Share your lunch break with Vesterheim Gold Medalist and long-time rosemaling instructor, Pam Rucinski, joined by Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik, as they highlight Hallingdal-style rosemaling design throughout objects from the collection. Hallingdal is Pam’s first rosemaling love and still her favorite. Of all the rosemaling styles, it has the widest design range from symmetrical and geometric to asymmetrical or Rococo. And all with or without scrolls! She will share what it is about Hallingdal that still excites her, even after more than 40 years of painting and learning many other styles.
Collection Connections is a series of Vesterheim-hosted conversations between the museum’s collections staff and folk-art school instructors. Highlighting the incredible folk-art collection at Vesterheim, these conversations are also opportunities for you to stay connected with your folk-art community during this unpredictable time. Each gathering will highlight a piece or two from the collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist. The online gathering will also include the opportunity for the small group of participants to show and share what you’re working on in the safe way we can – digitally!
Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the class.
Enrollment Deadline: December 1, 2020
Pam Rucinski has been rosemaling since 1974. She teaches all over the United States, has taught in Japan, and has traveled to Russia for folk-art studies. Pam received her Vesterheim Gold Medal in 1995, in part for her Gudbrandsdal painting. She has developed her own subtle variations over the 20+ years she has painted this style, looking to Jacob Klukstad and baroque wood carving for her inspiration. Through the Wisconsin Arts Board, Pam has worked with three apprentices concentrating on the Gudbrandsdal style. In 2019 Pam was awarded an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship. In June 2019 she and co-fellow, Carol Bender, spent three weeks in Sweden, studying folk arts with artists who are using the traditional techniques and materials of the 1700-1800s.