This tour was such a huge success in 2014, Darlene and Patti led it again in 2016.
This immersion into the traditional folk arts of rosemaling and woodcarving included visits to nine of the nineteen fylke (counties) of Norway. The tour began in the city of Trondheim in Sør-Trøndelag and traveled through Oppland, More og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane, Oppland, Buskerud, Telemark, Aust-Agder, and Hordaland.
Through Vesterheim’s close friendships in Norway, we enjoyed special events at artists’ studios, private collections, museums, historic hotels, stave churches, and bygdetunets. We visited with Norwegian folk artists who have shared so much of their talent with Vesterheim, many of whom the tour group visited on the Folk Art Pilgrimage Tour in 2014. We got a firsthand look at various rosemaling styles and carving techniques. We saw both old traditions and contemporary designs that follow those old traditions.
There were also wonderful opportunities for hands-on artistic experiences, scholarly lectures, and evening discussions. This jam-packed folk-art study tour kept us moving.
Patti Goke, an avid rosemaler, instructor, and Vesterheim Gold Medalist, has studied with many top Norwegian rosemaling instructors. She has also taught various styles of painting over the past 20 years and has traveled extensively throughout Norway seven times.
Darlene Fossum-Martin, Vesterheim’s Education Specialist, led Vesterheim Folk Art Tours to Norway in 2001, 2003, and 2014. Darlene loves Vesterheim’s folk-art program—the arts, artists, instructors, and students. She enjoys everyone’s enthusiasm for learning the art and its historical context. She attributes her strong Norwegian ties and traditions to the women in her family, her community, and years spent living, working, and traveling in Norway. She looks forward to sharing her love of the Norwegian countryside and its cultural richness while on this tour.
For more information about upcoming tours: Katherine Johnson at 563-382-9681, ext. 240, or NorwayTours@vesterheim.org.