Garden City resident Marty Leenhouts won a pair of ribbons in the “National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition” at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa.
Leenhouts won the ribbons for his woodworking with chip-carved plates. Chip-carving is a technique in which knives or chisels are used to remove small pieces of wood from a single, flat surface.
The exhibition also included rosemaling (Norwegian decorative painting), knifemaking, and weaving. Vesterheim, which has some of the most outstanding examples of decorative and folk art to be seen in this country, established the rosemaling exhibition at the first Decorah Nordic Fest in 1967 and added weaving, woodworking, and knifemaking in later years.
“Some of the best practitioners of these traditional Norwegian arts enter the exhibition, which attracts national attention,” said Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim’s Chief Curator. “This year’s exhibition included over 150 pieces of beautiful contemporary folk art.”
Each year, judges award blue, red, and white ribbons representing points that accumulate over successive exhibitions toward a Vesterheim Gold Medal.
Mankato guitarist in Satriani contest
Mankato’s Marty Beil is faring well so far in the Guitar Center’s Master Satriani contest.
The contest involves musicians uploading a video of them performing a Joe Satriani song. Rankings are determined by the total social media reach of each competitor; and Satriani himself will select 10 winners for an in-person guitar class and prize package.
The Mankato guitarist is ranked No. 4 out of hundreds of competitors. The contest continues through Aug. 28. To help his cause, visit satriani.whooznxt.com/band/marty-beil.
Le Sueur gospel artist CD release
Le Sueur’s Connie Saatzer is set to release her gospel album, “Keep Up The Fight,” later this month.
Published by Tate Music Group, the release is scheduled for Tuesday. The nine-track CD features the singer-songwriter bringing “hope and encouragement to listeners.”