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The Baldishol: A Medieval Norwegian Tapestry Inspires Contemporary Textiles
now – Sept. 25, Tues. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Come to Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., to see the medieval Baldishol Tapestry, from 1180, is a national treasure familiar to most Norwegians—the oldest known Norwegian tapestry, and one of the oldest in Europe. This exhibit features 25 works by local, national, and international fiber artists who draw inspiration from the Baldishol. They include not only tapestries but clothing, rugs, quilts, fiber sculpture, and more. View a replica of the historic weaving on loan from Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, and admire contemporary textile works inspired by the tapestry. Six guests are allowed in the Gallery at a time. All guests are required to wear a mask inside Norway House. Free to members of Norway House, $5 general admission. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/2020/gallery/baldishol-exhibit.
Wood Carving Classes from Norsk Wood Works
Else and Phillip Bigton studied carving in Norway and are the authors of Treskjærerkunsten, the art of wood carving, and Lærebok I Treskjæring, the official woodcarving book for the school system in Norway. They will teach relief-carving classes from Sept. 14 – 18, and again Sept. 21 -25. Each class will cover sharpening, wood selection, design and pattern selection, carving techniques, and finishing. Students can choose from a wide selection of carving patterns in acanthus, rococo, or dragon styles. Carving tools, wood and patterns will be available. Be sure to bring any tools you already have. Each student will receive a good deal of one to one instruction. You will be able to complete at least one reasonable project during the week you are in class. Class size is limited to 12 students. The class starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. In addition, Harley Refsal of Decorah, Iowa will teach a weekend class in his popular flat plane style figure carving at the studio Sept. 25-27. The studio is located at Norsk Wood Works, 20337 County Road H. Tuition for the 5 day relief carving classes is $550. Tuition for Harley Refsal’s class is $240. Half is due at registration. More info and registration: static1.squarespace.com/static/54e7d68be4b0c686e90f3513/t/5e40485b4b6b8940eeabc4fb/1581271132330/NWW+2020+Woodcarving+Class+Registration.pdf.