Gretchen Esping, AIR and Raymer Portrait exhibit

Gretchen Esping, Lindsborg, will be the next Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum, now through November 19 and will be working on a “Lindsborg Portrait Project.” Her project will be creating portraits of various Lindsborg residents. The Red Barn Studio will host a reception for Esping during Lindsborg’s 2nd Friday Makers Street Artwalk, Friday, November 10 from 5PM to 8PM. Her project coincides with a Lester Raymer portrait exhibition also taking place in the Red Barn Studio. She says, “I began drawing here in Lindsborg, at the age of 12 with Richard Luster as my instructor. He gave me the wherewithal to develop an exceptionally solid foundation beginning with contour drawing, for excessive hours and excessive years. After 5 years, I was cut loose to see what I could do on my own. My life took detours here and there, but I never lost that desire to draw and to capture the souls of other people on paper.” Gretchen Esping’s formal education was at Bethany College with a B.F.A., an M.A. from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Education from Kansas State University. She has taught art at the high schools in Lindsborg and Canton/Galva KS.  She has been a featured artist at the Sandzén Memorial Gallery and the University of Umeå in Sweden, among other places.

Barbara O’Leary

Oil painter, illustrator and watercolorist Barbara O’Leary, of Shawnee, Kansas, will be the Artist-in-Residence Friday, Sept 1st through Saturday, Sept 23 at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main, Lindsborg. She says, “I am looking forward to working on landscapes of local parks, countryside and streets in town, both in the Kansas City area and in the Lindsborg area, which I have been planning for a while.” Barbara has been teaching classes (through the Johnson County Park and Recreation Department) for adults, seniors and youngsters, both in the basics of drawing and painting methods. “I am anxious to work outside part of the time and therefore, I would like to have classes in plein air for students, 12 yrs of age through adults on Saturdays, Sept 2nd, Sept 9th, Sept 16th and Sept 23rd from 9:30AM to 12PM.” Cost per class is $100 members and $125 non-members. Participants need to provide their own supplies for the medium that they will be working in: 2D in graphite colored pencils, watercolor, acrylic or oil. Min number of students per class, 3, max number 9. For more information about supplies contact the Red Barn Studio. O’Leary has shown her art recently in May and June at St Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Shawnee, KS and at the Lake Quivira Show (KS) in 2016. For more information, contact The Red Barn Studio Museum at, 785 227-2217.



Kayann Ausherman, Artist in Residence

Kayann Ausherman of rural central Kansas will be the Artist in Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main St., Lindsborg August 13 to August 26. The Red Barn Studio will host a stamp carving workshop, taught by Ausherman, Tuesday, August 15, 6 to 9PM, $40, members and $55, nonmembers, all materials provided, as an introduction to a range of techniques materials and uses for hand-made stamps. Min students: 3 Max students: 10.  I will also hold a Citra Solv 1 and 2 workshop, Saturday August 26, 9AM to Noon and 1PM to 4PM $25 members and $40 non-members, all materials provided. Min students: 4, Max students: 10. Click HERE to view a video of Ausherman’s stamp carving technique.


While at the Red Barn Studio, Kayann Ausherman says, “I plan to work on my 2017 ‘Home on the Range’ series celebrating Kansas. The focus will be on Kansas wildlife as well as domestic farm animals, Kansas people and Kansas scenes. I will use a variety of mixed media techniques in a whimsical style using collage and paint. Most of my work incorporates altered papers created with Citra Solv such as will be used in the workshop. For more information about Kayann’s work, visit her blog HERE.


Clayworks Studio Artists

Clients from Disability Supports of the Great Plains, who work as studio artists in the Clayworks Studios of One Door North in McPherson, Kansas, will participate as Artists-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas, August 1 through August 4. During this residency, the artists will be exploring possibilities and expanding boundaries through landscape drawing and painting. The public is invited to view the artists at work from 1-3:30PM daily. Artwork will also be on display that has been completed at The Clayworks’ Studios. The Clayworks Studios offer an opportunity for creativity and artistic expression as well 

as a chance to earn an income that often exceeds what may be otherwise available. Disability Supports artists will be able to undertake the purpose of the Raymer Society Artist-in-Residence program to perpetuate the memory of Lester Raymer thereby offering yet another opportunity for visual artists to pursue their particular art form at the Red Barn Studio Museum.

