Today you can admire and scratch your head over many amazing works of art in Nätra and Sidensjö. The reason is due to a generous man, Jonas Nätterlund.
He was born in 1924 in the village of Rössjö in Sidensjö, the only child of Sigrid and Johan. From the early age of fourteen, after his father’s death, he helped his mother to run the farm.Jonas Nätterlund moved to Stockholm and lived in a bedsit on Kungsholmen. He was a typesetter at Dagens Nyheter and later Expressen. He remained there throughout his working life. Unknown to others, he invested money in stocks and shares, and this came to light in 1995 when Jonas Nätterlund died. He left a portfolio worth SEK 24 million and a will in favour of the former municipality of Nätra-Sidensjö, regarding the purchase of paintings and sculpture.Perhaps Jonas Nätterlund became very interested in art during his lifetime. Perhaps he wanted to give something back to the place where he had grown up. We simply don’t know.
But we do know that his generous gift will give pleasure to generation after generation thanks to the memorial fund bearing the names of Sigrid, Johan and Jonas Nätterlund.The works of art form a cultural trail, leading from the Ulvön islands and along the beautiful valley of Nätraälven. The focal point of the valley is Herrgårdsparken, an art and nature park in Köpmanholmen. In Rössjö, further up the valley, Jonas’ childhood home still stands. The little farm was very tumbledown but has now been repaired by members of Rössjö by- och kulturförening, the local cultural association in Rössjö, and their work allows it to be kept open to the public.