Art house Messen, Ålvik, Norway
Kunstnarhuset Messen, Ålvik, Norge

Open Studio May 2019

Welcome to the Open Studio at KHMessen. We have an interesting international group of artists staying at Messen working with: ceramics, printing, textile, digital media and drawings ! Come and see!

Susanna Crum / USA / Visual artist (printing)
Tero Juuti / Finland / Digital media artist
Lindsey Dezman / USA / Ceramics
Rodolfo Salgado / USA / visual artist (printing)
Filipa Pontes / Portugal / Drawing
Sandy Harris / UK / visual artist (textile)

May 24, 2019
Open Studio May 2019

Open Studio March


Wim van den Toorn / NL / Paintings
I’m a painter of Dutch origin who has been living and working in Norway since 2008. Solidly trained as a painter at the Art Academy in Enschede my work has developed in a steady and consequent direction since finishing my Master in 1997. In the course of my career I’ve received a prize for young painters and been granted several scholarships from the Dutch Art Council. This has made possible a continuous focus on the development of my work.


Melody Loveless / USA / Digital media artist.
Melody Loveless is a digital media artist, educator, and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work ranges from pieces for electronic and acoustic instruments, live coding performances, wearable game controllers, interactive media, sound installations, and more. Alongside maintaining an active practice as a technology and art educator in the New York City area, she performs often with Codie, a live-coding trio that performs ephemeral works by coding music and visuals live on a stage. She has had performances at Performance Space New York, the New York Hall of Science, and Eyebeam. Past honors include being an Artist in Residence at Gamli Skoli in Iceland. She holds a B.A. in Music from he University of Nevada – Las Vegas, a M.M. in Music Composition from New York University – Steinhardt, and a M.S. in Integrated Digital Media from New York University – Tandon.

Blue (2016) is an interactive installation inspired by the ocean and the works of La Monte Young. This work uses a web camera and a microphone to react to the audience and the space around it.


Dorian Temming / the Netherlands / visual artist.
The drawings of Dorian Temming are often idea sketches for images in a room.
The images do not always end up there, the drawings become independent works. Space studies, for the space imagined. It often starts with two or three lines that divide the space. From there she starts sketching. Themes such as daily objects, food, succession and people and nature in its cooperation and opposition inspire her. This produces strange or unusual connections between the objects.


Paola Ruiz Molto / Spain / Interdisciplinary artist.
Running away from panoramic city model, arise the need to build new realities from the perspective of memory and experiences. I am interested in working from projects on a particular subject, research in relation to the archival documentation, the text as an artistic proposal. Projects with a common point, nature and memory, history and tradition, weaving a network of learning and new structures, converge in sculptural installations, often ephemeral pieces, using textile and organic materials of the environment, reinterpreting craft techniques under a contemporary look , establishing a relationship between sound, space + nature, recording the process through drawings, audio tracks, videos – diary and weaving new structures.
Now I give a twist to my artistic work with fresh air, Interpreting the morphology of the landscape in textile sculptures with vegetable fibers.

Project realized during stay in the international residence of artists, Air Van Gogh House. Zundert, Netherlands, 2014. Title: Building my own garden Material: Esparto Hand-knitted.

March 20, 2019
Open Studio March

Hardanger Herbarium

On saturday 3rd of November the exhibition Hardanger Herbarium opens at Kabuso, museum of modern art in Øystese.
Ingrid Pasmans from the Netherlands will exhibit her works in the foaje of the museum next to the exhibition Harrang/Havaas/Lillefossen.

In Augustus and September 2018 Ingrid Pasmans was working as an artist in residence in KHMessen in Alvik. The nature of Hardanger was a great inspiration to her. Ingrid Pasmans made a “Hardanger Herbarium”; plants, leafs, flowers and seaweed she found in Hardanger dried in an old Norwegian encyclopedia. She used the plants of the Hardanger for the artworks; two 2,5 meters high watercolors of the weeds and an installation of porcelain tiles. The watercolors were also part of the exhibition in Odda in September 2018.

Her work consists of drawings, watercolors and porcelain work, and projects for public spaces.
The experience of nature and history are a great source of inspiration to her. The works exude a certain fragility and the material used is often laborious She works in her own studio, teaches at the Rijksmuseum and the Hermitage Museum Amsterdam and she works on community art projects.


November 1, 2018
Hardanger Herbarium

Selected Artists for 2019 !

Congratulations to all the selected artists for 2019!

