Molly Yergens
Sakrisøy i LofotenGarnet tørkesMåseneOppdriftTranøy Fyr	Glimmadammen gjennom skogenGlimma gjennom skogen Ved hybelhuseneFossen fra bruaFossen fra bunnen“…bestandig suste dens 
evige sang…”
Skodde rundt TilthornetTranøyTolv år senerePå VetenVed kirkegårdenSmåbåthavnaSkautnesFiskebåtenHamarøy bygdetunSøroverFra Stamsund Fra Nes
Midnattsol
A Painting Expedition in Arctic Norway. 2011.

I spent five weeks of summer in the small coastal village of Hamarøy, above the Arctic Circle, living simply and keeping odd hours. I began the majority of the paintings by venturing out into the landscape with my paint box and supplies, scoping out resting places and painting places. I returned to complete the paintings in my new “studio,” an elementary school classroom with plenty of natural light and a big green chalkboard. When I would leave my studio late at night, the Midnattsol illuminated the mountaintops in a ridiculously romantic way.

I produced twenty three paintings that I shared in an exhibit at Hamarøy Galleri. The opening took place on the 11th of August, the evening of my last full day in town. One woman I met at the opening found a painting of her family farm in the gallery and was thrilled to take it home. A fellow identified the names of the people who lived in individual houses, painted as small dots on a mountainside. By the end of my expedition I felt a bit like an artistic ambassador, sharing my enthusiasm for a significant place with the people who call it home.

Midnattsol Kickstarter Proposal

An exhibition catalog is available for preview and purchase at http://www.blurb.com/b/2472977-midnattso.
BACK TO PAINTINGS