61˚ 10’ 00” North Latitude: Encounters and Memories

Five Virginia women artists’ dynamic images and personal impressions of their journey to the villages and fjords of Norway in 2005 and 2007—will be exhibited at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education in Hanover County, VA, from March 8 to April 19, 2009. The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, March 8, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. with a special program at 4:00 p.m.

Evening Sail through the Nærøyfjord, by Mirjam Ahladas

Evening Sail through the Nærøyfjord, by Mirjam Ahladas

This exhibit is an extension of a Norwegian/American show at the Sogn Folkemuseum in Kaupanger, Norway in the summer of 2007. Mirjam Ahladas, a native Norwegian, Phoebe Antrim, Arlene DeConti, Barbara Duke Jones, and Christaphora Robeers will be joined in the exhibit with works by Gjert Heiberg of Kaupanger, Norway. Kaupanger, located near the eastern tip of the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, also served as a base for the Virginia artists. These powerful images in oil, watercolor, charcoal, and textiles will be exhibited along with posters created by the graphic design students at Atlee High School in Hanover County.

Nærøyfjord Approach, by Mirjam Ahladas

Nærøyfjord Approach, by Mirjam Ahladas

Celebrating the exhibition on March 8th with the artists will be Virginia author, Carla Danziger, whose mystery novel, Hidden Falls, set in the Sognefjord region of Norway, was recently discovered by Ms. Ahladas. The 4:00 p.m. program will include a brief presentation by Ms. Ahladas about the genesis of the exhibition and a short talk by Ms. Danziger about Hidden Falls. After the program, she will sign copies of her book that will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

The center is located at 17205 Mountain Road, Montpelier, VA. For more information please call (804) 883-7378. (Please note this is Montpelier in Hanover County, VA, not Madison County, VA.)

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