Adi Hoffman (Israel)
Alt Går Bra (Norway)
Barbara Höller (Austria)
Carissa Baktay (Iceland) and Neil Martin Horvath (Iceland)
Carmi Weingrod (USA)
Carol Archer (Australia)
Catherine Sheedy (Canada)
Christopher (Kit) Kelen (Australia)
Dabal Kim (South Korea) and Dong Hun Sung (South Korea)
Dorian Temming (the Netherlands)
Filipa Pontes Lança (Portugal)
Heike Endemann (Germany)
Helen Horgan (Ireland)
Hyang An, Lee (South Korea)
Ingrid Simons (the Netherlands)
Iris Blauensteiner (Austria)
Jamie McGhee (USA)
Jasper Llewellyn (UK)
Joanna Rotkin (USA)
Kala Pierson (USA)
Kjersti Lande (Norway)
Lindsey Dezman (USA)
Lucia Veronesi (Italy)
Maya Økland (Norway)
Melody Loveless (USA)
Monica Auch (the Netherlands)
Nicolette Klerk (the Netherlands)
Paola Ruiz Molto (Spain)
Paul Burn (Germany)
Sandra Kruisbrink (the Netherlands)
Sandy Harris (UK)
Sidsel Nielsen Bonde (Danmark)
Silke Panknin (Germany)
Susanna Crum (USA) and Rodolfo Salgado Jr (USA)
Tero Juuti (Finland)
Tom Faber (UK)
Vardi Bobrow (Israel)
Ville Tanttu (Finland) and Anastasios Strikos (Finland)
Zoie So (Hong Kong)

October 30, 2018
Selected Artists for 2019 !

Open Studio Oktober

Thank you all for a very inspring Open Studio!

Anastasia Savinova

Agnieszka Gotowala

Agnieszka Gotowala

Zane Tuča

Zane Tuča

Zane Tuča

Laurie Lambrecht

Laurie Lambrecht

Laurie Lambrecht

Passepartout Duo

October 29, 2018
Open Studio Oktober

Open Studio August

Photo review of the Open studio in August:

We feel so lucky with all the poem readings we got from our dear friend Ross for many years already! Every reading is special!

Ross reading from his book Sjøvegen, with translation from Bjørn Otto in nynorsk and in spanish from Donna Glee.

Videostill of the music video, a collaboration of Bjørn Otto and Ross Donlon. music: Bjorn Otto Wallevik Camera: Ross Donlon

Videostill of the music video, a collaboration of Bjørn Otto and Ross Donlon. music: Bjorn Otto Wallevik Camera: Ross Donlon

Donna Glee is telling about the inspiration for her new book that she is working on during the residency at Messen. — met Donna Glee in Ålvik, Hordaland, Norway.

Neal Cahoon at his studio, showing his writings and sound works that he is been working on during his first month at Messen. — in Ålvik, Hordaland, Norway.

Neal Cahoon

Neal Cahoon

Ingrid Pasmans showing her artworks inspired by the surroundings of Messen and by her daily morning swims in the fjord ! (respect Ingrid !)

Behind Ingrid is the work that she specially made for the Art festival OddArt in Odda.

Hellen Abma at her studio showing the results of her stay at Messen and how the norwegian landscape began to appear in her drawings.

Hellen Abma

Hellen Abma

The youngest artist in the house (daughter of Hellen) proudly showing her latest artwork


August 31, 2018
Open Studio August

Open Studio July

Review of the Open Studio in July:

Ross reading his poems.

The children contributed with their artworks. This is Diego (son of Jean-Michel Crapanzano)

Studio work of Jean-Michel Crapanzano

The contribution of the other artist son, Carlo.


Visiting the studio of Jean-Michel Crapanzano.

Fei Li.

Visiting the studio and paper installation of Fei Li.

Paper installation of Fei Li.

Visitor standing in the paper installation of Fei Li.

Printwork of Sylvia Waltering

Visiting the studio of Sylvia Waltering.

Printwork of Sylvia Waltering.

Visiting the studio of Amy Dynan

Charcoal drawings of Amy Dynan

Amy Dynan talking about her drawing process.

Open Studio chats

July 28, 2018
Open Studio July

Open Studio June

We experienced another wonderful Open Studio at KHMessen. Wow, what a super skilled artists are visiting Messen. We feel very lucky!
Thank you so much for showing all your fine works: Rebecca, Leo, Anna, Gabriel and Cheryl!

Studio visit at Rebecca Haseltine

Drawings of Eléonore Scardoni

Studio visit Eléonore Scardoni

Book with studio coordinates of Anna Hill.

Studio visit of Anna Hill

House made by Gabriel Kaprielian

House with a view made by Gabriel Kaprielian

Studio visit Gabriel Kaprielian

Studio visit Gabriel Kaprielian

Concert of natural sounds by Cheryl E. Leonard

Concert of natural sounds by Cheryl E. Leonard

July 1, 2018
Open Studio June