75+ paintings on display June 25 – October 1 All kinds of pollinators in 2020: butterflies, bees, wasps & more Open dawn to dusk, free admission Make sure you get a selfie with the prairie butterfly Community residents of all ages & skill levels contribute paintings A gentle grassy path connects all the paintings Supported by the Knock Family Charitable Fund

2021 Prairie Art Exhibit June 25-October 1

Community artists of all ages and skill levels have created dozens of 2′ x 2′ painting following our theme “Prairie Creatures Great & Small”. All the artwork is then mounted in the 9-acre prairie at the Henry A. Country Life Center.

Walk through the 9 acres of restored Iowa prairie during this self-guided tour June 25 to October 1. Admission is free and the exhibit is open dawn to dusk. (Buildings and restrooms are open M-F 9 to 3.)

Thanks to the Knock Family Charitable Fund for support of this exhibit.

Different Ways to Participate in the Prairie Art Exhibit

This year’s theme for the Prairie Art Exhibit is “Prairie Creatures Great and Small”. Naturally, the Native American bison and prairie dogs come to mind. But don’t overlook smaller, but also critical critters such as songbirds, reptiles and all kinds of insects.

We provide a primed board to anyone in the community (while supplies last) with pick up at either of our two locations. Artists create their work, seal their board if possible, and return it to either location by June 11. Thanks to the Knock Family Charitable Fund, there’s no cost to paint a board unless you want it returned after the exhibit.

Want to paint a board? Boards will be ready for pick up starting Monday, April 19, 2021. Email Lisa at the Country Life Center or Ann at the Wallace House to make arrangements (our buildings are closed to the public but pick up/drop offs are welcome). Completed boards are due June 11 with this form. Pick up a form when you get your board.

Can you help prep the boards or install the exhibit? A crew is needed to seal boards and mount them between June 12 -24. Email Deb and she’ll contact you with details.

Video Captures Iowa Pollinators at Work

Our 2020 theme, “Pollinators,” focused attention towards prairie pollinators. Our community artists went crazy with more than 80 paintings of bees, butterflies, wasps, bats, hummingbirds and more. In this YouTube video, retired state park ranger Alan Carr takes us on a walk through the 9-acre prairie at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center. Watch as some of Iowa’s most common pollinators do their critical and fascinating work.

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Supported in part by the Knock Family Charitable Fund.