The Gypsum Hills of south central Kansas is the prime location for seasoned artisans, those who dabble in taking photos, and everyone in between!
Most people don’t realize what hidden gems the Gyp Hills of Kansas really are. Not only is this region a stunningly beautiful natural wonder, it is also rich in Midwestern culture, cattle ranching, and Native American history. This expanse of rust-colored, jagged hills, flat mesas, natural bridges, and deep canyons stirs the imagination and sparks creativity. Every year, the picturesque red Gypsum Hills with their bountiful wildlife, wildflowers, and red cedar trees attract artists and photographers alike, both amateur and professional.
A few extraordinary artists call this region home and glean inspiration from its landscape, Midwestern culture, and Native American heritage.
Scott Bean is a local nature and landscape photographer. Scott takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary and the results are breathtaking. His inspiration is his love for simply being in the great outdoors. He spent a lot of time outside as a child hunting and fishing. His work evokes a longing for peace, serenity, and a oneness with nature. Each photograph feels as though you could step right into it and spend a day in the peaceful harmony of the Gyp Hills landscape. The best part about his photography is that it’s real, and you can visit the Gyp Hills and experience this magnificent scenery for yourself!
His photos have appeared in several magazines and have been used in calendars, book covers, text books, corporate reports, and corporate websites. He teaches photography classes and workshops and is available for private workshops for those interested. Both amateur and professional photographers alike could learn a great deal studying with Scott. What better reason to visit the Gyp Hills?
Earl Kuhn is an award-winning watercolor artist. Earl uses the ranching heritage of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, for his inspiration. His works feature the modern-day ranch cowboy, his livestock, and the land. He paints with a heightened attention to detail, and his use of light makes his work appear remarkably lifelike.
Earl’s work has been displayed in many art shows throughout the United States and featured on numerous magazine covers.
You can see Earl’s artwork on display at the Sagebrush Gallery of Western Art located in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, which he has owned and operated since 1979. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., or you can call for an appointment. You can also view his paintings at the annual Peace Treaty Festival.
Elisa Stone is a local ceramic artist. Elisa’s work is inspired by the American West, life on the ranch, and Native American history. She crafts mugs, platters, and trivets as well as eclectic, one-of-a-kind art pieces.
Elisa’s work has been displayed in many group exhibits and art competitions throughout the United States, most notably the Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show and The Governor’s Inaugural Exhibition Invitational. Her pieces can be found in galleries in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and California, as well as various private and corporate collections.
You can see and purchase Elisa’s work at the Maker Mercantile, which she owns and operates, located in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. The lower level of the converted church building is her own working ceramics studio. Not only could you meet the artist, there is a good chance you’ll get to see her in action as well! The Maker Mercantile also features a number of other talented artists and craftsmen, both local to Medicine Lodge and throughout the state of Kansas.
David Vollbracht is a local artist who paints representational landscapes. Using the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains as his inspiration, David takes in the ever-changing scenery and uses it to evoke an emotional response through his paintings.
David has won various awards, and his work has been featured in numerous art shows. He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America.