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Vesterheim's Folk-Art Benefit Auction begins Saturday

Posted: Thu, Oct 8, 2020 12:44 PM
Box with Chip Carving by Shawn Sersland

The annual Vesterheim Benefit Auction will be held online this year, starting at noon Saturday and running until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18th.

The auction has over 55 pieces of one-of-a-kind folk-art by artists working in the Norwegian tradition.  It also includes a Colorado vacation package and a river cruise from Viking Cruises. Many of the pieces in the Benefit Auction are donated by Vesterheim Gold Medalists and exhibition ribbon winners, including rosemaling, a woven rug, tapestries, and woodcarvings.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit Vesterheim's Folk Art School, which has provided classes since 1967 in fiber arts, woodworking, painting, cooking, jewelry, blacksmithing, knifemaking, and more.

Through support from artists and donors, previous auctions have raised more than $77,000 for the Folk Art School.

To participate in the auction from anywhere in the world, go to  Contact Marcia McKelvey at 563-382-9681, or, with auction questions.

Tine with Telemark Rosemaling by Jane Bellefy
Tapestry by Robbie LaFleur