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Center hosts Norwegian Rosemaler artist Linda Miller

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s Resident Artist Series continues in May featuring master artist Linda Miller who will demonstrate rosemåling, a style of Norwegian decorative painting on wood that uses stylized flower ornamentation, scrollwork, lining, and geometric elements. Linda is an award winning artist who mostly paints in the Telemark and Gudbrandsdale style of rosemåling, favoring the natural flow of their design characteristics. She will demonstrate her art from noon to 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th.

Linda began rosemåling when she was encouraged to try the art form by her Norwegian born mother-in-law, Mabel Synnove Olsen.  This traditional form of decorative folk art originated in the rural valleys of Norway.  Many other decorative painting techniques are used such as glazing, spattering, marbleizing, and manipulating the paint with fingers or other objects.

Linda has studied at the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa as well as under both the “Old Masters” in Norway as well as American artists. Linda’s first winning piece was purchased by Vesterheim for their 1989 permanent collection and was featured in the 1989 publication “Norway in America”. The 1989 Vesterheim exhibition toured Hamar, Lillihammer, and Gjovik Norway. In the 1990s, one of her pieces was also purchased and presented to the ambassador from Norway as a going away gift from Vesterheim. She has also won First Place in the California Rosemaler’s Society exhibition multiple times.  She has taught at many craft schools and local lodges on the east coast. She can be found at Nordic fests throughout the Northeast, selling her rosemåling.

The Resident Artist series is funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council.

Daily admission to the Center is free. The Center is handicap accessible through the parking lot entrance with free off-street parking available. The Center is located at 38 Bethel Street in New Bedford’s historic downtown.



38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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