The earliest and most vivid recollections for
Anne-Marit are of the loving athmosphere in her childhood home where music and all types of creativity were everyday experiences. Her mother's lifetime dedication to the arts gave her an appreciation of the beautiful. Her father's love of history gave her an admiration for the creative spirit of the North Dakota pioneers who courageously met the challenges of their daily lives. She draws from her Dakota background for the subject matter of her Dakota Drawings.
Anne-Marit has distinguished herself in the arts on many levels; as a performer (she has appeared in opera and musica comedy as well as on the concert stage), as a teacher, and as an artist. Her paintings are represented in collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Believing that the arts can bring people together in a special way in which they can forget their differences and find their common bonds, she works continually toward this end. The Ladies Home Journal called her a "cultural crusader" when they awarded her the 1984 American Heroine Award, "in recognition of generations of American women who helped mold this country and make it great."
Dupont Context states, "A fourth generation daughter of pioneer settlers, Anne-Marit Bergstrom has helped sow a cultural vitality in her Dakota community that would be the envy of many much larger cities."
Anne-Marit says, "I am deeply grateful for the early art exposures given to me by my parents. I want to share that joy with others."
From the Life of Anne-Marit...
Her Mother and Father - Alma Mehus Studness and Leo Studness
Her Aunt - Belle Mehus
Her Grandparents - Mikkel K and Anne Myking Mehus and Charles T. and Mary Nestegard Studness