All workshops are 6:00-8:00pm. Please register at Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center. Some workshops require your own supplies. The Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center is located at 114 1/2 South Main Street.
Lindsborg will be dressed in style and ready to greet you on Saturday, November 12, during its Downtown Holiday Open House from 10-4.
Take part in a free Holiday Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a prize basket. Or spend just $50 at participating locations and be entered to win a juicy Shopping Spree. Instructions will be available at most downtown retail locations.
Individual shops will offer their own drawings and snacks during the day.
Find the 2022 Lindsborg’s holiday photo op, a decked-out vintage truck that can be used for selfies and “on your own” group photos.
Four new exhibitions open at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on November 6, 2022 and continue through January 8, 2023. They feature paintings by Charles Baughman of Wichita and David Friday of Russell; prints and paintings by former Bethany College art instructor Annie Lee Ross (1909-1978); and the annual Holiday Gift Show. A come and go reception for the exhibitions will be on Sunday, November 6, from 2:00 to 4:00pm.
Charles Baughman's exhibition, Kansas Splatterscapes, showcase his easily recognizable drip-style oils. About them he writes, "The process of these paintings brings me closer to nature; the spirit of life happens with the willingness to destroy and re-create something new. When I create these paintings, I use only my fingers and sticks as a way to loosen up and capture that chaotic energy of nature. My paintings celebrate nature in all stages and seasons."
Likewise, Dreamworld of the Prairie, features landscapes with a twist by David Friday. On canvases large and small, the vibrancy, vitality and diversity of the natural world influence his work. Inspiration and techniques from Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Birger Sandzén, Grant Wood, and Thomas Hart Benton are evident throughout and he invites viewers into a mystical vision of his subconscious landscape. He elevates and electrifies the iconography of his home region, which many might otherwise consider synonymous with the mundane.
Annie Lee Ross was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, but at an early age moved to Colorado Springs. After high school she attended Bethany College and entered the teaching profession after graduation. She taught in Concordia, followed by short periods in Iowa and New Mexico. She frequently helped with the recreational craft programs of Camp Carlson in Colorado Springs during World War II. After the war, she became an assistant professor of art at Bethany College, remaining until 1949, whereon she resumed further studies at New York University as well as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From 1951 to 1971 she was on the faculty of Longwood College in Virginia and retired to Cascade, Colorado.
The Gallery's popular Holiday Gift Show completes the selection of new exhibitions. The work of nearly 50 invited artists is 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 N. First Street in Lindsborg. Hours are 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00-5:00pm 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.
The exhibition reflects the artist’s journey through grief using her medium of clothing design. Killingsworth is the owner of The Ivory Thimble, a tailor’s shop offering custom clothing, alterations, and mending.
Killingsworth, originally from Geneseo, Kansas, grew up on a farm a few miles outside of Kanopolis Lake and graduated from Quivira Heights High School in Bushton. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in apparel and textiles with specialization in design from the college of human ecology at Kansas State University in 2012. She worked as a tailor/costume designer in Los Angeles before returning to Kansas to make one-of-a-kind clothing.
“The past year was a year of big loss, big change, and lots of learning for me,” she says in her artist statement. “It is sad that sometimes it is only through loss that we get to take account of all that is good and find peace in the stillness. But also wonderful that through loss we can be grateful for all the good we have. I am thankful for it all – change, sameness, peace, stress, sadness, happiness, loss, and God’s gifts.”
Clara Hatton and the British Arts and Crafts Movement
November 6, 2022-January 29, 2023
In June of 1935, after wrapping up her teaching duties for the 1934-35 academic year in the Department of Design at the University of Kansas, Clara Hatton set sail for Europe. The primary purpose of her yearlong journey was to work with faculty at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art, two of London’s most venerable art schools. Specifically, she wanted to further her study of bookbinding and calligraphy. She also wanted to build on her printmaking skills by learning wood engraving and copper plate engraving. While in London, Hatton worked closely with direct descendants of some of the most significant artists associated with the British Arts and Crafts movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Clara Hatton and the British Arts and Crafts Movement, an upcoming exhibition at the Clara Hatton Center, explores the fruits of Hatton’s year abroad, an experience that profoundly shaped her artistic practice. Learn about Hatton’s connection to some of the most consequential figures of the British Arts and Crafts movement, including: Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922), Douglas Cockerell (1870-1945), William Morris (1834-96), and Emery Walker(1851-1933). The exhibition will feature a selection of Hatton’s works in bookbinding, calligraphy, copper plate engraving, and wood engraving, as well as examples of her engraving blocks and plates, bookbinding tools, and calligraphy tools.
There will be an opening reception for Clara Hatton and the British Arts and Crafts Movement at the Clara Hatton Center on Sunday, November 6, 1:00-3:00pm.
The Clara Hatton Center is located at 105 North Main Street, Lindsborg. The Center’s regular hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00-4:00pm; Friday and Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm.
