Paintings and photographs by Kansas-connected artists are sure to take the breath away of viewers at the Vernon Filley Art Museum. Opening reception is 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12.

Eufloria, a guest exhibition of flowers portrayed in painting by artist Michael Jilg and in pictures by photographer Leon Staab, is the next show at the Vernon Filley Art Museum, 421 S. Jackson. A special opening reception is planned for 6 p.m. Friday, January 12 when the public can meet the artists and enjoy wine/beer and appetizers at the Filley.
"The paintings and images are breath-taking in person," said museum director Brittany Novotny. "It's my understanding that Staab's wife suggested these two artists combine their work and travel together and it's been a wildly popular exhibit at other art museums and galleries so far."
Jilg is a native Kansas painted and print-maker with degrees from Fort Hays State University and Wichita State University. He returned to FHSU as a teacher in 1981 and had since blended his research and love of travel to unmask the mysteries of history and its layers of civilization. Though Kansas remains his home, he has global ties to the art world with over 200 exhibitions and representations in museum collections in the United States, England and Asia.
Staab was born in Hays, Kansas and also earned degrees in German, Russian and Journalism from Fort Hays State University. He pursued graduate studies in Germany and Austria before returning to Hays where he opened Pioneer Photography, a full service portrait studio. His shop closed in 2014 but he continues to devote his time to working on fine art photographic projects.
Eufloria, the exuberant flower images of Jilg and Staab, will be on display at the Vernon Filley Art Museum from January 12 to April 14.