The Strecker-Nelson Gallery is the oldest continuously operated commercial art gallery in Kansas. It's been operating since 1979 and I had never been in it! Now I am kicking myself for not checking it out sooner. I could have been enjoying it for years -- and telling people about it. I guess I'll start that now.
The gallery has an urban feel to it and is located on the second floor of a building at 1520 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan. Three steps up the stairs you'll see a painting that will have you mighty curious about what you might see next.
Once up the stairs, upon the first peek you'll undoubtedly feel a "wow! sweep over you. Turn your head this way or that and you'll find vibrant art displayed with class against cool wall colors. The lighting showcases these quality pieces just perfectly. Fine art and rustic art is found in nooks and on walls. It's the kind of art that makes you really want to admire it for awhile and ask a million questions. Barbara and Jay Nelson are very friendly and willing to answer your questions. They certainly have a knack for choosing quality and interesting art. Of course, the art is for sale and if you buy I can almost guarantee you'll feel really good about it.
Barbara and Jay could have this gallery in much bigger cities and do very well. To understand why they stay in Manhattan is to "Get Kansas." Yours, KE #2 Marci Penner