The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg has three new guest artist shows, which will open Jan. 10 and continue through Feb. 28.


The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg has three new guest artist shows, which will open Jan. 10 and continue through Feb. 28.

“Passages and Discovery” introduces oil and acrylic landscapes by Joseph Loganbill of Newton; “Gifts of the Spirit” features mixed media paintings by Don Fullmer of Hutchinson; and “Whispers of the Ancients” presents recent work by Bethany College graduate Jane Leaf-Miller of Glendale, Ariz.

A reception for the artists will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 8. Everyone is invited to attend, meet the artists and enjoy the Gallery.

Loganbill, a native Kansan, spends hours roaming the tall grasses and woods alongside the Sand Creek home where he grew up.

“As a boy, I also loved to draw, and I think it became natural for me to first pursue landscape in my paintings,” Loganbill said. “I have gradually added more figurative topics, but the joy of painting out-of-doors lures me back to diverse scenes such as the Flint Hills of Kansas, urban architecture and the mountain west. I hope to convey in my paintings that in every circumstance, life has beauty to discover — if we pursue it.”

Loganbill has undertaken studies with Ray Roberts, Joseph Lorusso and David Leffel. In addition, he has studied at the Wichita Center for the Arts with Charles Baughman and Brian Hinkle, as well as at Bethel College with Paul Friesen and Robert Regier. Exhibitions and awards include the 2008 Small Oil Exhibit, Wichita; 2006 National Oil and Acrylic Paint Out — Flint Hills, Second Place Award; and the 2004 William H. Dickerson Award of Merit, Wichita Center for the Arts.

Hutchinson native Fullmer is a painter whose works are the creative culmination of a life-long quest/desire of knowledge. Fullmer’s education includes a bachelor of fine arts degree from The University of Kansas as well as master of arts and master of fine arts degrees in painting from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

“The need to communicate through painting and a desire to understand have prompted me to accumulate information from the study of myths, cosmology, religions, artifacts and cultures,” he said. “Through this journey, a very unique and personal perception of life experience has resulted.”

Enlightened and stimulated by his perception/knowledge, Fullmer's paintings become visual metaphors offering the observer both a description of and starting point for discovery. Abstract imagery and ongoing experimentation with medium and style are trademarks of Fullmer's works. His paintings have been shown throughout the Midwest and collected across the nation.

Leaf-Miller’s love of ceramics began her junior year at Bethany College. She discovered the freedom of form, texture and design of the medium. After graduating from Bethany in 1964, Jane taught elementary school art in Flagstaff, Ariz., and pursued additional ceramic studies, while working toward a master of arts degree at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

A move to Albany, Ore., brought about Miller's development of an interest in jewelry and metalsmithing. She then taught jewelry/metalsmithing at Linn Benton Community College in Albany for almost three years.

Since moving back to Arizona in 1990, Miller has been teaching ceramics, drawing, art history and other art courses for Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, Ariz., which is one of several colleges in the Maricopa County Community College System.

Her ceramics in her gallery show have been influenced by her study and teaching of art history. This new direction combines throwing on the potter's wheel and sculpture. Whispers of the Ancients reflects what she once again loves to do.

Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. There is no admission, but contributions are welcomed. Docent tours of the gallery are available at no charge by advance appointment with the gallery. The gallery is at 401 N. First St. in Lindsborg.

For additional notes and information, visit the Web site at www.sandzen.org or call (785) 227-2220.