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Kurbit Enthusiast

Kurbit Enthusiast

Carla Griffith’s Wilson of Lindsborg is an accomplished painter of kurbits, an historic Swedish symbol of heavenly protection.  Next time you’re in, take a look at Carla’s new offerings, including 3- by 3-inch acrylic on canvas kurbit paintings with wooden easels.  Little pieces of heaven — and marvelous gifts to tuck into suitcases.
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Cuba Celebrates 150 Years of Life on the Plains

Cuba Celebrates 150 Years of Life on the Plains

Newcomers to Small World Gallery sometimes get confused when I tell them I’ve been photographing Cuba for 40 years. I can’t blame them; you’d naturally think of someplace like Havana when Cuba is mentioned. And any place worth 40 years of attention must be exotic, you’d think, celebrated and renowned.  

But my Cuba is right here in Kansas, a small town near the Nebraska border, not so far from Belleville where I grew up. As a boy on the farm Cuba was all rumors to me, I never went there. Rumor had it that folks in Cuba had fun, something frowned upon on general principles amongst my English heritage stock. Cuba was Czech. A polka kind of place. We didn’t polka. 

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Turkish Shoes

Turkish Shoes

When we opened Small World Gallery in April 2002, it would never have occurred to us that we would offer Jim’s prints in 40 inches by 12 feet.  Or create our own jewelry designs using ancient Roman Empire glass or rare stone cabochons. Nor did we envision stocking unusual vintage kimono jackets from Japan via a designer in Colorado. Or wool-cashmere jackets sewn by an Eastern European designer.

It’s 2018 and now the gallery is offering... shoes. Yes, shoes. Like everything else in this gallery, this footwear has a delightful story and link to creative history.

Anatolia Shoes are handmade by experienced craftsmen in Gazientep, Turkey, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and known for fine shoemaking for 700 years

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Our Fav Jotters

Our Fav Jotters

Jottings are a way of life here at Small World Gallery. From memos to memories to midnight realizations, we write it down.
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Scotland Summary

Scotland Summary

Jim and I are happy to be back in the gallery and in Lindsborg after two weeks away on a business trip to Scotland.   

After having accompanied Jim over 25 years on some of his storied Scottish journeys, I have become a bit of an aficionado myself.  I find that many Kansas qualities also dwell in some parts of Scotland.  That is especially true when comparing the far northern Scottish isles of Orkney and our own Lindsborg.

Now, you may ask: What could landlocked Lindsborg possibly have in common with town in sea-locked Orkney in Great Britain? The comparison is positively elegant. 

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Back from Scotland

Back from Scotland

I met an old friend on the Isle of Eigg a couple of weeks ago. Hiking down to the beautiful ribboned beach at Laig Bay on a brilliant sun-washed day (such things do happen in Scotland) I was greeted by the border collie that lives in the beach house. 

“I know YOU!” I said, 

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Online Presence

For me, an exciting part of Instagram is being able to share the thought process behind our designs. We can share sketches, inspirations, musings and insights connected to our small world.

Jim volunteered to start photographing our jewelry for the website and Instagram.  I always love getting a chance to watch him work.  I don’t think he fully understands what he signed up for; he just does such a great job. I think he will have a permanent position as jewelry photographer, haha.  

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Travel Season

Travel Season

It’s travel season and we wish you well if you’re heading out to explore.  It so happens that Jim is preparing for a couple of weeks in...
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Organizing 2018

Organizing 2018

“You can’t possibly do everything.”  …….  “Watch me try!”

My newest jump of inspiration has been trying to make a...

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Staying Connected

Staying Connected

Small World Gallery is one of the essential ways I stay connected with the world. That may sound curious, crediting our Main Street shop in a small town with worldly reach, but for me it’s true. While people know me as...

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Goodbye April - Hello May

Goodbye April - Hello May

Oliver and Twyla, my two oldest children, can frequently be found “liberating” the hens from their coop, free to scratch and explore the fresh garden beds. Now if they could learn...
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