Barnetimen (Children’s Hour)

Vesterheim invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to explore art and culture with museum tours, hands-on art projects, and snacks during Barnetimen (Children’s Hour). Join us at 10:00 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month from September through April. The program is led by ArtHaus directors Jenni & Eric Petersen-Brant.

Barnetimen is free of charge and no previous sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them. The program is geared toward 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Meet first at ArtHaus Studio at 516 W. Water St., visit the museum, and then head back to ArtHaus for an art project.

Jenni & Eric Petersen-Brant are co-directors of ArtHaus, downtown Decorah’s home for the arts. Having recently relocated to Decorah from eastern Nebraska, both Jenni and Eric are practicing studio artists with extensive experience in arts administration and arts education. Jenni holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and has worked as the Executive Director of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Education Director for LUX Center for the Arts. Largely a self-taught artist, Eric holds a BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and extensive post-graduate education in the arts. He has taught with LUX Center for the Arts, Doane College, and independently, while also being studio assistant to artist Eddie Dominguez.

For information about Barnetimen, please contact Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, at 563-382-9681 or

Sponsored by David and Brenda Carlson, Keith and Amy Bruening, Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association, Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank, and Sons of Norway - Valdres Lodge.