Posts Tagged ‘Nordic Heritage Museum’

Weather Diaries Exhibit at Nordic Heritage Museum

nordicRead the Nordic Heritage Museum exhibition review by Michael Upchurch in the Seattle Times. He calls it,” Eerie, edgy and entirely unexpected, “The Weather Diaries” is a photographic exhibition that uses wild fashion experimentation as an excuse to plunge deep into a Nordic dream world.” Read all about it by clicking on the Seattle Times link. The exhibit will be up through November 6.

Magnus Nilsson’s Photography at Nordic Heritage Museum

nordicNordic Heritage Museum  presents the inaugural exhibition opening of Magnus Nilsson’s Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food, and People—an epicurean exploration of the Nordic culinary arts seen through the lens of one of the most renowned chefs in the world, Magnus Nilsson, of Fäviken restaurant in Sweden. On view from March 18­–May 8, 2016, the exhibition features Nilsson’s travel photographs, stories, and recipes from his latest publication, The Nordic Cookbook (Phaidon Press, 2015). Photo courtesy of Magnus Nilsson

Finland at War Premiers at the Nordic Heritage Museum Today

nordicOpening tonight at 7pm at the Nordic Heritage Museum, in the Ballard area of Seattle, is “This is My Childhood: Finland at War 1939-1945,”  a documentary film based on the wartime memories of local Finnish and Swedish immigrants This is My Childhood: Finland at War is a 55-minute film culled from nearly 25 hours of interviews recorded by volunteers of the Nordic American Voices Oral History Project over the past six years. It is the second documentary film to come out of this project – the first being the highly successful Under the Clouds of War: Growing Up in Occupied Denmark and Norway. Admission is free.

Midsommer Celebration with the Nordic Heritage Museum at the Ballard Farmer’s Market – Bergen Place, Sunday, June 21

The Nordic Heritage Museum  will bring children’s activities, museum objects and materials to the Ballard Farmer’s Market in Bergen Place on June 21st.  Midsommer, also known as the summer solstice, is celebrated throughout the world, but is particularly important in Nordic countries. The celebrating of midsommer is a significant occasion that symbolizes the end of the long dark winters. Join the Nordic Heritage Museum and do as the Nordics do – cross your fingers for good weather and brace for good times during the longest day of light.

Nordic Heritage Auction on April 18

The 30th Annual Northern Lights Auktion benefiting the Nordic Heritage Museum  features a fabulous dinner, hundreds of unexpected auctions items, and plenty of aquavit for everyone. This year’s fundraising event will be held on Saturday, April 18 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Seattle. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the evening begins with a champagne reception and a silent auction followed by dinner. The main event of the evening will be the live auction. Guests will bid on auction items, such as rare bottles of aquavit, extraordinary experiences, and one-of-a-kind art. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Nordic Heritage Museum. Tickets for the 30th Annual Northern Lights Auktion are available to non-members as well as members. Individual tickets are $125, or reserve a table for 10 guests at $1,000. Tickets are available at on the Northern Lights Auktion page or by calling Kiersten Bowers at 206.589.5705×25.

Nordic Heritage Museum shows the iconic work of the “best known artist of the century” April 11 – 21

nordicThe son of Nordic immigrants, Chicago-born painter Warner Sallman (1892-1968) has been cited by the New York Times as one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century. “Sallman:Master Painter,” a selection of Sallman’s works, both Christian and secular, will be on display at the Nordic Heritage Museum  from April 11-21. Sallman’s most popular and iconic image, Head of Christ, has been reproduced over 1 billion times. This year marks the 75th anniversary of this iconic painting. An opening reception and lecture by notable Sallman scholar Dr. Jack Lundbom will take place at 4:00 p.m on Saturday, April 11 at the museum.

A taste of Iceland comes to the Nordic Heritage Museum

nordic“Odin’s Eye,” featuring work inspired by Norse mythology from eight Icelandic and American artists, is now showing at the Nordic Heritage Museum, through November 9. The tales of Norse mythology offer ways to understand the ideas and daily life of Icelanders in the early 13th century. "Snorri’s Edda [a 13th century document of Norse myths] contains a complete world view expressed in mythological terms for us to enjoy as a window into a different world of learning from what we have grown accustomed to with the rise of Western science and civilization,” said Gísli Sigurðsson, Research Professor and Head of the Department of Folklore at The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland. Artists featured, include Icelanders Gunnella, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Sindri Már Sigfússon, and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, and American artists Derek Weisberg, Pandora Andre-Beatty and Michael Linton Simpson.

Calendar of art walks and events through August 17

Second Wednesday

Wallingford Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm from May –


Second Thursday

Blitz, Capitol Hill’s Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 –

Gig Harbor Art Walk from 5-8pm. Over 50 downtown businesses staying open with specials, refreshments and entertainment. 


Third Friday

Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through


Third Saturday

Everett Art Walk is from 4 –


August 14 – 17

The  Vala Art Center hosts a juried art installation with an artist reception and awards on August 14 from 5:30—7:30pm during the Redmond Arts Festival. The festival takes place August 15– 17 at Redmond Town Center and is Redmond’s premier annual arts event featuring 65 artists’ booths, live music on a main stage, wine & beer garden, food trucks, a retailer sidewalk sale and special installations of art.  The festival is run through a partnership between Redmond Town Center and VALA Eastside. Artists from all over Washington State come to the festival to present a wide range of fine arts and crafts.  The location is in Redmond Town Center, 16409 NE 74 St (next door to Z Gallerie) and its hours during the arts festival will be Friday through Sunday 10am – 6pm.  The artwork will be shown through August 29.


