June 17th, 2019

folk art part 1 preview photoKelly Hornung, standing, and her mother, Connie Bowman, are pictured here with some of the crafts they will be selling at this year’s Folk Art Festival Dec. 1 and 2. Courtesy photoROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


In its half century of existence, SPBH’s Folk Art Festival has been seen by generations of people coming to Liberal in early December.

One thing current coordinator Ada Linenbroker loves about the festival, though, is the involvement of generations of the same families in the show.

Linenbroker herself has four generations involved with the Folk Art. Her mother, Audrey Behrendt, and her son, photographer Chris Linenbroker, who does Pictures with Santa, have been involved with the festival for several years.

Now, Linenbroker’s grandchildren, Kailey and Divan, will be selling jewelry and woodworking at Folk Art.

Another family is Randy and Rachel Janzen who have been in the show for 45 of the 50 years. Randy died a few years ago, but Rachel still does refurbished furniture, and her daughter, Kristina Brady, also shows and sells Santa and snowmen characters.

Connie Bowman and her two daughters, Kelly Hornung and Christina Parr, will be showing again at this year’s festival. Kelly and her husband, Mike, moved back to Liberal from Denver about three years ago and are the new owners of Brenneman Funeral Home.

Connie and her husband, Charles, moved back to work and help with the new family business. Charles has worked in the funeral business for about 50 years and this year is the national president of the National Funeral Director Association. Both Mike and Charles are very supportive of their wives’ hobbies and crafts.

Connie and Kelly have a craft they work on together where Kelly paints assorted designs on tea towels with puffy paint and then Connie hems and sews the top piece made from flat pot holders to make the towels handle or hook.

“Kelly learned the art of pattern transfer and painting from her grandmother, Tommie Gray, and loved carrying on a family craft,” Linenbroker said. “Connie also enjoys doing two-dimension pencil sketches. And this year, she is going have a new craft at the show where she sells assorted designs painted on clay pots.”

Parr, who now lives in Lubbock, Texas, makes an assortment of personalized items such as bags, table runner, billfolds and baby items.

“These items are patched and quilted with machine designs added,” Linenbroker said. “Christina sells her items online under the business name, ‘Addy’s Attic Creations’ and does all types of personalized birthday and holiday gift.”

Linenbroker said Parr, Hornung and Bowman will share two booths at this year’s festival.

“So drop by and check out the many crafts and needlework items,” she said.

Everyone is invited to come out to the 50th annual Folk Art Festival Dec. 1 and 2 at the Seward County Activity Center.

“See all the creative arts and crafts from over 100 craftspeople from seven states,” Linenbroker said. 

The show opens Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 from noon to 5 p.m.

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