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November 2021

Maker's Street Holiday Gift Art Walk
November 12

Cheerful holiday music will travel through the downtown, local shop windows will be decorated for the holidays, and the Main Street trees will sparkle with lights as Lindsborg kicks off the holiday season!  Step out of the 'big-box' stores and enjoy the Holiday Gift Art Walk. You will find unique, one-of-a-kind items from local businesses as well as art, gifts, refreshments, and enough holiday spirit to go around!
The featured makers for November's event are the amazing local business owners and staff who ‘make’ Lindsborg such a magical place!
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Holiday Open House
November 13

The Lindsborg Merchants invite you to kick off A Storybook Christmas in Lindsborg during the Holiday Open House. Carriage rides, carolers, prizes, and more will take place on Saturday, November 13.
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!

Birger Sandzen Gallery - New Exhibits & Gift Show
November 7 - January 2

Four new exhibitions open at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on November 7, 2021, and continue through January 2, 2022. They feature works by Clara Hatton (1901-1991) and Dale Nichols (1904-1995); paintings by Shirley Dahlsten of Lindsborg and sculpture by her sister, Sandra Keller, of Hutchinson; and the annual Holiday Gift Show. A come and go reception for the exhibitions will be on Sunday, November 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.

By Design: The Life and Art of Clara Hatton features over sixty works by native Kansan Clara Anna Hatton (1901-91). Born and raised on a farmstead in Russell County, Kansas, Hatton studied and taught at the University of Kansas for fourteen years before taking a teaching position at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 1936. There she created and built what is now CSU’s Department of Art and Art History. Following her retirement in 1966, Hatton returned to Kansas, living in Salina from 1970 until her passing in 1991.
Hatton was an artistic polymath, proficient in printmaking, bookbinding, oil painting, watercolor, ceramics, metalwork and jewelry, calligraphy and lettering, and weaving, all of which are represented in the exhibition. In 1935 her passion for handcrafts and design moved Hatton to take a year’s leave from KU to study bookbinding, calligraphy, and printmaking in London at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and at the Royal College of Art, working with significant figures in the English Arts and Crafts movement. At CSU Hatton used her sabbatical in 1944-45 to earn an MFA at the storied Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, the fountainhead of mid-century design in America.

The Sister's Show: From Oregon to Kansas features the work of Lindsborg natives, Shirley Dahlsten and Sandra Keller. Dahlsten is a painter who has recently moved from Salina to Lindsborg, however, the majority of her career was spent in Oregon. She took classes at various schools in Kansas and received a BS in painting from Portland State University. In relation to her work, she writes, "I believe art is essential to living – it constantly surrounds us and is reflected in all we do as humans. I am convinced that art can improve attitudes and conditions in the world by presenting positive, creative ideas, and solutions."

Keller is a sculptor working with clay and bronze. She graduated from Bethany College and studied with a variety of ceramists and bronze artists through the years. Regarding other influences, she writes, "I was inspired by earth and clay while growing up on our family farm in the colorful Smoky Valley of Kansas. As a child sitting barefoot in my father's freshly plowed furrows, I loved the smell of the earth and the feel and glow of the dark brown gloss the soil cast in the sunlight. Learning to be resourceful from my mother was the road which led to my creativity. She taught me the art of creating something from nothing."

Curated by the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City, Nebraska, Dale Nichols: Always a Regionalist displays a body of work by internationally recognized painter Dale Nichols (1904-1995). Nichols is best known for his Americana scenes of Midwestern homesteads that often include picturesque red barns and white snow. These have become the prized works on which Nichols built his career and from which contemporary aficionados have built their collections. Paintings dating from 1935 to 1972 established Nichols not only as the fourth regionalist in the line of great artists – Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood – but one who also transcended the confines of the genre to achieve universal success in art circles. Nichols' images have been captured on commercial products such as Gold Seal puzzles, General Mills serving trays, and United States Postal Service stamps. This exhibition presents a variety of subject matter and painting styles in a recollection of Nichols' years growing up on the farm in Nebraska and then traveling the world, holding firm to his Midwestern roots as he journeyed in search of adventure and truth.

