The Birger SandzÚn Memorial Gallery will present the paintings of Edmond, Okla. artist Michael L. Nicholson; Religious Works by Signe Larson; Swedish folk arts; and paintings and sculpture by artists from Gallery collections from Sept. 3rd through Oct. 30th.

The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery will present the paintings of Edmond, Okla. artist Michael L. Nicholson; Religious Works by Signe Larson; Swedish folk arts; and paintings and sculpture by artists from Gallery collections from Sept. 3rd through Oct. 30th.
Reception for the September and October exhibitions will be on Sunday, September 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited to enjoy the new exhibitions.
Affinity Works Across State Lines, presents landscape paintings by artist Michael Nicholson. Nicolson first noticed that he had an inherent sense of scale, proportion and perspective during childhood in the post World War II years while living in the "Little Italy" village of Krebs, Oklahoma. During early years he created dioramas of Southeastern Oklahoma which reflected the flora and surrounding mountain ridges.
His painting follows the austere classicism that perhaps Leonardo da Vinci had in mind when he said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." His acrylics on canvas are not renderings of the landscape as it actually appears and allusions to figurative and architectural elements are generally omitted. He chooses to create a fictionalized account of the rural landscape that emphasizes the light and atmosphere while referencing the dignity of the people that have worked the land.
Nicholson says, "Outside has been in my life always. My preoccupations and provocations, my involvements and most personal concerns, and the focus of my paintings have all had their origins and substance in the world outside. I have with attentive involvement learned to work and see the seams in nature that are synonymous with my inner world."
Nicholson graduated from high school in Newkirk, Oklahoma, received his associate of Arts degree from Cowley County Community College in Kansas. He then studied design with William Harold Smith at the University of Oklahoma and attended Northwestern State University in Alva where studied perspective and its application to landscape motifs. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Wichita State University in 1972.
Nicholson resided in Kansas for thirty years working in the business sector with an interior design and architectural firm in Wichita, Kansas and painting large-scale corporate murals in Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, before returning to his home state of Oklahoma.
Religious Works by Signe Larson presents a sampling of religious works by Signe Larson (1908-1993) from Lindsborg area churches. An Iowa native, Larson was born deaf, and hence overcame substantial obstacles throughout her life to build a career as a full-time artist. She graduated from Bethany College in 1933 and attended several other prestigious schools to study art. After settling in Lindsborg she established Village Spire Studio and became one of the town's most recognized artistic figures. She was a member of numerous prestigious organizations, including the Prairie Watercolor Painters and Lindsborg Artists Guild. Signe Larson had a diverse artistic career and worked in a variety of media, including oils, watercolors, lithography, etchings, woodcuts and chalk. She depicted multiple subjects in her art: Christian themes, landscapes and important sites around Lindsborg were some of her favorites. Signe and her sister, Elvira, were also recognized for the "chalk talks" they gave to local groups and audiences nationwide. Later in her life she retired, along with her sister, to Nebraska so they could be closer to family members in the area.
Swedish Folk Arts and Decorative Arts presents two and three-dimensional art, as well as, Swedish folk dresses worn by Alfrida and Margaret Sandzén. Birger Sandzén's costume will also be displayed. In addition, the Sandzén family collected many beautiful examples of Swedish glass, porcelain, woodcarvings, and textiles.
On loan to the show is a fine silk screen textile of Swedish wild flowers by Glocken Jobs, printed by Per Jobs from their shop and studio at Leksand. Other examples of Jobs silk screen from Gallery collections will also be shown with Swedish lace and woven cloth.
Two woodcarvings by John Altenborg Sr. given as gifts to the Gallery, The Swedish Singing Society and Swedish Woman in Folk Dress are accompanied by carvings by Anton Pearson, Carl Anderson Hallsthammar, and Axel Petersson (Döderhult). Swedish apple trees, wooden horses, roosters and a pig collected by the Sandzéns are also be displayed.
Many Gallery artists are represented in an exhibition of paintings, ceramics and sculpture. Representing local and Kansas artists are works by Rosemary Laughlin Bashor, Jonas Olof Grafström, Charles Louis Hafermehl, James Hamil, Ray Kahmeyer, Margaret Sandzén Greenough, G. N. Malm, Norman Malm and Lester Raymer. Nationally recognized artists in this exhibition include Raymond Jonson, Robert Fromme, Gene Kloss, B. J. O. Nordfeldt, Jack Pharo, Henry Varnum Poor, and Doel Reed.
Sandzén Gallery hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Gallery is admission free, contributions welcomed. Group tours by docents are available by a two-week advance appointment with the Gallery (785) 227-2220. The Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg. For more information about the Gallery visit the website at