Jim Simpson, Artist-in-Residence
November 4 - 13
Jim Simpson will be Artist in Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum from November 4 through 13.
Simpson says, "My art starts with the act of soaking up thousands of pieces of color, pattern, or unique form. This storehouse of inspirational fragments is reflected in my work later. I am driven to create new scenes and new images. An eye for the unique and picturesque merges with a love for worn and battered things. The work is never constricted by excessive preplanning. I liken it to picking up a handful of colors, a brush, and jumping off a cliff…anxious to see what’s at the end of the fall. This commitment to letting the image evolve on the surface, working up layers, destroying parts, letting other parts gleam through from underneath, aggressively scrubbing paint onto the surface, carving into previous layers, all contribute to a richer image. Every layer or vibrating broken line adding character and nuance."
Simpson received a BFA in Design from Wichita State University. He studied under Wilma Wethington, Patric Rowley, and Jim Goss. The Wichita Arts Council, Kansas Watercolor 7-State Exhibitions, National All-Media, and Abstract Exhibits at MarkArts are some exhibitions that have shown Simpson's work.
Lindsborg delivers a down-home experience, and 2022 will be no different. Activities for children, concerts, art shows, and more 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 mark your calendar with these events:
November 6 - Sandzén Holiday Gift Show (opening date)
November 12 - Holiday Open House Downtown
November 17 - Bethany Orchestra Concert
November 26 - Small Business Saturday
December 3 - Artists' Studio Christmas Open House & Snowflake Parade
December 4 - Bethany College Choir & Handbells Concert
December 10 - St. Lucia Festival & Old-Fashioned Christmas
December 11 - Bethany Choir Christmas Concert
December 18 - Christmas Carol-oke & Cookies with Claus
Ney will be exploring the concepts of sculptural landscapes, craftsmanship, heraldry, emotional integrity to place, and how they relate to memories surrounding his time in the military and travel abroad.
During this short visit, Ney says, "I anticipate drawing from the natural light, wood carving, ornate metal work, décor, the history of the workbench, and the smell of a true artist’s studio. While in Iraq, I often collected the melted pools of aluminum from the trucks after they had burnt to the ground at various engagement sites. There was a moment, through flame and smoke, where I became witness to a certain beauty amongst all the destruction. That specific aluminum appears in many of my works tying a part of my experience into the memory of an object. [Also] I am inspired by the environment created by Lester Raymer for artists to thrive in. Each room filled with extravagant intricacies worthy of due investigation. I am interested in these moments of captured memories and my personal reflection upon them."
Working in several different mediums from cast iron, bronze, aluminum, 3D printed elements, felled wood, and wood carving, Ney is anticipating his time at Red Barn Studio to be a refreshing experience in atmosphere, reflections on craftsmanship, and a full dose of whimsy. He says, “I look forward to the open studio hours to share my story, explain the traditions of my craft and to inspire generations of artists, creatives, and philanthropists.”
November Programming & We Are Thankful Celebration
Lindsborg Community Library is thankful for the community and the support given throughout the year. To celebrate, the library is inviting all to join in showing gratitude. There will be come and go styled activities as well as baked goodies (provided by Friends of Lindsborg Library members), a group gratitude mural project, and more happening during normal business hours (10:00am-6:00pm) on November 21-23.
November 21 also kicks off the annual food drive for the local Dala Pantry food bank. Non-perishable food items can be dropped of at the library, with a special request for canned meats, pasta items and sauces, and canned fruits which are often in high demand.
Tuesdays, until November 15
10:30am: Tales for Tots--A 30-minute picture book program features music, puppets, and guided play designed for children age 2-5 to attend with an adult.
Thursday, November 3 & 17
4:00pm: LEGO Club--Join the hour-long program every other week to flex those creative & engineering muscles! Bricks are provided by the Library... just bring your imagination!
Fridays, until November 18
10:30am: Books & Babies Story Time--A 30-minute intro-to-books program features music, puppets, board books, and rhymes for babies and toddlers age 0-2 to attend with an adult.
November 12: Holiday Open House
November 14-26: Scavenger Hunt
November 21-23: We Are Thankful Celebration
November 24: Closed for Thanksgiving
Watch the library's Facebook page for more information on upcoming library events.
The Lindsborg Senior Center is located at 116 S. Main Street.
Fund Raising Meals
While in Lindsborg for the Holiday Open House, consider helping out some local groups and eat a great meal!
The Boys Scouts will be holding the annual Pancake Feed 6:00am-noon. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee for a free-will donation. The Boy Scouts will be serving at the Bethany Lutheran Church's Fellowship Hall, located at 320 N. Main Street.
Sloppy Joes are on the menu at the Lindsborg Senior Center from 11:00am-12:30pm. Also included are carrots, water, and a Christmas dessert, all for a free-will donation to the Center. The Senior Center is located at 116 S. Main Street.
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