The High coast in general and Nordingrå in particular are widely known for their high number of artists. There is no shortage here of art halls, galleries and renowned artists, and visitors are always welcome.
Many artists have come to the High Coast and particularly Nordingrå to get inspiration through the years. There are plenty of creative artists in the area and in summer something special happens. The artists living in the area permanently open their studios to the public, and many other artists migrate here for the magical light that can only be found in Nordingrå. Take the time to look at their artworks at galleries and exhibitions, and keep an eye out for open studios as you travel about. The tourist route from Hornöberget to Ullånger is a good road to travel if you want to see lots of art. If you are in Nordingrå, make sure you don’t miss Mannaminne’s permanent exhibition of local artists’ work. Summer exhibitions are organised every year too. Read on to find out about some of the artists working in the area.
Millenium Art Gallery
In Åsäng, outside Nordingrå, you will find artist Kethy Sundlöf Bjesse at the Millenium Art Gallery with textiles, oils, photography, audio, sculpture, design and other works all inspired by nature.
Margareta Petré is the artist who is best known for her “colour energy”. She works with painting and graphics and has her studio and summer gallery in Bäckland.
The Silversmith in Salsåker
Silversmith Sigbritt Mann makes jewellery, art and articles all of her own design. Her farm in Salsåker has both her workshop, a summer store, a conference centre and her home.
Birgitta Nenzén is an artist specialising in painting, graphics and sculpture. She has a summer gallery on her farm in Omne where she has exhibited her work for 35 years.
High Coast Art Valley
High Coast Art Valley offers a cultural experience that further enhances the World Heritage Site’s magnificence and genuine feel. So far, the Nätterlund Foundation has put 25 works of art on display in the valley. Some are completely freestanding, others are part of schools, banks, roads and cultural areas. The artworks have created a culture trail that stretches from the Ulvön islands all the way along the Nätraälven valley, which in addition to art and culture also has magnificent scenery.
Combine culture and nature by, for example, renting an electric bike and feeling the wind in your hair as you enjoy the landscape and artworks.
There are several places to stop along the way for coffee or food. The Art Valley’s centre is Herrgårdsparken in Köpmanholmen.
There are plenty of creative artists in the High Coast region. In the summers there are many permanently residing artists who open their studios to the public. There are also a number of art halls that are open all year round. Discover everything from local art to works signed by Matisse and Picasso. All art halls have free entry!
Härnösand's Art Hall
At Härnösand’s Art Hall you can look at current art as well as parts of the “Qvist Collection”, which was donated to the city of Härnösand by Nils and Elna Qvist. They put together an impressive art collection during their lifetimes, to say the least. It includes works by Picasso, Chagall and Matisse, which can all be seen here.
Hans Hedberg Museum
Hans Hedberg is widely known for his colourful sculpted fruit and is called the “master of glazes”, his sculptures are often described as erasing the line between artwork and real nature. Hedberg had Chagall as an apprentice and he knew Picasso and Matisse. His creations can be seen at the museum and he also has works exhibited along the High Coast Art Valley and at Herrgårdsparken.
Örnsköldsvik Museum and Art Hall
A visit to Örnsköldsvik Museum and Art Hall tells about the area's local history. The art hall is located in the middle of town, close to the sea, in a beautiful building from 1905. You can see exhibitions and art on display here. Along with many other famous artists, the works of Andy Warhol have been exhibited here.