Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce - Event Information

Event Name:Vesterheim Folk-Art Benefit Auction
Event Type(s):Member Event
Community Event
Description:The annual Benefit Auction for Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, will be held online from noon (CST), Saturday, October 13, until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. To participate in the auction from anywhere in the world, go to, view the amazing pieces, and start bidding!
Event Date:10/13/2018 - 10/21/2018
Location:, IA
Details:The auction has over 30 pieces of one-of-a-kind folk-art by artists working in the Norwegian tradition. “Folk art makes a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for person! It’s easy and fun to participate in the auction and share it with your friends and family,” Marcia McKelvey, who is coordinating the auction, said.
“Vesterheim is especially excited to partner with Viking Cruises to include a Rhine Getaway River Cruise for two people as part of the auction! Special thanks to Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen and Karine Hagen, Senior Vice President, for donating the Viking Cruise and for their ongoing commitment to sharing Norwegian culture with the world,” McKelvey said.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit Vesterheim’s Folk Art School, which has provided classes since 1967 in fiber arts, woodworking, painting, cooking, jewelry, blacksmithing, knifemaking, and more. At the Folk Art School, students and instructors create a community of learning and experience the joy of making something by hand.
The folk-art experience at Vesterheim doesn’t end with classes. Artists develop their skills to enter pieces in an annual judged competition, “The National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition.” Pieces in the exhibition are awarded Blue, Red, and White Ribbons representing points that accumulate over successive years toward a Gold Medal.
Many of the pieces in the Benefit Auction are donated by Vesterheim Gold Medalists and exhibition ribbon winners. There are beautiful examples of rosemaling (Norwegian decorative painting) in a variety of styles, a woven rug, tapestries, woodcarvings, and more.
“Vesterheim is very grateful to everyone who donated to this auction and thanks to Bill Wild of Decorah, who volunteered his services as photographer of all of the artwork for the auction,” McKelvey added.
Through exceptional support from artists and donors, previous auctions have raised more than $60,000 for the Folk Art School. Please help support Vesterheim Museum and help keep these wonderful Norwegian folk-art traditions alive.” McKelvey said.
Contact Marcia McKelvey at 563-382-9681, or, with auction questions.
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10/13/2018 - 10/21/2018
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