November 2019

New Exhibits and Annual Holiday Gift Show
Sunday, November 3 - Sunday, January 5

Whip Snap by Cal Mahin

Banyan and Turpintine Trees by Ross Braught

Twins by Sheldon Ganstrom
New exhibitions will be opening at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on November 3, 2019. They include a show of works former Kansas City artist Ross Braught (1898-1983); collage and assemblage pieces by Cal Mahin and ceramics by Sheldon Ganstrom, both of Hays; and the Gallery's annual Holiday Gift Show . The reception will be on Sunday, November 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., with gallery talks beginning at 2:30. The shows will be on display through January 5, 2020.
Ross Eugene Braught’s early career was similar to many of his peers. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and lived in the artist havens of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Woodstock, New York. He spent time in New York City and traveled abroad to see the best that Europe had to offer. He was initially a part of the Tonalist movement, but over time his aesthetic shifted to a style that he called “Sane Modernism.” During the Depression, Braught turned to teaching to make a living and landed at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he headed the painting department and encouraged lithographic printmaking for four years. The Braught family spent almost a decade in the Caribbean, where Ross pursued his art muse in isolation while exploring the British Virgin Islands, Suriname, and the coast of South America. Braught returned to KCAI in 1947 to finish his career, retiring in 1962. During his lifetime, Braught received national attention and exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the East and Midwest. While Braught is best known as a printmaker, he worked in other medias as well and this exhibition will feature a variety of his efforts. All works in the show are from the collection of Dr. Roland and Marcia Sabates of Kansas City.

Cal Mahin is a collage and assemblage artist who holds a BA degree in education from the University of Nebraska in Kearney and a MS in collage and montage from Fort Hays State University. He is a retired art instructor from Colby middle and high schools and, from 1971 to 1973, he taught secondary art for the Department of Defense in Nuremberg, Germany. Additionally, he held adult art workshops for the Creative Arts Festival at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and after retirement from the Colby public school system he continued as a part-time art instructor at Colby Community College for 11 years. For his exhibition, Moments in Time , he will include works that deal with social and political issues, along with philosophical subjects. His unique use of hand-formed papers, found objects and other papers make the works truly one of a kind.
Sheldon Ganstrom began his artistic education as a painter and print-maker before discovering the expressive, sculptural potential of ceramics. By focusing on electric kiln fired glazes smoked in post firing reduction, he has developed an extensive and unique glaze palette. Carefully designing and executing his glazing over days, even weeks; each work is submitted to the demanding test of fire. Intense focus and technical expertise is required as Ganstrom pulls his glazed piece from the kiln while the glaze is still molten and the clay hot enough to accept the effects of the smoke. For his exhibition, Razor Dance , Ganstrom will be showcasing a variety of pedestal pieces as well as a number of works that mount on the wall. A graduate of Kansas State University, Ganstrom has work in public and private collections across the United States, China, Japan, Europe and Russia. He is featured in numerous books and publications; and his work is included in the collections of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California, and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China.

The Gallery's popular Holiday Gift Show completes the selection of new exhibitions. The work of over 50 invited artists are represented in the show, along with ceramic pieces from the artists of Clayworks at Disability Supports in McPherson . Art includes paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, Swedish-inspired folk art, woodcarvings, mixed media pieces, and more.
The Sandzén 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 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. The Gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Docent tours for groups are available by two-week advance appointment. For more information about Birger Sandzén and the Sandzén Gallery visit the website or call (785) 227-2220. 

Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk
Holiday Gift Makers
Friday, November 8
5:00 PM - 8:00PM

The November Makers Street - the Lindsborg Art Walk i s kicking off the holiday season with a bang! Forget big-box stores and embrace small town hospitality. Join in the Holiday Gift Art Walk, where you will find unique, one-of-a-kind items handcrafted by local artists, refreshments, and an abundance of holiday spirit!  Tune in here for additional information.

Lindsborg Community Hospital Fall Extravaganza
Saturday, November 2
10:00 AM Cookies & Coffee
11:00 AM Chili & Cinnamon Rolls, Chicken Noodle Soup & Pie

Holiday Open House 
Saturday, November 9
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Join for this wonderful annual event kicking off the holiday season in Lindsborg!
Activities include:
  • Main Street caroling by the Smoky Valley Madrigals 
  • Holiday BORGO game with chances to win a holiday basket full of Lindsborg goodies and gift cards by spending $50 to $100 at participating businesses.
  • Season of Giving Food Drive
  • Holiday Photo Op with photographer Julie Johnson. Shoppers will have the opportunity for a free holiday photo downloadable after the event.
Lindsborg businesses and galleries will be decked out in full holiday style and ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Enjoy snacking, in-store drawings, and so much holiday fun!

Exploring the Nooks and Crannies of Kansas
A Smoky Valley Historical Association Presentation
Tuesday, November 12
7:30 PM

The Smoky Valley Historical Association is proud to present Exploring the Nooks and Crannies of Kansas and what else does the Kansas Sampler Foundation do? In this presentation, co-authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe take you on a photo journey of about forty interesting and lesser-known places to visit in Kansas on Tuesday, November 12, at 7:30 PM in the activity center of Bethany Home, 321 N Chestnut.

