A bustling crowd filled the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville as they reflected on the artwork by Corinne Peterson and her sons Tim and Stephen Klassen.

The exhibit "Entangled Routes" opened Friday, March 22. About 40 people were present at any given time during the two-hour showing. Musician Victor Sanders played "Musical Images" during the reception, which was a collaboration with Peterson. There was an assortment of pieces ranging from sculptures to paintings to collages and combinations. Some were large and extravagant while others small and simple.

Peterson spoke about her inspiration and said it was brought forth from her Scandinavian roots. A recent trip to Sweden and Norway was the basis for almost all of Peterson's pieces. With both Swedish and Norwegian ancestry, she grew up on a farm in Minnesota. In 1958, she graduated from North Park College with a degree in Religious Education. She received her MSW from the University of Illinois, Chicago and then followed her dreams and began sculpting in 1986. Peterson's tile murals are found in Chicago area schools, parks and a downtown CTA Station.

On Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m., the museum will host a family night. It will consist of activities and crafts for the whole family in celebration of the exhibit, and is also free of charge.

On Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m., Peterson will give an Artist Talk titled "Routes to Roots." She will discuss the artwork created for the exhibit, including stories and images from her recent trip to Sweden and Norway. The artwork is available for purchase in the museum store.
This exhibit can be viewed in the Swedish American Museum through June 23. The museum is located at 5211 N. Clark St. and is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

By Eva Larson

For more info, see www.swedishamericanmuseum.org