The Katonah Museum of Art is featuring three exhibitions of Icelandic art from June 29 – September 28, 2014. Keeping with the Icelandic theme, the museum is hosting an Icelandic Midsummer Day on Sunday, July 27 from 12-7:30 PM with a variety of activities, including the chance to meet Icelandic horses, drink Icelandic Glacial water and sip Brennivin! Read on for the complete schedule, or visit www.katonahmuseum.org to learn more.
Icelandic Midsummer Day (12 – 8 PM)
Enjoy food from the grill and gourmet ice cream all day long! Programs for all ages.
Icelandic Horses walk, trot and canter just like other horses, but they also move in two gaits unique to the breed. The tölt is an extremely smooth four-beated gait, and the flying pace is a fast two-beat lateral racing gait at which Icelandic horses can move up to 30 miles per hour. Meet Icelandic horses and watch riding demonstrations.
12:00 and 2:00
Demonstrations of gaits unique to Icelandic horses
12:30 and 2:30
Meet Icelandic horses up close and personal
Icelandscapes: terrarium workshops with Wave Hill’s Laurel Rimmer
About 470 species of native plants are found in Iceland, half of which are thought to be glacial survivors from the Ice Age. Large areas of bare rock, stony deserts, sandy wastelands and lava fields define the sub-arctic landscape. Join terrarium specialist from Wave Hill, New York City’s famed public garden, to create your own Icelandic-themed terrarium (adults) or open dish garden (children).
12:30 – 1:30 Terrarium Workshop for ages 14 and up.
$35.00 member, $45 non-member. Advance registration recommended to guarantee supplies.
3:00 – 4:00 Dish Garden Workshop for families.
$12.00 member, $18 non-member.
Icelandic Lopi wool
A knitting wool spun from the fleece of Icelandic sheep, Lopi is made up of two layers, each with a different texture. The wet-resistant outer coat contains long, coarse fibers, while the insulating layer beneath consists of soft, short fibers. Spun together, the two layers create Lopi yarn and roving, natural products made from raw sheep’s fleece. Join your KMA friends and enjoy some wild and wooly creations: watch a needle felting demonstration; make your own mini-sheep using real Icelandic roving. Free with Museum Admission.
1:00 Icelandic Lopi wool and knitting demo
All ages, free with Museum Admission
1:30 – 3:00 Felting hands-on sheep project
Drop-in workshop for all ages
Story teller Bill Gordh brings Icelandic stories to life
1:00 Stories of Iceland’s Hidden Folk (all ages).
With words and music, storyteller Bill Gordh tells tale of Iceland’s imaginary “hidden folk”
3:00 Stories of Icelandic Sagas (all ages)
Filled with larger-than-life heroes and epic battles, the Icelandic sagas were a source of inspiration to classic authors like J.R.R. Tolkien. Part of Iceland’s daily consciousness, Icelanders treasure the sagas both for their historical record and their narrative artistry.
Curator’s tour of ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place
2:30 PM (Free with museum admission)
Evening Food, Drink and Music
Taste Icelandic food and drink (skyr, smoked fish and Brennivin aquavit, and Icelandic Glacial water), buy supper from the grill, and listen to the rootsy, smart sounds of singer-songwriter Milton.
Complimentary beer and wine. $15 members, $20 non-members.