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The Ballad of Daisy & Billy


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

Local Norwegian-American artist, Bob Hest, presents a series of playful paintings and rugs that chronicle the settlement of Western Minnesota's Red River Valley by Scandinavian Immigrants at the turn of the century. Norway House's Galleri explodes with Bob Hest's brilliant colors and vivacious subjects with charming detail. Norway House patrons may recognize Hest's work, namely "Yes, Lena, there are foxes in Lofoten," as the signature artwork for this year's Midtsommer Gala. Norway House is proud to showcase Bob Hest's artwork this Fall.

Hest grew up in Western Minnesota, and spent a deal of his childhood on his Norwegian and Swedish grandparents' farm in North Dakota. "My art represents the life I've had and the life I now lead," says Hest. "As children, my younger brother and I were given great freedom to wander the countryside; climbing trees, running through pastures, and wading through rivers and ponds.  We learned what nature looks like and how it feels."

Bob Hest's paintings feature the Midwest countryside of his youth as well as blooming dreamscapes of Norway and Lofoten. Billy and Daisy call these places home--amid the foxes, horses, birds, and rolling pastures. Visitors can follow this couple's humorous and imaginative adventures and letters to each other around the Galleri walls. Dive into all of the hidden details and textures that make Bob Hest's work a favorite for so many people!

Bob Hest's paintings and rugs are available for purchase. For pricing and availability, visit us at Norway House, or email info@norwayhouse.org.