Residents and visitors who strolled the streets of Lindsborg Saturday looked particularly cheerful.
Perhaps it was the warming spring temperatures.
Maybe it was the open art studios.
Or it just might have been a result of the 1960s-themed treats dubbed “special brownies” that included green leaves throughout the gooey dessert.
These features, along with many others, were part of the town’s two simultaneous events this weekend. The first was Lindsborg’s annual artist's studio open house, and the second was Flower Power, a 1960s-themed event coordinated by a business coalition.
“It was fun for people who live here, fun for families, fun for people who have been to the artist open house,” Kathy Richardson of Small World Gallery said, who is part of the business coalition. “I think they like it when we’re playful.”
Flower Power events included the selling of Peace Tea, flower face paint and photos in front of a red Volkswagen bus. The Bank of Tescott handed out cardboard houses that sprout flowers from seeds. The Small World Gallery was responsible for the eyebrow-raising brownies.
“One lady said, ‘I feel great’ after eating a brownie. “Everybody got it immediately. It was amazing,” Richardson said. “It’s just a wonderful opportunity to say ‘hi’ and to start a conversation. It just seemed like folks were engaged with that theme.”
Julia Wilson, 13, joined her local 4-H group to coordinate chalk art and face painting on Main Street. She said she chose to draw a blue flower because of the 1960s Flower Power theme.
About 12 art studios were open to the public throughout the day.
Sarah Ash, dressed in hippie garb, had her 1-year-old store Sarahendepity open for the day. Her jewelry art, as well as antiques from other artists, were on display.
“I felt like it was a good opportunity to meet other people and talk about how I made things,” she said. “It shows people it’s more special then something sitting on the shelf.”
Randy Clark of Salina had a table set up on Main Street. He demonstrated how he combined paints, colors, tools and textures to make what he called psychedelic painting. He also allowed passers-by to use paints on a small index card and stamp the image on a giant canvas.
Although he has some experience in painting photographs, he now focuses on abstract art, which he said allows more creativity. He doesn’t ever name his works.
“I learned to have no fear and experiment,” he said. “You never know what you’re going to get. I think it pulls out your dreams because you visualize it in your head.”
Page 2 of 2 - Following the day’s events, Richardson said she saw the weekend events as a success.
“People were ready to get out,” she said. “It’s fun for us who organize it and for visitors.”
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