Author: Mary Jo Thorsheim

Mary Jo Thorsheim
Mary Jo Thorsheim, Ph.D., the owner of the Norway Art® importing business for 40 years, was invited to donate a monthly article for The Norwegian American. She welcomes comments or questions by email at or phone at (612) 339-7829. For more information, visit

A fisher boy’s story

Mary Jo Thorsheim of Norway Art discusses painter Isak Ræfsnes and how his youth as a fisher boy in Western Norway informed his work.

Musing on education and art

Dr. Mary Jo Thorsheim of Norway Art offers suggestions on how to integrate art into learning from home and discussed the artist Håkon Stenstadvold.

Paintings from Denmark enchant

Denmark’s central location and unique landscapes have drawn painters from all over Scandinavia for generations, influencing Danish painters and artists.

Peer Gynt

Elling Reitan’s Peer Gynt

In Norway, Elling Reitan is known as the “painter of colors.” He has taken up a variety of motifs in his work, including Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.

Norwegian artists paint the Arctic

What a tour! Mary Jo Thorsheim Norway Art The remarkable scenery of northern Norway has been viewed and photographed by a huge number of tourists over the years, for example, passengers on coastal voyages...