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Art Exhibits

  1. Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West

    December 4, 2018, 10:00 AM - December 21, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    One section of the Seaton Gallery will highlight the back-and-forth exchange of aesthetics and ideas between East and West through objects in the museum’s permanent collection, made by artists who traveled between the two regions. This project collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko.

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  2. Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    April 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - November 30, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing by Americans and complements Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme, "A Universe of Stories."

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  3. Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders

    August 6, 2019, 10:00 AM - December 9, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist introduces Jeremiah Ariaz. Black Trail Riding Clubs have their roots in Creole culture formed in Southwest Louisiana in the eighteenth century. Trail rides are an opportunity for generations from rural parts of the state to gather and celebrate. These trail riders form a distinctive yet little known Louisiana subculture.

    Ariaz is a Great Bend product and associate professor of art at Louisiana State University who has captured these equestrian clubs in a series of photographs selected for this exhibition. One image chosen as 2019 Friends of Beach Museum of Art Gift Print.

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  4. The Land of the Living Opening Reception

    August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM - October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Please join Strecker Nelson West Gallery for the opening of the next exhibit, The Land of the Living. This show will feature figurative and architectural work mostly, and will be on display until October 26th. Please join the reception to enjoy some drinks and hors d'oeurves, and meet the artists!

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Community Events

  1. Cake Cutting Ceremony

    August 23, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Manhattan Regional Airport

    Please join Manhattan Regional Airport for a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate 10 years of American Airlines service on August 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. inside the terminal.

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  2. Family movie night, foster care/adoption event

    August 23, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Westview Christian Church

    Westview Community Church & Saint Francis Ministries are teaming up to offer fun movies -- Finding Nemo and Instant Family -- and inspire conversation and education about foster care and adoption. The event is free, and childcare is available for ages 0 to 3 years. Please register for childcare by calling 785-537-7173.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. The Grand Reveal of the Copo50 Camaro

    August 23, 2019, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Midwest Dream Car Collection

    Join as they reveal the newest addition to their Exhibit, the Golden-Anniversary COPO Camaro. Be there as they celebrate Production Number Five of only 69 Copo's that were made to commemorate this anniversary.
    Event Details: They will be closing the museum at 4pm to prepare. A Members Only cocktail reception will begin at 5:30pm and at 6:30pm they will open the doors to the general public at standard admission pricing. The event will conclude at 8pm.
    **You may purchase annual memberships at the front desk or on our website before the 23rd to attend the 5:30pm Members Reception.
    ***General Admission Tickets will NOT be honored until 6:30pm

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  2. Hoo-Haw

    August 23, 2019, 7:30 PM - August 25, 2019 @ The Columbian Theatre

    Put on your cowboy boots and mosey on down to The Columbian Theatre stompin’ grounds for the 15th Anniversary of Hoo Haw!
    Excellent live music and performers. Mediocre comedy. Veteran actor and director Troy Hemphill leads the annual favorite with new skits, songs, and jokes and has made this show a Columbian institution and a hoot to experience. Come see Drew Horton, Shelley Rickstrew, Mindy Thierolf, Mark Portel and other familiar faces take the Columbian stage! This fun-loving cast always packs the house!
    Get your tickets now! Performances are August 16-18, 23-25. You can get tickets at columbiantheatre.com or call our box office at (785) 456-2029. If you are interested in attending opening night on August 16th to benefit the Wamego Public Library and Friends of the Library, go to columbiantheatre.com and select the August 16th show.
    Sponsored by WTC.

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Special Events

  1. Dream With Da Vinci

    May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 8, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Artist. Inventor. Scientist. Genius. Leonardo Da Vinci was a true Renassaince Man. One of the greatest painters yet he only completed a few works. Da Vinci was a dreamer and inventor, and his love for math, science and art are highlighted through this fascinating interactive exhibition. Catapults, parachutes and a hang glider are just some of the inventions Da Vinci incorporated to explore the art of science.

    In an accompanying exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery, AIB Food First; learn how AIB helps companies bring safe, high-quality food to the world, and play baker for the day on the Discovery Center's second floor gallery.

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