Nature has taken center stage with the June Featured Artists in the Wildwood Art Barn.
This month’s artists are watercolorist Lori Heine  from Eagle, who paints flowers, and metalsmith Bob Mills from Aurora, who uses nature themes in his work.
Mills was in the welding business for about 40 years building patient lifting devices for hospitals and nursing homes. During that time, he learned to work with steel, and he combined that knowledge with his love of nature to create his sculptures.
Mills said he likes to challenge himself to recreate things he sees in nature in steel.
Mills said he spends part of his time teaching “birds and bugs classes” at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island and uses some of the knowledge he’s gathered while studying birds and insects in his art.
Mills said he entered his first art show in 2009 and has been semi-retired from welding since then. He also volunteers monitoring whooping crane migrations in the spring and fall.
Mills’ sculptures and Heine’s watercolors will be on display through July 13.
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