Documentary: 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 inhabitants.
Suggested donation: $5
This event is in partnership with the Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle.
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
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. The festival is hosted at SIFF Cinema in downtown Seattle.
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 documentary The 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.
For tickets, visit SIFF.org
Nordic Lights Film Festival Opening Reception
Thursday, January 15
The first night go 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 fighter.
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: Ornamental
Feb 7, 14, and 28
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: www.nordicdragon.com
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.
Norway with Daytona Strong
Fyrstekake or Tosca cake; Grandma's sandbakkels; Norwegian waffles
Iceland with Margret Solvadottir
Vienna Cake [Vínarterta] and Happy Marriage Cake [Hjónabandssæla]
Denmark with Judith Dern
Layercake with Cream and Raspberries [Lagkage med flødeskum og hindbær]; Mazarins; Old-Fashioned Apple Cake [Gammeldags aeblekage]
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
Suggested donation: $5
Happy Hour at
Tuesday, 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: No Time for Love/Simon & Malou
Tuesday February 10
Enjoy a Nordic movie and homemade nourishing soup.
When career focused Malou meets Bohemian Simon she realizes that opposites DO attract and that it's really only when you're open to the unexpected, that you truly live and feel life.
Cost: $8 Museum members, $12 General Admission
RSVP at soupandcinema-feb.eventbrite.com
Documentary: The New Northwest Passage
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 Endeavours 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
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
• 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
20th Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner
Thursday, February 26
Join us 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 Nordic Heritage 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 mediate a panel discussion. Panelists include Bob Herschkowitz, Holocaust survivor; Arik Cohen, a grandson of four survivors; and Kirsten Larsen, a Danish interviewee for the Museum’s Nordic American Voices project.
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