The annual benefit auction for Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and folk art school, will be held online Saturday, Oct 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11, noon to 9 p.m. To participate in the auction from anywhere in the world, go to www.biddingforgood.com/VEST-AUCTION, view the artwork and start bidding.

The auction has over 55 pieces of one-of-a-kind folk-art by artists working in the Norwegian tradition. It also includes a Colorado vacation package and a river cruise from Viking Cruises. Many of the pieces in the Benefit Auction are donated by Vesterheim Gold Medalists and exhibition ribbon winners. There are beautiful examples of rosemaling (Norwegian decorative painting) in a variety of styles, a woven rug, tapestries, woodcarvings, and more.

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. At the Folk Art School, students and instructors create a community of learning and experience the joy of making something by hand.Those bidding may win any eight-day Viking Cruises river cruise in 2021 for two people.

“On a relaxing and immersive Viking river cruise,” said Marcia McKelvey, Vesterheim director of administration, “you can explore the world’s great cities, and enjoy ever-changing scenery along the banks of waterways such as the Danube, Rhine and Seine. You’ll unpack just once on an award-winning, state-of-the-art longship and journey into the very heart of iconic cities and charming towns."

The folk-art experience at Vesterheim doesn’t end with classes. Artists develop their skills to enter pieces in an annual judged competition, “The National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition.” Pieces in the exhibition are awarded blue, red and white ribbons representing points that accumulate over successive years toward a gold medal.

“Vesterheim is very grateful to everyone who donated to this auction. Through exceptional support from artists and donors, previous auctions have raised more than $77,000 for the Folk Art School,” McKelvey said.  “Please help support Vesterheim Museum and help keep these wonderful Norwegian folk-art traditions alive,” she added.Contact Marcia McKelvey at 563-382-9681, or email: mmckelvey@vesterheim.org, with auction questions.