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Opening of The Norns: Our Woven Stories at the Spirit Room

April 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Norns: Our Woven Stories

Spring Invitational Exhibit 2017

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Spirit Room

 April 18th through June 2nd, 2017

Public Opening and Reception:

Saturday, April 29th, 6:30-9:30 pm

Music, food and beverages

Performances and Literary Presentations at 7:00

The Norns: weavers of the past, present and future, is an invitational art exhibit which will be held at the Spirit Room from Tuesday, April 18th through Friday, June 2nd, 2017. A public reception will be held on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Entry into the exhibit is open to all artists.

The exhibit includes a combination of visual, literary, and performance arts. The spinner/weaver theme, is based upon Nordic and Germanic mythology which depicts three Fates, the Norns, spinning the past, present and future together into an endless fabric of diverse stories interconnecting our lives.

Artists entering The Norns: Our Woven Stories, may wish to depict a personal past which has determined the present condition or may project into the future referencing past or current events.

A metaphoric example is the Tree of the World which is often depicted with the images of the Norns weaving nearby. Many times, human forms are shown as the bark and branches of the tree. The origination story begins with the seed dropped onto age-old soil. The growth of the tree depends on the quality of the soil, the sun, the rain, and the forces of man and nature which nurture, strengthen or destroy.

Mythologically speaking, this is the work of the Norns weaving the fabric of life.

The theme of weaving directs the artist toward presenting an image of personal or societal conditions, depicting the story of our worldly or spiritual experience. This theme is rich fodder for the creative spirit. We at the Spirit Room are very much looking forward to this year’s Invitational Exhibit and Celebration.

Additional Context

This theme contains additional spiritual and philosophical perspectives. In the past, many people believed in either predestination or self-determination. Predestination or Fate dictated that the individual had little or no control over the outcome of life which was seen to be divinely premeditated from pitfall to redemption, if so lucky to be one of the few awarded redemption. Self- determination indicates that the individual can willfully lead an idyllic life. Problems arise with the lack of ultimate control. Turning philosophically toward the middle way, modern beliefs tend to accept the inevitable conditions into which we are born which lead to initial societal experiences beyond our control. By linking acceptance of predetermined conditions, contemporary thinking then balances the view by intertwining the individual’s response encouraging the individual to rise to the occasion of opportunity and challenge, thereby becoming conditionally self-directed.

Another view is the indigenous perspective which views every moment as unique and sacred. Every small event is dependent on converging circumstances, a concept called dependent origination. On a large scale the idea is much like worlds colliding. This concept explains that the present is dependent on diverse forces meeting in one moment or at one time in history changing everything and propelling us into an unknown future.



April 18, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Spirit Room
(701) 237-0230


The Spirit Room
111 Broadway
Fargo, ND 58102 United States
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