Photo by Sibylla Törnkvist
Palladium print by Christer Törnkvist
Exhibition at the library, part of The art wave
Home smoked salmon and hubby bread
Glass by Rosita Ståhl
Preserves, postcards and photos by me
So the summer ended in an art bonanza. First The Artwave, when all artists on Hönö and surrounding islands open up their studios or homes. I shared my gallery for the weekend with a very talented glass artist but we hardly had time to see each other, on the Saturday we had a few hundred visitors! The weather on Friday when we set up was abysmal with torrential rain storms but the rest of the weekend was lovely. We sold lots of cakes and home made preserves and photographs on top of that. Then a couple of weeks later an exhibition with two photographers from another part of Sweden. They both do analog photography and a lot of the same techniques that I use. Great photographs and a lovely weekend! My husband smoked salmon and baked sourdough bread, I think I’m addicted to smoked salmon now, and we sold out most of the cakes on the second day. We were very generous with the opening times and I thought we would have to take turns or read books but the weekend past very quickly. On the last day it was more quiet and I took the opportunity to photograph my fellow photographers. Always nerve wrecking to photograph photographers but I hope I passed the test.
Christer and Sibylla Törnkvist
first spotlight up!
Woke up five this morning thinking about the lights in the barn. I just started doubting everything the last couple of days. Did I buy the wrong lights? Are they strong enough? Is it going to look rubbish? etc etc. This always happens when a large exhibition is coming up, I double think everything and leave it until the last minute when I get into the flow. At 7am I decided that I would have to work with what I’d bought and soon enough I got some of them up and working. What a relief! It looks great when they are on and I don’t think the track lights are the first thing people will see when there are pictures on the walls. I drilled holes in a piece of wood and attached the imported lamps that I bought(you can see them here) in the ceiling. I love the light they add, very warm and cosy. For more inspiration the whole family went to an exhibition down the harbour. We actually went to the opening last night but there were so many people that you could hardly see the art! There are these couple of artists, who are also building their own gallery who don’t live on the island but seem to spend most of their time here. They make the most amazing paintings and sculptures, truly unique. When I get rich and famous I will order a copy of our house and barn. The exhibition took place in a carpenters studio, a guy who specialises in boatbuilding and woodwork. A very talented musician showed his talents in drawing funny characters and entertained on the guitar (find him on slide guitar on youtube)with his daughter on vocals. Another daughter sold self designed and handmade jewellery(a very talented family!). So much inspiration, I think I’m over the self doubting part now, time to move on and get stuff done!
Torbjörn and Lovisa Sörensson
Ann and Jonas Z Utterberg
Ann and Jonas Z Utterberg
some of my favourites
Paintings by Ia Green
I paid a visit to Hönö konsthall, the art gallery on the island. They have the most beautiful paintings but also a fantastic garden. The gallery is also built in an old barn but since I’m doing everything myself on a non-existing budget I don’t expect it to look the same. Also it will probably take ten years longer, at least. They have also now added a greenhouse in the garden. Mainly built out of wood that people have thrown away, it looks great. I want one! I really liked the cemented flower bed and they had added heating to make it warm and cosy already. There are 7 hens of various breeds. I brought some of our eggs and comparing to their eggs ours are miniatures! It’s always nice to go see other galleries, hen-owners or just about any people with the same interests to get some new inspiration.
that’s it, I’m building one
great idea with the cemented flowerbed!
eggs sold out real fast!
Gum bichromate prints
Fourth time for me at the Artwave. During one weekend artists open up their studios or homes for the public. On our island Hönö and 8 more there are 93 artists participating this year! That’s a lot considering the small population. I’ve been bragging to everyone around me about being out in good time and not procrastinating, usually I leave everything until the last minute, but finally when it came down to it I woke up two hours before opening and got soooo stressed out for everything left to do. With a strong wind I hung most pictures inside the barn. My plan was to have the floor ready(or was that for last year?) but so many things have come up in between, chickens, henhouse, bigger henhouse, workshops etc etc. As always though I think and act best when I’m stressed and used an old window as picture fram and then string and cloth pegs. We broke the record in cake sales(or Fika as we say in Sweden) and almost sold out of home smoked salmon on Graham’s sourdough bread. Tomorrow we are doing it all over again.