|Norwegian artist Helge Skanlund to exhibit works at the Chester Fritz Library|
The works of Norwegian artist Helge Skånlund will be featured in an exhibition at the Chester Fritz Library Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. The exhibit will be open for viewing in Chester Fritz Library, room 202, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, through Thursday, Oct. 1, and will close at noon on Friday, Oct. 2. A reception for the exhibit will be held in the Chester Fritz Library East Asian Room at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Mr. Skånlund will present a short talk about his work at 7 p.m.
Helge Skånlund is recognized internationally for his paintings of Norwegian landscapes and his lithography. His works have been exhibited in Norway, Europe and North America. Skånlund’s art has been accepted at the noted Norwegian exhibitions, "Statens Høstutstilling" and "Østlandsutstillingen." While in Grand Forks, he will exhibit 16 paintings and four graphic works. Skånlund was born in Kristiansand, Norway, and has worked in Canada as well as Norway. The artist currently lives in Sarpsborg, Norway, the sister city to Grand Forks.
The exhibit is part of a series of activities involving Norwegian artists and dignitaries visiting Grand Forks during the week of Sept. 28. In addition to Skånlund’s exhibition, Norwegian trumpet impresario Kai Roberts and his daughter will provide a tribute at the opening of the exhibit. Mr. Odd Einar Dørum, member of the Norwegian Storting and minister in the Norwegian government, will give a public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. in Gamble Hall on the UND campus. Everyone is invited to the Library reception and the grand opening of the exhibit following his talk.
All events are sponsored by the UND Nordic Initiative and the Chester Fritz Library. Nordic Initiative goals include the promotion of a greater understanding of Norwegian language, culture and history; facilitation of research and economic development; and growth of exchange programs to further the understanding and appreciation of the ties between the people of North Dakota and Norway.
For additional information, contact Wilbur Stolt, director of Libraries, at the Chester Fritz Library.