Ryfylke is the combination of elements from Hallingdal, Telemark, and Agder, which creates a style that has energy, movement, space, and flow. The impact can be felt in each piece, using for the most part three main colors. The history of Ryfylke will be presented as well as discussions on how the elements from each style are integrated. We will review Knut Hovden’s Gammel Rosemaling i Rogaland, Mappes I-V, and study items from the Vesterheim collection. The goal of this class is to understand how elements are integrated from the three styles to create the Ryfylke style. A class project will be available and there will be demonstrations and individual assistance. You are encouraged to try your hand at creating your own design or sketch. Class will be taught in oils. Acrylic painters are welcome, but they will need to have an understanding of colors and techniques in this medium. The piece shown is not the class project, but is representative of the style that will be taught.
Nancy is drawn to rosemaling, especially the Ryfylke style, and feels it is a part of her. The palette that she uses in painting echoes the colors found in the shimmering clear coastal light of the west coast of Norway where her ancestors lived. The freedom and movement found in Ryfylke mirrors the traditions of her ancestors and the adventure that both of her grandparents embarked upon as they left Norway to find a new life. Odalen’s journey in the study of rosemaling began with her first Vesterheim class in 2001. She continues to take classes from instructors who have given generously of their time and talents, most notably Andrea Herkert, with whom she apprenticed in 2013-2014. This apprenticeship offered her the opportunity to focus on the Ryfylke style. She has taught rosemaling classes since 2007 at Madison Area Technical College (MATC), the Wisconsin State Rosemaling Association, and the Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge. In Vesterheim's National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition she has earned a red ribbon, a blue ribbon, and Best of Show. Her journey continues as she learns from the old and creates pieces that come from her soul.