Iceland in Katonah

Through September 28, 2014, the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, N.Y., features an exhibit on Iceland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Through September 28, 2014, the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, N.Y., features an exhibit on Iceland.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The Brawny Sherpa and I are fortunate to be introduced to Iceland at a new exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, N.Y. Over watermelon and vodka cocktails, we become acquainted with Icelandic art—dark, bright, volcanic, a little crazy. That’s what a nation that features nine months of winter a year will do to you.

In between viewing the installations and figuring out what our Icelandic surnames might be based on the artists whose work we view (I think I would be Lori Carolesdottir), we watch a short film, Iceland: The Fire Within (2014) by Eric Heimbold. In 15 minutes or so, we see summer, winter, water, blue ice, waterfalls, northern lights, ponies, volcanoes, grottoes, serene-looking people, and slamming snowstorms. We are grateful to have met the filmmaker, who wishes us luck on our upcoming, wintry trip to Iceland.

An ice sculpture by Bill Bywater at the Katonah Museum of Art. The work was prepared for the opening of the Iceland: Artists Respond to Place exhibit at the museum. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

An ice sculpture by Bill Bywater at the Katonah Museum of Art. The work was prepared for the opening of the Iceland: Artists Respond to Place exhibit at the museum.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

We leave exhilarated and waiting to experience the real thing. If you can’t get to Reykjavik soon, head to Katonah instead.

—Lori Tripoli

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