Current Exhibition

The Barada Hills of Nebraska
Paintings and Poetry by John Frederick Lokke and Jan Chism Wright

Exhibition runs Monday, February 27- March 31, 2017
Gallery Reception: Thursday, March 16th, 5 to 7 p.m.

The Barada Hills of southeastern Nebraska have a unique and colorful history. These bluffs along the Missouri river, located primarily in Richardson County in southeastern Nebraska, are named after Barada town founder Antoine Barada. Antoine was the son of French Count Michael Barada and Laughing Buffalo, a member of the Omaha Tribe. The Barada Hills were documented in 1804 during Lewis and Clark’s expedition, and again by Prince Maximilian and artist Carl Bodmer nearly 30 years later.

Jan Chism Wright relocated to a farm just north of Barada from Houston, TX in 1997, and has been writing about the region ever since. In collaboration with artist and naturalist John Frederick Lokke, this exhibition explores both the physical and historical particularities of this region.

John Lokke is an artist, naturalist, and amateur herpetologist. A native of Omaha, he received his BFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha. For the past 15 years, he has been working and teaching art in Wichita, KS at City Arts Gallery. He has exhibited at venues including the Weber Fine Arts Gallery at UNO, Cass County Historical Museum, Lydia Bruun Public Library in Falls City, Morton James Public Library in Nebraska City, the University of Colorado, the Omaha History Center, and Hardin Hall at UNL.

Jan Wright earned BBA from the University of Houston, and took courses in creative writing from Rice University, St. Thomas University, and Peru State College. Her works have been published in the Plains Song Review in 2000 and 2002, and in Nebraska Presence: an Anthology of Poetry in 2007.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 Third Corso in Nebraska City and is regularly open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and for special events. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public of all ages. KHN is a program of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc

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