My great-grandmother Olga Hanson Schmidt (1891-1990) was a multi-talented artist. The most common memories related by those who knew her involve her artwork. She was a teacher of the art of quilting, and painted and drew in many different mediums.
Rather than being a biographical article, I just wanted to create a place where some of her artwork could be displayed. I’ll continue to update this article with other photos and artwork as they become available. [You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them and/or download them.]
This still-life is owned by Olga’s granddaughter, Ellen Krueger Larson. It’s in one of the upstairs bedrooms at her home.
“This painting is very old. The colors are incredible. It hangs in the master bathroom.” – Kay Johnson Rhyner
“This looks like our driveway up north. It hangs in our living room every autumn.” – Kay Johnson Rhyner. The piece originally belonged to Gloria Johnson.
“Original owner was Gloria [Johnson]. After her divorce she gave to me. It hangs in one of our guest bedrooms.” – Kay Johnson Rhyner
“Grandma Schmidt painted this when I was in high school. The boat house to the right belonged to Dick’s Grandfather (Louis) Rhyner.” – Kay Johnson Rhyner
“Gloria [Johnson] in the snow bank, Peggy [Voght] pulling Ann [Voght] in the sled.” – Kay Johnson Rhyner
“Again, the original owner of this painting was Gloria. Grandma had never finished it. Our daughter, Kris, added a few strokes along the shoreline. It hangs in one of our guest bedrooms.” – Kay Johnson Rhyner
This quilt is owned by John Voght.
“The top two were my Mother’s. The top one she used until her death in 1986 . The second is a twin size with wool batting… very heavy. Mother had that quilt before she was married. The third quilt is twin size and on loan from my daughter Becky [Rhyner Duffy]. The bottom two are both mine, and Grandma gave them to me the year I was married in 1961.” – Kay Johnson Rhyner
“This was a set of ash trays that Grandma made for her daughter Mabel. This set is the only ceramics that I have from her ” clay period”, but I wonder if there are more.” – Kay Johnson Rhyner
“I knew I had another piece of Grandma Schmidt’s ceramic period. Found this beautiful rose this morning as I was looking for something else. ” – Kay Johnson Rhyner