Folk art pieces by contemporary artists from all over the country are on view now in the “National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition” at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. (Submitted photo)
Folk art pieces by contemporary artists from all over the country are on view now in the “National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition” at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. (Submitted photo)
Folk art pieces by contemporary artists from all over the country are on view in the “National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition” at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center.

This annual judged exhibition of original woodworking, knifemaking, rosemaling and weaving is sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust.
This year the exhibition includes 170 pieces by 106 artists from 20 states.

“With brand new pieces every year by both returning and first-time artists, this exhibition is an incredibly inspiring show,” Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim’s chief curator, said.

The exhibition ison view through July 26. As part of the exhibition, artists compete for ribbons. Judges award Blue, Red, and White Ribbons representing points that accumulate over successive exhibitions toward a Vesterheim Gold Medal. Judges also present Honorable Mention Awards and Best of Show Awards. Visitors vote for People’s Choice Awards. Ribbons are placed next to winning entries July 24, opening day of Decorah’s Nordic Fest celebration.  

Artists may choose to offer their pieces for sale by silent auction. Bidding begins Thursday, July 24, at 9 a.m. and ends Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m. Bids must be placed in person.

Visit the exhibition for more information on bidding. There will be free admission all day Thursday, July 3, for Free First Thursday, and Thursday, July 24.

For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681.