made up of flowers, leaves and scrolls. Rosemaling was
believed to have developed in
The style of Rogaland is what i paint most of, and is the specific style
that came from the Southwest coast
grandparents were born and raised.
Enjoy the photos! ~
In 2006 by the encouragement of a good Norwegian friend, I attended a Sons of Norway meeting with all intent to join and I did. There was a Rosemaler demonstrating and selling her pieces. I asked if she gave classes and yes she did. I gathered furthur information and shared with her the interest I had in the art. I went home extremely excited about starting my journey into practicing Rosemaling, especially since no one on either side of our lineage have taken up the art--I started with getting the 'bible' of rosemaling: Rosemaling by Vi Thode and practiced reading, re-reading, watching videos and practicing for a year. Within that year I took one of Ruth Green's classes at the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, IA. In the second year after a lot of encouragement by our Sons of Norway Nor-Win lodge president, I entered two plates in my first competition in the District 1 National Sons of Norway Convention and took 2nd place in Beginners. Two years later I took 2nd place by entering a large key box in the Intermediate competition (pictured). The 3 rd year i entered in the Professional competition and took First place and was so pleased. I have been Rosemaling, demonstrating, teaching and of course selling my pieces since. I hold a Rosemaling day and night classes in my home once a month. I am forever grateful to Lois Hoff who was the Rosemaler at the Sons of Norway meeting I went to, for helping me get started, teaching and coaching me as I practiced along and still does!
Mary Koehler, 427 Liberty Street, Winona, MN 55987
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