Laura Baker, pie on Lindsborg's Makers’ Street

LINDSBORG — Whether they are filled with fruit, cream or meringue, there is something universal about the appeal of pies.

The Aug. 11 Makers Street Artwalk in Lindsborg is encouraging artists to use their studios and kitchens to bring pies to life in artwork or pie tins for all to enjoy.

The theme was chosen to highlight Kansas City-based artist Laura Baker, who is the artist in residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum during the week of Aug. 5 to Aug. 12.

Baker is devoting her time to painting and illustrating pies — whole or in slices — from photographs of her own baked creations.

“My working project is to create a pie cookbook, titled ‘Pie as Art,’ using my own recipes and a few borrowed from friends, and to illustrate all the pies,” Baker said. “I conjured up an idea to combine all my creative talents into one project and have been working on it for several years now.”

A love for baking and the family tradition of pies meant Baker ended up with recipes that had been passed down for three generations.

“The combination of test-baking a pie, making a presentation of the pie on antique plates, taking photographs of the slices of pie and painting those images is a super, fun project for me,” Baker said.

Baker has been coming to Lindsborg to focus on her artwork for several years.

“For a busy, working mom of three, the Red Barn Studio, surrounded by Lester Raymer’s amazing art, is a welcome oasis,” Baker said.

There will be a pie reception — or “pie-luck” — for Baker at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11.

“This is for everybody,” said Marsha Howe, director of the Red Barn Studio Museum. “Some people are afraid of art, but nobody’s afraid of pie.”

Anyone can bring a homemade pie and receive in exchange two slices of pie with ice cream or pay $5 per slice of pie and $2 per scoop of homemade ice cream. Proceeds from the sales of the desserts will benefit the Makers Street events.

“We decided that we would just capitalize on her pie cookbook,” Howe said. “We’re going to decorate the yard and we’re going to have a little party.”

The Makers Street Artwalk begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m., with businesses and art galleries staying open for the extended hours so that more people are able to come and browse their offerings.

At Smoky Hill Winery, Rosie Wallen will display her prints and have cow pies for attendees to sample.

The White Peacock Coffee and Tea Company will have “slices of pie” created by their baristas on its art wall. 

Makers Street Artwalks were started in February 2017 and the event, held on the second Friday of each month, has been successful.

“It’s been very popular; people love it,” Howe said. “There’s always art and entertainment and refreshments.”

The Raymer Society opens up free space on the front lawn of the Red Barn Studio Museum grounds for makers, bakers or artists to display and sell homemade wares.

“It’s doesn’t have to be fine art, it can be craft stuff, but it has to be handmade,” Howe said.

As many as 200 people have visited the Red Barn Studio Museum during the Makers Street Artwalks.

“There’s stuff happening on south Main, and we want to keep it that way,” Howe said.

Contact Patricia Middleton by email at pmiddleton@mcphersonsentinel.com or follow her stories on Twitter at @MacSentinel.