John Gaeddert - North Newton, Kansas
Simplicity in form would be the best way to describe John Gaeddert's wood carvings. In retirement, the North Newton man discovered that he loved the flow of a natural piece of wood. He would search for just the right piece of wood in a pasture or alongside the road, and then work hours sanding, highlighting each curve of the piece and then finishing it with a coat of sealer.
Oscar Gunnarson - Lindsborg, Kansas - 1884-1982
Cement Figures & Paintings
Oscar Gunnarson was born and died at Lindsborg, KS. He owned a paint store. When business was slow, he created over 60 cement sculptures, portraying friends, neighbors, community leaders and scenes of local life. He never sold his sculptures, but displayed them in his store window. He also did oil paintints, including scenes of Smoky Valley winter splendor.
Adolph Hannemann - Lincoln, Kansas - 1928-2010
Wood and Stone Carving
Adolph Hannemann lived and created on a farm in rural Lincoln county. This self-taught artist shaped and fashioned exquisite wood, stone and bone carvings. Hannemann, an intuitive carver was actively creating from 1976 through the mid 1990's. Over one hundred and thirty sculptures, primarily from native Kansas woods found on his farmstead, were donated by the family. Hannemann's trademark is the multiple heads which he titled the "Choir," "Congregation" and "The Fuzz." He carved nearly a thousand portraits of people expressing a wide gamut of emotions, and a smaller number of animal sculptures.
Ernie Hansen - McLouth, Kansas - 1897-1992
Ernie Hansen worked on local farms and as a mechanic before starting his own machine shop in 1940. He was skilled at making his own tools and parts. He started working with wood at age 10 when his mother gave him a set of tools. In retirement, he made rocking chairs and boxes of Osage orange and walnut. He also made dogs, cats, elephants and goats. his dogs and cats have battery-powered eyes that light up at the pull of a tail.