Carol Braaten, of Farwell, Minn., will be teaching a rosemaling class on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landmark Center in Henning.
Art and design was Braaten’s focus as she majored in home education and design at Minnesota State University, Mankato. It was just over 20 years ago that a friend encouraged her to take a rosemaling class near home in Terrace, Minn., because of her interest in color and design. That began her years of studying, painting and teaching rosemaling.
Braaten and her husband, David, are farmers in Farwell, south of Kensington. She finds time to paint evenings, rainy days and especially during blizzards when she can paint full-time. Each year she takes advanced rosemaling classes with vesterheim gold medalists as the instructors through the Terrace Mill Foundation Rosemaling Association and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance of Morris. She takes classes at least twice a year totalling up to 75 hours of instruction. (Vesterheim is the world-recognized Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa). She has entered her original rosemaling designs on plates, clocks, candleholders and more in various competitions. Items she has designed can be bought in markets and the Thorson Library in Elbow Lake.
“I think it’s important for young people to see what it involves,” said Braaten. “I think that no matter what your nationality or race, learning where you come from, it’s a ground effect.”
To register for the class, or for information, call Dan Broten at the Landmark Center at 548-5760. The class will have a limited number of students.
The cost of the workshop is $85 including all materials and registration. To register and to receive more information contact 548-5760.