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Lila Nelson’s Weavings Coloring Event

Event Details

February 23, 2016 7:00 PM — February 23, 2016 8:00 PM
Location: Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
523 W. Water St.
Decorah, Iowa 52101
Contact Name: Becky Idstrom
Email: bidstrom@vesteheim.org
Phone: 563-382-9681, ext 115
Website: vesterheim.org

Event Description

Is the winter weather getting you down? “New studies show that adult coloring is a great way to relieve stress and create a more mindful and peaceful feeling,” said Ashley Kluesner, Collections Intern at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. “Coloring is a great distraction and uses different parts of your brain to focus, making stress disappear,” she added.

Vesterheim invites adults ages 18 and up to relieve some stress and enjoy some creative coloring on February 23 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This event is free and will be held in the special exhibition “From Tradition to Protest: Lila Nelson’s Weaving Life” in the Main Building.

Come, relax, and learn about Nelson’s weavings while coloring pages based on her work. Refreshments, colored pencils, and coloring pages will be provided. “Lila’s vivid weavings will offer lots of inspiration,” said Laurann Gilbertson, Chief Curator.

“From Tradition to Protest: Lila Nelson’s Weaving Life” is on view through November 13, 2016. The exhibition includes 76 pieces from Vesterheim and private collections. Lila Nelson, Vesterheim’s first Textile Curator, was an accomplished textile artist. This retrospective exhibition shows how she began by mastering traditional Norwegian weaving techniques, subsequently using them in fresh and contemporary ways. Later in life she focused on tapestry weaving, which allowed her greater personal and political expression.

The exhibition and this special coloring event are sponsored by Ella Ager Fossum, Jon and Mary Hart, Darold and Carol Oversvee Johnson, Steve and Barb Johnson, Kate Martinson, Irene Navarre, and Sonja Peterson.