Thank you for your support of Season 2022. We enjoyed seeing every one of you
... and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Volland will reopen Saturday, February 4, 2023
normal opening hours:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday | 1-4 pm
24098 Volland Road, Alma, KS
The Volland Store is owned and operated by the Volland Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, and serves as an anchor for the Foundation's activities in Volland: art exhibitions and community programming in the gallery; outdoor performances at "the Ruin;" artist residencies in Volland; guest accommodations in the Loft and the Little House for the general public; and the History, Nature, and Sculpture Trail, open throughout the year from dawn to dusk.
The Volland Store opened in 1913 in the little railroad community of Volland and quickly became the social and cultural center of the ranching community that surrounded it. Today the former general store has been re-purposed as an art gallery and event center and serves once more as a gathering place for the community, both near and far.
Located in a scenic valley in the Flint Hills, the Store is an award-winning space with good art and friendly conversation. Join the artists, writers, scientists, and poets who enrich and enliven our community.
The Volland Store is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1 to 4 pm
and by appointment
Call 785-499-3616 and leave a message. We will return your call.
If you visit when the gallery is closed, you will find information at the north door
- Explore the "Ruin" on the South Lawn
- Hike the History, Nature, and Sculpture Trail | Trail Maps at the north door
Open year-round, dawn to dusk
in plain sight
a photography exhibit
Doug Barrett | Laura Cobb | Dylan Connell
Ryan Jones, curator
February 4 - March 19 | 2023
Sunday, February 5 | 2 pm
Brief comments followed by conversation with the artists
Free admission | light refreshments
Sculptures by Mark McHenry
The History, Nature, and Sculpture Trail is open every day of the year from dawn to dusk.
WINTER ON THE TRAIL
Each season brings it own pleasures to the trail. In winter the trees are bare. They display their essential structure, strength, and vulnerability - and indeed their architecture. If you're lucky, a passing train will thunder down the elevated track and demand your attention, inspiring awe and wonder.
Further into the woods, the trail invites closer inspection of the details - the ground coverings, the leaves, the nuts, the stones, the deer tracks. It is quiet except for the rustle of leaves underfoot. No birdsong or insect chatter. A wintry silence. It seems far removed, just for you.
On the trail, history and nature are palpable - and now so is art. It can be touched and felt. Mark McHenry, architect and sculptor, has gifted several sculptures to the Volland Foundation. Created over a lifetime and not specifically designed for this place, McHenry recognized they would feel at home here - and they do. The materials of iron, wood, stone, and found objects resonate with the Flint Hills and its culture. The architecture, engineering, and vision of each piece is complex and intriguing. They stir the imagination.
Sculpture #1 is placed close to the trail's south entrance, and Sculpture #2 is about halfway through the trail. Sculpture #3 can be seen from the Volland gallery - it is to the west of the Ruin, close to the two trees along the mowed path leading to the trail entrance. The fourth sculpture is hanging in a tree just before the first bend in the trail - and it moves! A fifth piece will be installed in Spring 2023, followed by an "official" opening, with a Walk and Talk by McHenry. The date will be announced later, but you are invited to enjoy the first four sculptures now - with a pleasant wintry walk in the woods.
(Please note, restrooms are not available when the Store is closed)
Future art studio at Volland
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