Music. Art. Fun.


Folk Art

Each week some of Vesterheim’s Folk Art School instructors share their talents at Java John’s. It’s very informal – just sit down and watch, ask questions, or maybe join in.

Note: These are volunteers who are there often, but may not be demonstrating their crafts every week.

Time: 11:00-ish to 2:00-ish
Monday: Textiles (nalbinding, spinning, skinnfell)
Tuesday : Wood Carving
Thursday: Figure Carving
Friday: Rosemaling

Fly Tying

On Wednesdays Dave Smith and his band of fishers bring the fine art of fly tying to Java Johns. Stop by to see what this is all about and maybe hear some fishing stories, too.

Wednesday: 11:00-2:00

Wall Art

We often invite local artists to help decorate our space. Currently, it is Jordan Kjome, a photographer and cinematographer who grew up in Decorah. Jordan’s light painted photographs are never digitally manipulated. Instead, he spends many hours on location practicing and altering a shot until the result matches or surpasses his original vision.

You should see his photos in person, but you can also find Jordan’s work online at:

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