24 Kansas Official Travel Guide TravelKS.com Central Prairie A short drive west brings you into Kansas Central Prairie region and Salina, home of the Salina Symphony. Founded in 1955 by Eric Stein as the Salina Chamber Orchestra, the Salina Symphony comprised of professional and amateur musi- ciansplays in downtown Salinas Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts. The dynamic orchestra offers a full calendar of programs highlighting mastercomposersfrom several periods. Na- tional, regional and local guest artists en- hance the experience. Also in this region, the Wichita Art Mu- seum, one of the larg- est art museums in Kansas, displays works that span three centu- ries of American art, including painting, sculpture and decorative arts. The museums per- manent collection consists of nearly 7,000 pieces, including masterpieces by Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Charles M. Russell. The F. Price Cossman Memorial Trust Collection of Steuben Glass is ever expanding to include acqui- sitions of historic Steuben. To the northwest lies the folk-art gem of Lucas. The towns Grassroots Art Center showcases outsider art, or art created by people without formal art training, but the artistic sights in the town radiate far beyond the centers wallsfrom works adorning local yards and businesses to the towns public restrooms. Western High Plains Continue your journey west and south to Liberal and the Baker Arts Center. Often lauded as a cultural oasis on the prairie, the Baker Arts Cen- ter provides free rotating exhibits, workshops and traveling cultural events. The dream of Liberal artist Irene Dillon Baker and her husband Francis Marion Baker, the Baker Arts Center is a thriving grassroots dream turned into reality. The center annually hosts a national juried art exhibition and two large events, French Market and Night of Lights. The Childrens Discovery Center appeals to the youngand young-at-heartto channel their inner artist. Shop to your hearts content in the gallery, which features a variety of media, in- cluding pottery and textiles. Award-winning and internationally collected Kansas painter Jerry Thomas depicts Native Americans, cowboys, wildlife and waterfowl, among other subjects. Passionate about the pres- ervation of natural and historical heritage, Thomas The dynamic orchestras programs illustrate music through the ages. has helped generate funding for habitat restoration in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. His Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection in Scott City, which in- cludes his work for sale, is a captivating journey through the Old West. Displays include items from the Civil War, the Indian War and even authentic cowboy trail memorabilia that Thomas has used in the creation of his work. Kimberly Winter Stern, an Overland Park resident, often attends symphony per- formances, enjoys live theatre and browses galleries in all corners of the state. WICHITA ART MUSEUM BAKER ARTS CENTER The center annually hosts French Market and Night of Lights.