Russ Biros

Plato resident Russ Biros won a blue ribbon in the annual  “National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition” exhibition at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa.

This event is Vesterheim’s major summer show and took place June 11-July 27. The awards were announced in conjunction with Decorah’s Nordic Fest celebration July 25-27.

Biros won the ribbon in woodworking with a Dragon-style coat rack.

The exhibition also includes rosemaling (Norwegian decorative painting), knifemaking and weaving. More than 150 pieces of contemporary folk art were featured this year.

“Some of the best practitioners of these traditional Norwegian arts enter the exhibition, which attracts national attention,” Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim’s chief curator, said.

Vesterheim explores the diversity of American immigration through the lens of Norwegian-American experience, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and preserves living traditions through exhibitions and educational experiences.

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