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A month of amazing adventures has come to an end in one fantastic art exhibit at Saeborg in Hrisey.

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Me and my residency mates at the Saeborg exhibit.

For those of you just tuning in, I was awarded an artist on residency program in the village of Hrísey, off the coast of northern Iceland, to create a new body of work inspired by the Icelandic coast the month of September. This is my story.

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Painting en plein air at the Eyjafjordur coast while my son Jonah picks blueberries.

2 other international artist and I held an exhibit at the gallery in Hrísey to show the community our work.

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Above are the landscape pieces I created in oil for the exhibit.

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We made delicious brownies for the occasion.

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We picked wild lavender and white yarrow for flowers and lit tea lights in this quaint gallery space for ambience.

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We also served Icelandic coffee and pears and apples for dessert.

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My fellow resident mates Bonnie and Lila are pictured here enjoying our space.

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Lila, Bonnie, and I at our exhibit.

Jonah and Grandma Deb also had a lovely time.

Here are a few snapshots of Bonnie’s work in abstract landscape and architecture, based on dreams and local Icelandic architecture.

Lila’s work included abstract portraiture and more Icelandic influence.

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We had such a lovely time and had wonderful conversations with many locals.

Our favorite conversation was from a thoughtful and kind gentleman, Omar, who I’ve enjoyed many conversations on rides into Akureyri with about Icelandic economy, slow life in Hrísey, and how to raise our children with kindness, he’s pictured above who stated ‘we see all this landscape everyday, but here we get to see the beauty of our city through your eyes and it reminds us how lucky we are to be here.”

An amazing experience in a beautiful space.

And a new chapter in my life having shown my work as an international artist!

We celebrated our exhibit as 3 international artist by dining on fish balls and celebratory beer provided by the community! Later that night I saw the most vivid northern lights display of my life, what a beautiful experience to share with the residency members.

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A once in a lifetime moment. Thank you for sharing in the joy and reading along!

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With one week left in Iceland we are enjoying 55 degree weather and hiking under snowy mountain tops!

I was emotional to leave beautiful Hrisey on the 7 amferry but the view I had of Hrisey reflected peace and joy.

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As I looked forward to Mountains agead I was grateful for the joy and experience and people I had met and hopeful for new paths ahead.

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More photos and adventure to come as Deb, Jonah and I travel the other half of Iceland this week before we depart for home next week.

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