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.
This weekend we had the big Artwave at Hönö and the surrounding islands. Close to a hundred artists open up their studios or homes to the public. After more than two years of extreme labour I finally I got to use the whole barn for my pictures! Such a fantastic weekend. My husband smoked salmon, baked tonnes of sourdough loaves, banana toffee cakes and lemon poppyseed cakes and our daughter sold almost all of it the first day. I would estimate about 200 people came over the weekend. It’s been so stressful getting everything together and finishing the barn but definitely worth it. In the end of the day I was overwhelmed with all the positiv respons, everyone loved the gallery! A lot of islanders also thought it was great to have more culture and happenings and they all said they are looking forward to future events in the barn. Now I will sleep for a week and then get carry on planning the real premiere opening…
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!
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.
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.
I find it interesting that out of the small population of our island, and the surrounding islands, there are a very large proportion of artists. In August during the Artwave (Konstvågen), artists and craft people open their studios, galleries and homes to the public. This year 93 venues! I’m exhibiting as usual but haven’t had time to give it any thought until today. Spent all morning doing much needed gardening and watering and then met up with some “town friends” for an exhibition down the harbour. The gallery called Ishuset(the Ice house) is such a beautiful place. It used to be where the fishermen filled up on ice for their catch but now it’s re-done and used for events. Some great paintings that reminded me of the vibrant colours of my garden(my new mobile make them way to brilliant but I’m sure I’ll figure out how to use it eventually) and lovely company with friends and the artist. A swim, then home, another swim and finished off with homemade pizza…aaaah a perfect mix of culture and seawater.
First weekend of December they have a great Christmas market in the harbour. There are some fantastic crafts and I ended up spending every penny I had brought, have to go back tomorrow to pick up a couple more things. The rescue boat, ambulans and police showed kids around their vehicles. Fishing-museum offered traditional Hönö-bread and fried herring on dark bread with mustard and red onions.
On every corner there is a bake sale or lottery tickets, all proceedings going to charity. The fishing boats where all lined up along the harbour, including Västerland, the boat my granddad worked at(well it’s not the same boat a newer version but same name).
I finished of the bike ride with a huge amount of Christmas spirit and a visit to the Hönö art gallery. Some nice warm Glögg and I got to say hello to their lovely new Brahma hens. They looked hilarious running(or wobbling rather) over the lawn with their feathered legs!