ABOUT THE BLANK CANVAS LODGE
Blank Canvas Lodge in Conway Springs, KS is the newest creative center in the Midwest. Our beautiful building is located in south central Kansas in a small town of around 1200 people. The building has been fully remodeled and is now available for a space for scrapbooking, quilting, or any kind of retreat.
Blank Canvas Lodge offers a huge work area with great lighting. The 7 foot windows and the 15 foot tall ceilings make for a great workspace or gathering place for reunions, family stays, or creative retreats. Blank Canvas will offer sleeping accommodations for up to 14 people. The lodge offers a spacious open kitchen and multiple living areas.
About the Owners
Jennifer has been active members of the community of Conway Springs, KS for 15 years. Jenn and her husband, Dave have 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. Her husband Dave is the Technology Director for the Conway Springs School District and Jennifer is the high school art teacher at Conway Springs High School
Jennifer graduated college with an art education degree in 2001. She put her professional career on hold to raise a family. Now that her family is grown she has shifted focus to having an art career. Her passion has always been art and is driven to make a successful business in the arts and crafts field in Conway Springs. She has hosted craft vendor shows, had an active craft business for 5 years, and attends craft and scrapbooking weekend events.
Blank Canvas Lodge started its life as the Church of the Brethren in Conway Springs in 1886 prior to the city being founded. The Brethren church at the time was the largest in the area. In 1915 the building was lifted and rotated 90 degrees to to position it sits in today. At that time they added the porch and the basement.
The Church of the Brethren in Conway Springs continued but eventually dissolved in 1967. At that time the local masonic group began using the building as their meeting place. Some of the building layout upstairs was changed but mostly remained original. The group continued use of the building until June of 2022.
In July of 2022 Jenn and Dave Potts took ownership of the building when the local masonic group had opted to close and attend elsewhere. This was the beginning of Blank Canvas Lodge. Many updates happed in the next 11 months. The brickwork outside was repaired and the exterior was repainted. The building had only 1 layer of original paint! The wood floors were repaired and refinished, the layout of the upstairs became that of a large home with a kitchen and main floor bathrooms. The open basement was completely gutted and rebuilt into bedrooms and all new plumbing and heating and air was installed. All new lighting and electrical upgrades happened during this remodel phase.