Monthly Archives: April 2014

Photographer Eva Fidjeland – one of several artists to show their work at the AthensArt’s Annual Arts Festival at Hardeko in Bispg?den, J?tland, Sweden

“The Red Lady” – digital photography by Eva Fidjeland

ON FRIDAY, May 2 at 6 p.m. there will be an art opening at Hardeko, Bj?rkstigen 3 in Bispg?den, Ragunda, J?tland, Sweden, featuring Swedish photographer Eva Fidjeland and other artists. AthensArt is a network of artists living in different parts of the world, and every year they exhibit their work together. This year Sweden has been chosen as the country for AthensArt’s annual arts festival.

THE SHOW, which runs through May 11, is organized by Center of Arts 4 Seasons and Hardeko and Mr. Geert Weggen. For information about the participating artists, please visit

EVA FIDJELAND is an artist, poet and photographer who lives in Orrefors, Sweden. She was born in Stockholm in 1955. Her art reflects cultural influences from childhood years spent in Portugal, Lebanon, Iran and Afghanistan. In 1978 she went to live in the artists’ village Ein Hod in Israel, where she learnt the art of making stained glass from Professor Joseph Chaaltiel

Photography by Eva FidjelandPhotography by Eva Fidjeland

UPON RETURNING to Sweden Ms. Fidjeland was approached by the Vasa Museum to reconstruct glass details for the famous Vasa Ship from the 17th century — The new Vasa Museum was inaugurated in 1990.

Photography by Eva FidjelandPhotography by Eva Fidjeland

EVA Fidjeland has exhibited her work at numerous museums and galleries in Sweden as well as abroad.

For more information about the artist and her work, go to, and

Photography by Eva FidjelandPhotography by Eva Fidjeland

DOMINIC RICHARDSON, writer and editor of Art Bracket LLC ( writes this about Eva Fidjeland: “A new trend in visual art is emerging due to artist Eva Fidjeland’s implementation of an innovative, creative approach to the process of manufacturing art. The artist is known internationally for creating in a variety of mediums, from the traditional canvas to digital, and is currently presenting her work in a new style of collaborative art. The artist is displaying her creative expertise within the various mediums and is also transforming her physical expression and character for introduction within her creations. Fidjeland is seamlessly incorporating aspects of digital technology with visual and performing art, creating unique works that tell stories through intricate details.”


Photography by Eva Fidjeland


The exhibition “Women of Egypt” by Norwegian-born and Egypt-based artist Britt Boutros-Ghali opened at Syra Arts in Washington

Syra Arts in Washington, D.C.Sylvia Van Vliet-Raghed of Syra Arts and Dagmar Painter of The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, both galleries in Washington, D.C., in front of one of Britt Boutros-Ghali’s paintings

ON THURSDAY, April 10, the exhibition “Women of Egypt” by the Norwegian-born, Egypt-based painter Britt Boutros-Ghali opened at Syra Arts in Washington, D.C.

MRS. BOUTROS-GHALI – who is considered one of the important Norwegian artists of this century – is known for her vibrant, colorful and energetic paintings. In the late 1950′s she studied painting and sculpture under Ellen Christensen and Ferdinand Lunde in Oslo. Her earliest work debuted in Paris at Galerie de L’Universit?in 1965 at the same time that Niki de Saint Phalle joined her onto the Paris art scene. She participated in the Abstract Expressionist movement in Europe in the 1960′s and 1970′s, and has exhibited internationally throughout her career. Her work is widely collected in both public and private collections worldwide.

Syra Arts in Washington, D.C.Artwork – oil on canvas – by Britt Boutros-Ghali

BRITT Boutros-Ghali was born in 1937 in Svolvaer in northern Norway. She has spent the last 35 years in Egypt and her studio is a barge on the Nile. The many years spent in Egypt’s rich, colorful and exotic culture and environment has greatly influenced her work.

THE EXHIBIT runs through 10 May, 2014. Syra Arts is located at 1054 31st Street, N.W. #A, Canal Square in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-733-8199.

Bertelsmann Foundation and Financial Times held its 6th annual conference in Washington on April 10

Bertelsmann Foundation opening reception at the National Portrait Gallery in WashingtonWorld Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim was the keynote speaker at the annual Bertelsmann Foundation reception at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

“A WORLD OUT OF BALANCE: Surplus of Politics, A Deficit of Ideas” was the topic at the Bertelsmann Foundation and Financial Times sixth annual conference on Thursday, April 10, and focused on 21st century growth sectors and TTIP, with lessons from 1914 for today. The conference was arranged in conjunction with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund spring meetings.

Bertelsmann Foundation.20140410 032.JPGOpening reception at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

THE CONFERENCE’S featured speakers included among others Martin Blessing, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors, Commerzbank; Charles Boustany, Jr., MD, U.S. Congressman (R-La); August? Carstens, Governor, Bank of Mexico; Christopher Clark, Author, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914;” Jacob Frenkel, Chairman, JP Morgan Chase International and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Group of Thirty; Jason Furman, Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers; Peter Orszag, Vice Chairman, Global Banking, Citigroup; and Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics and former Member, Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee.

THE CONFERENCE was preceded by the annual opening reception on Wednesday evening at the National Portrait Gallery, where the keynote speaker, the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim talked about the organization’s agenda for the future and its goal to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.

HOSTS were Aart De Geus, President and CEO, Bertelsmann Foundation; Liz Mohn, Vice Chairwoman, Bertelsmann Stiftung; and Annette Heuser, Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation.


Bertelsmann Foundation opening reception at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

Bertelsmann Foundation opening reception at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

SACU luncheon with guided tour of ‘Homeland’ – a glass exhibition by Ingalena Klenell – at the House of Sweden in Washington

THE SWEDISH-AMERICAN Cultural Union (SACU) in Washington, D.C. is offering a private guided tour of the new glass exhibition “Homeland” by the world famous Ingalena Klenell at the House of Sweden on Thursday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street, N.W.

THE TOUR will be followed by a lunch afterward at the Sequoia Restaurant in Georgetown.

MEMBERG COST is $25, non-members $29. Reservations are required. For reservations, contact by noon Tuesday, April 22. The restaurant will offer: Grilled chicken Caesar, Sequoia cheeseburger, or Maryland crab cake sandwich.