August 15 – 17

Poulsbo Arts Festival. All kinds of arts and crafts.


August 16

Vikings invade Ballard as the Nordic Heritage Museum  hosts the Run Like a Viking 5K at Golden Gardens Park. The run kicks off the 31st Viking Days, the Nordic Heritage Museum’s annual summer festival. Runners pick up packets August 15 from 3-7pm. The run starts at 9am and runners are encouraged to wear Nordic costumes, dogs included.


August 16 – 17

Fresh Paint Festival of Artists at Work along the entire length of the promenade at the Port of Everett Marina, 1700 W Marine View Dr. Visit


Viking Days at Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 Northwest 67th St. Visit for more information. Admission to both Viking Days and the museum is free for all ages. Viking Days is a great chance to view the exhibition Danish Modern: Design for Living in it’s final two weeks on display. Dozens of groups, ranging from traditional folk to rock, will be playing on multiple stages around the museum. In addition, local merchants will sell Nordic, local, and hand-crafted items. The family-friendly event will also include low-cost craft projects for kids and the Nordic Spirit ship will be set up for close inspection and photos. The Nordic Heritage Museum  is a cultural treasure in the Pacific Northwest. It is the only museum in the United States that represents the cultural heritage of all five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

It’s all about “Mad Men” at Nordic Heritage through August 31

nordicThe Nordic Heritage Museum,  is going “Mad Men”  with the eye-catching and interactive exhibition “Danish Modern: Design for Living.” On view from May 16 through August 31, the exhibit highlights the unique furnishing designed and made in Denmark during the 1950s and 1960s. Dozens of vintage pieces from the period will be on display by designers such as Paoul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Niels Otto Møller, Borge Mogensen, and Hans Wegner. Wegner will be featured with his most popular designs including the Round Chair, later known simply as “the Chair” after it gained wide popularity in televised presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. The exhibition was organized by The Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa.

Swedish glass artists exhibit at Nordic Heritage Museum

nordicheritageThe exhibition “Pull, Twist, Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of Glass,” on view from December 13  through April 26 at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th Street in Ballard,  reveals the works of young, contemporary Swedish glass artists, how they relate to their predecessors, and how they are addressing the future of glass. Nordic artists featured in the exhibit include Peter Hermansson, Annika Jarring, Åsa Jungnelius, Ingalena Klenell, Simon Klenell, Helena Kågebrand, Matilda Kästel, Ludvig Löfgren, Fredrik Nielsen, and Karl-Magnus Nilsson. Shown:  Matilda Kästel, Hide,  detail, Human hide in silicone and glass, 2013

Eino–50 Years of Making Sculptures at the Nordic Heritage

nordic“Eino — 50 Years of Making Sculptures” is on view through December 7 at the Nordic Heritage Museum  in Ballard. Eino Romppanen, known to the art world simply as Eino, was born in Finland and has lived and worked in the United States since 1962.  Well known throughout Scandanavia as well as the United States, he  has worked in 22 countries,  and his commissioned works can be found in all five Nordic countries. 

Also on view at the museum is the visiting exhibition “Dressing Swedish: From Hazelius to Salander,” showing ­through November 10. The show explores the complex relationship between fashion and traditional folk costumes.

Major Norwegian painter’s exhibit comes to the Nordic Heritage Museum June 28–September 28

nordicØrnulf Opdahl, Norway’s most distinguished contemporary landscape painter, brings more than 30 of his newest works to the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW. 67th. Street  in Seattle. The exhibition, “Ørnulf Opdahl — Mood Paintings of the North,” will run from June 28 through September 1. Additionally, Opdahl will give an artist talk on Saturday, June 29. Opdahl has shown his work in dozens of solo exhibitions throughout Europe since 1966, and his work can be found in collections of Norway’s National Gallery, the British Museum in London, the National Library of Norway, among many other private and public collections.  The Nordic Heritage Museum  is the only museum in the United States which represents the cultural heritage of all five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Shown: Havstein, oil on canvas, photo by Peder-Otto Dybvik.

Paper cutting from Norway to Seattle at the Nordic

nordicPsaligraphy, the art of paper cutting with design, detail, and wonder, is showing at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th. Street in Seattle. The art created by Bit Vejle, “Scissors for a Brush,” which will be shown here for the first time beyond Scandinavia, runs March 22 through June 16.  Vejle will visit the Museum and lead public tours of the exhibition at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22 and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

Additionally, the show  will feature four original paper cuts by Hans Christian Andersen on loan from the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark. This is a rare opportunity to see these fragile works in the United States.

Nordic Heritage Museum shows paintings inspired by the South Pole expedition of Roald Amundsen in 1910

nordic“The Impression of Amundsen: Roald Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition 1910–1912,” an exhibition of paintings inspired by that grueling journey over 100 years ago, is on view at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th. Street in Seattle, through March 3 . Amundsen’s personal diary from the South Pole expedition of 1910–1912 was published for the first time in 2010, shedding new light on this historic expedition. His diary also provided the inspiration for paintings and graphic works from the Norwegian artists Tore Hansen, Ulf Nilsen, and Håvard Vikhagen whose work is featured in the show.  Shown: by Tore Hansen.