The Lindsborg Arts Council is excited to announce the 29th Annual Chocolate Lover’s Affair and Art Auction featuring various local businesses and artists showcasing their talents as well as supporting the arts for the Lindsborg and surrounding Smoky Valley community.
• Live and Silent Art Auctions
• Chocolate Delicacies
• Delicious Food & Refreshments
• Specialty Cocktails & Cash Bar
All of the proceeds from the evening will be used to fund two $1,500 scholarships awarded to local college-bound, high school students from the Smoky Valley area who have demonstrated great promise in an artistic field. Additional funds will be put towards our creative community in the form of grants, special events, and more. The Lindsborg Arts Council will also be announcing 2023’s Artist of the Year. Vote here!
The LAC invites you to make the rounds, snap a commemorative photo, taste the chocolates and beverages, pick up a fine art piece from the auction and support the arts and the artists of our community.
Grab your girlfriends, a bottle of your favorite wine, and gather together for a Girls Night Out - Galentine's Day style!
Participants will follow instructor Emily Howe as she goes through the step-by-step instructions on how to create a wine-themed acrylic painting. You will be able to take your canvas home to add to your art collection or gift it to your Valentine!
Registration is required for the Friday, February 10, workshop. Class time is 6:00-8:00pm at the Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center, 114 1/2 S Main Street. Cost is $30 a person and includes all art supplies. You supply your favorite wine.
The coupon can be printed from the above photo, or picked up at the Travel Information Center (open 24 hours) located at 118 N. Main St., or at the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Printing a coupon from the Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum's website is also an option. Go to their website for coupons and more information on all the exciting things happening at the Old Mill!
Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum is located at 120 E. Mill St. The hours are 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday - Saturday.
Exhibitions at the Sandzén
Through March 12
Five new exhibitions open at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on January 22 and continue through March 12. They feature paintings by highly respected Oklahoma artist J. Jay McVicker (1911-2004); a Jim Turner photographic retrospective; landscape paintings by Randall Bennett; an exhibition of early additions to the Gallery's permanent collection; and art by Smoky Valley High School students. A reception for the exhibitions will be on Sunday, January 22, from 2:00 to 4:00pm, with artist talks beginning at 2:30pm.
Midwest Modern showcases the work of J. Jay McVicker from a private collection in Oklahoma. Born at the dawn of the twentieth century, McVicker was first a regionalist in the 1930s, capturing scenes of rural life and landscapes in paintings and prints. Just before World War II, his works began to incorporate dashes of geometric cubism and biomorphic surrealism (see photo above). At the war’s end the artist returned home and pushed the boundaries of what art could look like and communicate. McVicker continued to practice in the center of America, gaining recognition from his position at Oklahoma State University (OSU) as he regularly submitted works to juried exhibitions all over the country for awards and purchase prizes. McVicker was prolific and passionate about his art and this exhibition will showcase works from throughout his career.
Jim Turner has been a staple of the Lindsborg community for most of his life and likely photographed more people, events, and places – all from a multitude of angles – than anyone before him. Although often recognized for his commissions photographing weddings, high school seniors, and the like, Turner's focus goes well beyond that. He writes, "My expressions have grown out of where I live. The plains have an immense beauty that most non-plains living people seem rarely to appreciate. Maybe the reason is that our beauty doesn’t jump out at the viewer like a big mountain or a crashing waterfall. Plains beauty, beside our great storm clouds and wonderful skies during sunset and sunrise, is found in the microcosms of the natural world – grasses, trees, wind, and light."
A Prairie Art Dialogue features work by Randall Bennett of Lawrence, Kansas. He is a professional artist and owner/director of Tall Grass Museum Services. After earning his architecture degree at Kansas State University, he worked in the architectural profession for a number of years before returning to art school. Afterwards, he took a job working in the museum exhibit fabrication industry and has stayed with it continuously. Besides his museum related jobs, Bennett stays busy with his personal artwork. He currently has six self-published books of his artwork and two of illustrated poetry. He regularly tries new and different styles and media in order to push his own boundaries and improve as an artist.
Early Additions to the Permanent Collection will showcase artworks that came into the Gallery's collection from the late 1950s through the 1980s. Curator Cori Sherman North will make selections that impacted the holdings and established a well-rounded and diverse collection. A number of works were purchased and donated by Birger Sandzén's daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Pelham Greenough, while others were gifts of the artists or other enthusiastic collectors.
Art by students from Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg round out the exhibitions. They will be showing works selected by instructor Gretchen Elliott in a multitude of mediums from paintings and prints to sculpture and ceramics.
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 N. First Street in Lindsborg. Hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00pm 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 www.sandzen.org or phone (785) 227-2220.
Still Going Strong!
The hunt for the wild glass Dalas is still running strong!
The clues for the last couple of drops include places of peace and play, and places to find favorite artists--indoors and out!
Remember, the Dalas are hidden in plain sight--no digging or destroying of property. Just be observant. Please let us know with a social media post with the tag #wilddalasearch or #VisitLindsborg, or give our office a call 785-227-8687. So many fun stories about the discoveries!
