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May 2021

Junkin' at the City-wide Garage Sale
May 1

Vintage and second-hand treasures your thing? Looking for your next DIY project? Lindsborg's City-wide Garage Sale is sure to please. Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 1 and come early for a biscuits and gravy breakfast to benefit projects at CrossPoint Church. Breakfast and maps of all participating garage sales will be available at First Bank Kansas, 118 N Main St., beginning at 7:00 am.

2021 Millfest Cancelled

We are sad that this event was cancelled this year, but we look forward to next year. We hope you mark your calendar and plan to take tour of the mill and enjoy the festivities that focus on early life on the Kansas prairie.
Make alternative plans to visit the McPherson County Old Mill Museum complex at a later date. This museum preserves the early heritage of McPherson County, collecting, preserving, researching, exhibiting and interpreting materials related to this heritage with special emphasis on the period from 1870 to 1910.Enjoy a stroll through yesteryear! Exhibits in 12 buildings provide a glimpse into the lives of central Kansas pioneers. Visit the restored 1898 flour mill and learn how Kansas wheat was made into flour.Experience Swedish architecture at the 1904 Swedish Pavilion, designed by architect Ferdinand Boberg. Step into this beautiful Swedish structure and you’ll feel as if you are visiting the building at its original location, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Built in Sweden, disassembled and carried by steamship and train cars to be reassembled in St. Louis, this exhibit is not to be missed. Learn the story of how this building came to reside in Lindsborg.Return to school days of long ago with a visit to the 1879 & 1903 schools. Feel what it was like to purchase train tickets at the 1879 Union Pacific Depot. Visit a general store, bank, ladies shop, blacksmith shop and livery stable to learn more about daily life of the time. Take a closer look at farm work through a variety of farm equipment including a 1910 Rumley oil-pull tractor, and Yellow Kid threshing machine.Museum archives can help find your family roots. If you have ancestors who lived in McPherson County, it’s likely some record of their lives can be found in the historical documents here. Have Swedish ancestors? Ask about resources for Swedish research!
Admission: $2 Adults, $1 Ages 6-12, Under 6 FreePhone:

Mother's Day in Lindsborg
May 9

Make Mom's day special with lunch in Lindsborg. Grab lunch at your favorite restaurant or pack a picnic lunch and head to a local park or Coronado Heights. Then, grab a quadricycle at the Hemslojd for a spin on the brick streets of Lindsborg, take in one of the galleries, or take Mom shopping.

Cars and Coffee
Saturdays at Riverside Park

Join Lindsborg Cars and Coffee friends for coffee or beverage of your choice at Riverside Park, located in the 500 block of South Main Street. Grab a coffee, hot tea, iced tea, frappe, lemonade, etc. at the Blacksmith Coffee Shop and Roastery, 122 N Main St., or the White Peacock Tea and Coffee Company, 124 S Main St., and make your way to Riverside Park, at 8:00 - 10:00 am, to meet other car enthusiasts from the area and enjoy the morning. The year or make of your car doesn't matter, only that YOU like it. we ask that you follow proper social distancing and stay home if you don't feel well. For updated information, follow the Lindsborg Cars and Coffee Facebook page.

Lindsborg Golf Course
Open All Week

The Lindsborg Golf Course Clubhouse hours are Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 PM and Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 pm. Membership applications and rates/fee information can be found on the Golf Lindsborg website. For more information, please contact the Lindsborg Recreation Director at (785) 227-3333.

Red Barn Studio - Mri-PilarArtist in Residence through May 29

Grassroots artist, Mri-Pilar, will be the Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum until Saturday, May 29. Pilar refers to herself as “the empty space things happen in.” This artistic stance fits well with her upcoming work---“Museum at the End of Time.” “I will utilize a large collection of computer motherboards from the 1990s to create ‘UnClocks’ and “‘InTime Capsules.’ The finished works will be installed in the Garden of Isis, Lucas, Kansas, as part of the permanent collection.” Pilar began the Garden of Isis, an adjunct of the Grassroots Art Center in 2002. “…but who’s counting years here? I will have to grapple with holding two opposing ideas in my head at once in this UnTime…celebrating with the Grassroots Art Center their 25 year Retrospect Exhibit, ‘Flying Free,’ while creating ‘The Museum at the End of Time.”
For more information, please contact the Red Barn Studio at 785 227-2217 or The public is welcome to come to the Red Barn Studio Museum, located at 212 S. Main St., Tuesday through Friday, 10AM to 5PM and Sat and Sun, 1PM to 5PM.

123rd Annual Midwest Art Exhibition
Through May 31 at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery

Five new exhibitions comprise the 123rd annual Midwest Art Exhibition, which opens at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery which continues through May 23. The shows include works by Lawrence, Kansas, artists Thomas and Richard Klocke; hand-colored woodcuts by Jim Sherraden of Nashville, Tennessee; works by members of the Sandzén Gallery's show committee; selections from the collection of Dave Woolard of Hays, Kansas; and mixed media works by Harley Elliott of Salina, Kansas. Unfortunately, due to the continuing threat of COVID-19 there will not be an opening reception.

The Midwest Art Exhibition was founded in 1899 by three local Lindsborg artists – Birger Sandzén, Carl Lotave, and G. N. Malm – as a complement to the annual Messiah Festival held at Bethany College. Today, it represents the longest running annual art exhibition in Kansas and primarily features works by artists invited by the Sandzén Gallery or from the Gallery's permanent collection.

