Special Exhibit

“Bluescapes of Sweden” by Ariana Ramhage

Friday, Sept. 12 Sunday, Nov. 30

Preview: Friday, Sept. 12, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Exhibit Opening and Concert: Friday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m., meet the artist and stay for music by Peter Nordberg starting at 7 p.m.
Gallery Walk with Fika: Sunday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.
Start with Art: Friday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – noon
Family Night: Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Exhibit Closing: Sunday, Nov. 30

Please note that there will be limited viewing of the exhibit when events are taking place in the gallery. If you are planning a special trip to see this exhibit, call ahead to confirm that there is open access that day.

Characteristic of Ariana Ramhage’s work is the strong blue color of the sky, the sun-drenched rocks and the windswept houses. Her paintings, while true to the scene, leave room for emotion and thought. Many of her watercolors portray well-known locations throughout Sweden. Look deeper and you’ll see the artist is creating another dimension in her work, a world of dreams and illusions that conjure up feelings of happiness, hope, and longing in the viewer. Empty landscapes are not empty and solitude is not solitude in these works. The air is filled with spiritual expectation of beauty, an offer of love as if nature itself was waiting for human response. These pieces are often painted from memory. Ramhage can be inspired to paint a warm, colorful summer motif on the coldest and darkest days of winters based on her own longing for the light and warmth of summer.

About the artist:
Ariana Ramhage came to Sweden from Poland in 1981 as a young student of architecture to study Swedish building techniques. What was supposed to be a temporary study trip became a start to a new life after she missed her ferry home by a few minutes and the next ferry was canceled due to the declaration of martial law in her home country. Stranded in Sweden, she completed her studies at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg in architecture. The first house Ramhage designed was for herself. Eventually, her architecture career gave way to her passion of painting. Examples of her artwork can be found from Los Angeles to Tokyo, in the collections of states, local authorities, county councils, businesses and private art collectors. To learn more about the artist and her work visit www.ramhage.com.



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