Valley Grove Project: Contemporary Billedvev Tapestry Weaving with Robbie LaFleur

Two beautiful churches, one in stone and one painted white, sit atop a hill near Nerstrand, Minnesota. Valley Grove Church was founded in the 1860s by Norwegian immigrants. Today the buildings and surrounding oak savannah prairie are restored and maintained by the Valley Grove Preservation Society. With a grant from the Nordic Churches Project, the Society commissioned Robbie LaFleur to weave four tapestries for the small stone church, in the spirit and style of traditional Norwegian billedvev (tapestry). How will she honor in yarn the founding immigrants, the land, important plants and animals, and the buildings? View this video progress report from Robbie and plan to see the tapestries in person at Valley Grove!

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