LINDSBORG— New exhibitions open at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on Aug. 5 with a reception that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and artist talks beginning at 5:30. Featured shows include paintings by Mike Hartung of Lindsborg and Ernest Vincent Wood III of Wichita. Additional exhibitions include works by early Estes Park, Colorado, artist Dean Babcock; Swedish prints from the Powers Collection; and a juried show of Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association members.
“Gas Stations, Laundromats, and the Spaces in Between: Paintings” by Mike Hartung showcases rarely-seen paintings from the longtime Lindsborg resident.
Since 1975 Hartung has been painting on large sheets of Masonite in a downtown loft and has produced untold hundreds of paintings. In doing so, he has worked without desire for notice or financial gain, and only now is ready for the works to be shared with a public audience.
Ernest Vincent Wood III’s exhibition, “Ancora Imparo,” features paintings made throughout his young career and chronicle, “The baby steps toward my vision of what a painting should be.”
Wood attended Wichita State University and earned a BFA in painting in 2006. The following summer he attended the International School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. There, he met an Irish gallery representative which led to solo exhibitions of his paintings in Ireland from 2007 to 2009.
Following this active period, Wood became less consumed with artistic production, but threw caution to the wind in 2014 and again became a full-time artist.
About his paintings, Wood states, “My representational oil paintings are about light’s elusive atmospheric quality and achieving a noble simplicity and quiet grandeur.”
The Sandzén Gallery is located at 401 N. First St. in Lindsborg. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, with donations welcome. For more information about the featured exhibitions, Birger Sandzén, or the gallery visit www.sandzen.org or call 785-227-2220.