Folk Art Benefit Auction

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Update: Vesterheim’s Folk Art Benefit Auction closed last night at $16,075. Fantastic! Thank you to all the wonderful artists who donated pieces, to Viking Cruises, and to everyone who bid. You can check out the final results on Bidding for Good. Watch for information in 2018 about the next Folk Art Benefit Auction.

This is your chance to own one-of-a-kind pieces of rosemaling, woodworking, fiber arts, and more by the best artists working in the Norwegian tradition. This annual auction was held online from noon (CST), Saturday, September 23, 2017, until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017. View the amazing folk-art pieces at here.

The auction had 36 pieces of one-of-a-kind folk-art by artists working in the Norwegian tradition. “What a wonderful way to start, or add to, your very own folk-art collection and support Vesterheim Museum at the same time,” Marcia McKelvey, who is coordinating the auction, said.

Vesterheim is especially excited to partner with Viking Cruises to include an eight-day Romantic Danube Cruise for two people! Special thanks to Viking River Cruises for donating this fantastic auction item.

Proceeds from the auction benefit Vesterheim’s Folk Art School, which has provided classes since 1967 in fiber arts, woodworking, painting, cooking, jewelry, blacksmithing, knifemaking, and more. At the Folk Art School, students and instructors create a community of learning and experience the joy of making something by hand.

The folk-art experience at Vesterheim doesn’t end with classes. Artists develop their skills to enter pieces in an annual judged competition, “The National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition.” Pieces in the exhibition are awarded Blue, Red, and White Ribbons representing points that accumulate over successive years toward a Gold Medal.

Many of the pieces in Benefit Auction are donated by Vesterheim Gold Medalists and exhibition ribbon winners. There are beautiful examples of rosemaling (Norwegian decorative painting) in a variety of styles, a woven rug, tapestries, woodcarvings, and more.

Vesterheim is very grateful to everyone who donated to this auction and thanks to Bill Wild of Decorah, who volunteered his services as photographer of all of the artwork for the auction.

“This is one of our biggest fundraising events and we are excited to share it. Please help support Vesterheim Museum and help keep these wonderful Norwegian folk-art traditions alive.” McKelvey said.

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Contact Marcia McKelvey at or 563-382-9681 for more information.