Harley Refsal demonstrated at Vesterheim Museum during the museum's annual Christmas weekend earlier this month. (Photo by Julie Berg Raymond)
Vesterheim, that national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, is showing a recording of the new episode, "Holiday," from the prestigious PBS series "Craft in America," which features Decorah woodcarver Harley Refsal.
The episode premiered on most PBS stations on December 20, but if you missed it, come to Vesterheim's Bruening Visitor Center on Thursday, December 26, at either 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. and enjoy the show with other folk-art fans.
"Harley is the approachable, down-to-earth, and beloved woodcarving instructor at Vesterheim's Folk Art School and a tour leader for the museum's popular Sámi tours," Steve Johnson, Vesterheim's Excecutive Director, said. Retired professor at Luther College, Refsal received the St. Olav Medal for the work he has done promoting Scandinavian folk art, in particular the flat-plane figure carving he is noted for. He is now receiving broad national attention as one of the most notable folk artists in America.
The Craft in America series is the result of years of advocacy, research, and filmmaking by Executive Producer/Director Carol Sauvion.
Through 24,000 artifacts 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.