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Flower Power: Contemporary Swedish Folk Painting

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Artist Alison Aune will lead participants in creating decorative Swedish floral folk paintings, also known as kurbits painting or Dalmålning, which flourished in Sweden in the 18th and 19th centuries. The kurbit was believed to be a fantastical gourd plant commonly used in folk paintings in Dalarna Sweden, as a symbol of good luck.

Participants will create their own creative interpretative paintings as we revive the tradition using a contemporary color palette!

Two Saturdays – May 18th and May 25th
10am-3pm (with an optional 1 hour lunch break)
$150 per student, all supplies included
Bring your smocks/aprons, and (optional) favorite paint brushes
Best for teens/adults

About your instructor:
Alison Aune received a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1981 and spent her junior year at Östa Grevie Folkhögskola in Sweden. She received her M.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1987, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University Athens in 2000 with one year as an exchange student at the University of Trondheim Norway. She served as education coordinator at the Tweed Museum of Art from 1991 to 1999 before joining the UMD Department of Art and Design as a professor of art education.

Alison’s Nordic inspired paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally including the American Swedish Institute and Norway House in Minneapolis, Gammelgården in Scandia, Vesterheim Norwegian Museum in Decorah Iowa, the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and the Scandinavian Cultural Center in Tacoma, Washington (2010). She exhibited her Nordic Mandalas and Floral Icon paintings at Sahlströmsgården (2013), Torsby, and Lessebo, Samlargrafik, Kristianstad-Fjallkinge and Växjö Stadsbibliotek Sweden (2009). Her work has also been exhibited in Denmark, Norway, Italy, and Estonia.

Alison was a Fulbright scholar to Sweden and an American Scandinavian Foundation Doctoral Fellow recipient. She has received numerous awards including a Minnesota Initiative Grant, Art Educator of Minnesota, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. Her work is in the collections of the Växjö City Hall, the Tweed Museum of Art, the Walker, and in private collections in the USA, Norway, and Sweden.


May 18
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Is this event handicap accessible?
Yes, No