This special temporary exhibit – in 22 panels – tells the story of the youngest person to ever assume the U.S. Presidency, using pictures and Theodore Roosevelt’s own writings. The exhibition is housed in the Swedish Pavilion and runs until March 30.
At first glance, the pairing of President Theodore Roosevelt and Lindsborg might not seem an obvious one. Looking into the history, however, reveals a number of times where the thread of his life became interwoven with that of the City and the Swedish Pavilion. Roosevelt visited Lindsborg twice in his lifetime (in 1900 and 1912). In 1904 he selected the Swedish Pavilion – the historic building that still stands on the museum grounds and that houses the exhibition – as one of just a few stops he selected among the international exhibitions on display during the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
The exhibition is included with each museum admission. The museum is celebrating 150 years with a Buy One Get One museum admission coupon. Find the coupon here under the tab Plan Your Visit.
The Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum celebrates and preserves the pioneering spirit of the Smoky Valley by educating, entertaining, and building community across generations so that history comes to life. With special emphasis on the period from 1870 to 1910, the museum includes two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and extensive archives and artifact collections. The museum is open Monday - Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm.
Smoky Valley Arts and Folklife Center, in partnership with The Raymer Society, will host an exhibit by Bethany College alumni Donna S. Wilson. Wilson is excited to announce her return to the art scene with a retrospective exhibition of her work February 3 - March 5. Join the SVAFC for a reception on Sunday, February 5, at 2:00-4:00pm.
Wilson, a BFA graduate in 1971 from Bethany College, has deep roots in the Lindsborg community. She moved back to Lindsborg in 1973 and has never left. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Wilson's work was featured in Kansas regional juried shows in Lindsborg and artist shows at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, as well as in Wichita and Salina. Her last showing was with Dan Mason and friends at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in 2003.
Four years ago, Wilson picked up her paintbrush once again and started exploring new mediums such as yard art and composite pieces. Her love of vintage hats led her to create personalized hat stands. Now, she is returning to her fine art roots with a focus on animals, flowers, and people.
The exhibition will feature a selection of Wilson's work from the 1970s to the present day.
The mission of the Smoky Valley Arts and Folklife Center is to promote, support, and develop the arts at the local level throughout the Smoky Valley and to provide cultural enrichment for the public.
Ryberg is the author of eighteen books of poetry, six screenplays, a few short stories, a box full of folders, notebooks, and scraps of paper that could one day be (loosely) construed as a novel, and a couple of angry letters to various magazine and newspaper editors. His latest collection of poems is The Great American Pyramid Scheme (co-authored with W.E. Leathem, Tim Tarkelly, and Mack Thorn, OAC Books, 2022).
During his month-long stay from February 1st through February 26th, Ryberg will be composing a poem per day inspired by Lester Raymer's art from the Red Barn Studio Museum’s collection. His work will culminate in a performance at the end of his residency on Sunday, February 26, at 2:00pm. This is a unique opportunity for Ryberg to explore the intersection of art and poetry and experience the power of creativity in a new way.
785-227-2217 or email. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday, Sunday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm and by appointment.
Imperial Press: The Nick Geankoplis Show
Mingenback Art Center Gallery, Bethany College
The Bethany College Department of Art presents Imperial Press: Nick Geankoplis Show. One privileged white, cis-het dudes' artistic rumination on Sino-Western complexities. The exhibit runs through Feb. 17 at the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the corner of Olsson and Second Street on the Bethany College campus.
Geankoplis, who is currently an assistant professor of art at Kansas State University, lived and worked in China for four years. The time spent in China greatly shaped this exhibit. “In the Tea & Coffee and Saccharine Series, Chinese factory produced decals made for ceramic tableware are taken and collaged with hobby craft decals from America and Europe. Using formal cues from Chinese landscape paintings, the partially inferable, semi-nonsensical narrative minuets of Western and Chinese patterns, kitsch, and relic, are re-contextualized in proximity to one another leaving them feeling familiar and yet foreign,” explains Geankoplis.
“Through this exhibition, students will see alternative methods to creating ceramic artwork and how to integrate life experiences into their art. In addition, our Art Professional Practices class will help with the installation as they learn gallery practices,” explains Rebecca Vega, Assistant Professor of Art.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service.At Bethany, students join a community of dedicated educators and caring mentors who walk alongside them as they discover, explore, and navigate the path to their purpose. Bethany College is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.
Våffeldagen, March 25
March 25 is the *lucky 13th* Lindsborg Vaffeldagen. If you make it a date, you'll be fortunate to eat tasty waffles and treats beginning at 7:00am. Opportunities to laugh with roaming Waffle People and find family fun all in downtown Linsborg. Full schedule coming to Visit Lindsborg soon!
Celebrate Your Big Day Worry-Free
J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center can help!
Say "I Do" this Valentine's season and let the staff at the J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center take care of the worry. Lisa and staff will make the big day a success as they help with planning and working the details. From linens and menus to bar service and set up, the Sundstrom has you covered!
Two Large Banquet Halls
Bridal Dressing Room
Online & In-person Planning Services
Built-in Bar & Bar Service
Customizable Menus & Floor Plans
Full Staff & Catering
Setup & Teardown
Secure High-Speed Wi-Fi
Contact Lisa at (785) 227-2015 or by using the website.