Contemporary Folk Art at Disney's Norwegian Pavillion

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Contemporary Folk Art at Disney's Norwegian Pavillion

December 15, 2020 (7:30-8:30PM CT) with Patti Goke and Phillip Odden and Else Bigton

Level of Instruction
Everyone welcome.
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Join master woodworkers Phil Odden and Else Bigton and master rosemaler Patti Goke, as they discuss their work on Disney's Norwegian Pavillion at Epcot. Phil, Else, Patti, and their teams worked on all of the woodwork and painting in the recent Frozen remodeling of the buildings and will share how these different crafts have informed and influenced patterns, design decisions, and overall planning. 

These master artisans will also discuss what it means to make and share craft in today's world and in a location like Disney that serves millions of visitors each year. 

Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Special Instructions: Register here. You will receive an email with a Zoom link for the program.


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About the Instructors

Patti Goke
Patti Goke

Patti Goke of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, has been rosemaling for over 30 years and has taken many classes with American and Norwegian artists. One of her rosemaling experiences was painting in the Raftevold Hotel in Hornindal, Nordfjord, Norway. Patti is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist, Vesterheim Rosemaling Letter editor, and contributor of rosemaling articles and projects for Art Apprentice Online e-zine. She was the guide for Vesterheim’s 2014 and 2016 Folk Art Tours to Norway.

Phillip Odden

Phillip Odden is a professional woodcarver and Vesterheim Gold Medalist. He trained at the Hjerleid School in Dovre, Norway, and he and his wife, Else Bigton, have a workshop near Barronett, Wisconsin. Together, they authored the books Treskjærer Kunsten (The Art of Woodcarving) and Laerebok i Treskjaering (Textbook in Woodcarving).

Read more from Phil, in this article about the benefits of handwork.

Else Bigton

Else Bigton was born and raised in the village of Spjelkavik near Ålesund. Traditional Norwegian handcraft was an element of daily life for Else’s family in Norway for many generations. Else makes furniture designs and carves acanthus leaf ornamentation influenced by the Baroque period.

Else studied at the Hjerleid woodcarving and furniture making school in Norway, where she met her husband Phil Odden. In 1979 they established their traditional Norwegian woodcarving business, Norsk Wood Works, in the small rural town of Barronett, Wisconsin. Since then, they have made their living by designing, making, and selling traditional Norwegian woodcarvings, furniture, and architectural elements across the United States.