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June 24, 2018

SCANDINAVIAN MIDSUMMER FEST
June 24, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 PM

Folk Arts Series: Scandinavian Midsummer Fest
Dance and Music Performance and a Hands-on Workshop
Free and Open to All Ages!
Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than with a real Scandinavian midsummer event! 

Dancers wearing traditional Scandinavian clothing will demonstrate and teach accessible and fun Norwegian and Swedish folk dances. A fiddler will play and you will learn how to make lovely floral head wreaths. 

Scandinavian folk dances are generally done in couples, with the exception of a few virtuoso solo dances.  They include turning dances as well as set dances for groups of couples.  The dance relies heavily on the turning forms, some of which are based on Continental European turning dances.  The performers Cathie Springer and Doug Shearer have been dancing these traditional dances since the 1950’s and have taken part in several competitions both in Scandinavia and the U.S. Cathie is the chair of annual workshops of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America and is editor of their quarterly journal; Sound Post.  Paul Friedman will perform on the fiddle.

The bunad is a traditional Norwegian costume worn by both men and women. Traditionally bunads represented the family home and the area people came from. Today the bunad is still worn for celebrations and special occasions like weddings, baptisms and confirmations. Balls and Norwegian Constitution Day (May 17) are also typically bunad wearing days.

Midsummer - Given Scandinavia’s long, dark winters, it’s not surprising that the arrival of summer is a big deal throughout the Nordic countries. In Sweden, Midsummer’s Eve is one of the most important days of the year, rivaling Christmas with its festive spirit and traditions. The Scandinavian countries mark the height of summer with big celebrations and by soaking up the sun in the countryside, preferably alongside a lake or the sea. There they make wreaths from wild flowers to adorn their hair, dance around the maypole or a bonfire singing traditional songs, barbecue and party into the night with friends, old and new.

Midsummer was considered to be a time of magic, and anything to do with nature was thought to have a special power. Gathering flowers to weave into wreaths and crowns was a way to harness nature’s magic to ensure good health throughout the year.  Even though most people these days probably are unaware of the magical origins of the tradition, weaving crowns of flowers is still a major part of any Midsummer observance. Occupational therapist, teacher and inventor of creative solutions, Karen Lund Brandt will teach making these beautiful flower head wreaths to wear. Karen is both a Norwegian-and Swedish-American. She is proud to share her heritage and eager to share this tradition with you. 




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OPEN CALL: PUBLIC ART IN THE PARK
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The Pelham Art Center is seeking proposals for temporary public art, including solo and group exhibitions to be installed within the five-acre Village of Pelham’s newly redesigned Wolfs Lane Park. This exhibition will launch a newly created sculpture garden as well as introducing the entire park renovation to the public. We are looking for work that will be sited for three to six months, activates the park, while considering the scale, landscape and overall use of the public space. We strongly encourage site-specific proposals. Proposals will be selected by our Gallery Advisory Committee on the basis of creativity, interactivity, structural integrity and sustainability. The work will be installed across from the Metro North Railroad Pelham Station, at 1st Street and Wolf’s Lane in the Village of Pelham.

* Creativity/interactivity: Your work should be visually engaging and invite viewers of all ages to enter the park to experience the work further.

* Structural Integrity: Your work must be able to withstand three months of exposure to New York weather as well as unsupervised interaction from passers-by and visitors to Pelham day and night.

* Sustainability: Given the temporary nature of the installation, we encourage the submission of work created with found materials, or from materials that can be temporarily appropriated and then reused after the installation.

Please find the application HERE



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OPEN CALL: PUBLIC ART IN THE COURTYARD
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The Pelham Art Center is seeking proposals for temporary public solo and group exhibitions / installations to be installed in our 2,300sq.ft. open court yard. We are looking for work that can be sited for three months, activates the entire courtyard while considering the scale, architecture and use of the courtyard. We strongly encourage site-specific proposals. Proposals will be selected by our Gallery Advisory Committee on the basis of creativity, interactivity, structural integrity and sustainability.

 
* Creativity/interactivity: Your work should be visually engaging and invite viewers of all ages to enter the court yard to experience the work further.

 * Structural Integrity: Your work must be able to withstand three months of exposure to New York weather as well as unsupervised interaction from passers-by and visitors to the Art Center day and night.

 * Sustainability: Given the temporary nature of the installation, we encourage the submission of work created with found materials, or from materials that can be temporarily appropriated and then reused after the installation.

Please find the application HERE