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Ellinwoods June Jaunt starts with art
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Rob Penners ink field sketches focus on the avian world he interacts with every day in his career with the Nature Conservancy. - photo by VERONICA COONS Great Bend Tribune

ELLINWOOD — Wolf Park in Ellinwood was graced Friday with an eye catching piece of art thanks to the creativity and artistic know-how of three of the communities local artists. Rosa Lyn Borchers, Ellinwood, met Friday with Chamber of Commerce Director Jacque Isern and Renee Miller of Sentinel Gallery at Wolf Park. She was presented a $50 Chamber gift certificate for her winning design for Ellinwood’s June Jaunt Barn Quilt. Miller and partner Aaron McCaffery transformed the design into it’s finished form including a three-dimensional sheaf of wheat created from wood and wire.
The artwork is the centerpiece for the 2015 June Jaunt theme, and each community along the route from Tribune to Ellinwood will have a unique design on display. The three-day celebration began Friday, with antique vendors holding sidewalk sales mid-morning, and the Historic Wolf Hotel serving up ice-cream starting at noon.
Throughout the weekend, Sentinel Gallery will have on display the works of three local artists, Rob Penner, Kelli Penner, and Steven Bohrer.
Rob Penner creates self-described “detailed field sketches” of birds found in Kansas. The avian program manager for the Nature Conservancy often gives drawings away as gifts, but has recently began donating them as fund raisers to Ducks Unlimited and the Kansas Ornithological Society.
Kelli Penner recently graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is working towards making western photography the focus of her career. Her photos capture the details of her rural life and the people and creatures she interacts with.
Steven Bohrer, formerly of Ellinwood but now an artist from Salina, creates acrylic abstract paintings on canvas. Color and brush strokes capture energy and emotion.
Sunday, come meet the artists as Sentinel Art Gallery hosts a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.