The Gallery's popular Holiday Gift Show completes the selection of new exhibitions. The work of nearly 50 invited artists are represented in the show and 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. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 pm. 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 or phone (785) 227-2220.

Red Barn Studio Museum Artist-in-Residence
November 2 - 19

Ann Parr, of Overland Park, KS and a former Lindsborg resident, will be the Artist-in-Residence Tuesday, November 2 through Friday, November 19 at the Red Barn Studio Museum. Ann will facilitate a poetry workshop titled, “Poetry for Fun,” from 2 to 4PM on Saturday, Nov 13: the cost is $20 for members, $35 for non-members, a minimum of 10, maximum of 20 participants. The workshop is for ages 12 to 112, supplies needed: paper and pencil.

There will be a reception for Parr on Friday, November 12 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM during Makers Street Art Walk. She hopes during her residency to do "a 32-page picture book biography of Lester Raymer’s younger years, capturing his desire, motivation and calling to be an artist.” Among her own works, Parr will have “Gordon Parks: No Excuses,” and “Coach Tex Winter: Triangle Basketball,” a biography of Kansas State University’s legendary coach, Tex Winter. She will also have a poetry collection, “Lurking Within,” for sale.

Ann’s website,, is well worth a visit.  

The Raymer Society’s residency program is sponsored in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information contact the Red Barn Studio Museum at 785.227.2217 or Museum Hours are Tues-Fri, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sat-Sun, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Red Barn Studio Museum is located at 212 S. Main St.

Small Business Saturday
November 27

Start your Lindsborg Bingo Card on Saturday, November 27 while supporting small business! Bingo cards can be used from November 27 - December 11 with three lucky winner receiving a $100 gift card to the Lindsborg business of choice and one blackout winner receiving a $200 gift card to a Lindsborg business of choice. Pick up your bingo card at a downtown merchant and start shopping for holidays gifts at your favorite shops!

November & December

Named by Midwest Living Magazine as one of the Top 15 Midwest Holiday Destinations, Lindsborg always delivers a magical experience, and 2021 will be one for the books. Literally. Story time for children, pancake feeds, concerts, art shows, and carriage rides are but a few of the activities that fill the months of November and December.

We invite you to share in a long list of events that are certain to make memories for you and yours. Follow the Christmas in Lindsborg Facebook page for additional information and to mark your calendar with these events:

  • November 7 - Sandzen Holiday Gift Show (opening date)
  • November 12 - Makers Street Holiday Gift Walk
  • November 13 - Holiday Open House Downtown
  • November 18 - Bethany College Choir and Orchestra Concert
  • November 27 - Small Business Saturday
  • December 4 - Artists' Studio Christmas Open House & Snowflake Parade
  • December 5 - Bethany College Christmas Handbell Hymnfest
  • December 9 - Bethany College Band & Jazz Band
  • December 11 - St. Lucia Festival & Old-Fashioned Christmas
  • December 11 - STEPS MC Lucia Day Pancake Fundraiser
  • December 12 - A Bethany Choir Christmas
  • December 18 - Cookies with Claus & Freeze Your Brass Off
  • December 25 - Julotta
  • December 26 - Annandag Jul
Add events to your smartphone calendar AND share events easily with your friends by using the Visit Lindsborg Calendar of Events Google calendar.

Lindsborg Community Library
November Programming & We Are Thankful Celebration

Tuesdays Nov 2-16, @ 10:30AM: Tales for Tots Story Time: 30 minute picture book program for children 3-5 years old to attend with an adult.

Thursdays, Nov 4 & 18, @ 4PM: LEGO Club: 1 hour LEGO building challenges for K-6th graders.

Fridays Nov 5-19, @10:30AM: Books & Babies Story Time: 30 minute intro-to-books program for babies & toddlers 0-2 years old to attend with an adult.

Nov 22-24: We are Thankful: come-and-go Thanksgiving celebration including treats, mini book sale, and activities for all ages.

The Lindsborg Community Library is located at 111 S. Main Street and can be contacted for more information at 785-227-2710.

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We hope you stop by and see for yourself why Lindsborg was named “Most Hallmark Movie-esque Small Town” by voters in the 2021 Travel Awaits Best of Travel Awards! Lindsborg was also a finalist in the "Friendliest Small Town" category. Happy times ahead!

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