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Sigmund Årseth inspired art
Photos of collaborations of Sigmund and Sallie
Utilitarian Folk Art Rosemaling
Fine Art by Sigmund Årseth
Sigmund Årseth Garden W & E
Photos by Travis Edrington
Aarseth Tells about His Murals
Sigmund Aarseth describes Immigrant Hall’s historical murals. For this top video, we highly recommend that you click on the CC for captioning in the language of your choice. And thank you to Andrew J. Gray for recording this film.
Sallie DeReus and Doug Eckheart Tribute to Sigmund
July 2011 Volume 1, Issue 3
Sigmund and Sallie create new murals for the Giants Gift Shop (Presently known as the West Room or Welcome Center)
In early May, Giants of the Earth Heritage Center got a surprise from our favorite Norwegian painter—he had the time to create a new mural! Sigmund Aarseth and Sallie DeReus were in Decorah decorating the New Visitor Center at Vesterheim Museum when they informed Giants that they were able to complete that work early. Giants had planned additional work in our museum store, so they came back to our special town (and while here, Sigmund celebrated his 75th birthday). Sigmund and Sallie stopped in and talked with Karen Gray and John Storlie about what to paint that would go with Giants’ theme of recording and preserving the history of Norwegian Ridge and Spring Grove. What came from that conversation was a mural of the cycle-of-life. The mural encircles the upper portion of the 12 feet high west room. It begins in utero, goes through childhood, adulthood, and ends in death—where the cycle continues with birth again. Sigmund appreciates so much the opportunity to work for the Spring Grove Heritage Center and says, “Decorah has always meant something special to me (he has been going to Decorah since he started teaching Rosemaling in the 1960s), and now Spring Grove is becoming equally special. I am grateful to get these challenging commissions which I might never have gotten in similar institutions in Norway, and to work with all of you is a constant inspiration.” -Mike Schmidt