Midtsommer Gala 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

 Artwork by  Bob Hest |    Yes, Lena, there are foxes in Lofoten,   Oil on Canvas, 2018

Artwork by Bob Hest | Yes, Lena, there are foxes in Lofoten, Oil on Canvas, 2018

The Midtsommer Gala Celebration is our annual signature event set near the summer solstice each year. The gala dinner features our Going Viking awards, where we honor Norwegian-Americans who have significantly advanced the quality of life for others through their adventuresome spirit and extraordinary accomplishments. The event also raises key funds that support all Norway House programs throughout the year. Join us this year as we reflect upon last year's accomplishments and look to the year's ahead.


Norway House

Connecting the United States with contemporary Norway through art, business, and culture.

Norway House is a non-profit organization that partners with businesses, organizations, and the community to celebrate a shared heritage. Norway House is a destination for the community with over 40,000 visitors annually.

Through our programs—which include the Galleri at Norway House, Minnesota Peace Initiative, and the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota—you can experience contemporary art, design, and music. Visitors can engage in discussion about important topics that share links to Norway and the global community.



Norwegian Midtsommer is a day to celebrate friendship, family, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Norwegian land and seascape. On this day, Norwegians head to the seaside or the cabin, build bonfires, and enjoy good food with friends. At Norway House, we celebrate Midtsommer with our annual Gala. We appreciate good food with good friends while supporting the work of Norway House.


This Year's Midtsommer Gala Artwork

Local artist, Bob Hest, kindly donated his time and supplies to create this year's artwork for our Gala. Featuring his iconic red fox, the piece Yes, Lena, there are foxes in Lofoten pays homage to his family's heritage from the Lofoten Islands while highlighting the radiant orange sky typical of a midtsommer night.

Bob Hest will be featured during a solo show this fall in Norway House's Galleri open to the public on Saturday, September 15. If Norwegians Were Funny will present a selection of Bob's paintings and rugs that tell the story of Daisy and Billy—two Norwegian immigrants from the Red River Valley.

To learn more about Bob Hest and his paintings and rugs visit www.bobhest.com