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Celebrate with photos

NEWTON — Photographers Jim Griggs and Jeff Heidel will present a visual tour of Kansas Saturday evening, Jan. 28, at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, beginning at 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 128 E. Sixth St. The event is free and open to all ages.

In "Kansas Plains — Anything BUT Plain," Griggs and Heidel will talk about their Kansas images and photographic processes as they project a variety of photographs shot on location throughout the state.

Griggs' photography has been published in numerous magazines, books, calendars, newspapers, post cards, brochures and websites including the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy and National Geographic.

Heidel is a landscape and wildlife photographer, born and raised in Newton and currently residing in McPherson. He has photographed landscapes and wildlife in other countries as well, including Tanzania, Greece and Canada.

Kansas-themed refreshments will be served. For more information about the event, contact the gallery at 316-284-2749.

Spot an artist

Ketchikan, Alaska artist Ray Troll will be the artist-in-residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main St., Saturday, Feb. 4 through Feb. 14. From his tree-top studio, high above the Tongass Narrows in rain-swept Ketchikan, Ray Troll draws and paints fish that migrate into museums, books and magazines and onto t-shirts sold around the globe.

On Feb. 10, he will be participating in Lindsborg’s first “Artwalk,” from 5 to 8 p.m. During the Artwalk, the Red Barn Studio Museum will host a reception for Ray Troll.

On Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. he will present a lecture at the Mingenback Art Center on Bethany College campus on “How I Became a Scientific Surrealist.”

Troll was educated at Bethany College and Washington State University. He has lectured at Cornell, Harvard and Yale and has shown works at the Smithsonian and has even had a ratfish named after him.

Learn about Apollo 1

Jan. 27 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 tragedy. To commemorate the tragic historic event, the Cosmosphere will open a new exhibit titled “Apollo 1: Valiant Pioneers”.

The exhibit tells of events from the entire day of the tragedy, where nothing seemed to be going correctly and highlights changes made to ensure future missions did not end similarly.