This exhibition is dedicated to Barbara Lindquist (Racine, WI).
Barbara Lindquist (1930-2013) was an active author, visual artist, publisher and bookstore owner, musical instrument builder, and boat builder who lived in the Kensoha and Racine area all her adult life.
In partnership with Jeanne Arnold, she helped create Mother Courage Bookstore from 1978 to 1983 and Mother Courage Press in 1981. Mother Courage Press published 25 titles that sold internationally, including two that were among the first sexual abuse therapy books for children. They retired the press in 2002. They also started the women’s spirituality group in 1982 that joined with the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church. She was the author of five published books, three under the pen name of B. L. Holmes and two under her own name. She also illustrated four Mother Courage Press books. As an artist she sold more than 100 works that are in private collections around the country.
Barbara Lindquist studied to be a luthier in her late teens and made a violin when she was 18 years old. Her interest in musical instrument construction resumed when a friend asked her to repair a broken guitar in the mid 1990s. She subsequently went on to built a total of 59 musical instruments, including six guitars, three violins, three dulcimers and many other unique hybrid instruments. She played guitar and other instruments and organized the women’s band, “The Depends,” and also played with the “Roadkill” band. She was active a wide variety of women’s spiritually circles as well as in the organization LINK (Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids), repairing a wide variety of donated instruments for children’s music studies.