Left: Weaving by Sandra Somdahl, Decorah; right: Rosemaling by Toshiko Ogishi, Tabernash, Colo.
Left: Weaving by Sandra Somdahl, Decorah; right: Rosemaling by Toshiko Ogishi, Tabernash, Colo.

Artists from all over the country exhibit their pieces in Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum's annual "National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition," the museum's major summer show and the most important show for folk artists working in the Norwegian tradition.

The judged exhibition is on view June 11 - July 27, in the museum's Main Building and includes knifemaking, rosemaling (Norwegian decorative painting), weaving and woodworking, all by contemporary artists.

Ribbon winners and Gold Medalists are announced in conjunction with Nordic Fest, Decorah's city-wide celebration of Norwegian heritage, which begins this year the evening of July 25, and runs throughout the day July 26 and 27.

"Every year brings new and exciting artwork for the exhibition, often blending traditional designs with contemporary creativity," said Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim's chief curator. "Many of the pieces in the exhibition are for sale by silent auction, so it's a great way for folk-art fans to add to their own collections, or start new ones," she added.

Judges award Blue, Red and White Ribbons representing points that accumulate over successive exhibitions toward a Gold Medal. Judges also present Honorable Mention and Best of Show Awards. Visitors are invited to vote for People's Choice Awards. Gold Medalists cannot compete for ribbons, but can compete for Best of Show Awards and People's Choice Awards.

There is free admission all day July 4, for Free First Thursdays, sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust, Co., as well as July 25, the opening day of Nordic Fest.

For more information on the museum's exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities and ways to donate, visit vesterheim.org.