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Norwegian Rosemaling

by Jean Honl
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 2010 Roseau Scandinavian Festival





I live in a small town in northern Minnesota.  We are a Scandinavian community. Years ago many Norwegians and Swedes settled here. As a result we celebrate with a Scandinavian festival every year.
I have lived in this area all my life. My maiden name is Olson, and I grew up on a farm in an area called Malung.


In 1974 I enrolled in a rosemaling class offered through adult education. It was there that I fell in love with the beautiful scrolls and flowers so prevalent in rosemaling. As a result, later I traveled to Vesterheim in Decorah, Iowa and took rosemaling classes from the masters. Now I teach rosemaling.


Besides rosemaling, I teach elementary school art. I’ve been working with teachers and young children for 19 years. I introduce children to the fine arts. Each year I create art projects for these children. It is a joy to teach young people art.


An art background helps me when I create my own rosemaling and woodenware designs.  Some of the same art elements, shape, line and color, are used in rosemaling.


Today I continue to teach rosemaling and art. I have a wood working shop where I make most of the woodenware that I rosemal. I also paint Swedish painting in the Dala style.


When people buy my rosemaling , I consider it a compliment.



Click this link to see a story about me on Public Television. 



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