February Klipp – Get Out of the House to ASI!

Explore – Learn – Create
February Fun at the American Swedish Institute!

Meet the Form-Giver! CraftBOWL Continues with
Ingegerd Råman

The American Swedish Institute continues the CraftBOWL exhibition and its year of The Handmade with a special visit by Swedish “form-giver” Ingegerd Råman. Considered one of Sweden’s national living treasures, Råman is internationally acclaimed for her simple, timeless and highly functional ceramics and glass. For more than five decades, Råman has worked with such prestigious glassworks as Orrefors, Skruf and Johansfors, and on a recent IKEA line. Presented in collaboration with Svensk Form, the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design.

Conversations on Craft + Form with Ingegerd Råman

Saturday, Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m.

Hear how form, function and aesthetics have influenced Råman’s career. Join her and Minnesota’s craft + design community to share new projects, designs and ideas in a craft “show and tell.” Co-presented with the American Craft Council (with the work of shoemaker Amara Hark Weber), the Textile Center (with textile artist Kelly Marshall), Northern Clay Center (featuring artist Liz Pechacek) and the American Association of Woodturners (featuring Jess Hirsch).
$5 ASI members / $10 non-members. Click here to register.

Curated Cocktail Tour with Ingegerd Råman
Saturday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.

This not-to-be-missed walking tour of ASI’s CraftBOWL exhibition with Råman comes complete with light bites and cocktails from FIKA inspired by her glassware creations.
$50 ASI members / $55 non-members. Click here to register.

Upcoming Exhibitions
The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson

April 21 – July 15
Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling life-sized figures of children and animals in “moss-covered” ceramics that lead the viewer into an imaginative, fairy tale-like world inspired by the forests of Finland. Click here to learn more.

Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe
July 27 – October 28
Gudrun Sjödén, considered the godmother of Swedish fashion, is a renowned textile designer and entrepreneurial force whose boldly feminine collections are inspired by nature and Swedish folk motifs. This ASI collaboration with Sjödén examines her career and inspirations through a visually striking exhibition that shares her original watercolors and archival constructed catalogs. Click here to learn more.

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Lake Country Pastel Society

On view now through March 4 in ASI’s Community Gallery

Check out this recent Star Tribune article!

This exhibition of pastel art by members of the Lake Country Pastel Society raises awareness of pastel as a unique and beautiful art form, demonstrating the highest levels of the artistic expression in landscape, cityscape and portraiture.

Included with museum admission. $10 adults, $7 ages 62+, $5 ages 6-18 and students with ID, free for ASI members and kids ages 5 and under.

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Cultivating Nordic Culture
With music, literature and language

Spelmanslag Midwinter Concert
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
ASI’s fiddling group is joined by Swedish guest artists Jon Holmén, Jonas Holmén and Emma Lagerberg from Dalarna for a special Midwinter Folk Music Concert.

Free and open to the public; no registration required.

*The ASI Spelmanslag is also having a Social Dance on Friday, Feb. 16, from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 ASI members / $15 no-members. Click here to register. In addition, they are hosting free drop-in Fiddle and Song Workshops throughout the day on Saturday, Feb. 17. These are open to the public and there is no registration required.

Book Discussion
Sunday, March 4, 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Join ASI’s book group to discuss the latest Nordic novels. March’s book is Beartown by Fredrik Backman. Is it, gasp, better than Ove?

$15 ASI members / $18 non-members. Click here to register.

Intro to Swedish
Sunday, March 4, 3 – 5 p.m.

This two-hour introductory workshop is the perfect way to get a feel for Swedish – pick up a bit of grammar and learn how to pronounce some words as part of basic conversation.

$15 ASI members / $18 non-members. Click here to register.

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Frozen in Film
FREE Film Series Continues!

Upcoming ASI screenings:

A Holy Mess

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 & 7 p.m.
Simon and Oscar are a gay couple expecting a child with their close friend Cissi. What better time to tell their families than Christmas Eve!

The Girl Who Saved My Life
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 1 & 7 p.m.
Filmmaker Hogir Hirori returns to Iraqi Kurdistan from Sweden, where a girl serves as his compass in the chaos of war.

Advance registration not required.

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Nordic Craft & Nordic Table Workshops
Learn, discover and create through ASI’s Workshops

Nordic Craft – Saami-Inspired Bracelets

Draw on techniques from an oral tradition passed down over 100 years by the Saami, the indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia. In the beginning class, learn to create a simple double braid bracelet. The advanced class will expand on those techniques to create a double braid bracelet with additional twists.

Beginning Saami-Inspired Bracelets

Friday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$85 ASI members / $95 non-members. A materials fee of $95 is payable to the instructor (includes pewter thread & reindeer hide). Click here to register.

Advanced Saami-Inspired Bracelets
Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$85 ASI members / $95 non-members. A materials fee of $125 is payable to the instructor. Click here to register.

Nordic Table – Semla, The Swedish Cream Puff
Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Join Eva Sabet of Anoka’s Swedish Crown Bakery and discover her version of the classic semla (cardamom bun stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream). Traditionally enjoyed around Easter, the semla is one of Sweden’s extra-indulgent fika treats!

$45 ASI members / $55 non-members. Click here to register.

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Thanks to Nordic Table Presenting Sponsor – Whole Foods Market

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Kids at the Castle: Love Monsters
Friday, Feb. 16, 9 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 – 10 a.m.

Make a morning playdate for Kids at the Castle! Inspired by Valentine’s Day, join ASI for storytelling, music and headband crafts.

Cost: $8 per family. No registration necessary.

March’s Kids at the Castle is Mighty Moose. Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for creative playtime!

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It’s Semla Season!
Stop by FIKA for a decadently delicious treat

Historically, the semla was served only on Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday) in preparation for Lenten fasting. Today, by popular demand, the semla is enjoyed around Easter and earlier! ASI’s cafe, FIKA, is now serving up these uniquely Swedish delights. Yummy cardamom buns stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream are the perfect addition to any fika!

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Save the Date
Upcoming events at ASI

Skål! A Toast to Uppsala
A silent auction benefit for the Minneapolis-Uppsala Friendship Committee.
Tuesday, March 13, 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Easter in the Castle
The only Easter egg hunt in a Castle! Saturday, March 31, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
$10 ASI members / $13 non-members.

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