Death of Åse from Peer Gynt. Robyn Sand Anderson.
Death of Åse from Peer Gynt. Robyn Sand Anderson.
Robyn Sand Anderson, a native of Decorah and Luther College class of ’79 received the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council’s 2018 Individual Artist Grant with the McKnight Foundation to travel to Bergen, Norway to immerse herself in the home, music and environment of 19th century composer Edvard Grieg.

Using that inspiration and photographs from her travels, and immersing herself in Grieg’s music, Sand Anderson created interpretations of color, texture and movement that capture the incredible beauty of Norway.

Grieg and his fellow artists, musicians and writers of the Romantic period worked together to lift up the beauty of Norway. Learning about the life of Grieg – his struggles, habits, family, how he lived his life – played into Sand Anderson’s interpretation of each piece.

“Traveling to Norway, the home of my ancestors, to experience and immerse myself in the beauty of Grieg’s music and the landscapes of Norway was truly a gift,” Sand Anderson says. “It definitely deepened my understanding of what Grieg was saying with his music. It was an experience I will not soon forget.”

The exhibit opens Oct. 25, in the Upstairs Gallery at the Center for Faith & Life, Luther College, and closes Nov. 22. Attendees can meet the artist Friday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the gallery before the 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Symphony Orchestra concert that night, during which it will be performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor.