Lecture: Norway's Priorities in the Arctic
Monday, December 15
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
A lecture by Norway's Ambassador to the U.S. H. E. Kåre Aas on climate change and Norway's foreign policy.
The changes taking place in the Arctic pose unprecedented challenges and emerging opportunities. Ambassador Kåre R. Aas will give a presentation of one of Norway’s foreign policy priority areas- The Arctic. He will also be talking about the bilateral collaboration with the US, including the US assuming responsibility for the Arctic Chairmanship in April 2015.
RSVP at aas-arctic-lecture.eventbrite.com
Craft School: Woodcarving with Erik Holt
December 6, 13, 20
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
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 December classes here: craftschool-woodcarving-dec.eventbrite.com
Register for January classes here: craftschoolwoodcarving-jan.eventbrite.com
Register for February classes here: craftschoolwoodcarving-feb.eventbrite.com
Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext.
Last Days of the Arctic
Thursday January 8
Ragnar 'RAX' Axelsson is amongst the most celebrated
photographers in the world. His acclaimed series of portraits,
Faces of the North, is a living document showcasing the dying
cultures of the far northern reaches of the planet; Icelandic
farmers, fishermen and the great hunters of Greenland. Fascinated
by stories of half-forgotten people who have adapted to extreme
conditions, RAX is now documenting them as they cope with extreme
climatic changes resulting from global warming. Produced in
association with BBC Storyville and filled with breathtaking
visuals,Last Days of the Arctic, directed by Magnus
Viðar Sigurðsson, is a celebration of an artist and his
subjects, an eulogy for a disappearing landscape and its
Suggested donation: $5
This event is in partnership with the Icelandic Club of
RSVP at lastdaysofthearctic.eventbrite.com
Soup & Cinema: 21 tapaa
pilata avioliitto/21 Ways to Ruin a Marriage (Finnish)
Tuesday January 13
Enjoy a Nordic movie and homemade soup.
This comedy about love and marriage is one of Finland’s most
successful films of all time and the most successful ever directed
by a woman.
Sanna has clear rules when it comes to men. Sanna believes that
most relationships are doomed to fail – and as a sociologist
she decides to set out to prove her theory (as well as justify her
decision to remain single).
After extensive studies interviewing married couples, Sanna
concludes that divorce is a natural consequence of falling in love,
and marriage is strictly a business transaction. But then she meets
Aleksi, one of the study participants, and her world of theories is
suddenly turned upside down.
Cost: $8 Museum members, $12 General Admission
RSVP at soupandcinemajanuary.eventbrite.com
Nordic Lights Film Festival
Thursday through Sunday, January 15-18
Times Vary. See schedule at nordicmuseum.org
The Nordic Heritage Museum is thrilled to present its
sixth Nordic Lights Film Festival. This
cutting-edge cinematic festival offers an immersion into the world
of Nordic films during the chilly winter season, focusing on
contemporary, award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland,
Norway and Sweden. The festival is hosted at SIFF Cinema in
We have a great line-up of Nordic movies, documentaries and shorts
that will appeal to the general public as well as to those who are
specifically interested in Nordic film.
As the festival’s premiere film we will screen the Norwegian
Optimists/Optimistene. The movie’s director
Gunhild Westhagen Magnor will be in attendance. This heart-warming
documentary won the Ray of Sunshine statuette for best documentary.
Opening night will include a reception where festival goers will
have a chance to a meet and greet the director.
Tickets will be available shortly
Nordic Lights Film Festival Opening Reception
Thursday, January 15
The first night of the Nordic Lights Film Festival will conclude
with a reception featuring director Gunhild Westhagen Magnor.
Manger’s documentary Optimistene (The
Optimists) will play twice during the Festival.
Staged Reading: The
Thursday, January 22
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation
The Epiphany is a new play inspired by actual events
and written by Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim. Set against the backdrop of
Nazi occupation in Norway, Marie finds herself in a dilemma when
she must house the highest ranking Nazi officer in her home,
jeopardizing her estranged husband’s work as a resistance
A Norwegian combat veteran will be traveling to Seattle to join the
cast. The Epiphany is part of the
Norwegian-American Veterans Theatre Project.
Purchase tickets at TheEpiphanyReading.eventbrite.com
Craft School: Coffee Treats; 5-Class Cooking
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
Each class is 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Norway with Daytona Strong
Prince Cake [Fyrstekake];
Grandma's Sandbakkels; Heart-Shaped Waffles
Iceland with Margret Solvadottir
Vienna Cake [Vínarterta] and Happy Marriage Cake
Denmark with Judith Dern
Layercake with Cream and Raspberries [Lagkage med
flødeskum og hindbær];
Mazarins; Old-Fashioned Apple Cake [Gammeldags
Finland with Noel Wannebo
Fruit Soup [Sekahedelmakeitto]; Rye Cookies
[Ruiskakut]; Cardamom Cream Pound Cake
[Kardemummakakku]; Air Pudding [Ilmapuuro]
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
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
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!
1406 NW 53rd St
Seattle, WA 98107
Soup & Cinema: Flame & Citron/Flammen
& Citronen (Denmark)
Tuesday February 10
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
Thursday February 12
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
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
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
• Sack Lunch: drinks and some food items are also available in
the Burke Cafe.
• Sketchbook: paper should be a minimum of 80lb for light
• 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,
French Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue (GS), Quinacridone Burnt
Orange, and Neutral Tint.
• White gouache: 1 small tube of Zinc White (preferred) or
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
20th Annual Raoul Wallenberg
Thursday, February 26
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
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
Special thanks to our partner organizations for this event:
Washington State Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Federation of
Greater Washington, and Holocaust Center for
Cost: $50 for Members and Members of our partner organizations; $55
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
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
Students paint on a variety of decorative and useful objects.
All levels of painters welcome, and taking at least two classes is
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
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
Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m., The Gentle Art of Spinning
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
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.
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 EventsEach year, the Nordic Heritage Museum
holds three special events in addition to our regular
Mark your calendar for these exciting events, and check back for
more information as they get closer!
Viking Days: August 2015 (exact dates TBA)
Nordic Knitting Conference (held every other year: TBD 2016
Yulefest: November 23 & 24, 2016
Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord: Early in 2015,
first concert is February 8
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