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The Nordic Hall will once again host the Newton Art Association‘s New Member Show during the month of June. Contact Kerry for viewing hours!

The opening reception will be on Saturday, June 4th, 2022  | 2:30-4:30  Admission is free. Register here to let us know you’re coming.

About the Newton Art Association:
“The Newton Art Association seeks to encourage the appreciation and expression of fine arts to our membership and the Newton community. We are an organization of over 200 active artists and art enthusiasts, representing all branches of the visual arts, from drawing to sculpture. The majority of members live in Newton, nearby cities, and elsewhere in New England. The Newton Art Association, was founded in 1949 by the late James King Bonnar and a small group of artists who felt that artists needed the support of each other to share ideas, techniques and opportunities to paint together.”


Posted: May 17, 2022 | In: Art Past Event

November 1999: 67-year-old Trond (Stellan Skarsgård), lives in self-imposed isolation and looks forward to welcoming in the new millennium alone. As winter arrives he meets one of his few neighbors, Lars (Bjørn Floberg), and realizes he knew him back in the summer of 1948. 1948 – the year Trond turned 15. The summer Trond grew up. OUT STEALING HORSES is based on the bestselling novel by Norwegian author Per Petterson, which received several important international awards and was included in The New York Times ’10 Best Books of 2007 (Fiction)’. Petterson’s novels have been translated into more than 50 languages.

Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 1 pm | $5; $3 for SCC and Library Members | tickets

In Norwegian with English subtitles | 123 minutes

Posted: May 2, 2022 | In: Film Past Event

Learn to create wonderful paper-cut beings with Danish artist, Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen, via Zoom.

Join celebrated Danish paper cutting artist Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen who has had several paper cut workshops in Denmark, Japan, and the US. The paper-cut universe of Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen is inhabited by beings who have previously been confined inside the paper. At that time the beings were weighed down by their own and ambient limitations.

In this online workshop, the participants can experience the very best of cutting paper – namely the moment when the paper is unfolded and the magic occurs – that is when the happy paper cut being emerges. Participants will also be exploring the paper cut artwork of renowned storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, and hear about Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen’s own journey to becoming a paper cutting artist.

POSTPONNED | 1pm EST | $30; $25

Students should supply their own materials so they can cut along with Torben:

  • A sharp pair of scissors.
  • Paper that is approximately the same thickness as printer paper.
  • Approximately 5 pieces of paper that are approximately 4 x 4 inches.
  • Approximately 5 pieces of paper that are approximately 1 x 2 inches.
  • Color according to students’ own wishes.

Skill Level: Beginner level and beyond

Meet your instructor, Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen

Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen started as a paper cut artist in 2004. Since then he has exhibited over 110 places in the U.S., Japan, and Denmark and has held numerous workshops in the same countries. He is 57 years old and lives in Odense in Denmark. Odense is where world-famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen was born. Andersen was also a very skilled paper cut artist several hundred years ago. Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen seeks with his paper cuts to maintain and renew this old paper cut tradition.

Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen lives in Odense, Denmark, which is the town where the world-famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen was born. Besides writing fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen was also a very skilled paper cut artist. Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen humbly tries with his paper cuts to keep the paper-cutting tradition alive today, which Hans Christian Andersen was an exponent of almost 200 years ago.

See more about Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen:
Twitter: @JarlstroemPaper
Instagram: @JarlstroemPaperArt

Posted: March 31, 2022 | In: Virtual Workshop

The Scandinavian Library presents black comedy Persona Non Grata, the meticulously structured life of hip young Danish author Laura or Irina as she now calls herself, (the superb Rosalinde Mynster) is rocked when she returns to her rural family after a long absence.

For several years she has distanced herself from her family in the countryside and established herself as a writer in Copenhagen, living a bohemian lifestyle. When she is forced to return to her childhood home for her brother’s wedding, she discovers that he is about to marry her childhood bully, Catrine.

Laura realizes that Catrine has taken over her place in the family and now she feels a strong need to get it back. It doesn’t take long for conflicts to arise, fed by the seemingly insurmountable differences and a painful history, prompting a series of unexpected events as the two struggle for the family’s approval.

