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Gallery Reception: Norma Wangsness (painting)

  • Date: Monday, April 29, 2013
  • Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Hovde Lounge, Preus Library
Wangsness studied drawing and painting at Luther under legendary 
print-maker Orville Running.  She also studied landscape and fine art 
portraiture with Maxine Pendry, portrait painting with Daniel Greene, 
airbrush painting with Sam Bogosian, and rosemaling with Sigmund 
Aarseth. 
           
In 2011, Wangsness was commissioned by the 
museum to create a plate in honor of Norway's King Harald V and Queen 
Sonja's most recent visit to Decorah. She painted a portrait of the 
Royal Couple and bordered it with rosemaling that matched the pattern of
 the Queen's bunad. Wangsness speaks of the opportunity to present the 
gift in person as, "one of the greatest honors and the highlight of my 
career." 
For 25 years, Wangsness and her husband, Willis, 
operated Wangsness Photography Studio in Decorah, Iowa. Her husband took
 the photos and she hand-colored them. Wangsness became a regional and 
national leader in photographic arts standards and education, earning 
many awards for her work.

Questions? Contact Kristin Anderson, Luther Art Program, Kristin Anderson

Learn more at http://goldmedalist.vesterheim.org/results_artist_page_name.php?ID=104