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Vesterheim showcases Norwegian “Mid-Century Modern” Enamel


Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — “Mid-Century Modern” is the hot buzzword in today’s retro-design trend. Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, will turn its spotlight on Norway’s contributions to mid-century design in the exhibition, “Scandinavian Modern Design: Norwegian Enamel,” opening on August 22. There will be an opening event on Saturday, August 23, from 7 - 9 p.m., with a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by Mary Mills Dunea, Isabelle and R.L. Dyck, Becky and Bob Shaw, Humanities Iowa, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support.

This exhibition focuses on Norwegian enamel design and enamel production (technology, innovation, and business). “Artistic and technical innovations in enamel work were Norway’s greatest, though least remembered, contributions to the Scandinavian Modern Design movement of the mid-twentieth century,” Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim’s Chief Curator, said.

The exhibition features Grete Prytz Kittelsen, known as the “Queen of Scandinavian Design,” through her work for the firms Tostrup and Cathrineholm. With good design, functional forms, inexpensive materials, and efficient manufacturing, especially through her partnership with Cathrineholm, she brought Norwegian enamel design into the forefront in both Scandinavia and the United States.

The exhibition will showcase enamel jewelry, cookware, and tableware from Vesterheim’s collection and from individuals. The guest curator for the exhibition is Kate Martinson, Emeritus Professor of Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Exhibition programing will include gallery talks, presentations, and receptions.

Through 24,000 objects and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This treasure is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

Lanesboro Barn Dance coming up

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will present another chance to kick up your heels on Saturday August 16 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, Minn. Starting time is 8 p.m. and admission is $7 at the door. Located on Parkway Ave. next to Sylvan Park, the ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre’s student matinee series in place

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces the Student Matinee Series for the upcoming 2014 fall school semester. This program reaches more than 2,000 regional students and teachers a year as part of Commonweal Theatre’s goal that ..... 
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Artist Spotlight features Jeweler Johanna Berge

Thu, Aug 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Artist Johanna Berge looks to nature and what the earth produces as she creates each piece of jewelry for the upcoming Cornucopia Artist Spotlight show at Lanesboro Arts Center. The Spotlight opens on Saturday, August 30 with a ..... 
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Second annual Chamber Music Festival in Houston

Thu, Aug 7th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Houston, Minn. is playing host to the second Annual Classical Chamber Music Festival, free to the public, August 22-29 featuring four concerts at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 210 South Chase Street, in Houston MN and one concert at Prince of Pea ..... 
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Our town! Our authors!

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Jim Ruen In the play Our Town, Thornton Wilder told the story of average citizens in the imaginary town of Groveland Corners. In our very real town, Lanesboro, a wide variety of people who would likely describe themselves as average citizens hav ..... 
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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last ..... 
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Students perform at Flourish Summer Camp

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

What: Flourish Summer Camp Public Performances Where: DreamAcres Farm, Wykoff, MN When: August 8, 8:30 p.m.; August 9, 3 p.m. Who: All welcome Cost: Pay-what-you-can Flourish Summer Camp welcomes the public to student performances on Frida ..... 
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‘Blood Brother’ documentary film will be shown at the St. Mane Theatre

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

In a partnership with Frozen River Film Festival, Lanesboro Arts Center will host a screening of ‘Blood Brother’, which won the 1st Place and People’s Choice Winner of the January 2014 festival held in Winona, Minn. The film will be shown on F ..... 
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