Renowned Kansas landscape artist Louis Copt was commissioned to serve as the artist for the paintings. Parks selected for the project included locations in Garden City, Abilene, Topeka and Tuttle Creek State Park.
The latter is of particular interest to Kansas cyclists, as it shows a mountain biker riding the Fancy Creek Trail at Tuttle Creek State Park, north of Manhattan, Kansas.
The Fancy Creek Mountain Bike Trail winds through dense cedar forest and open native grassland, running along rocky ridges with scenic overlooks along the way. Many mountain bikers have rated it as one of the top trails in the state.
The other parks featured include:
There are plans to create a moving exhibit of the paintings to take around the state for display. In addition, a limited number of prints will also be made available for public sale. And finally, there will be four winners determined by a drawing next October to receive the original featured art.
You can learn more about the project in the Winter 2011/12 issue of KRPA Today (page 18), from the Kansas Recreation and Park Association.
It’s great to see Kansas mountain biking get a bit of positive attention and exposure!