Norwegian & Swedish Folk Art

Christina Keune

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
At Norway House in Fairfax, VA (directions)

Potluck — please bring dishes by 6:45 p.m. so we may eat promptly at 7.

The program for this meeting is Norwegian and Swedish Folk Art presented by Tina Keune.

Also: sale on merchandise left over from our Norwegian Festival & Bazaar in December: 2015 calendars offered at 30% discount and boxed chocolates offered at 25% discount.

About the Program

Since Viking times, the languages, religions, and traditions of Norway and Sweden have shared similarities, yet each is distinctive.

Please join us for February’s rich- ly illustrated program when we will explore the folk art heritage of both countries, and compare Norwegian Rosemaling with Swedish Dalmålning. We will see how folk art and craft differs from Folk Art, and define the latter’s five characteristics.

The short periods of each country’s folk painting (ca. 1700 – 1860) draw upon bible stories as their primary subject. The program will conclude with the reasons for the demise of Nordic folk art and mention places in the United States with collections of Scandinavian traditional folk art.

There will be examples of related Norwegian and Swedish folk art on display: mangleboards, embroidery, solje and more.

A discussion period will be allot- ted for those who wish to bring an example of Norwegian or Swedish folk art on painted or carved wood, textiles such as knitting weaving, embroidery, or solje jewelry, to share your story, or perhaps learn more information about the rich esthetic values our Nordic forbearers.

About Tina Keune

Member/speaker Tina Keune has studied and painted Norwegian and Swedish 18th and 19th Century heritage art since 1983.

Ten work-study tours to Norway granted her firsthand insight to the extraordinary skills of a once flourishing group of artisans who faithfully practiced traditional Nordic hand crafts, but whose numbers are falling and soon only their works will bear witness to our unique folk art traditions.

Tina holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from the George Washington University, has pursued independent studies with master painters of rosemaling in Norway and the United States, and has toured Scandinavia to research folk art traditions. Her studio in Arlington, VA – featured in Remodeling Magazine – provides a workspace for painting and showcases both her own pieces and her collection of original Scandinavian folk art . View Tina’s website at to learn more about her background and the history of Norwegian and Swedish folk art.