Fruity June

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June was a month of very visible work. It isn’t always like that, as when we have writers and photographers together! Below are photos from the work process and from an exhibition held at the Eyvindartunga studio. See for yourself!

On june 17th we celebrate Independence day. This year it was a special day for Gullkistan because 20 years from then we opened the first Gullkistan art festival in Laugarvatn!

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Midsummer night

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We have started the celebrations of our 20 year anniversary and hiked to the top of Gullkistan / The Chest of Gold.

Did we find the hidden treasure? What is a treasure if not just this!

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Rutgers 2015

IMG_0367For the second time the Rutgers University in New Jersey brought us artist and professor Margery Amdur with her students for a course on creativity and nature. This time 13 students for 12 days. What a great time we had with these incredible heroes who worked so hard and endured with ease the cold bright spring. Click on Read more here below to see pictures from their adventures. Read More »

Gullspretturinn 2015

IMG_3657In june 2005 we held the second Gullkistan Art Festival in Laugarvatn, celebrating 10 years from the first.

One of the great events that took place was the Gold Sprint, a cross country run around the lake. It has been an annual event since then and one more time, a new record in the number of participants, 330! Every time the weather has been good and every time there is great fun! Congratulations to all of them.

The money raised all goes to support the Laugarvatn Rescue Team, a volunteer organization.

Helga Margrét Þorsteinsdóttir time: 38.10 and Þorbergur Ingi Jónsson time:  33.43.

The runner’s times can be seen here. http://www.timataka.net/gullspretturinn2015/urslit/?race=1

Photographs ©Kristveig Halldórsdóttir – To see the photos click Read More

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Waldorf school from Brooklyn

IMG_2744A group of seven eight graders from New York together with their teacher and assistant went on a school trip to Iceland organized and taken care of by Gullkistan. They left today after five days of exploring the south having their base in Laugarvatn. It was the father of one of the students and a guest of Gullkistan in 2013, Mr. Kenn Bass, who suggested Gullkistan to his son’s school as they were searching for a suitable school trip. Planning and preparation was conducted by the teacher of the class, Mrs. Betsy Gimenez, together with the students and their parents. On the picture you see this wonderful group of students together with their teacher and assistant, Mrs. Griffen Costello. The names of the group from left: Marianna Zieve-Cohen, Karina Aker, Nicole Hsuan, Aidan Bass, Tesia Singh-Ragen, Mr. Griffin Costello, Aria Martinelli, Mrs. Betsy Gimenez Boomer Feith and Kristveig Halldórsdóttir. Ari Halldórssson from Gullkistan took the picture.

Thank you for a wonderful time we had together. Click more to see photos from the trip.

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End of spring activities

IMG_2687Thanks to everyone who has survived the long so called spring with all its cold winds.

We welcome new guests and wish them a good stay with the disappearing nights, newborn lambs and green ground.

  • Dawna Rose, visual artist, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Ian Dowle,  painter, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Sara Wuillermin, writer, USA
  • Yeo Wei Wei, writer, Singapore
  • Chelsea Baranski, MFA student – visual artist, Texas, USA

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April guests & Renovation – part 2

New ideas, contacts, thoughts and people. In April our guests are from all over the world welcomed by a winter of many faces; one day with storm, another day with snow, the third day with sun showing glimpses of spring. Our new residency building undergoes a facelift with new windows and a new south side door. All credit goes to Jón and his friend Friðjón who managed all this in one day at the same time there was a snow storm.
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Sheeba, Shania Angel , Dinesh and Angelinah Mariah

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Jarryd, Jaya, Susan, Judith, Beth and Tosca.

Jarryd Luke, writer, Townsville, Australia – www.twpc.org
Jaya Padmanabhan, writer/editor, California, USA – jayapadmanabhan.com
Susan Williams ARBS, visual art, UK – www.susanwilliams-art.info
Judith Nicholson, artist, Scotland – judithnicholson.co.uk
Beth Legg, applied artist/jewellery maker, Scotland, UK – www.bethlegg.com
Tosca Teran, visual/audio artist, Toronto, Canada – www.toscateran.com
Dinesh Patel, author and poet, Goa, India with is wife, Sheeba Coutinho Patel and daughters
Shnaia Angel Patel (writer – just published her first book at age 12) and Angeliah Mariah Patel (2 years old)

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Blizzards

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The first two months have passed with one blizzard following another. Same goes for our guests, one comes after the other, equally creative and surprizing.

In february we all went to the Thorrablot for a dance in the gym and singing in the showers! At the end of february there was an open studio where our guests told us about their work.

Since mid january Maria has been documenting the people in the valley at work which is a collaboration project between her and Gullkistan, others are working on their own things.

Guests in february:
Erica Kremenak, California, USA – ekremenak.com, Jamie Russom, Visual artist, Glasgow, UK –  www.jamierussom.com, Stephanie Clark, painter, USA, Laura Jean Campbell, visual artis, Oro Medonte, Canada, Isha Hening, motion graphics artist and Jakarta, Indonesia – www.ishahening.com

And now we welcome our guests of march:
Lucia Dillman, visual artist, San Francisco, USA, Khara Deurhof, photographer, Mackay, Australia – www.houseoflucie.com , Emily Gregory, playwright, Oregon, USA – emilymikagregory.wix.com/emilygregory  and Jarryd Luke, writer, Townsville, Australia – www.twpc.org

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Crisp winterdays

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Jen, Ari, Ann and Kristveig at Gullfoss waterfall

It is sometimes cold, often sunny and always beautiful in winter!

As the sun starts getting up earlier every day and we wake up from the dark we dig into photos and good memories from the past autumn months. See the photos if you click on read more here below.

It was great to have Andrea Krupp with us again. She shared work she made in Philadelphia after she was with us last year and made a course in wood carving.

Katie Mayfield writer who was with us for 3 months spent time with the local high school kids building characters into their stories.

Rachael Siminowitch allowed us to share photos of some of her works.

January artists:
Ann Synesthesia Koi, fine artist/writer, Olympia, USA – www.moritorium.com/koi/
Jennifer Pui Sze Choy, visual artist, Hong Kong / UK – www.choypuisze.com
Maria Neal, photographic student, Helsinki, Finland, intern.

We still have a few spaces available for this year and  have started to accept applications for 2016.    Read More »

Happy new year!

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