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Craft School: Coffee Treats; 5-Class Cooking Series:

Join us for one or more Saturday morning hands-on classes to learn how to cook afternoon coffee treats from each of the five Nordic countries. Review the history and culture of each treat, roll up your sleeves and cook, then stay afterward for a proper Nordic fika.

Each class is 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

January 24 SOLD OUT

Norway with Daytona Strong
Prince Cake [Fyrstekake]; Grandma's Sandbakkels; Heart-Shaped Waffles [Vaffler]

February 21

Iceland with Margret Solvadottir
Vienna Cake [Vínarterta] and Happy Marriage Cake [Hjónabandssæla]

March 14

Denmark with Judith Dern
Layercake with Cream and Raspberries [Lagkage med flødeskum og hindbær]; Mazarins; Old-Fashioned Apple Cake [Gammeldags aeblekage]

April 11

Finland with Noel Wannebo
Fruit Soup [Sekahedelmakeitto]; Rye Cookies [Ruiskakut]; Cardamom Cream Pound Cake [Kardemummakakku]; Air Pudding [Ilmapuuro]

May 2

Sweden with Ruth Johnson-Pirie, "The Singing Baker"
Farmers cookies and cardamom cake

Cost: Members: $25 each, $110 for all; General Admission $30 each, $130 for all.

Register for one or more classes at craftschoolcoffeetreats.eventbrite.com

Exhibition Lecture: Imaging the Arctic, Communicating Climate Science through Art
Tuesday February 3
7:00 p.m.

How can science and art work together? Marine mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre and expeditionary artist Maria Coryell Martin will present their fieldwork and collaboration investigating the impact of sea ice loss on narwhals, iconic species of the Arctic. Laidre is a research scientist for the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center studying how environmental factors change the movement and behavior of top marine predators. Coryell-Martin works in the tradition of traveling artists as naturalists and educators, working with scientists to promote environmental awareness. Come hear and see their story.

Suggested donation: $5

RSVP at imagingthearcticlecture.eventbrite.com


Happy Hour at Reubens Brews
Thursday, February 5
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join the Nordic Heritage Museum for Happy Hour at award-winning local nano-brewery Reuben's Brews. $1 from every drink purchased will be donated to the Museum. Come help support two local Ballard favorites!

Reuben’s Brews
1406 NW 53rd St
Seattle, WA 98107

Craft School: Woodcarving with Erik Holt

Feb 8, 15
March 1, 8, 15, 22
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Learn Baroque Acanthus Rococo and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. Students will concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style (see below), working up combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style as seen above. Woodcarvers at all levels, beginners to experienced, are welcome in the class. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects.

Classes are paid for by the month. Visit instructor Erik Holt’s website for more information about tools and supplies.

Classes start at $45 for members, $47 for non-members.
There are discounts for purchasing multiple classes at once.

Register for February classes here: craftschoolwoodcarving-feb.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

Soup & Cinema: Flame & Citron/Flammen & Citronen (Denmark)
Tuesday February 10
12:00 p.m.

Enjoy a Nordic movie and homemade nourishing soup.

Flame & Citron is a 2008 Danish drama/action co-written and directed by Ole Christian Madsen. The film, a fictionalized account based on fact, is about two Danish resistance movement fighters nicknamed Flame and Citron, during the Nazi occupation of Denmark in World War II. The most expensive Danish film produced to that date, it was highly successful at the box office and won numerous awards.

Cost: $8 Museum members, $12 General Admission

RSVP at soupandcinema-feb.eventbrite.com


Documentary: The New Northwest Passage
Thursday February 12
7:00 p.m.

In the summer of 2009 Cameron Dueck and the rest of the crew of the Silent Sound completed a journey made by fewer people than have climbed Mt. Everest; they sailed through the infamous Northwest Passage. These waters are normally locked in ice, but due to climate change it is now possible to sail here for a few short weeks each summer. Their voyage from Victoria to Halifax carried them through raging storms and mechanical breakdowns and took them into sea ice that threatened to crush their hull. But more importantly it brought them face to face with modern Arctic life in tiny, isolated Inuit communities where the challenge of climate change is added to the already crushing load of social and economic woes. Each person they met along the way added their story to the colorful tale of life in the Arctic; a unique place where the climate change experience is affected by the critical and ongoing debates over sovereignty, resources and cultural assimilation.

This film won Best Documentary at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival and was an official selection at Singapore’s Endeavors Documentary Film Festival as well the American Online Film Awards. It was also screened by the Royal Geographical Society in Hong Kong, and is due to be shown in the 2014 Asian Explorers Club Film Festival.

This screening is in conjunction with the exhibit Imaging the Arctic.

Suggested donation: $5

RSVP at documentary-newnorthwestpassage.eventbrite.com

Craft School: Sketching the Arctic
Saturday, February 21
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Explore the Arctic through ink and watercolor with expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin. We’ll cover fundamental tools for field sketching and painting using Arctic animals from the Burke Museum’s collection for inspiration. We’ll sketch a selection of Arctic animals such as bones and taxidermy specimens from arctic terns, walrus, polar bear narwhal, beluga, seal, and musk ox.

The program will complement the Museum’s Imaging the Arctic exhibition, an art-science collaboration between Coryell-Martin and UW marine mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre.

