Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce - Event Information

Event Name:Vesterheim's Folk-Art Benefit Auction
Event Type(s):Member Event
Community Event
Art Performances & Education Calendar
Description:The annual Benefit Auction for Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and folk art school.

To participate in the auction from anywhere in the world, go to, view the amazing pieces, and start bidding!
Event Date:10/10/2020 - 10/18/2020
Location:Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
502 W. Water Street
Decorah, IA 52101

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Contact Person:Marcia
(phone: 563-382-9681)
Details:The auction has over 55 pieces of one-of-a-kind folk-art by artists working in the Norwegian tradition. Also, the auction includes a Colorado vacation package and a river cruise from Viking Cruises.

Choose any eight-day river cruise in 2021 for two people! "On a relaxing and immersive Viking river cruise, you can explore the world's great cities, and enjoy ever-changing scenery along the banks of waterways such as the Danube, Rhine, and Seine. You'll unpack just once on an award-winning, state-of-the-art Longship and journey into the very heart of iconic cities and charming towns," 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. Through exceptional support from artists and donors, previous auctions have raised more than $77,000 for the Folk Art School," McKelvey said.

"Please help support Vesterheim Museum and help keep these wonderful Norwegian folk-art traditions alive." McKelvey added.

Vesterheim is a national treasure that explores the diversity of American immigration through the lens of Norwegian-American experience, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and preserves living traditions through classes in Norwegian culture and folk art, including rosemaling (decorative painting
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