LINDSBORG— Lindsborg painter Mike Hartung will be talking about his exhibition Gas Stations, Laundromats, and the Spaces in Between at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery at 2 p.m. on Oct. 15. The talk is part of the Sandzen Gallery's new speaker series and will be a wrap-up to the local Hyllningsfest activities.
Mike Hartung is a longtime Lindsborg resident who has been painting on large sheets of Masonite in a downtown loft studio for over 40 years. He has produced untold hundreds of paintings but has never pursued the opportunity to exhibit them until now. The exhibition represents one of three concurrent shows, with the others at the Salina Art Center through October 29 and one that recently closed at Fort Hays State University.
The Fredonia-raised artist moved to Lindsborg in 1975 with his wife and young son and leased a loft studio apartment before he even had a job or house to live in. He was hired by Arrow Printing in Salina and established a routine of weekdays dedicated to their print room with all his off hours spent painting.
As he writes in the exhibition's accompanying catalog, "I wanted to paint, and I got to – my American Dream fulfilled to the max. Since I wasn't painting for an audience, I could go anywhere I wanted, and I did. I was always hungry for the next painting and relied on many stimuli to drive the work."
Hartung's group of three exhibitions have sparked positive attention throughout the region and this represents a good opportunity to hear him speak about his life, art, and the "spaces between."
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg.
There is no charge for the talk, however, donations are welcome. For further information, please call the Gallery at 785-227-2220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.