Art exhibit in Russell might appeal to car lovers

The blistering heat of summer has finally eased a bit, making the thought of an early fall road trip in your favorite classic car or street rod a more appealing proposition.

If you're looking for a destination that offers some automotive payoff, you might consider the Chrome, Smoke and Flames exhibit on display at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell through Oct. 10.

We got a sneak peak at the artwork last weekend as we headed home from a day trip to Hays with friends. Larry Zvolanek of Osborne, curator of the exhibit, and Nancy Selbe, director of the center, took time out from hanging pictures and setting up displays to show us around.

Nearly a dozen and a half artists have works on display, from paintings, drawings, photos and collages to sculptures, including a motorcycle made from "found parts." There is even a full-scale "art car" on exhibit.

Chrome, Smoke and Flames is held every couple of years at the downtown Russell art museum. Note: the exhibit is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:30-5:30 p.m., so don't plan a trip to see it on a Monday.

For a glimpse of some of the artwork, check out our mini-gallery of photos online at