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Kim Garrett

Vesterheim instructor Kim Garrett

Kim lives in Ely, Minnesota, with her husband and three cats. She is a retired Nurse Practitioner and Nursing educator. Kim’s family immigrated from Sweden in the early 1900s and settled in the Chicago area. Kim started rosemaling about 14 years ago, almost by accident. She was scheduled to take a class at a folk school in Minnesota, which was canceled at the last minute, so the school offered her a spot in a Valdres rosemaling class. In that class, she found her artistic soul. She has been in love with rosemaling and other Scandinavian folk art ever since. Kim has been teaching rosemaling and Swedish Dalmalning in the Midwest for about eight years; more recently she has been teaching on Zoom as well. Kim has studied with many Gold Medal rosemalers in the United States and had the opportunity to travel to Norway and Sweden several times to study with expert artists there. She has also studied the works of the old master painters in museums and private collections. She has received two grants to study rosemaling and received multiple ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair. Kim is active in the Wisconsin and Illinois rosemaling associations and a board member of the Rosemaling Coast to Coast Association.