LINDSBORG— New exhibitions opening at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg include paintings by Rich Thibodeau of Marquette; mixed media works by Clark Britton of Wichita; selected pieces by Joe Jones from the Moffett Collection; and the Gallery's annual Holiday Gift Show. They will be on display from Nov. 5 through Jan. 14, with an opening reception planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5, with gallery talks beginning at 2:30.
Marquette painter Rich Thibodeau is originally from Massachusetts and spent extended periods of time in Riverside, California; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Santa Fe, New Mexico prior to relocating to the Central Plains.
He worked in business until 1970, then pursued his passion in the visual arts – operating art-related businesses such as galleries and a frame shop. He currently runs ArtSpace in Marquette and is a dedicated painter.
Thibodeau earned a bachelors degree in painting and printmaking from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and has taken graduate studies at Highlands University in New Mexico. He has had multiple exhibitions in the areas he has lived.
He writes, "I think of my work in simple terms – line and color. I endeavor to give my line integrity. By accident or design, I look for rare color to employ in a painting."
Clark Britton is a retired professor emeritus and College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame inductee of Wichita State University. He has exhibited in international, national, and regional juried and invitational venues from 1957 to the present. Most notably, his work is represented in the National Collection of Fine Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and was recently on display at the Wichita Art Museum along with the works of former Lindsborg artist Lester Raymer.
Britton writes about his current work as, "A return to the basics of what can happen when the artist challenges him or herself to break patterns in search for the potential offered by tools and materials, and their influence on idea production."
A variety of works by Joseph John Jones (1909-1963) chosen from the Moffett Collection of Kansas City will tell the story of a radical artist who beat the odds of a rough childhood in St. Louis to be counted as a nationally-important American artist. Jones is known for his early work of politically-charged pieces addressing social injustices and he became a leader in what became known as “Marxart,” featuring depictions of workers of the world uniting and achieving a better society for themselves.
The gallery's popular Holiday Gift Show completes the group of new exhibitions. The work of nearly 50 invited artists are represented in the show, along with ceramic pieces from the artists of Clayworks at Disability Supports in McPherson. Art includes paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, Swedish-inspired folk art, woodcarvings, and mixed media pieces.
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 N. First St. in Lindsborg and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about Birger Sandzén and the Sandzén Gallery visit the website www.Sandzén.org or call 785-227-2220.