Rosemaling (May 2008)

Our May program was presented by our long-term (43 years!) lodge member Tina Keune describing the Packard classic auto route to receive a Gold Medal in 2006 for Norwegian Rosemaling. She has been a professional heritage painter since 1983.

Tina holds a B.F.A. from George Washington University and has attended nine work study tours to Norway sponsored by Vesterheim, the Norwegian American Museum located in Decorah, Iowa. She has received the Crystal Award from the Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia, Minn. for her traditional Swedish painting.

Tina has demonstrated and lectured about rosemaling at numerous craft and ethnic festivals and at classes in the Washington area, New Jersey, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

Examples of her recent and past work will be on display at the meeting. 

Mrs. Keune maintains a studio in Arlington, VA. It provides work space for painting and showcases both her own work and her collection of original Norwegian and Swedish folk art and a library of related publications. Elements from this body of artifacts and books provide artistic and academic references. 

Gold Medal process: The National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition is held annually at Vesterheim Museum with a competition category for rosemaling, painting on wood. A Gold Medal is awarded on a point system with a three judge panel. A blue ribbon is worth 3 points, red-2 points, and white-1 point. Points accumulate over the years and once an artist has 8 points, he/she receives a Gold Medal. Once achieved, Gold Medalists can no longer enter pieces for competition but are eligible for the "People's Choice" award for which no points are given. Tina's Hordaland style tine won Best of Show and a blue ribbon in 2006 and was purchased by the museum. 140 Gold Medals have been awarded since the program’s inception in 1969. 

Pictured, top: Russell Keune helps Tina explain one of the fine points about rosemaling at the May meeting. Tina gave a compelling slide talk about how she got involved in Scandinavian decorative art and automobile restoration.

Pictured, bottom: Displays of Rosemaling presented by Tina Keune.