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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Scandinavian Art

On this tour of Scandinavia I expected to see mostly Viking-inspired art. What a surprise at the variety!

Rag and Bone with Blanket by Welsh artish Laura Ford - on a Stockholm street corner. Ford Uses Beatrix Potter characters like Tod the Fox to depict social issues such as homelessness in this sculpture.

Part of a "Cocktail Couture" ceramics exhibit by Swedish artist Agneta Spangburg in the garden of Sofiero in Helsingborg, the summer digs of Swedish royalty.

This joyful dancing woman is one of over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland depicting all stages of human life and emotion. All the sculptures are in Vigeland Park in the center of Oslo.

These beautiful bas relief nudes are on the columns down a long hallway in Stockholm's city hall and just outside the Blue Hall where the Nobel Prize is awarded annually. If our Congress saw something this beautiful every day, do you think it would improve its attitude?

Open courtyard of the Glyptotek Art Gallery in Copenhagen. "Beer money" from the founder of the Carlsberg Brewery provided this gift to the Danish people and visitors to the city. I spent an afternoon here learning about Danish painters and visiting old friends Monet, Sisley and Pissarro.

Stay tuned for some Viking stuff!


Jan n Jer said...

Nice art work...I love those dresses. I could dress like that!!! Great shots Faye!

Sayre said...

Beautiful! Unfortunately, Congress would take it the wrong way and censor it right off the wall.