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Karen Johannsson: A quiet artist (2)

 Photo courtesy of Karen Johannsson Judy Bradley, Winnipeg, MB


Karen Johannsson is a quiet person who is not given to talking about herself or her achievements.
People may know Karen for being the person who made Eaton’s windows so memorable, or for Mrs. Lipton’s Restaurant, for her Lipton Street Studio, for her art. They may not know she is a person with great resolve who applies herself when met with challenges, or who chooses to be challenged in order to move forward in life.
Ingibjörg Karen Skúladóttir was born in Reykjavík and this was her world with the exception of twice visiting aunt Magga at Ísafjörður in North West Iceland. On Ingibjörg’s second visit with aunt Magga, in August 1955, she received a call from her parents to return home. They believed it was time to explore opportunities and to follow the path of other Icelanders who had settled in Manitoba. The three of them then departed for Canada. Imagine you are 11 years old and your last memory of Iceland is being at the summer cottage at Ísafjörður. And, imagine arriving in a new country just a week prior to your twelfth birthday. Although just a child, she still remembers the New York, Toronto, and Winnipeg airports, finally to be met by people at about 5:00 a.m.

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Karen Johannsson: A quiet artist

 Photo courtesy of Karen Johannsson Judy Bradley, Winnipeg, MB


Karen Johannsson is a quiet person who is not given to talking about herself or her achievements.
People may know Karen for being the person who made Eaton’s windows so memorable, or for Mrs. Lipton’s Restaurant, for her Lipton Street Studio, for her art. They may not know she is a person with great resolve who applies herself when met with challenges, or who chooses to be challenged in order to move forward in life.
Ingibjörg Karen Skúladóttir was born in Reykjavík and this was her world with the exception of twice visiting aunt Magga at Ísafjörður in North West Iceland. On Ingibjörg’s second visit with aunt Magga, in August 1955, she received a call from her parents to return home. They believed it was time to explore opportunities and to follow the path of other Icelanders who had settled in Manitoba. The three of them then departed for Canada. Imagine you are 11 years old and your last memory of Iceland is being at the summer cottage at Ísafjörður. And, imagine arriving in a new country just a week prior to your twelfth birthday. Although just a child, she still remembers the New York, Toronto, and Winnipeg airports, finally to be met by people at about 5:00 a.m.
The journey to Canada was in 1955; however, her evolution began in Iceland. As an only child surrounded by adults, Ingibjörg was shy and preferred to entertain herself. Her father, Skúli Jóhannsson, had an import/export business bringing in goods and small appliances from Europe. Her mother, Erika Pétursdóttir, inherited a love of music from her father, Pétur Jónasson. Erika would accompany her father on the piano when he was giving lessons. Pétur was an opera singer, and the first Icelandic singer to gain international recognition.

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Leo Mol Garden: a recommended stop for convention-goers

 Photo: Mike Sigurdson Judy Bradley, Winnipeg, MB

When asked, “Do you have a favourite place in Winnipeg to recommend to INL Convention participants?”, my response was the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in
Assiniboine Park.
What makes this place so compelling is the unique blend of art and nature. Leo Mol, a world renowned artist, donated many of his bronze sculptures to Assiniboine Park where a sculpture garden was created. The statues are of people, some of whom are famous, as well as of animals. The scale of these works range from small pieces to life size and larger than life.
The sculptures are placed in a very imaginative way in a natural, outdoor setting, among beautiful trees, creative plantings, a lily pond and a serene water area. There are lovely pathways for strolling throughout the garden, with benches for those who like to relax while taking in the beauty of the setting.

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