Please note: This workshop requires specific supplies. Please bring:

• Sack Lunch: drinks and some food items are also available in the Burke Cafe.
• Sketchbook: paper should be a minimum of 80lb for light watercolor/mixed-media use.
• Additional Paper: I’ll have specialty paper available for purchase in class (see below).
• Waterproof pen: choose a fine tip such as Sharpie fine point or Pigma Micron 01.
• Watercolors: use high quality paints with at least a yellow, red, magenta, blue, cyan, and
neutral brown high quality paint. The Essential 8 is a good value set by Daniel Smith which
includes: Hansa Yellow Medium, New Gamboge, Pyrrol Scarlet, Quinacridone Rose,
French Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue (GS), Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Neutral Tint.
• White gouache: 1 small tube of Zinc White (preferred) or Permanent White.
• Brushes: bring what you have and enjoy. If you are purchasing new, choose quality over
quantity and select a large flat (such as 3/4”), a medium round (#8), and a small round (#3).
Option extras are a larger round (#12), small flat (1/2”), and #0. I like Princeton Art Brush &
Co. 4050 series, other quality brands are fine, just make sure the hair is soft (vs. stiff).
• Other items: Portable watercolor palette with lid and mixing area (with paints if you have
one already filled), water container, and paper towels/rag for wiping brushes. Also bring an
HB pencil, sharpener, gum eraser, and plastic eraser.
• Optional: 3/8” gator board for paper support, drafting tape, waterbrush (such as Niji or
Pentel), spray bottle, sponge, old toothbrush.
You can purchase the following from me
• Arches Cover Cream Paper: $4 for whole sheet, $1 for quarter sheet (11” x 15”)
• Arches Hot Press paper: $4 for whole sheet, $1 for quarter sheet (11” x 15”)
• Tracing paper: $1 for 4 sheets 11” x 14”

You can purchase some of these items from Maria at art-toolkit.com

Learn more on the Burke website. To register or learn more information, please contact Carl Sander at (206) 616-6473 or casander@uw.edu.

20th Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner
Thursday, February 26
5:00 p.m.

Join the Nordic Heritage Museum for our annual dinner honoring the memory of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who intervened to help save thousands of Jews from deportation to concentration camps.

Initiated by Washington State Senator Ken Jacobsen, the Museum’s Annual Wallenberg Dinner is an opportunity to honor Wallenberg’s courage and selfless humanitarianism, as well an opportunity to bring together the Scandinavian and Jewish communities to celebrate his inspirational legacy.

Professor Daniel Chirot of the University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies will moderate a panel discussion. Panelists include Bob Herschkowitz, Holocaust survivor; Arik Cohen, a grandson of four survivors; Kirsten Larsen, on her war experiences in Denmark; and Bertil Lundh, on his experiences in Sweden.

Special thanks to our partner organizations for this event: Washington State Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and Holocaust Center for Humanity. 

Cost: $50 for Members and Members of our partner organizations; $55 General Admission

RSVP at wallenbergdinner2015.eventbrite.com

Craft School: Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, April 11
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Researching family histories has never been easier! Join Carol Buswell, Education Specialist at the National Archives at Seattle, for a hands-on genealogy workshop. You’ll learn about resources at NARA and elsewhere that will allow you to trace your family history, using records from the United States and Scandinavia. You’ll leave with handouts, tips, and everything you need to know to get started on your own family’s historical record.

Cost: $18 for Memebers; $22 General Admission

Tickets at genealogy-workshop.eventbrite.com

Craft School: Rosemaling
Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16

Explore this traditional Norwegian form of decorative folk art, or simply brush up on your painting and design skills. Telemark, Hallingdal and Gudbrandsdal are just some of the regional styles taught in this class. Hansen is an experienced instructor and a member of The Western Rosemalers Association. She is a gifted painter whose work is known and appreciated throughout the United States. 

Students paint on a variety of decorative and useful objects. All levels of painters welcome, and taking at least two classes is recommended. 

You may purchase supplies from Hansen at the time of the workshop: $10 for a plate; brushes are $6 each; using her paints is $7; color copies are $1.

Cost: General Admission $35/day; NHM members $33/day

Register at spring-rosemaling.eventbrite.com

Craft School: Nordic Spinning with Judith MacKenzie

If you would like to share the day with an internationally-known teacher, fiber artist and master spinner, please join Judith MacKenzie for one or more of these hands-on workshops: 

Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m., The Gentle Art of Spinning for Lace
Sunday, March 8, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. , The Art of Tradition: Spinning for Classic Swedish Tapestry 
Sunday, March 8, 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m., The Art of Tradition: Spinning for Norwegian Coverlets

Judith's classes provide a wide-ranging blend of technical and historical knowledge, skill, and invaluable information about the craft of turning fleece into yarn. As well as teaching throughout the United States and Europe, she contributes regularly to Spin-Off magazine, has been featured on many DVDs, and has written multiple books, including Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner.

See event registration page for workshop fees.

Register at judith-spinning-march.eventbrite.com

Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.


Craft School: Aquavit Tasting
Sunday, June 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This 2-hour Aquavit tasting and workshop covers everything you ever wanted to know about Aquavit, including history, production, styles by region, modern interpretation, flavor profiles, food pairing, drinking songs, culture, cocktailing and more!  Taste over 20 different domestic and imported aquavits as you learn the differences between them.  Ages 21+ only. 

Cost: $55 Members, $60 General Admission. Designated drivers admitted free.

Register at aquavit-tasting.eventbrite.com


Special Events

Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum holds special events in addition to our regular programming.

Mark Your Calendars for These Exciting Events!

Viking Days
Saturday and Sunday, August 22 & 23, 2015

Nordic Knitting Conference
Held every other year, TBD 2016

Saturday and Sunday, November 23 & 24, 2015

Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord
*For information on this year's Mostly Nordic Champer Music Series, click here.
Sundays in February, March, April, and May, 2016

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