PORTLAND – Featuring strong colors and exploring unconventional shapes, the art of Emmy Andersson will be featured at the Eastland Hotel Cafe in the First Friday Art Walk of Portland this month.

Andersson, who serves on the Western Maine Art Group board of directors, draws inspiration from real-life objects and situations, which she turns into slightly distorted and sometimes oddly interpreted shapes and forms. Most inspiring to the Sweden-born artist are people and other life forms in motion.

The ultimate challenge for Andersson is to capture movement which she often conveys by using strong colors and shapes not naturally expected to accompany the person or object. This gives many of her images a slightly unorthodox and contemporary touch.

Andersson has exhibited and sold her art in Maine and Vermont, and in her homeland of Sweden for the past five years.

In the past year, her exhibit schedule has been very active including participation in shows at the Matolcsy Arts Center and Café Nomad in Norway, the Turner Center for the Arts, Gallery 5 in Lewiston and the Space Gallery in Portland. The painter also exhibited in the Norway Sidewalk Art Show for the first time in 2007 and won Best of Show in the 2007 Moore Park Art Show in South Paris for a self-portrait.

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1980, Andersson now lives and paints at Valhalla Fields Farm in Poland. She came to the United States on a soccer scholarship to play for Green Mountain College, Vt., where she found her future husband and discovered her love for contemporary art.

The show will be on display throughout the month of May. The Eastland Hotel is at 157 High St. For more information and to view representations of Andersson’s work, log on to www.valhallafields.com/emmy.html.

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