Toshiko Ogishi

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Toshiko Ogishi

Toshiko Ogishi

Toshiko Ogishi's rosemaling journey began about 40 years ago when she came to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from Tokyo, Japan. Soon after, she took an evening class in rosemaling at Milwaukee Area Technical College with Elaine Schmidt, Vesterheim Gold Medalist. She says she could not have anticipated the scope of her rosemaling journey! In 1984 her Japanese friends in Chicago asked her to teach them basic rosemaling. She joined the Norse Rosemaler’s Association in Milwaukee and took many classes. She has participated in the National Rosemaling Association (NRA) show and Vesterheim's National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition. Thirty years ago Wisconsin became sister states with Chiba, Japan. Toshiko was the cultural chair for Wisconsin in this relationship. She then organized a rosemaling seminar in Japan and has taught many classes there in the last 30 years.

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