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March 2021

Messiah Festival of the Arts
Celebrating 140 Years

Below is the current schedule for Messiah events. Please to go to for updated schedules as COVID details evolve.
March 19 – April 4: Juried Student Art Exhibition at Mingenback Art CenterThe Department of Art and Digital Media at Bethany College will host a corridor exhibition at Mingenback Art Center of artwork created by local women art instructors alongside the traditional juried exhibition of artwork created by Bethany College students, judged by visual artist Ms. Ruth Moritz. An awards ceremony for the winning exhibiting art student work to be held on the Presser Auditorium stage on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 with a small reception to follow.
Sunday, March 21 at 3:00 pm: Messiah Dress Rehearsal featuring Student Soloists at Presser Hall AuditoriumStudent Soloists from the Bethany College Department of Music will sing the arias as part of the annual dress rehearsal of Handel’s Messiah. This event will be livestreamed, and if the COVID situation allows a limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.
Palm Sunday, March 28 at 3:00 pm: A Celebration of Women in Leadership at Presser Hall AuditoriumThis special event will feature prominent women in leadership who have a connection to Bethany College and/or Lindsborg, Kansas including Lindsborg Mayor Becky Anderson, Bethany College President Dr. Elizabeth Mauch, Bishop of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Susan Candea, and Kansas Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Zabel-Wilson. Also featured will be a special women’s chorus conducted by Mrs. Britney English, Vocal Music Teacher at Smoky Valley High School. This event will be livestreamed, and if the COVID situation allows a limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.
April 1 at 2:30 pm: Student Honors Recital at Presser Hall AuditoriumThe annual Messiah Festival of the Arts Student Honors Recital showcases the best music majors and minors of the Bethany College Music Department. This event will be livestreamed, and if the COVID situation allows a limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.
Good Friday, April 2:A decision has been made to NOT perform Bach's Passion according to St. Matthew live. A rebroadcast of an earlier performance will be made available on
Easter Sunday, April 4 at 3:00 pm: Handel’s Messiah at Presser Hall AuditoriumThe Bethany Oratorio Society is planning a full performance of Handel’s Messiah on Easter Sunday with the full Oratorio Society Chorus and Orchestra. To facilitate social distancing the chorus and orchestra, all performers will be wearing special singing masks and will be spread throughout the Presser Hall Auditorium. This event will be livestreamed, and if the COVID situation allows, a limited number of tickets for balcony seating will be available at the door on the day of the event.
Theatre Productions: The Revolutionists, a play by Lauren Gunderson, will be performed on Friday, March 26th at 7:30pm in Burnett Center.

Sandzen at 150 – Celebrating the Vision
Until March 7

There are still a few days left to enjoy Sandzén at 150: Celebrating the Vision, commemorates the artist's birth on February 5, 1871, and showcases a multitude of works from the Gallery's permanent collection. This is the largest collection of Sandzén's works to be shown at one time --truly a show to not miss.
Birger Sandzén was born in Sweden and studied art in Stockholm and Paris prior to emigrating to Lindsborg, Kansas, in 1894 so that he could teach at Bethany College. He remained there for the remainder of his career, retiring in 1946. Throughout this period, and after he retired, he was a prolific painter and printmaker until his death in 1954. During his lifetime he completed in excess of 2600 oil paintings and 500 watercolors. He created 207 lithographs, 94 block prints and 27 drypoints - which when the editions are totaled amount to over 33,000 prints. In addition he was a consummate draftsman, filling over 80 sketchbooks.

The exhibition is generously underwritten by the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust and will continue through March 7, 2021

The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg and is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday. The Gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. We ask that visitors wear masks and practice appropriate social distancing. For more information about Birger Sandzén and the Sandzén Gallery visit or call (785) 227-2220. 

123rd Annual Midwest Art Exhibition
March 15 – May 31 at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery

Five new exhibitions comprise the 123 rd annual Midwest Art Exhibition , which opens at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on Sunday, March 21, 2021, and 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.

