal amounts of water allow me to add and subtract freely. The nonporous, polypropylene surface ensures that nothing is permanent.