Collection Connections: Gudbrandsdal Rosemaling from Past to Present

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Vesterheim Folk Art School

Collection Connections: Gudbrandsdal Rosemaling from Past to Present

March 24, 2021 (Noon-1:00 PM CT) with Pam Rucinski

Level of Instruction
Everyone welcome.
$20.00 Members
$20.00 Non-members

Share your lunch break with Vesterheim Gold Medalist and rosemaling instructor, Pam Rucinski, joined by Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik as they highlight the journey and shifts in the painting style of Gudbrandsdal rosemaling. Pam will share some examples from the collection. She will discuss how travel to Norway has influenced the work of contemporary Gudbrandsdal rosemalers. Pam will trace the impact Jakob Klukstad and other master artists, including woodcarvers, have had on rosemaling for over 300 years.

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 pieces from the collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist. 

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: March 22, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Pam Rucinski
Pam Rucinski
Pam Rucinski

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.

Learn more: Watch this video, Collections Connections: Rosemaling in the Hallingdal Style where Pam highlights Hallingdal-style rosemaling, or this video, Collections Connections: Gudbrandsdal Rosemaling from Past to Present where she highlights Gudbrandsdal-style rosemaling, both featuring objects from Vesterheim's collection.