My husband and I decided to visit NE Iowa and Decorah. The Vesterheim is a lovely museum, celebrating the Norwegian heritage of so many people who emigrated to the area, I went mostly because I admire the traditional tole & decorative painting that is predominant in this culture. They currently have a competition of the Norwegian art forms, including woodworking, weaving, carving and painting. Guests can vote for their favorite pieces. All are very impressive. We did not arrive in time for the tour of the outer buildings, but they offered us the opportunity to come back the next day on our current paid admission. Additionally, my favorite exhibition is the ceramic flowers that are on display, in the form of a wave through the hall. They are made by some Norwegian women, who came to Decorah to set up the display. I love ceramic art and this is awesome. It will be there for a few more months, I believe. Well worth the trip to the Vesterheim.
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