Ahoy! ᐊᐃ (Ai) ᐊᐃᓐᖓᐃ !

The Velaslavasay Panorama welcomes all to the inauguration

of the Velaslavasay Polar Year 

Our primary voyage, led by Colin Dickey, recent explorer to
Spitzbergen of the Svalbard archipelago, embarks this Friday.
Along the way, glimpse a view into the new realm of the Ancillary Salon.
Nova Tuskhut, a reprieve from the Arctic chill. A place to call home come May 2014.

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An Illustrated Lecture by Colin Dickey

Friday, January 17th, 2014
8 o’clock p.m.

TICKETS $12 {$10 V.P.E.S. Members}

In 1819, Henry Aston Barker's Leicester Square Panorama unveiled its latest spectacular: an Arctic Panorama based on the voyage of Captain David Buchan and Lieutenant John Franklin to Spitzbergen, an archipelago 1600 miles north of Europe. A worldwide success, "A View of the Northwest Coast of Spitzbergen" promised the excitement and allure of arctic exploration some three decades before that same Franklin would go on to die in the most famous botched expedition of the 19th century.

In the summer of 2013, Colin Dickey traveled to the same area of Spitzbergen, now known as Svalbard. From the mighty glaciers of Kongsfjord, where Roald Amundsen launched his attempt to fly over the North Pole in a dirigible, to the serene Hamiltonbukta with its towering bird cliffs, Colin Dickey will tell tales of the arctic and his adventures in Svalbard.

This project has been made possible in part by the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles and the Velaslavasay Panorama Enthusiast Society.

"No forest fell
When thou wouldst build, no quarry send its stores
To enrich thy walls; but thou didst hew the floods,
And make thy marble of the glasy wave."



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