Born in Sweden, the transitional early-twentieth-century painter Birger Sandzén came to the United States expecting to be here only a few years. But instead, he settled in Lindsborg, Kansas, a small town with a reputation for being a “Little Sweden,” where he taught and later ran the art department at Bethany College. Denverite Joshua Hassel, who’s previously produced film documentaries on San Francisco artist Rex Ray and Colorado muralist Allen True, first became interested in Sandzén when he saw the artist’s colorful, impastoed landscapes at David Cook Galleries; Sandzén frequently summered in Colorado, painting the scenery around Estes Park and Colorado Springs. It inspired Hassel to tell the artist’s story on film, first traveling to the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, and later following Sandzén’s... More >>>