Ancestry: (sounds like, ANN-sess-tree) The ethnic origin of a person
and his or her ancestors.
What do you do that shows your unique style?
What do you think a “feathery style” of painting means?
Do you have art in your home so old that the colors might have changed over time?
Have you noticed the word “rose” in rosemaling? Are flowers and scrolls the only images in rosemaling?
Do you have to be Norwegian-American to have rosemaling as a cultural symbol?
How does your community show its cultural identity?
Are there any rosemalers in your community? What are their connections to the tradition?
two books are excellent resources for understanding the art of rosemaling in the
Upper Midwest: Norwegian Folk Art: The Migration of a
Tradition by Marion Nelson (or the VHS version Norwegian Folk Art: The Migration of a
Tradition) and Rosemaling in the Upper Midwest: A Story of Region and
Revival by Philip Martin (Wisconsin Folk Museum. 1989).
Peruse these rosemaling supplies, equipment and books from Vesterheim Norwegian- American Museum.
“Rosemaling Fever” is one of twelve songs on “In Full Speed,” a Norwegian-American humor album by Ole and Sven (otherwise known as Phil Dybdahl and Dave Nelson of Madison).
Take a look at these seven books by Lois Mueller on rosemaling techniques.
Who are the rosemalers in your home town? Check with one of these rosemaling associations to find out.
Other Wisconsin artists along with Lois Mueller have won the Vesterheim Gold Medal too. Check this list. Maybe there’s a Gold Medal winner in your community!
Learn about another Wisconsin rosemaler, Bernetta Pritchard of Fall River, Wisconsin, in this article, Rosemaling, American Style.
Curious about all the different rosemaling styles? Rosemaler and Vesterheim gold medal winner Rhoda Fritsch explains them all.
Learn more about rosemaling and the other Norwegian folk arts of woodcarving and Hardanger embroidery at this site from a Sons of Norway lodge in Anchorage, Alaska.
Is there rosemaling in a public place in your community? Send us a photo and we’ll post it here!
Text written by Nicole Saylor, edited by Anne Pryor.
Sources consulted include audio recorded interviews with Lois Mueller by Nicole Saylor (9/23/03) with materials housed at the Wisconsin Arts Board, a photography session by Twyla Clark (7/04), and Rosemaling in the Upper Midwest: A Story of Region and Revival by Philip Martin (Wisconsin Folk Museum. 1989).