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Spring Ting Dinner and Auction

Weaving by ASHM Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Helene Hernmarck

Spring Ting 2019 - The Event: 

Join us for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a fabulous silent auction followed by a three course dinner by our caterer Jeffrey Miller. This evening is a very special opportunity to support the museum and celebrate Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Helena Hernmarck, one of the most accomplished Swedish textile artists of our time. You absolutely don't want to miss the event of the season at ASHM!

5 great reasons to attend Spring Ting in person:

  • Meet one of the most prominent Swedish-American artists of our time, Helena Hernmarck and hear her reflections on a career as an artist weaver
  • Personally welcome Sweden's Ambassador Olofsdotter on her first visit to the museum!
  • Bid on some extraordinary auction items for yourself or to give as gifts for people you love. 100% of the auction proceeds benefit the museum's exhibitions and educational programs. This year's auction includes wine baskets, a professional photography session with our own Hampus Oberg, gorgeous Swedish glass, a Mama Mia! Theater package and many other spectacular items.
  • This is your chance to enjoy a delicious dinner catered by Jeffrey Miller Catering.
  • Enter to win the raffle of the gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Marimekko quilt created just for Spring Ting.

Helena Hernmarck:

This year’s outstanding achievement honoree, Helena Hernmarck, is best known for her monumental tapestries and her unique photography-like weaving style. Helena was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1941. Her mentors were three Swedish pioneers of the modern movement in textiles: Alice Lund, Edna Martin, and Astrid Sampe. After graduating from Konstfack art school in Stockholm in 1963, she moved her studio to Canada and later to England before settling in the United States in the mid-1970s. Over the years she has amassed an impressive body of work, which is currently held in private, corporate, and museum collections all over the world. 

A few examples include corporate commissions to PepsiCo, Kellogg’s Company, the Time Warner Center in New York and the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Public collections can be found in a number of museums, mainly in the US and Sweden, such as the Stockholm National Museum and both the Modern Museum of Art  and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Today Hernmarck maintains an active studio in Connecticut. She continues to support Swedish textile arts, and collaborates with Swedish spinners, dyers, and weavers on each commission. 

Online Auction:

ASHM will also host an online auction, beginning two weeks before Spring Ting, on April 19 and ending on May 2nd. To participate, visit the auction at


Tickets start at $95, RSVP by Friday April 26 at noon. Registration is available online or by calling the museum at 215 389 1776.