"Nothing comes from nothing. And nothing happens by accident. That I realise when I look back to the very beginning, when thirty years ago I worked in Juodkrantė (Lithuania) as a photographer and came across amber deposits while wandering in the neighbourhood. Walking along Curonian Lagoon littoral I found the first fossil inclusions: a fly and an ant trapped in amber. That was the moment when I understood WHAT amber is and WHERE it could be found – near at hand, in this land, sand, and the deep waters. By some reason God handed it to us and settled not some other nation but us in this piece of land…" – says Kazimieras Mizgiris who has tied up his life with amber.
"With the beginning of perestroika many tourists invaded Nida. Most of them were immigrants from this country who came to see the land of their childhood, their parents and grandparents. They told stories how 60 years ago they collected amber and what amber brooches or beads their mothers wore. We were asked gazillion of questions about amber and to some of them we did not know the answers. Therefore, very soon books about amber with descriptions of colour and photographs as well as new objects showed up on the counter.
We started promoting professional jewellers working with amber. At the very beginning with some hesitancy professional artists started joining us. There were jewellers from Vilnius Žilvinas Bautrėnas, Vytautas Matulionis, Algis Mikutis, Birutė Stulgaitė, Ąžuolas Vaitukaitis, from Palanga Danguolė Baravykienė, from
Over 30 years a collection of exceptional items was born by adding piece by piece from Juodkrantė and Nida. The biggest piece of amber weighs more than 3 kg, there are also other valuable pieces weighing 2 kg, 1.5 and 1 kg. The collection of inclusions is in no way inferior to those of the best European museums. There are unique inclusions with a shell, a lizard and a spider "Sosybius Mizgirisi" in our collection; also rich collections of ancient artefacts made of amber, as well as natural amber drops. Restored archaeological amber jewellery and amulets from Juodkrantė’s Treasure were returned to the place they were taken from many years ago. We collected amber of different colours - blue, white, green, transparent, yellow. Besides the Baltic amber we exhibit a collection of amber from many different countries. That collection was donated by Wolfgang Weitschat, a professor of
Our collection consist of artworks by the many artists, such as Žilvinas Bautrėnas, Jonas Balčiūnas and Vaidilutė Vidugirytė, Feliksas Daukantas, Indrė Diržienė, Nerijus Erminas, Saulius Grinius, Laima Kierienė, Vytautas Matulionis, Algirdas Mikutis, Birutė Stulgaitė, Mari Relo-Šaulys ir Adolfas Šaulys, Ąžuolas Vaitukaitis, Sigitas Virpilaitis and others.
Now that the galleries both in Nida and Vilnius and also the Art Center of Baltic Amber in Vilnius are opened, the jewellers can come and find a place for work in the Artists’ House in Nida, which was established due to revival of Herman Blode's idea about "Mecca of Artists", and our exhibits number in thousands, we may say that we have accomplished something in those years. And if we inspired love to amber to someone then our efforts were not vain."
Virginija and Kazimieras Mizgiris