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Lanesboro’s Sons of Norway celebrates 85 years in Lanesboro

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Participants in Lanesboro Arts Center's 'Surprise Sculpture' summertime arts program created a Viking ship, complete with shields, celebrating the 85th anniversary of Lanesboro's Sons of Norway.

Lanesboro, Minn. – Twenty-four kids of various ages, five adults, one summer intern and two Lanesboro Arts Center staff members put their heads and hands together to create a Viking ship out of cardboard (thanks to Preston Specialties for donating the cardboard), complete with personalized shields celebrating the 85th anniversary of the Sons of Norway in Lanesboro. The creation was a project of ‘Surprise Sculpture’, a summertime arts program of Lanesboro Arts Center. The ship was made in the gazebo at Sylvan Park (thanks to the City of Lanesboro for supporting this program), and then participants walked it down to its resting spot in front of the Sons of Norway building. Sons of Norway member Lynn Susag – who has traveled to Norway – talked to the group about the history of Norwegians in this country, and of the Sons of Norway organization. “Ages before Columbus arrived in America, it is believed the Vikings crossed the seas on their unique ships. This summer the Sons of Norway celebrates their 85th anniversary in our community and the Surprise Sculpture Viking Ship decorated with the number 85 offers a fun and interactive connection.” Lynn answered questions from the group, and explained that the Sons of Norway welcomes all who have an interest or connection to Norwegian and Scandinavian culture, heritage, and tradition.

‘Surprise Sculpture’ is a weekly summertime arts creation program presented by Lanesboro Arts Center. Each week, with the guidance of LAC staff and volunteers, students work together to create different large sculpture projects using recycled and upcycled materials. At the end of each session, students help to place the sculptures at various locations in Lanesboro, left there to ‘surprise’ public audiences. The last session of ‘Surprise Sculpture’ 2014 is on Tuesday, July 1. With two months left of summer, Lanesboro Arts Center offers plenty more FREE family-friendly arts events throughout July and August: 1) Bronze Pour on Saturday, July 19 from 1-6 p.m. in the Gateway Park, across from the softball field by Cty 8 – this is “art-in-the-making”, with a hot hot hot furnace of molten bronze, and sand resin molds waiting to be poured and transform into sculpture. NOTE: the Pour itself is free, but LAC is also offering a bronze sculpture-making workshop for $25/person; choose from one of two dates: Friday, July 18 from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2) Artist Spotlight reception celebrating the opening of 236, a show of new oil paintings by Minneapolis/SW Wisconsin artist Lindsey Ries. 3) Exhibition Gallery reception celebrating the opening of ‘2014 Minnesota Biennial’ on Saturday, August 16 from 6-8 p.m., featuring a variety of works by Minnesota artists.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The Lanesboro Arts Center’s mission is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. For more information: 507-467-2446 / /

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