we invite you to
Matthew Richter's One Room Showing
August 5th, 5 - 8 PM
Showing August 5th - September 17th
Exclusively spotlighting Matthew's award-winning Great Plains Art.
View original, never before seen oils and plein-air sketches gathered in the stunning Strecker-Nelson Gallery.
Experience a rare opportunity, all Matthew's outstanding work displayed collectively.
"Blazing Star and Coreopsis in the Bison Wallow"
48" x 36", oil on canvas
In the prairie grasslands where bison have wallowed for centuries, shallow wet bottom spots form. Some of these wallows, indistinct banks rising a few inches and dipping down to two feet in depth, can still be found in the native stands of the Kansas Flint Hills.
This rare wallow is rimmed with purple Blazing Star and yellow, red-centered Coreopsis wildflowers. These surprise bursts of flowers form the natural balance of contrasts in microclimates. The diversity and cooperation of multiple different native plants creates a vibrant, healthy landscape. A growing prairie retains moisture, encourages soil development and cultivates a rainbow of wildflower species.
The arrival of European farmers obliterated many of these ancient wildflowers and wallows, filling them with the straight, regular rows of cultivated fields.