Online Art Auction Benefits Vesterheim’s Folk Art School

Items from Vesterheim’s Annual Folk Art Auction

Over 50 pieces of one-of-a-kind folk art by artists working in the Norwegian tradition will be available for purchase during the Vesterheim Folk Art Benefit Auction, beginning at noon on Saturday, October 12, 2019. There are beautiful examples of rosemaling (Norwegian decorative painting), stunning weavings, traditional needlework, Norwegian costumes, and wood items.

To participate in the auction from anywhere in the world, go to, view the amazing pieces, and start bidding on October 12. The auction runs through 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 20.

The auction also includes a river cruise from Viking Cruises for two people. Choose any eight-day river cruise in 2019 or 2020 for two people!

Proceeds from the auction will benefit Vesterheim’s Folk Art School, which has provided classes since 1967 in fiber arts, woodworking, painting, cooking, jewelry, blacksmithing, knifemaking, and more. Students and instructors create a community of learning and experience the joy of making something by hand.

Many of the pieces in the auction are donated by award-winning artists from the Folk Art School. “Vesterheim is very grateful to everyone who donated to this auction,” says Marcia McKelvey, Vesterheim’s director of administration. “Through exceptional support from artists and donors, previous auctions have raised more than $77,000 for the Folk Art School. Please help support Vesterheim Museum and help keep these wonderful Norwegian folk-art traditions alive.”

For questions about the auction, contact Marcia McKelvey at (563) 382-9681, or

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and preserves living traditions through classes in Norwegian culture and folk art.