Alan J. Bartels
is a lifelong Nebraskan.
After moving around often as a child, Bartels
became rooted in Central Nebraska while attending high school in Greeley, on the edge of the Nebraska Sandhills.
didn't know it at the time, daylong forays into the dunes in search of turtles, snakes and adventure instilled in him a respect for the region.
After seeing a large part of the planet serving in the military, including service in an even larger sandbox known as the Arabian Desert, Bartels
came home to Nebraska.
During twenty years spent in manufacturing in the Grand Island area, Bartels
began revisiting the Sandhills of his
travels took him farther west to even more remote locales as he
continually sought the most pristine, isolated areas where Nature was its most pure.
began writing newspaper stories about his
outdoor pursuits and shot quite a collection of photographs along the way.
Soon, in addition to an often 70+ hour work week, Bartels
was interviewing and writing in the evenings, and traveling during vacations and on weekends.
This rugged schedule led to regular publication in several newspapers, three national magazines, and in other publications with increasing regularity.
was volunteering at Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary
near Gibbon, and rescuing injured hawks, eagles, falcons and owls as a volunter for Raptor Recovery Nebraska.
He received the Conservation Educator of the Year award in 2002, from the Nebraska Wildlife Federation for his work in educating people about sandhill cranes and Nebraska's turtles; and among many affiliations today, he is a member of the executive board of the Nebraska Master Naturalist program.
In 2010 Bartels
accepted a position asField Assistant Editor of Nebraska Life Magazine
isn't editing other writers' work, selling advertising, answering the phones, changing light bulbs, or doing dishes in the kitchen of the magazine's downtown Norfolk office, he
climbs into the company car, canvasses the entire state interacting with the genuine, caring and colorful characters he
passion for the state of Nebraska is a true form of Patriotism.
Riding shotgun along the highway, back road or trail, with one Nikon constantly in hand, and a second one around his
captures the other- wise unexplainable and excuisite artistry of a natural and ever- changing canvas.
work will inspire others to explore the immense beauty of Nebraska.
The reception for Alan J. Bartels, Valery Wachter and loft artist of themonth, Pam Hynek, will be Saturday, August 3rd, from 5 to 7 p.m.