This past weekend felt almost like a summer heatwave here in Norway! Hardly a cloud in the sky, the sun so warm... Sunday we headed to nearby Åsgårdstrand, a gem of a place--a little pearl on the western coast of the Oslofjord. It is an idyllic small town, long noted for being an artists town. Since the 1880's it has been a thriving center for the arts. The light there is special--very brilliant and sparkling. And it is just sooo charming! I can easily imagine living in one of the lovely white clapboard, rosy tiled roofed dwellings--preferably with a sea view. ;o) But we had a specific destination in mind on Sunday--Galleri Smalgangen, situated in the old part of town, a gallery of mixed art works and painting presented, as well as being an open ceramic gallery (a ceramic artist often on site), and having up to five special art work exhibits per year.
Inside the gallery... It is a bright open space with art works of pottery, jewelry, textiles and prints for sale--many made by local artists.
We went to Åsgårdstrand, to Galleri Smalgangen, especially to see the lithography exhibit of original works by Norwegian artist Yngve Reidar Vold. These works were so rich with vibrant color, very emotive... Do take a look at his link to see a wonderful picture gallery of some of his recent works. The one above is entitled Hellig stund... "Sacred Moment" -- by Yngve Reidar Vold
Mot kveld... "Towards Evening" --by Yngve Reidar Vold
Under kosmos... "Under the Cosmos" --by Yngve Reidar Vold
There is a lot of beauty to be found in Åsgårdstrand just by walking its streets on a sunny spring day. Notice the fine details in the architecture on houses & buildings. There are so many pretty, well-maintained gardens. Views toward the sea, the Oslofjord, abound.
We ended our day trip down by the water... a sea of water, a sea of masts from sail boats... the tender green of springtime still unfolding here in southern Norway. One of those magical moments where you are one with time, and so glad to be alive in it in such a place!
Wishing you all a week rich with beauty at every turn...
P.S. Many thanks for the warm & enthusiastic comments about my painting and feature, shared in my previous post... :o)