Millard Harrell lives in Emporia, Kansas. West of Emporia, Highway 50 follows the shallow Cottonwood River Valley. The highway travels through wooded bottom lands interspaced with soybean and sorghum fields and then it rises to reveal suddenly the stark and surprising prairie Flint Hills . The prairie is largely treeless, except for the wooded ribbons that parallel the Cottonwood and Neosho Rivers. This is where he calls his home and where he carves Wood Spirits and other works from the bark of the Kansas state tree, the Cottonwood.
After graduating from Fort Hays Kansas State College in 1963, with a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts, he taught school in eastern Colorado and Western Kansas for nine years. He then owned and managed his own business for 30 years. Upon retirement he and his wife, Onnalee, moved to the Front Porch of the Flint Hills, Emporia, Kansas, to be near their grown children and small grandchildren and to take up his long awaited passion of wood carving. He is largely self taught but through the years he has read many wood carving books, which were available, in addition to attending several Wood Carving Rendezvous at Branson, Mo. and Creede, Colorado.
Millard has shown his carvings at many art shows in Eastern Kansas, including the Botanical Garden Show in Wichita, Kansas. He is a member of the Kaw Valley Woodcarving Club in Topeka, Kansas and periodically teaches woodcarving classes at Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia.
(biography from Millard's home web site)
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From the concert Why Do They Do It? -
Works for bassoon, chamber orchestra, and piano quartet played by bassoonist Elah Grandel and the Gardner Chamber Orchestra (Paula Robison, director), and Musicians from Marlboro.
Recorded in the Tapestry Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, licensed under Creative Commons