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Nordic Art Exhibit: Glimpses of five Scandinavian Countries, from Norway Art

  • Norway House 913 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

For the first time, Norway House and Norway Art are proudcing an art display, downstairs in the Coltvet Room. Norway Art's collection is the source of the selections of art treasures from five Scandinavian countries. The Norway Art® Scandinavian art importing business is based at Norway House, Minneapolis where visitors make appointments at their convenience to view some of the art from the Norway Art collection and possibly choose a treasure for their home or office. Since 1979 when Mary Jo Thorsheim established the Norway Art business, fine prints and paintings have been imported to the United States and Canada.



Edvard Grieg welcomes you at the door of the Coltvet Room where his image is captured in a 1903 sculpture. The artist was Asbjørn Asbjørnsen, noted sculptor who was part of the Chicago group of Norwegian-American artists that established themselves as recognized talents in America.

Next, the visitor enters an intimate space where some of the glories of Scandinavia can be experienced in art. This curated show of selected paintings represents the five Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland. From the seter high in the Norwegian mountains to a Swedish lakeside summer home, to Denmark's woods and seashore; from Finland's coast to Iceland's capital---the art transports the viewer on a virtual trip to these countries.

Svend Svendsen (1864-1935) painted birches in spring, pictured above. He was born in Nittedal, Norway and immigrated to Chicago in 1881. In Chicago, he was part of the group of Norwegian-American artists who settled there. Famous Norwegian artist Frits Thaulow was one of his professors when he studied in Norway before continuing studies in Paris prior to emigrating.

Scandinavia's contemporary art has grown out of the ability of artists to depict feelings and impressions through traditional art. It has been said that we get to know more about ourselves by learning about our roots.

This exhibit in the Coltvet Room was designed for you to see something new or refresh old memories!



The Coltvet Room exists because of the generosity of the descendants of Søren and Laura Coltvet who emigrated from Vats Norway.  Their birthplace in Rogaland is located in the Vindafjord area near Haugesund. Historically, the area was an important place of early shipbuilding.  Today, oil platforms are built there and then towed out to oilfields in the North sea.

Fine photographic portraits of Søren ("Sam" in the US) and Laura Coltvet are now on display in the Norway House room that honors their memory in the space that carries the name Coltvet.


The NORWAY ART® business has been importing Scandinavian prints and paintings since 1979. Although based in Minneapolis at Norway House, Norway Art’s clients live in many parts of the US and Canada, as well as abroad. People visit Norway Art by appointment with its owner, Dr. Mary Jo Thorsheim, at their convenience. 



Thorsheim performs appraisals of original Scandinavian paintings, offers
consultation to individuals, businesses and other organizations, and is a well-known
writer and speaker on the art of Scandinavia. She has operated the Norway Art
business parallel to careers as a professor and consultant in health care, research
design and proposal development, and program evaluation. Masters and doctoral
studies at the University of Minnesota followed her professional experience as a
department head at the Mayo Clinic and she earned the Ph.D. degree in educational
psychology with related study in Public Health in 1982. Her art education includes
study at St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and in Norway. She began
studying art as a child. Art and Norway have been life-long interests and the focus
of her fascinating business.

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