‘My Sweden’

3rd On 3rd Gallery at Reg Lenna Center For The Arts will present, “My Sweden,” from photographer Randal Piersons beginning Friday with a public reception at 6 p.m.

Piersons, a photographer from Sweden, grew up in Jamestown and migrated to Sweden in 1972. He is returning to Jamestown for his Jamestown High School 50th reunion and to show his photography for a dear hometown he has never forgotten.

At the opening, he will share why he has made Sweden his home through exhibiting some of his photography for those who are interested in photography in general and curious about Sweden in particular. Piersons feels it is a great personal pleasure to be able to share, as seen through his photographic eye, some of his wonderful personal experiences in the lovely charm and beauty of Sweden.

The photographs in “My Sweden” are of mixed focus but are concentrated on the beauty, peace and tranquility that can be found throughout Sweden. These all-encompassing qualities and characteristics are something which Piersons has come to deeply appreciate and incorporate into his photography. His photographic emphasis is to capture and enhance the sereneness and sense of well-being and beauty he finds all about him. And, thanks to a strong defense of historic culture in Sweden there is an old-fashioned patina that prevails throughout Sweden, a patina which has also become engrained in him and is another vital part of his photographic displays.

Another of Piersons’ engagements will be at the Scandinavian Folk Festival on July 18, 19 and 20 where he will concentrate on Swedish culture and have a display of photo booklets for sale along with a few photographs. At the festival, he will hold a photographic lecture with the theme “Why I moved to Sweden and stayed there” on Saturday, July 19, from 7-8 p.m.

A Swedish-language movie, “We Are The Best!” will show at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on July 19 and 23 at 8 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m. The comedy follows the story of three teenaged Stockholm girls who start a punk rock band and defy the odds. All seats are $5.

3rd On 3rd Gallery is located at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. Admission is free. Public hours are Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at off-hours by private appointment. More information is available at www.reglenna.com or at 664-2465, ext. 227.

Shows at 3rd On 3rd Gallery are made possible by a Visual Arts grant from New York State Council on the Arts.