Swedish American Museum Gallery Walk and Fika

  • 11:00 AM
  • Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago

The Gothenburg Committee of CSCI, in partnership with the Swedish American Museum are hosting a gallery walk and fika for Ariana Ramhage‘s exhibit Bluescapes of Sweden.

The Gothenburg, Sweden-based artist, who will be present at the gallery walk, is inspired to paint a warm, colorful summer motif on the coldest and darkest days of winters based on her own longing for the light and warmth of summer. Come hear about the stories behind her creations at this program cosponsored by the Gothenburg Committee of CSCI.

About Bluescapes of Sweden and Ariana Ramhage: Ariana Ramhage came to Sweden from Poland in 1981 as a young student of architecture to study Swedish building techniques. What was supposed to be a temporary study trip became a start to a new life after she missed her ferry home by a few minutes and the next ferry was canceled due to the declaration of martial law in her home country. Stranded in Sweden, she completed her studies at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg in architecture. Eventually, her architecture career gave way to her passion for painting. Characteristic of Ramhage’s work is the strong blue color of the sky, the sun-drenched rocks and the windswept houses. Her paintings, while true to the scene, leave room for emotion and thought. Many of her watercolors portray well-known locations throughout Sweden and are created from memory.

Bluescapes of Sweden was brought to Chicago through generous support from SWEA Chicago, the Illinois Arts Council, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince.