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Lindsborg in Bloom
Celebrating All Things 60s and 70s

Get your groove on during Lindsborg in Bloom on April 24th, 2021. This annual festival is back with lots of fun for cool cats and happy hippies! Enjoy sidewalk sales, food, drinks and fun, all day long. There will be a henna tattoo artist, chalk art opportunities, and face painting available downtown. Stop by the Lindsborg Community Library and pick up a new read at their used book sale. Enjoy a day of peace, love and flower power! Activities begin at 10:00 am.
You can find updated details on the Lindsborg in Bloom Facebook page. Interested in more travel information? Contact the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau and request a travel packet.

Messiah Festival of the Arts
April Performances

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 a limited number of tickets for balcony seating will be available at the door on the day of the event. Enjoy this performance in its 140th year in Lindsborg.
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

Coronado Heights Kite Fly
April 17

Whether you are artsy or outdoorsy, and 3 or 73, this event is for you! Meet at Coronado Heights, just northwest of Lindsborg, on April 17 at 10:00 am, and for $6 you can make and fly your own kite. There will be a limited supply of kite kits available.
From 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Wings of the Wind Kite Company will be displaying a variety of kites and demonstrating how they fly. Additional pre-made kites will be available for sale that day, from $5 up, at the event and at Trollslända Toy Store, 135 N. Main Street, Lindsborg...or bring your own kite and join in the fun! Up-to-date details for this event can be found here.

Spring is in Full Swing
Lindsborg Golf Course

The Lindsborg Golf Course Clubhouse will open on Monday, April 5 for the 2021 season. Hours will be 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.

April 24 - 7:00 am

In celebration of Earth Day, join in a Swedish event known as "plogging". Plogging is a combination of "pick up" and "jogging" and participants of this 3k/5k will be encouraged to pick up litter along the Välkommen Trail and dispose of it at the end of the race. Join us in this Swedish tradition in Lindsborg, Little Sweden USA!
Event Address: Northern entrance to the Välkommen Trail (intersection of 14th Ave and Bethany Dr.) Contact: (620) 755-6785 or
Click here to register and here for more information.

Red Barn Studio - Lindsey Kernodle & Heather Byers
Artists in Residence - April 6 - 11, 2021

Lindsey Kernodle and Heather Byers of Wichita will be the Artists-in-Residence, Tuesday, April 6 to Sunday, April 11 at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main St., Lindsborg, “For this residency,” Lindsey Kernodle says, “my hope is to work side by side with my friend, Heather Byers. While our styles are quite different, she and I overlap in our subject matter and how we layer people, plants, architecture and animals in our pieces. We especially overlap in our love for plant-life. I am a trained scientific illustrator (at the Sedgwick County Zoo) and would love to demonstrate my very detail-oriented techniques for capturing plant subject matter scientifically.” Kernodle intends to create new pieces that reflect on the Covid-19 pandemic and how it has changed society. “We can no longer gather to hear musicians. We can no longer meet strangers while out at a coffee shop or out at a park. Many small businesses are shuttering. Mental health problems are a secondary epidemic. To represent this, my medium would either be acrylic or woodburning. My concept is to use overlapping images of people and place to show the before and after of this transformative time for our planet.”
Byers and Kernodle share an overlap in interests --both use portraiture and plant/animal images in their work. "I think a residency would be a fantastic opportunity to take a break from the bigger, louder pieces and really focus in on technique by working smaller.” In 2017, Byers did a series called “100 Faces.” She would like to revisit that idea with her evolved art style and do another 100 faces using a mixture of paint and fabric collage on small canvases (6”X6”.) She says, “I’ve done more work with plants and flowers and plan to incorporate some of that imagery in my portrait painting as well.” She, also, says she spent most of 2020 focused on large murals and public art. “That is ultimately the direction I would like to continue pushing my career in the arts. I think a residency would be a fantastic opportunity to take a break from the bigger louder pieces and really focus in on technique by working smaller.”
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. 

Red Barn Studio - Mri-Pilar
Artist in Residence - April 25 - May 29

Grassroots artist, Mri-Pilar, will be the Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum, Sunday, April 25 to 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.

Poetry Reading at the Red Barn Studio
April 9

On Friday, April 9 at 6PM there will be a poetry reading at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main St. Lindsborg by Shannon Carriger and Lori Brack. Carriger is a graduate of both Smoky Valley High School and Bethany College. Lori Brack was a professor at Bethany College and is now a Lucas, Kansas, resident. The rain date is Friday, April 16, same place, same time. Shannon Carriger and Lori Brack will read from recently published books of poetry (2019 and 2021 respectively.) Copies of “Deep Inside that Rounded World” by Carriger and “A Case for the Dead Letter Detective” by Brack, will be available for purchase. An excerpt for Lori Brack’s poem “The Dead Letter Detective Uncovers the Address,” as follows. “The detective upholds the regulations, opens no more than he must, reads into the letter only as far as it takes, knows in his bones how much can go amiss with twenty-six letters and ten digits, such a finite set of small signs to stir up all this trouble.” In 2019, Carriger’s poetry book was “Deep Inside that Rounded World.” Ben Cartwright, an author describing her book says “The poems in Shannon Carriger’s debut collection often suture history to a single, human life – one left out of our more public, official narratives…These poems follow the light.” He goes on to say, “No matter how it bends, or through what stubborn materials. They do not flinch.” Maybe, by attending the poetry reading, you might be inspired to write your own poetry. Please bring a folding chair and a mask. 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.

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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