Brothers Thomas and Richard Klocke have been creating art for most of their lives. They were born in Green, Kansas, and attended Bethany College in Lindsborg. Thomas graduated with a B.F.A. in 1971 and Richard received a B.A. in 1975. They went on to graduate school, where Thomas earned an M.F.A. from the University of Indiana and Richard an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation, Thomas left for New York City, where he worked at an off-off-Broadway theater and developed his skills as a playwright in addition to making artwork. He eventually returned to Lawrence, Kansas, and worked for the Kansas Arts Commission. After graduating from the Art Institute, Richard also returned to Kansas and spent five years helping to restore McPherson County's Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg. He then moved to Lawrence and worked as an exhibition designer for the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka and later the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

Thomas will be exhibiting paintings, about which he writes, "My interest in pattern painting has evolved over the years. From my earliest attempts confining pattern to bands making five-sided shapes and the spaces around them. I experimented on various found materials like composition board and the shallow basket. I was also interested in stars, five-sided again, and the patterns they make connecting them." Richard works outside the boundaries of traditional art and creates work which defy time and classification. He states, "While all of these pieces –– with cut shapes and impressions –– were made over the last 5-10 years, it is difficult to know if they are separate works or a continuation of the same, whether they are sequential from earliest to latest or the other way around."

From Brayer to Brush: Hand-Colored Prints by Jim Sherraden will feature the artist's woodcut quilt pieces – "I carve my own woodblocks and print them and then cut that paper, mixing and matching, into quilt/tile/textile-like patterns either traditional or those of my own design. Watercolor is applied after the final assembly." Sherraden grew up in Salina, Kansas, then went to Nashville in 1977. There he completed his university studies, which included a strong education in printmaking. From this foundation, he managed the letterpress print shop Hatch Show Print, beginning in 1984 until 2013, overseeing its transition from a cultural survivor to a widely recognized graphic design icon and destination for letterpress enthusiasts. In 2005, Sherraden returned to carving his own woodcuts, continuing the work that first led him to Hatch Show Print over 30 years earlier. Six years later he began creating wooden quilts and then paper quilts the subsequent year. For these works of art, the artist readily cuts up his own printed pieces, mixing and matching them on single and multi-dimensional surfaces.

The show committee is the group responsible for selecting and scheduling exhibitions for the Gallery's calendar. Members of the committee will be displaying examples of their work in the Wallin Room. The committee is composed of Lindsborg artists Maleta Forsberg, Ron Michael, Elizabeth Liljegren, and Rose Marie Wallen. Additional members are Wayne Conyers of McPherson, Michael Jilg of Hays, and Karla Prickett and Cary Brinegar from Salina. They will exhibit a wide range of media with each demonstrating their unique approach to making work. Additional members of the committee include the Gallery's curator, Cori Sherman North, and collector Dave Woolard from Hays. Woolard will be exhibiting approximately 50 selections from his collection in the adjacent space. He has been collecting art for several decades and is a strong believer in supporting artists from this region.

Harley Elliott will be exhibiting mixed media pieces from his Allies series. He began creating the series after a serious health crisis in 2014 and writes, "It’s a matter of recognizing allies more so than wanting allies. Creating some is also good because art is a process of discovery. I might discover an ally within myself that I didn’t know I had." Elliott uses basic materials for creating each work: a 16 by 20 inch illustration board, acrylic paint, Conte crayon, inks, colored pencil and every once in a while a nontraditional medium.

Elliott received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan University in art and English, then earned a master’s degree in painting from Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. Early in his career, he worked as a book designer at Syracuse University Press from 1968-1970 and later went on to teach art as an assistant professor at Salina’s Marymount College for 13 years. After Marymount, he served as the education coordinator at the Salina Art Center for over a decade. Today he is an established Kansas visual artist and the author of 13 books, including 11 poetry titles, one children’s book and one memoir.

The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Docent tours for groups are available by two-week advance appointment. For more information about Birger Sandzén, the Gallery, and these exhibitions visit the website or phone (785) 227-2220.

Lindsborg Swimming Pool Opens May 29

The Lindsborg Swimming Pool will open on Saturday, May 29th. Pool hours are daily from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Rates: 3 and under Free. 4-17 year-olds, $3. 18 and older, $4. Summer Pool Passes will be available on May 3rd at City Hall, 101 S Main St.

Looking Ahead
2021 Midsummer's Festival

Plan to attend the 2021 Midsummer's Festival in Lindsborg, on Saturday, June 12. Midsummer's Day is a celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It is one of the most celebrated holidays in Sweden. Learn more about this year's event at or on the Midsummer's Festival Facebook page.

Calling all Artists
Svensk Hyllningsfest Vendors - October 8 & 9

The Hyllningsfest Arts and Crafts committee and the Raymer Society are partnering this year, to invite you to participate in the new, improved Brunswick Arts and Crafts Fair during Lindsborg’s 2021 Svensk Hyllningsfest to be held Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9. The committee will be doing things differently this year and would love to have you join us as vendors.
Arts & Crafts vendors will once again be outside, in traditional festival fashion. The Raymer Society/Red Barn Studio Museum has volunteered the use of the newly acquired lot at 202 S. Main just north of the Red Barn Studio Museum, where booths will be set up under large tents. The location is just across the street, south of the very popular Hyllningsfest food court.

Please read the application carefully and note that all applicants must send photos of their work to either Melanie Schallock or Robin Dutton, or the address listed on the application, to complete the application process.

Please feel free to contact either Melanie (785-227-5317) or Robin (785-212-1536) with any additional questions.

We can’t wait to see you at the 2021 Svensk Hyllningsfest, October 8 & 9! 

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