VAAM Gallery Artists

VAAM Gallery Artists of McPherson Arts Alliance will be returning for their 15th Annual residency at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main St., Lindsborg, from Sunday, July 23rd through Saturday, July 29th. VAAM Gallery artists will work simultaneously in a variety of mediums to create an interesting time for people who visit the Red Barn Studio. Each one of the artists brings unique interests and styles as they work as a group during their residency.  The group members who plan to participate at the Red Barn Studio are: Wayne Conyers, Sarah Ash (jewelry) Jill Brax (mixed media) Louise Hutchison (oils/pastels) Chris Hershberger (sculpture) Carrie Becker (ceramics) Melicia Evans (mixed media) Elizabeth Liljegren watercolor/gouache) and Betty Jo Houchen (terra cotta clay.)  Wayne Conyers will concentrate on painting while at the Red Barn Studio and the “ambiguities of altered realities suggested by current research in theoretical physics. One of the pieces I’ll be working on is ‘When Various Forms of Exotic Matter Separate, The Dimensional Shift Is Usually to the Left.” He is “fascinated by concepts that suggest there may be more to what we experience as ‘real’ than we know.” The VAAM group looks forward to their yearly residency for camaraderie and sharing ideas and good food.

Ruth Moritz, Artist in Residence

Ruth Moritz, Salina, will be the Artist-in-Residence, Sunday, July 9 through Saturday, July 22 at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 S. Main, Lindsborg. Of her  residency she says, “I am/will be working on a group of related art works exploring pain-physical, emotional, psychological pain…I am attempting to capture its fugitive state in a sequence of large, representational assemblages. The overall title of the collection will be ‘54 Units of Harm.’  I envision ten to twelve pieces in this series. Only two pieces are complete…Process is very important to me in any form, so I will value having interaction with visitors who come to the studio while I am working.”  She, also, plans to have one piece in the series which requires viewer input. She will erect a temporary “confessional” type structures wherein visitors can enter, write a brief response, and seal the answer in a vial which will become part of an assemblage called “Votive” or vow. Ruth Moritz is an installation and graphic artist, writer and educator. Ruth has conducted art and writing workshops for numerous art agencies and educational institutions throughout the state. She has a BA in Fine Arts from K-State and an MFA in Creative Writing from WSU. She is currently a full-time instructor of English at Kansas Wesleyan University. The Red Barn Studio will host a reception for Moritz during 2nd Friday Makers Street Artwalk, Friday July 14.

Dear artists and crafters,

We are pleased to invite you to be a part of this summer’s (2017) Makers Street, Lindsborg’s 2nd Friday Artwalk. The Raymer Society is offering the use of the yard in front of the Red Barn Studio at 212 S. Main, Lindsborg to makers of original arts and crafts on Fridays July 14th, August 11th and September 8th, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. We are, also, making this invitation to makers on Friday, October 13 during Hyllningsfest. We will keep you informed of updates.

There is no charge for joining us on these dates. The Raymer Society will not be responsible for any amenities or insurance. You are responsible for your booths. Spaces will be available on a first-come basis and all makers must bring their own tables, tents, food, drinks, cash drawers, etc. Limited electricity is available. The spaces are available for only HAND CRAFTED ITEMS ONLY. Only ORIGINAL WORKS by the artists and crafters will be allowed. The Raymer Society reserves the right to ask any maker to vacate the premises for any reason.

It’s not mandatory but it would be preferable for you to contact us prior to setting up each Friday.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your participation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Rodger Gerberding, Artist in Residence

Rodger Gerberding, Council Bluffs, IA, will be the Artist-in-Residence, marking his 11th residency at the Red Barn Studio Museum June 20 through July 8. Gerberding’s focus while at the Red Barn Studio will be to begin a commissioned graphic novel, and to paint new paintings exploring a Lindsborg theme. Later, in November, during another residency at the Red Barn, he will be working on Letters by Lester Raymer. He will start his Raymer “Letter Show” during his June residency. Roger Gerberding studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and the Goodman School of Drama. While educated as an illustrator and an art historian, as an artist he is a renaissance man in every sense of the word. In addition to his substantial gallery credits, his creative work beyond the gallery setting has included a wide variety of projects and media – from magazine and book illustration, to literary criticism, poetry, acting and teaching. Gerberding’s art has been collected by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minnesota Historical Society…and privately by the late Patty Duke, Kat Von D., Judy Collins, Dick Cavett, Stephen King, and numerous others.