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Touch of Sweden
Press release by Scandinavian Cultural Center
Posted August 13, 2006

The curThe current exhibits at the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University (on display through November 12) share the theme, “Touch of Sweden.” Kristine Leander’s photo exhibit is a collection of photographs of children from China, Ghana, Greenland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States.

                 The photographer chose the beloved Swedish hymn, Children of the Heavenly Father, as a motif for her photographs because as a child she drew strength from its words. She also wanted to honor Sweden as a leader in protecting children.

                  Leander, who is Swedish-American, traversed the globe to take her photographs over a period of 20 years. “I photograph whatever I find beautiful, or tells a story, or evokes a mood,” Leander says. “I’ve learned a lot by studying my photos. Take the young African child next to his brightly clad parents. I didn’t see how well they enveloped him in their care until I studied the photo. He’s very loved and protected by the adults in his life.”

     “Our mind’s eye shows us what we want to see, but the camera’s eye captures what is really there,” Leander adds. She combines the eye of her camera with her view of the need to protect the world’s most vulnerable citizens.

     Leander hopes that when people view this exhibit they focus on the words of the hymn in addition to the photo. Each photograph is matched with a line from the hymn. Swedish artifacts complete her exhibit.

     “I enjoy the process of marrying photos with text,” she says. “The hymn, written by Karolina Sandell-Berg, is the perfect complement to my photographs. She wrote that we are all children of God, and the love and care we hope for each child in the photos is the same love and care God extends to each of us.”

         Leander, of Seattle, has a Ph.D. in educational administration and is Director of Communication for the nonprofit adoption agency, World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP).

     A second outstanding exhibit, Landscapes from a Swedish Heritage, completes the “Touch of Sweden” theme. Eleven exquisite paintings by Niklas Aronsson are on display in the Scandinavian Cultural Center’s Stuen Room.

     The Swedish painter was born in 1962 and grew up in the industrial village of Gemla, situated in southern Sweden. He has worked as an artist for almost sixteen years, with art shows in Sweden and exhibitions in the United States. As a painter with an Impressionist touch, he draws inspiration from nature. Using oils and watercolors, he depicts moments of what he sees and experiences with emphasis on light and shade. Aronsson describes his work by saying, “I want to convey the feeling of joy and excitement I have for my subject, and a sense of humility towards life and nature.”

     Admission is free. Public hours during August: Sundays only, 1:00 -4:00 PM. Regular public hours begin September 6. 11:00 AM- 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. 

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