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The Barada Hills of Nebraska: 26 Paintings and Poetry by John Frederick Lokke and Jan Chism Wright


The Barada Hills of southeastern Nebraska have a unique and colorful history. These bluffs along the Missouri river, located primarily in Richardson County in southeastern Nebraska, are named after Barada town founder Antoine Barada.  Antoine was the son of French Count Michael Barada and Laughing Buffalo, a member of the Omaha Tribe.  The Barada Hills were documented in 1804 during Lewis and Clark’s expedition, and again by Prince Maximilian and artist Carl Bodmer nearly 30 years later.

Jan Chism Wright relocated to a farm just north of Barada from Houston, TX in 1997, and has been writing about the region ever since.  In collaboration with artist and naturalist John Frederick Lokke, this exhibition explores both the physical and historical particularities of this region. 

John Lokke is an artist, naturalist, and amateur herpetologist.  A native of Omaha, he received his BFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha.  For the past 15 years, he has been working and teaching art in Wichita, KS at City Arts Gallery.  He has exhibited at venues including the Weber Fine Arts Gallery at UNO, Cass County Historical Museum, Lydia Bruun Public Library in Falls City, Morton James Public Library in Nebraska City, the University of Colorado, the Omaha History Center, and Hardin Hall at UNL.