National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibit 2019 Winners

Vesterheim is pleased to announce the 2019 National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition ribbon winners and Gold Medalists! Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Each year, artists enter their pieces in the exhibition and are awarded Blue, Red, and White Ribbons representing points that accumulate over successive years toward a Gold Medal. Judges also present Honorable Mention and Best of Show Awards. Visitors are invited to vote for People’s Choice Awards.

Ribbon winners and Gold Medalists are announced in conjunction with Nordic Fest, Decorah’s city-wide celebration of Norwegian heritage, which is held the last full weekend of July.

Knifemaking
New Gold Medalist

Scott Johnson

Blue Ribbon

Scott Johnson
Atkinson, NE
Sámi-Style Knife

Red Ribbon

Scott Johnson
Atkinson, NE
Fillet Knife

White Ribbon

Jeff Ward
Dover, MN
Brukskniv for Sunday

Honorable Mention

Jeff Ward
Dover, MN
Dragon’s Tooth Brukskniv

Best in Show

John Drewes (Vesterheim Gold Medalist)
Red Wing, MN
Utility Knife and Sheath

People’s Choice

John Drewes (Vesterheim Gold Medalist)
Red Wing, MN
Utility Knife and Sheath

Metalworking
Red Ribbon

Keith Spaniel
Ironwood, MI
Door Knocker

Honorable Mention

Scott Johnson
Atkinson, NE
Sad Iron with Trivet

People’s Choice

Keith Spaniel
Ironwood, MI
Door Knocker

Rosemaling

Blue Ribbon

Mary Hanson
Dousman, WI
Telemark Norwegian Kransekakeboks

Red Ribbons

Nancy Odalen
Stoughton, WI
Rogaland Trunk

Rosann Jorde
South St. Paul, MN
Hallingdal Three-legged Chair

White Ribbons

Carol Bender
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Vest Agder Bowl

Tonya Mandy
Rapid City, SD
Old Telemark Oval Bentwood Box

Ronna Thorson
Edina, MN
Telemark Cabinet

Honorable Mentions

Julie Anderson
Burnsville, MN
Hallingdal Tray

Kristine Barton
Afton, MN
Hallingdal Bunad Inspired Tine

Susanna Baker
Port Ludlow , WA
Vest Agder Domed Chest

Kristen Birkeland
Salt Lake City, UT
Rogland Plate

Kristen Birkeland
Salt Lake City, UT
Rogaland Lazy Susan

Ron Hovda
Brooklyn Park, MN
Hallingdal Storage Chest

Linda Miller
Middlebury, CT
Telemark Tine

Nancy Odalen
Stoughton, WI
Rogaland Tine

Jeaneen Staples
Star Prairie, WI
Telemark Bryllup Kopp

Patti Wade
Ferryville, WI
Os Mirror

Best in Show

Ruth Green (Vesterheim Gold Medalist)
Decorah, IA
American Rogaland Box

People’s Choice

Patti Goke (Vesterheim Gold Medalist)
St. Cloud, MN
“Over the Top Setesdal” Plate

Weaving

Red Ribbons

Corwyn Knutson
Roseville, MN
Hand Woven and Knotted Rya Wall Hanging

Wendy Stevens
Decorah, IA
“Midnight Sky,” Danskbrogd Wall Hanging

Carol Culbertson
Evansville, WI
Tri-color Krogbragd Table Runner

White Ribbons

Helen Scherer
Shawnee, KS
“Lily and Rose Garden,” Rutevev Wall Hanging

Lisa Torvik
St. Paul, MN
“Better Than Lawn–My Garden,” Monk’s Belt Weave Wall Hanging

Honorable Mentions

Carol Culbertson
Evansville, WI
“Grace’s Christmas,” Danskbrogd Wall Hanging

Lisa-Anne Bauch
Bloomington, MN
“Colors of the North II,” Small Rug

Best in Show

Laura Demuth (Vesterheim Gold Medalist)
Decorah, IA
Rutevev Wall Hanging

People’s Choice

Wendy Stevens
Decorah, IA
“Midnight Sky,” Danskbrogd Wall Hanging

Woodworking
New Gold Medalist

Karen Rebholz

Blue Ribbons

Cecil Parker
Wales, WI
Cane

Karen Rebholz
Madison, WI
Hardanger Fiddle

Red Ribbons

Greg Aldrich
Billings, MT
Dragon Flower Tine Pie Box

Charles Banks
Litchfield, MN
“Henger Ut På Vesterheim,” Figure Carving

Mike Hughes
Burnsville, MN
Chip-Carved Plate

David Susag
Lanesboro, MN
Spalted Maple Bowl with Carved Rim

White Ribbons

Paul Anderson
Minneapolis, MN
Basswood Side Panel Bowl

Paul Anderson
Minneapolis, MN
Chip-Carved Plate

Charles Banks
Litchfield, MN
“Historieforteller,” Figure Carving

Mike Hughes
Burnsville, MN
Ale Bowl

Doug Keil
Thompson, IA
Spoon

Jerome Oswald
Evanston, IL
“A Memorial to My Norwegian-American Family,” Relief Carving

Honorable Mentions

Taylor Johnson
Cashton, WI
Mirror

Jeff Ward
Dover, MN
Norwegian Knife-Handled Serving Spoon

Best in Show

Karen Rebholz
Madison, WI
Hardanger Fiddle, Fornesbrunen

People’s Choice

Karen Rebholz
Madison, WI
Hardanger Fiddle, Fornesbrunen

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