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Gallery Snærós

In Stöðvarfjörður a not-to-miss point of interest is the Gallery Snærós, run by visual artist Ríkharður Valtingojer and Sólrún Friðriksdóttir, right next to their ateliers. The couple moved to Stöðvarfjörður in 1985 and founded the gallery in 1988. It is among very few of its kind outside Reykjavík.

In connection with the gallery, many exhibitions have been footed where Icelandic and foreign artists have demonstrated their work. The Graphic Atelier is run in the same place, ideally equipped for artmaking, courses, and workshops.

Ríkharður, an Austrian by birth, studied silver jewelry making and graphic arts in Graz, Austria and graduated from the artistic painting faculty of the Vienna Art Academy. He moved to Iceland in 1960 and worked for an extended period as a teacher at the faculty of graphic arts of the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (later The Academy of the Arts).

Sólrún graduated as a visual art teacher from the ICA in 1979 and later specialized in textile creation at the same institute as well as in Sweden and Austria. She has been a teacher at the Stöðvarfjörður Elementary School for a number of years and has also been active as an instructor in many courses.Ríkharður and Sólrún have initiated many private exhibitions in Iceland as well as abroad and also participated in international exhibits throughout the world. In their gallery, you can enjoy and purchase their work
Rósa Valtingojer, their daughter is a young designer who has also established herself in Stöðvarfjörður along with designer husband e Zdenek Patak. The couple has founded the designer firm Mupimup which emphasizes recycling through design. They currently participate in the running of Gallery Snærós and their designs can be admired and bought, i.a. clay birds, drawings, baby clothing, toys, lamps, cards for special occasions and other artifacts.

Visitors in the gallery are welcome to watch Ríkharður and Sólrún at work. The Gallery is open daily in summer by arrangement in the wintertime.

Gallerí Snærós,

Fjarðarbraut 42, 755 Stöðvarfjörður

Sími: 475 8931 861 7556


Gallery Snærós

Fjarðarbraut 42

GPS Points N64° 49' 58.483" W13° 52' 28.070"
Opening period All year
Categories Exhibitions

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