Be inspired by budding folk artists and Scandinavian traditions at Vesterheim! Students from the Scandinavian Fine Handcraft January Term course at Luther College will demonstrate carving and exhibit their class projects in an open house in Vesterheim’s Main Building from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 24. Everyone is invited to this free community open house. Refreshments will be served.
The class is taught by Harley Refsal, Luther professor emeritus of Scandinavian studies and at 5:30 p.m. during the open house, Refsal will give a short gallery talk about the renewed interest in handwork, especially among younger generation in the United States and Scandinavia. He will highlight the popularity of spoon carving and discuss the growth and sharing of this tradition as an introduction to Vesterheim’s upcoming exhibition Spoons: Carving. Community. which opens later in 2017.
Objects carved by the students in the class will be on view at Vesterheim through February.
Refsal is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist who has taught Scandinavian figure carving throughout the United States and Norway. He was honored by Norway’s king H. M. Harald V with the St. Olav Medal of Honor for his efforts in reinvigorating Scandinavian figure carving in both the United States and Norway. He is the author of several books and was named the 2012 Woodcarver of the Year by the magazine Wood Carving Illustrated.