Marci and WenDee share intriguing historic places, quirky customs, grassroots art, fabulous cafes — and, oh, do they have stories to tell! You'll also learn a little bit about the role of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The Inman-based foundation's mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and networking and supporting rural communities. Marci Penner, Executive Director, is an author, speaker, promoter and supporter of rural Kansas. Marci and her dad founded this non-profit in 1993. WenDee Rowe joined the organization in 2006 as Assistant Director of technology and social media.

In 2012 WenDee and Marci started a four-year journey to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas to research for the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers . Some of the better known projects of the non-profit, in addition to the Kansas Guidebooks for Explorers are the Kansas Explorers Club, the Big Kansas Road Trip, the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests and guidebook, and the PowerUp Movement.

A Piano Performance by Sławomir Dobrzański
Sunday, November 10
2:00 PM 

The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery presents a chamber concert featuring Sławomir Dobrzański, aversatile pianist with a broad repertoire, Sunday November 10, 2:00 PM in the Sandzén Gallery at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg . As a soloist, he has performed in Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Macedonia, Spain, France, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Canada, India, and throughout the United States. Sławomir has participated in:

  • the Potomac River Piano Festival in Colonial Beach, VA, 
  • the Mozart Festival in Poznań, Poland, 
  • the Chopin Festival in Antonin, Poland, 
  • the Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music Festival, 
  • the Festival of Polish Pianists in Słupsk, Poland, 
  • the Chopin Festival of Hawaii, the Chopin & Friends Festival in New York City, 
  • the Chopiniana Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 
  • the Darmstadt Festival of New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, 
  • the MusicGettysburg! Festival in Gettysburg, PA, 
  • the El Paso Chopin Music Festival, 
  • the American Liszt Society National Festival, in Lincoln, NE, 
  • the Chopin Festival in Miami, FL, 
  • the Athena Festival in Murray, KY, 
  • the KWU International Music Festival in Salina, KS, 
  • and the Karol Szymanowski Festival in Beijing, China. 
He is a graduate of the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland and the University of Connecticut, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2001. His teachers include Jadwiga Orzechowska, Regina Smendzianka, Andrzej Dutkiewicz, Jerzy Maciejewski, Kajetan Mochtak, Jack Winerock, Zelma Bodzin and Neal Larrabee. He also participated in summer courses in Switzerland and Poland, where he studied piano performance with Malcolm Frager, Mieczysław Horszowski and Victor Merzhanov. Additionally, he benefited from coaching sessions with Nina Tichman in Mainz, Germany, and Jan Gorbaty in New York City.

He is also an author of the first English language biography of the acclaimed 19th century pianist and composer Maria Szymanowska, published in 2006 by the Figueroa Press and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 2013, he recorded a multi disc album of the complete piano music by Szymanowska, released in 2013 by the Acte Préalable label in Poland.
A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Sławomir Dobrzański was a member of music faculties at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and the University of Rhode Island. Currently he serves as Professor of Music at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Kansas State University, where he teaches piano performance, chamber music and piano literature.

Please visit for more information. The Sandzén 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 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. The Gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Docent tours for groups are available by two-week advance appointment. For more information about Birger Sandzén and the Sandzén Gallery visit the website or call (785) 227-2220. 

Bethany Home Celebration Gala
Friday, November 15
6:00 PM

Tickets are available for purchase online here , or locally from the offices of either Patricia Roraback or Jennifer Cantrell at Bethany Home, 321 North Chestnut in Lindsborg.

Lindsborg Cars & Coffee
8:00 AM

Do you have a vehicle that you love, or one that you love to talk about? Join in the fun of Lindsborg Cars and Coffee! It doesn't matter the year or the make of your car, only that you like it. Don't own one to show off, but still love cars? Come anyway. Lindsborg Cars and Coffee begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday mornings and will continue to meet through the fall. See you, and your wheels, at the Blacksmith Coffee Shop & Roastery, 122 N Main Street. Find Lindsborg Cars and Coffee on Facebook for more information and great photos of visiting vehicles!

Looking Ahead...

  • 12/7 - Artists' Studio Open House - 10 AM - 5 PM
  • 12/7 - Snowflake Parade - 11 AM
  • 12/8 - Jultide at Bethany College - 4 PM
  • 12/14 - St. Lucia Festival - 10 AM - 4 PM
  • 12/14 - Old Fashioned Christmas at the Old Mill - 5:30 PM
  • 12/21 - Cookies with Mrs. Claus - 10 AM - 1 PM
  • 12/25 - Julotta at Bethany Lutheran Church - 6 AM
  • 12/26 - Annandag Jul at Bethany Lutheran Church - 10 AM
  • 01/10 - Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk - 5-8 PM - King Knut's Day Edition
  • 01/25 - Swedish Luau - Downtown Lindsborg
  • 02/08 - Chocolate Lover's Affair - J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center
  • 03/21 - Våffeldagen - Downtown Lindsborg

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