Stories Matter

This past weekend my husband and I visited the seaport town of Stavern, which is just south of where we live in Norway. Stavern is a seaport town with a beautiful harbour area that has a certain 'old world' charm to it. The port is quite active in summer with hundreds of sailboats and pleasure crafts coming and going on a daily basis. The population doubles or more during the summer months and seems to be buzzing with activity.

We took a long stroll around and visited as many galleries and exhibitions as possible. Stavern is a bit of an artistic hub and has become known for hosting a variety of different types of exhibitions by local and international artists.

I love visiting galleries because I learn so much, especially if the artist exhibiting artist is there onsite. I always take the opportunity to say hello and talk to them about their work. What most people don't realize (I think) is that the majority of artists actually like being asked about their work i.e. what inspires them, why they paint what they do, how they achieve certain techniques and textures; etc. The stereotype of artists being dark, aloof, and tormented is simply just not true. Every artist has a story to share.

In the picture below, artist Fritz H. Nyegaard is actually explaining to a family about how he works. He even let the little boy apply some paint to the current canvas he's working on.

Artists for the most part work privately. Of course collaborations take place, but most of an artist's work is done alone in solitude. So when they exhibit, they take the step to sh