Tempt Your Taste Buds
350 Degrees Bakery Opens March 3

Lindsborg resident Carla Wilson has long been known for her artistic endeavors, but many of us also know her as a baker par excellence! Now, visitors to Lindsborg can enjoy a variety of delectable baked goods at her new bakery, 350 Degrees. Can you already smell the hot bread?

Browse the specials for the day and choose something new or your tried-and-true favorite, along with a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea, and sit a spell. Or, grab your order to go. Along with a variety of standard favorites --pies, cake, cookies, breads, muffins-- the bakery will offer custom orders and Swedish specialties.

350 Degrees Bakery is located at 125 N. Main St, in what many of you may know as the Courtyard Gallery. Bakery hours are 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Wednesday - Saturday. Find 350 Degrees on Facebook.

A Wacky and Waffley Good Time!

You may wonder "what is the origin of Waffle Day"? According to the Christian gospels, 25th of March is the day when the archangel Gabriel came down to earth and told Mary that she would bring birth to God's son in 9 months time. From the beginning, what was celebrated in Sweden was Vårfrudagen, ("Our Lady Day"), but in Swedish it kind of sounds like vorfleday, or "Våffeldagen". Over time, in Sweden, this tradition has become more about the waffles than about virgin birth.

On Saturday, March 20, enjoy hot waffles, waffle-y savories and sweets in Lindsborg! Whether you like your waffle sweet or savory, you can find options to satisfy your cravings at the following restaurants:
  • Mocha Waffle Berry Parfait - 350 Degrees Bakery, dine in or carry out, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, 125 N. Main St.
  • Belgian Waffle with White Chocolate Cream Cheese & Berries - The White Peacock, carry out ONLY, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm, 124 S. Main St.
  • Belgian Waffle with Whipped Maple Butter and Bacon - Blacksmith Coffee Shop & Roastery, 6:30 am - 2:00 pm, 122 N. Main St. 
  • Nashville Chicken and Waffles and Traditional Chicken and Waffles - Crown and Rye, 11:00 am - 9:00pm, 121 N. Main St.
Lindsborg’s distinctive Waffle People will be roaming downtown for photos ops from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and downtown businesses windows will be filled with a whole lot of waffle fun! Be certain to follow the Lindsborg Mask Ordinanceduring your waffley visit!

For more information, follow the Lindsborg Vaffledagen Facebook page .

Lindsborg Collects Lindsborg Art
March 5 – April 4

Lindsborg Collects…Lindsborg Art ” is celebrating local collectors of art for the ninth year. The exhibition, Friday, March 5 to Easter Sunday, April 4, at 105 N. Main, will relate the stories behind Lindsborg residents’ favorite and unusual works of fine art and crafts. The “Lindsborg Collects…” exhibition is from anyone with a 67456 mailing address who has a piece of Lindsborg art or craft in any medium and is willing to loan it and share its story for the event.

The story and work of art or crafts could reflect the Lindsborg arts economy, whether the art was purchased at an estate sale or was bartered. It might be about the circumstances under which the piece was purchased or the personalities involved. Or it could be about the excellent or unusual nature of the piece itself.

The painting, entitled “Horn Player” by John Bashor is owned by Vivian and Allen Anderson of Lindsborg. Vivian says, “We were at this estate sale and on a table rolled up was this picture, My husband saw it and recognized the artist. It had a price of $20 on it. If you knew my husband he normally dickers with everyone about the price. Not this time, he whipped out the money, grabbed the rolled-up canvas and pulled me out the door. I’m asking, ‘What’s up?’ He says, ‘I’ll tell you later.’ Clearly they didn’t know who John Bashor was!” Clearly, this is a fine piece of art.

As you make plan for your next stay in Lindsborg, ask your lodging manager about their QCD: Quarantine, Clean, Disinfect Plan.You will find that you can rest assured that your overnight stay comes with a plan for your safety and well being. We truly are thinking of you first. Find links to your favorite overnight stays here .

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