Odd Andersen Exhibit, Swedish Seamens Church, NYC

Former Bay Ridge resident Odd Andersen brings his interpretations of landscapes from Scandinavia and the United States as well as some of his New York City maritime life to Manhattan at the Swedish Seamens Church, 5 East 48 St., New York City. Of particular interest is work from the 100 year old Swedish colony in northern Maine. His interpretations in their realistic style are easily appreciated by all viewers


He is of an old seafaring family from Norway/Sweden and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn who sailed the high seas on square riggers - one even working as a young teenager on whaling expeditions to Antarctica. Odd, himself, was in the US Navy working on small ships in the Delaware River. As an adult he was always close to the water as he spent many years as a dockbuilder working on the Tappan Zee, Throgs Neck and Beacon-Newburgh Bridges and on the docks at Port Newark and the Brooklyn waterfront among other projects.

Odd’s talent for art exhibited itself early and as a teenagers he took lessons from Thorn Norheim in Brooklyn. Later studies were at the Ridgewood, NJ School of Art and the O’Reilly League of Artists, White Plains, NY. Odd is, however, largely self taught. The exhibit at the Seamens Church is open through February. He also has paintings on display at Heritage Hall the exhibit of The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc., 1250 – 67 Street, Brooklyn, NY. That exhibit is open 7 days a week.

The Galleries at the church are open Monday through Friday, Noon – 6 PM, Saturdays Noon – 4 PM and Sundays after the 11 AM Church service until 4 PM. There is no admission fee. Open-faced sandwiches may be had in the cafe. Inf. 212-832-8443.

For more info see Swedish Church, New York

Submitted by Roy E. Jorgensen