Artist Maleta Forsberg has earned a reputation for watercolors, oils, and acrylics of rural landscapes, animals, and architecture in the Midwest.
Maleta has completed major liturgical commissions, as well as paintings and designs that celebrate Swedish heritage. Some of her pieces are inspired by her extensive travel, especially in Europe.
Maleta's work has been selected for and honored in juried regional and national competitions, including Watercolor USA and the National Wildlife Exhibitions, and in invitational, group and solo shows across the Plains. She also was honored in 1997 by a retrospective show of her work at the Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg.
Her work is part of permanent public, private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. She is a past president of the Artists' Guild of Wichita, Sandzén Memorial Foundation Board, and Kansas Watercolor Society, as well as a member of the Kansas Academy of Oil Painters.
Maleta is a featured artist at the Small World Gallery in Lindsborg. She also meets by appointment at her studio southeast of Lindsborg at the Olive Springs Schoolhouse, built in 1885 and renovated in the mid-1970s. The schoolhouse is the oldest building of its kind in McPherson County remaining on its original site. It is furnished with antiques of the period and documents from the schoolhouse. The schoolhouse is located on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway.