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	Rosemaling by Joanne MacVey
2001 Vesterheim Gold Medalist
Joanne MacVey
15001 No. Cameo Drive
Sun City, AZ
Phone: (623) 972-0663


Norwegian Rosemaling, a Norwegian folk art dating to the 18th and 19th Centuries, is characterized by its flowing 'S' and 'C' acanthus scrolls and flower ornamentations as its central motif. Pictures, geometric patterns, and script lettering may also be included in a design. Traditional colors are earth red, blue, green, yellow and white. First appearing in Norway's stave churches, the rustic art often done by itinerant painters, was later used to decorate ceilings, walls, furniture, trunks, and wooden household items such as ambars, tines, tankards, ale bowls, plates and bowls used in the Norwegian rural homes.

The various styles of rosemaling were named for the valley from which they originated. Influences from other European countries and China can be seen in the art.

Rosemaling was introduced to America in the 1930's by Per Lysne, a wagon painter from Stoughton, WI. The Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, has been most instrumental in fostering the growth of the art in America by sponsoring numerous classes each year taught by Norwegian and American Gold Medalist instructors. Additionally, they sponsor bi-annual study trips to Norway.

The styles most popular in America today are Telemark, Rogaland, Hallingdal, Gudbrandsdalen, Valdres, Vest Agder, and Os, with interest in lesser known styles growing.

I rosemal primarily in the Telemark style,
but also paint ěs, Rogaland, Gudbrandsdalen and Valdres styles.

Although no longer available for teaching or custom commission work, I am continuing to share my work with you on my website.

2004 White House Christmas Tree Ornaments
2008, 2006, 2004, 2002 International Sons of Norway Cultural Exhibitions awards
2008 - 1st and 2nd Place, Professional Division; 2006 - People's Choice and 2nd
2004 Society of Decorative Painters Decorative Arts Collection
Third Place - Telemark Open Milk Ambar

2004 Heart of Ohio Decorative Painters Regional Convention
Best of Show - 20" Telemark Plate

2001 Sons of Norway Cultural Specialist Award
2001 National Rosemaling Exhibition
Red Ribbon - Telemark Norwegian Sleigh

2000 National Rosemaling Exhibition
Blue Ribbon - Telemark Ambar
Red Ribbon - Telemark Jewelry Cupboard
1999 National Rosemaling Exhibition

White Ribbon - Telemark Ambar

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