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The Nordic Center returns to in-person events with a Norwegian rosemaling exhibit featuring visual works by Tara Austin. The work will be on display from Jul. 23 to Aug. 29.
Tara Austin is an artist with an MFA in painting who specializes in the folk art of rosemaling. Austin’s work is part of a revival of rosemaling in the upper Midwest which builds upon traditions while infusing each piece with contemporary reworkings that may ensure relevance to new generations. Her company, Scandi Bijou, provides painted heirlooms for the modern lifestyle, including Dala horses and rosemaled décor.
The “Scandi Bijou” exhibit highlights the talents of Austin, whose works are noted as being guided by “geometry, harmony and natural beauty” while also drawing on Nordic styles and processes.
Over the past year, the Nordic Center continued to bring art, social and educational programming to the community in virtual form. “Scandi Bijou” will be the first official doors-open event since the beginning of the pandemic.
The exhibit can be experienced during the gallery opening on July 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Rosemaling workshops will also be offered by Austin; information can be found at the Nordic Center or on the Nordic Center’s website.
The Nordic Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing Nordic culture with the greater community through social, educational and arts programs.