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A New Approach to Art: Vesterheim's Adult Coloring Evening February 23rd
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A New Approach to Art: Vesterheim's Adult Coloring Evening February 23rd

Recently, adult coloring books have become the latest hot trend for stress relief. Books of mandala prints, pages of flower patterns, and even landscapes, have taken over the once child-centered past time. Research has shown that coloring puts your mind at ease, creating a sense of quiet mindfulness. Using different sections of the brain, coloring often distracts you from situations that might be causing stress or anxiety. Many museums have jumped on the bandwagon, creating Adult Coloring Evenings, or offering prints from museum collections online under the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.

The Vesterheim Museum in Decorah is getting in on the fun—offering an adult coloring evening to honor the late local artist Lila Nelson, alongside an exhibit in her honor. 

Lila Nelson was Vesterheim’s first textile curator and the wife of Marion Nelson, former Vesterheim Director.  Influenced by Norwegian weavers, Lila decided that she too needed to learn traditional weaving techniques to better understand and teach. After learning traditional patterns, colors, and materials, she started to experiment and create weavings of her own by mixing new colors and patterns with traditional techniques. Having inspired countless students to weave and create, Nelson later retired from Vesterheim but continued to share her art. Nelson began to create pictorial tapestries inspired by mythology, language, and global issues, which can be seen in the current exhibit, From Tradition to Protest: Lila Nelsons Weaving Life.

By transforming Nelsons beautiful tapestries into coloring pages, patrons can interpret her work and be inspired by her designs as they sit within the gallery. Participants are encouraged to come between 7 and 8:30 pm on February 23rd. Bring some friends along, and celebrate the life of Lila Nelson while exploring a new and peaceful approach to relaxation and creativity.


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    What a fantastic event! Thanks for the post!
    What a great idea! Thanks for the blog!

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