Folk Art of Norway Tour:
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Vesterheim invites practicing folk artists and folk-art enthusiasts to join us on the 2023 Folk Art Study Tour to Norway. We will explore and study traditional and contemporary Norwegian folk art of the past, the present, and even consider future folk-art exploration. Join us as we journey through southern Norway from Bergen to Oslo, experiencing the beauty of the Hordaland (Ullensvang, Voss) and Telemark regions, while studying both traditional and contemporary examples of knifemaking, woodworking, rosemaling, textiles, jewelry, and folk music. The tour will include museum visits, presentations by scholars, studio visits with traditional and contemporary artists, historic sightseeing, and some unique hands-on immersive experiences. At every point along the way, we will delight in the spectacular scenery, delicious food, and warm hospitality that is Norway.
Tour Guide and Leader
Guide: Ingebjørg Monsen
Ingebjørg Monsen has guided every Vesterheim textile tour since 2003 ad we are excited that she has expanded her knowledge into Norwegian folk arts to guide this 2023 folk art tour. She was an electrical engineer by profession, but enjoys a second career of teaching weaving and sewing classes with a specialty in constructing men’s folk costumes. She has been president of the Bergen Handcraft Association and planned and led tours for that group.