Rosemaling is the decorative painting of Norway. It is made up of C shapes and S shapes with
stylized flowers and scrolls painted with blended colors and fine lines on a plain background. The style that will be taught in this class will be the Rogaland Style which comes from the Southwestern coastal region of Norway. The Rogaland Style is symmetrical in design with blended colors. We will be painting in oils using very small brushes. Practice will begin on a backgrounded poster board with hopes of completing a Norsk Blue wooden piece before the class ends.
Sally Stromseth was first introduced to rosemaling at Nordic Fest in 1981, when Bergljot Lunde was the demonstrating artist from Norway. Sally says that everything about her painting fulfilled a need she had for artistic expression. Sally took her first rosemaling class in adult education from Betty Dowe in Decorah. Since then, she has studied under Ruth Green, Gary Albrecht, Bergljot Lunde, and Nancy Schmidt. She has taught rosemaling in adult education, Elderhostel, Saturday morning mini-classes at Vesterheim, and occasional private lessons in her home. The most recent adventure has been teaching after-school kids at Vesterheim. Sally lives on a farm north of Decorah. She retired from Decorah Public Library after having served 20 years as children’s librarian.