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Submitted photo Folk art like items that students will create at Norsk Høstfest University are pictured. They include a dimensional tomte by Bonnie Josephson Lundorff, a bracelet, an open face sandwich, and a tomte and tree table runner.

Adults can take classes this year at Norsk Høstfest University, which will be held Sept. 26-29 during the Hostfest at the North Dakota State Fair Center.

According to a press release, experts will teach classes in Scandinavian folk arts including rosemaling, wood carving, jewelry design, and fiber arts in a small group classroom setting. Students will receive personal attention from the instructor and will complete folk art project they can take home.

All of the classes are open to beginners. The teachers will supply the necessary tools so people can try out a craft before buying the tools themselves.

Students are required to pay general admission to the festival and to get to any Høstfest University class. The cost of the classes is separate.

According to the press release, Bonnie Josephson Lundorff, who appeared last year as a first-time instructor, will return this year as the featured guest artist. She will teach Nordic art forms, dimensional needle felting with wool and wool applique techniques. Lundorff is among 10 artists who will teach at Høstfest University.

Lundorff will teach four classes Friday and Saturday during the Høstfest. Lundorff was invited to be this year’s featured guest artist after participants in her classes last year submitted testimonials about the quality of her teaching and her entertaining style.

Selected by the national fiber arts magazine Wool Works last fall and again this summer as their featured designer, Lundorff has taught classes throughout the Midwest for more than 20 years. She owns Willow Wood Market in Bemidji, Minn., serves as a judge for numerous quilt shows including the one in Minot last March, and designs needle felting patterns that are sold in Midwestern retail outlets, according to the press release.

Other instructors are also accomplished artists well recognized in their areas of expertise. For instance, Master Instructor Harley Refsal is internationally recognized for reviving Scandinavian flat plane wood carving. The author of four carving books, Refsal was recognized by the King of Norway for reviving this Norwegian art in the country where it began. Master instructor Nancy Schmidt, a Gold Medal Rosemaling award winner, has taught classes and judged rosemaling as far away as Japan. HU classes are limited in size to insure a quality teaching experience.

Improved and expanded classrooms added last year have allowed Høstfest University to grow the number of instructors and classes offered this year, according to the press release.

Classes being offered include carving, jewelry design, Nordic knitting, fiber arts, Viking era arts, rosemaling and block printing. Also, for the first time, a food class has been added at the request of past participants. Darlene Fossum-Martin, the education specialist at Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, will teach a class centered on creating and making the artistic Scandinavian open faced sandwiches sold in high-end Nordic eateries.

Classes are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday Sept. 26-29. For the first time, Hostfest University offers the Friends and Family Evening, which includes a choice of three different classes: Nordisk tulipan hooking, kolrosing carving and trichonopoly wire weaved jewelry. The informal setting includes a Scandinavian pastry tasting and classrooms located adjacent to one another. Children 12 and over are welcome if accompanied by a parent.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged for Høstfest University as classes are limited in size to provide optimal instructor guidance. People attending the festival can still register for classes that have remaining openings. To learn more about classes and/or to register, go to hostfest.com/hu.

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