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Bringing “Local Color” into focus

Great Bend couple grow love of photography and the outdoors into “intense hobby”

While photographing a rare irruption of snowy owls at Cheyenne Bottoms last winter, Jay Dee Miller and Karole Erikson paused to watch the arrival of a flock of blackbirds, darkening the sky as they prepared to land for the evening. Friend Rob Graham captured the awe-filled moment. Miller and Er...

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Six years ago, Karole Erikson and husband Jay Miller bought digital cameras and began photographing the landscape and inhabitants of both the Cheyenne Bottoms and their own backyard.  For Miller, it was a chance to rekindle and interest born 30 years ago while studying art and photography at Barton Community College.  For Erikson, it was a chance to delve into a creative realm far from her everyday work as a music teacher at BCC.  On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Deines Center in Russell featured photography by each, spotlighting the talent of Kansans from Central Kansas in the “Local Color” exhibit ...


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