ASI Community Gallery Exhibition
Gertrude Anderberg, a respected Swedish artist who lives in Uppsala, is a painter who works mostly in oil, but also in watercolor and pastels.
This exhibition features her work and is presented by the ASI in collaboration with the Minneapolis-Uppsala Friendship Committee and Sister City events.
Anderberg particularly enjoys capturing outdoor scenes and still life, including flowers, fishes, shells, tools and other items. She frequently paints the areas around Uppsala and the varied landscapes of Österlen in Skåne, southern Sweden, a popular tourist attraction famous for its beautiful natural settings, coastlines, small towns, apple orchards and farmland. Anderberg also devotes herself to glass fusing and ceramics.
Her work has been exhibited throughout Sweden and in U.S. cities such as Baton Rouge and Los Angeles.
At 7 p.m. on the evening of May 23 when the exhibition opens, the East Metro Symphony Orchestra also presents Svensk Musik och Dans featuring new music by Swedish composers, music by the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag (celebrating its 20th year) and dancing by the Twin Cities Swedish Folkdancers (celebrating their 100th year). The nyckelharpa has its roots in the Uppland countryside around Uppsala. Tickets for the concert are $10 for ASI members, $15 for others.
Refreshments will be served after the concert in ASI's Community Gallery where Gertrud's paintings will be on exhibit. The reception will celebrate both the concert and the exhibit.
If you can't make the Wednesday night concert, it will also be performed earlier in the week, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 S. Robert Street in W. St. Paul. Free will donations accepted.
I grew up in Trelleborg, the most southerly town in Sweden. As a child I loved to draw and paint, but my musical interests took first place. I got a music teaching degree specializing in recorder and violin. For thirty years I was a teacher. There was no time left for painting until 1986 when my family settled down in Uppsala (a sister city to Minneapolis). In my new job I only had to work four days a week, which gave me a whole day for painting every week. I started to study painting and my teachers encouraged me. I was first asked to exhibit separately in1997; since then I have had many exhibitions throughout Sweden. In Uppsala at at one of the Linneaus museums, called Linnés Sävja, I have have been asked to exhibit regularly for the last twenty years.
My motifs (or maybe ‘themes’) have changed through the years. My favorite way of working is to set up my easel in nature, plein air, and paint what I see. I love to paint waves and sea motifs. Still life is of course always a challenge and the subjects could be anything in my surroundings, as you can see!
My husband and I visited Minneapolis for the first time in 2005 with a sister city educator exchange. We loved the American Swedish Institute, the new building and the mansion and its many activities. Now I feel very honored by this opportunity to exhibit my work at the ASI. Usually, my paintings are framed for exhibits, but for practical reasons I did not frame them for this exhibit.
Admission info for non-members.