As members of a small island, with a population of 220 people, we wish to develop the Galleri as a community resource. To do so requires us to engage with our community and present exhibitions of local artists, or on subjects of topical and historical interest to Strynø as well as the other small islands of Denmark.
Donna & Jeremy welcome you to Strynø...
The Galleri was started in 2018 to sell and promote the artwork of local Strynø artists. The owner at that time, Birgit Berggreen, was an established artist whose paintings and commitment to like minded creatives kept the gallery open and inviting.
The Galleri today is somewhat different - less commercial and more focused on introducing programmes which challenge us, as islanders, and hopefully visitors from further afield. We propose to hold exhibitions which stimulate our interest in art, workmanship and subjects of topical interest from the small islands of Denmark. This can be of contemporary or historical content. You will see a cross-section from last year's exhibitions and those planned for this year, to give you an idea - from the artistic excitement of our school children, to the work of inspiring printmakers, to the story of wooden boats sailing the waters of the archipelago, to islanders’ mementoes with their descriptive stories…
You are very welcome to visit and hopefully feel inspired by what you see, hear and do on this beautiful island and be sure to pass through Galleri Tegn.
Strynø is a vibrant community consisting of about 220 year round residents drawn from 17 different nationalities. In the past Stryno's population was over around 800 at the turn of the 20th century. Many of the men on the island sought employment on sailing ships, often recruited in Marstal on the nearby island of Ærø. Fishing and farming have always been an important part of the island's economy, until recently. Today the fisheries are in decline and small organic farming enterprises are under stress - so much so that much of the agricultural land is now owned by a commercial farmer from the Commune of Langeland.
We are lucky to have a school and kindergarden, each with about 16 pupils. Without the children our community would be made up of mainly retired persons and farming families, with a few entrepreneurs working from home via the internet. The children are the heart and soul of what we have. Without young progressive families we wouldn't have such a wonderful community shop and probably only limited attendance at community events.
In the short summer vacation period of July the population doubles, which of course helps the sole shop and the pop-up cafes and restaurants.
We have an active website which gives considerable information on the island, including ferry times and topics of interest to visitors. So please visitand start making your plans for your visit. We welcome you!
Above all, Strynø is well known for it's generous hospitality, openness and engagement of visitors. We wish to make you feel at home amongst us.
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