Using elements from her own life, Danish debut director Lisa Jespersen delivers a nuanced and entertaining tale of uncomfortable family relations.

In Danish with English subtitles; 91 minutes

Saturday, April 16th | 1:30 pm  | $10; $8 for SCC and Scandinavian Library members | tickets

Posted: April 11, 2022 | In: Film Past Event

Are you itching to travel this year? How about a Northern Lights trip to Iceland! Come hear more at an information session hosted right here at the SCC. Experienced local guide Samantha Mandel will take you through the details of her upcoming October circuit of the Icelandic Ring Road with other community members, and you’ll have the opportunity to sign up.

This will be Samantha’s seventh trip to Iceland, and she always teaches a full (optional) seminar about this fascinating country before travel. The trip, which will be guided by both Samantha and a local Icelandic guide, will feature Iceland’s stunning natural sights like Northern Lights, volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, and more, and of course lots of insight into Iceland’s fascinating culture & history!

Tuesday, June 7th 2022  | 7 -8:30pm | Please RSVP here!

Trip Dates: October 9-16, 2022

Questions can be directed to Samantha Mandel at

About Samantha: Samantha Mandel is an experienced tour leader based in Newton who has planned and guided local groups abroad to destinations on almost every continent. She has a dedicated local fan base due to her meticulous trip planning, knowledgeable guiding, and boundless enthusiasm! She is the founder and CEO of Samantha Trips, LLC, a boutique travel agency that focuses on bringing community members together through educational travel and giving each traveler a tailored experience. Samantha speaks 5 languages and studied Icelandic sagas in college. She can’t wait to share her enthusiasm for this special country with you.


Posted: May 26, 2022 | In: Lecture Past Event

Join us for an opening reception for Swedish born, Rhode Island resident, Jens Retlev.

Sunday, March 13th | 3-5pm | Event is free, but registration is required

ABOUT JENS: Jens grew up in Sweden surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes in the world, as well as cities with amazing architecture. His father was a painter and an architect, and he was raised to respect and appreciate the beauty around me. Jens came to Rhode Island as a young adult and was drawn to the enchanting coastlines, forests, and mountains in New England.

Jens uses his art to capture his memories of Scandinavia as well as all that what he has experienced, and continues to experience, throughout New England. To him it is a privilege to be an artist, and he strive to use color, texture, and shadows to express his love of and enchantment with the natural world.

Posted: January 26, 2022 | In: Art Past Event

When a-ha’s breakthrough hit “Take on Me” shot to #1 on the Billboard charts in 1985, it turned its three young band members into global superstars overnight. While the iconic song and its groundbreaking music video remain ubiquitous to this day, the story of a-ha didn’t end there. After 35 years, a deep catalog of 11 studio albums and 55 million units sold – despite controversies and disagreements – a-ha continues to record music and play to packed arenas around the world.

Following Mags, Morten and Pål over a period of four years, a-ha: The Movie provides unprecedented access to the inner workings of the band as well as a career spanning look at one of the most enduring and beloved acts in pop music history.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 | 1pm | $10; $5 for members | tickets on sale on February 4th at noon

Posted: January 28, 2022 | In: Film Past Event

We welcome back master artist Linda Miller for a two-day spring 2022 workshop dedicated to rosemaling.

This 2-day class will focus on centuries old art of Rosemaling; flora rose painting and acanthus ornament. Linda will have projects for sale however special projects are welcome provided by students and approved by instructor.

All projects will be in the period colors using a vast array of motifs and techniques which have evolved down through the ages. Oil paint is highly advised.

Saturday, April 9th – Sunday, April 10th | 9am – 5pm | tuition $225 (plus supplies)

To register a $50.00 deposit is required to hold a place for you. Please contact Kerry for details.

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, and the at risk population that shares the space at the SCC, we will be requiring all registrants  to provide proof of vaccination in order to attend*

*please bring a lunch and water*

ABOUT LINDA: Linda Miller has taught rosemaling at Fletcher Farm in Vermont, John Campbell School in North Carolina, Vesterheim Museum in Iowa and several different Sons of Norway lodges on the east coast, and adult education classes in her area.

Posted: February 15, 2022 | In: Past Event Workshop