With distinct pleasure, the Dane G. Hansen Museum is honored to hold the inaugural museum exhibition of The Farmin Artist, Thomas Zimmerman. If you are not familiar with this phenomenal photographer, you most rectify this at once. God paints the sky and The Farmin Artist photographs His handiwork. This exhibition is a breath-taking collection of mostly Kansas landscapes that pays homage to the beautiful state in which we are honored to live.
Thomas, an award-winning photographer and Kansas native, began as a portrait photographer. Wanting to grow as an artist, he began experimenting and made the outdoors his studio, capturing the countryside and the country sky. Based in Gove County, Thomas is a farmer/rancher giving him wide access to the subject he loves. He was a finalist in the USA National Landscape Photographer of the Year competition in the color view category and has sold prints to 19 different countries on 5 continents.
The magnificent photographs of our newest exhibit, The Farmin Artist on display until February 2, 2020, has visitors awestruck from the moment they step through the door. Rusty tractors, shabby farm sheds, and chilly Angus bulls become powerfully vibrant through the lens of Thomas Zimmerman, The Farmin Artist. Thomas’ intense style of photography creates a feeling of total immersion for his viewers, allowing you to wrap yourself up in a warm Kansas sunset, or shiver in the crusty snow as three bulls study you curiously. Each scene that Thomas captures is as unique as it is fascinating. Vivid colors and striking contrasts in a sea of agricultural scenes await you at the Dane G. Hansen Museum.
The Cold is Bull
For more than 27 years, artist duo T.R. Mathews and Sandy Seamone have been traveling the United States as they teach aspiring artists how to paint using Bob Ross’ easy-to-learn Joy of Painting method.
Over the years, T.R. and Sandy have saved some of their favorite painted works, which are displayed in this “eclectic” collection, and added some art from other artists, including TV artist Bob Ross himself, western painter Carl Cassler (who produced cover art for Louis L’Amour’s books and Reader’s Digest); and muralist Jan Vriesen (who created murals in high-traffic places such as the Smithsonian Institute and Denver Museum of Nature & Science).
The majority of this exhibit is focused on natural subjects: snowy mountain scenery, flowers in bloom, a tiger drinking from a stream, or a wooden cabin tucked into a forest; but a portion of the display is dedicated to Native American culture, and there is an entire wall featuring cosmic scenes of Earth.
The Eclectic Collection of T.R. and Sandy is on display until November 10.
The Dane G. Hansen Museum is pleased to host Thomas D. Mangelsen’s – A Life In The Wild. Forty classic photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen, photographs which the world-renowned photographer himself refers to as his legacy photographs. Personally selected by Mangelsen, these photographs make up a retrospective nationally traveling museum exhibition scheduled to show at the Dane G. Hansen Museum from June 7 to September 8, 2019.
Among photographs which members of the public will certainly be familiar with are “Polar Dance” from 1989 of polar bears appearing to dance, “Mountain Outlaw,” from 2014 of a grizzly bear charging head on through the snow, and from 1988, “Catch of the Day” which captures the exact moment that a spawning salmon, trying to leap over a waterfall along Alaska’s Brooks River, soars right into the waiting jaws of a massive brown bear. About “Catch of the Day,” Todd Wilkinson (author, The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography by Thomas D. Mangelsen), has written that it is not only one of the most widely circulated wildlife photographs in history, but also a monumental achievement in photography because it occurred before the advent of digital cameras and involves no digital manipulation,Not all photographs in this exhibit, some of which measure 10 feet across, are of bears. Far from it, exhibition subjects also include American bison, bald eagles, flowers, and so much more.
One of the most prolific nature photographers of our time, Thomas Mangelsen has been described as a spiritual descendant of pioneering American nature photographers Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, and Edward Weston. Bill Allen, the now retired Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic, considers Mangelsen to be one of the most important nature photographers of his generation. In addition, Thomas Mangelsen is as much a conservationist as he is an artist.
Thomas Mangelsen was named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, placing his work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He was named one of the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography, and one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo magazine. The North American Nature Photography Association has named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year; while the British Broadcasting Corporation gave him its coveted, prestigious award, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Thomas Mangelsen has traveled to the wildest corners of North America, Africa, and beyond, for more than 40 years and produced a body of work second to none. At a time when digital technology is, notoriously, conditioning users to have shorter attention spans, A Life In The Wild stands as a testament by Thomas Mangelsen and the rewards that can come to those, like him, who get close to nature.
The Thomas D. Mangelsen – A Life In The Wild Tour is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. (davidjwagnerllc.com) in partnership with Thomas D. Mangelsen, Inc. (mangelsen.com).
The Dane G. Hansen Museum is pleased to host an exhibit featuring Eckman Fine Art’s collection of cast paper sculptures. Cast paper sculpture, (not to be confused with papier mâché), was invented as late as the 1950’s. The two Eckmans have developed a careful process that is now trademarked by them. Accordingly, Allen and Patty Eckman of Eckman Fine Art are internationally recognized as masters in this intricate, time-consuming medium.
Sculpting from their home in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Marine veteran Allen Eckman’s Cherokee heritage originally spurred him to greatly broaden his knowledge of Native American history, especially beginning with the Westward Expansion in the early 1800’s.
Allen Eckman touching up “Sitting Bulls Vision”
This exhibit not only pays tribute to several aspects of Native American culture, but ties in another special focus, closely related: nature itself.
Patty Eckman discussing the exhibition with Museum Director Shari Buss
Complementing Allen’s attention to Native American history, Patty has a detailed awareness of natural beauty, especially wildlife and flowers, and has remarked that color is sometimes a distraction to the underlying intricate forms in nature. As Allen and Patty’s sculptures are typically unpainted, this purity lends itself wholly to the detail of these exquisite pieces.
Eckman Fine Art – Cast Paper Sculptures will be on display from March 8 through June 2, 2019, at the Dane G. Hansen Museum located at 110 W. Main Street, Logan, Kansas. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 9-12 & 1-4; Saturdays 9-12 & 1-5; Sundays & Holidays 1-5. We are handicapped accessible and thanks to the generosity of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, there is never an admission fee. For more information, please contact us at 785-689-4846.
Since 1976 the Dane G. Hansen Museum has proudly hosted the High School Art Show. It is our pleasure to partner with several schools’ art instructors to provide a professional gallery atmosphere for these students.
It is our hope that the prospect of showcasing their artistic work in our gallery will inspire these students to continue to grow their talent and persevere on their creative journey.
We greatly admire these instructors and their dedication to cultivating students’ creative talents. After the success of last year’s new twist, the students’ instructors will again be adding a few of their own pieces to the show.
As you stroll through the exhibit, enjoy the fresh view created by the imagination and skill of these young artists and their instructors.
Participating schools: Smith Center, Norton, Thomas More Prep-Marian, Trego Community, Phillipsburg, and Hill City.
Smith Center High School
“Neon Lights” by Emily Schulte, TMP-Marian
Hill City High School Free Standing Art