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Icelandic photo exhibition coming to Washington, DC

Photo: Jillian C. Watkins Author: Muriel Watkins, Washington, DC


An upcoming photography exhibition, Visible Iceland, has been slated for November at the Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC. The Hillyer is affiliated with International Arts & Artists, an organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural exposure to the arts internationally.
The exhibition will feature Icelandic photographers, emerging and established, identified by the Reykjavík Art Museum.
One of the participating photographers is Svavar Jónatansson, who had an exhibition, Inland/Outland: Utah at Brolly Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 9 – September 12 (http://brollyarts.org). In partnership, a film production of his photographs of the Utah landscapes was shown by the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Determined Icelander attends Festivals

Photo: Íris Kristjánsdóttir  


Perhaps the most determined attendee at the Icelandic Festivals held in Hecla and Gimli was a pastor now serving Messiah Lutheran Church in Prince Albert, SK. Rev. Íris Kristjánsdóttir, who came to Canada two years ago, rode her motorcycle 800 kilometres to attend the two festivals. She took in both the Hecla event and the Manitoba Icelandic Festival in Gimli.
Her reaction after it was all over?
“I had an awesome time in New Iceland during Festival. I enjoyed the celebrations in Gimli; the Icelanders sure know how to put on a good show. Some of the great experiences of the weekend include
eating vínarterta and kleinur, seeing the Icelandic horse show, watching the fireworks show (the longest one I’ve ever seen), and experiencing the parade in the sunshine and the traditional program in the pouring rain.

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Mosfellsbær, colour festivals, and a reader challenge

Photo: Kent Lárus Björnsson  


When L-H reporter and L-H Online News Assistant Editor, Kimberly Irwin, travelled to Mosfellsbær on the last weekend of August to get some wool from Álafoss, she discovered that is was pink.
Kimberly reported back: “The town had been decked out in pink. Pink triangle banners, pink balloons and ribbons line fences and railings. One house even had pink clothing hung out on clotheslines in their yard. In the streets, you could see people sporting pink outfits. But what was with this pink craze happening?
“I learned that it is for an annual festival that is held every last weekend of August, but that is not all. Apparently pink is not the only colour you will find in Mosfellsbær. Had I ventured further into the town, I would have discovered that each neighbourhood has its own colour – pink, yellow, red and blue. The festival is a three-day event, and offers a parade, musical performances, a petting zoo, sporting events and much more. Álafoss, a shop in Iceland which sells an abundance of wool, even had a woolpartý where they encouraged everyone in the town to wear a peysa in the colour that represents their neighbourhood and asked them to gather in front of their shop for a photo. The festival ran from August 29-31 this year.”

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