Photographers Jim Griggs and Jeff Heidel will present a visual tour of Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Wednesday evening, Jan. 29, at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, beginning at 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 128 E. Sixth St.

The event is a celebration of Kansas' birthday and will give a glimpse of the prairie from the 1800s, said Heidel, who has been active in photography since 2006. Heidel is one of the 44 local and regional artists and photographers who exhibit in Carriage Factory Art Gallery’s upstairs gallery.

Griggs has been a photographer for more than 30 years and was an instructor for Wilderness Photography Workshops before starting his own local and regional workshops. His photography has been used by National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy and The Sierra Club, as well as hundreds of other publications, books and calendars.

Heidel and Griggs will use a mixture of still photos and video to show the well-known Kansas refuge during its various seasons. It is located seven miles north of Canton with more than 2,800 acres of preserved prairie that contains about 200 bison and 80 elk in their natural habitat.

“There is no other place in Kansas where elk and bison live together in their natural environment,” said Heidel.

The Kansas Day event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the gallery at 284-2749.

Carriage Factory Art Gallery also has announced "Love Your Gallery," the organization's annual fund-raiser gala on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature art from the "Miles from Town: Phil Epp" exhibit and other area artists, live jazz, food and drink, and a silent auction. Tickets are $60. Reservations needed. Call 284-2749.