Rosemåling Demo

During the month of April visitors to the library will see a display of rosemåling pieces created by Master Artist Lois Mueller and her apprentice, Kathryn Hartmann.

The artists will demonstrate rosemåling on Saturday, April 22, at 1:00pm and teach a class on basic rosemåling the following day, Sunday, April 23, at 1:30pm.  Participants will hear about the different styles of rosemåling, learn how to mix colors and use brushes, and paint a small design.

The class is made possible with the library endowment’s Sara Loescher Fund.  Space is limited; to register for the class call 920.967.3690 or send us an email message.

The demonstration and class are part of the artists’ commitment to teach and pass along this traditional Norwegian folk art. Mueller and Hartmann are recipients of a grant from the Folk Art Apprenticeship Program of the Wisconsin State Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, for 2016-17 to study the folk art form of rosemåling known as Telemark, which is painted on a painted background on a functional wooden object, such as a trunk, a bowl, or a cabinet. Telemark is an asymmetrical style  that is painted free-hand or with a line drawing. It has flowing scrolls and unique stylized flowers with ornate linework to enhance the design.

            Mueller, who lives in Platteville, has been rosemåling since 1977; Hartmann lives in Neenah and has been painting for about five years. Mueller earned a Gold Medal for Excellence in rosemåling from Vesterheim, the Norwegian/American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, in 1998. Since that time she has written nine rosemåling instructional books and has traveled to teach throughout the USA, Canada, and Taiwan.

This is the second apprenticeship grant that Hartmann and Mueller have been awarded. Hartmann studied the Rogaland style of rosemåling during the first grant and earned a ribbon at the Wisconsin State Rosemålers annual show in April in Stoughton at end of the apprenticeship. 

Duration: 2 hours.

Program made possible by the library endowment's Sara Loescher Fund. All programs at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library are free and for everyone.  Those with special needs are encouraged to call the library office at 920.967.3662 within 24 hours of an event to assure that specific needs with regards to parking, building and meeting room accessibility are met.  

Todos los programas de la Biblioteca Elisha D. Smith son gratuitos y para todos. Aquellos con necesidades especiales pueden llamar a la oficina de la biblioteca 920.967.3662 con 24 horas de anticipación a un evento para asegurar que las necesidades específicas  de parqueo, acceso al edificio o acceso a las salas de reunión puedan ser satisfechas.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:00pm