Tool box © 1981 Shirley Evenstad Tool box © 1981 Shirley Evenstad

Gold Medal In: Rosemaling, 1983

  • Residence at Time of Award Richfield, Minnesota


  • 1981 Blue ribbon for a tool box
  • 1982 White ribbon for a corner cupboard
  • 1983 Blue ribbon for a Hallingdal-style trunk
  • 1983 White ribbon for a tilt-top table

Artist Statement

Rosemaling speaks to my roots as I practically lived with my second-generation Norwegian grandparents who lived on our farm. I had previously taken classes on calligraphy and sewing before beginning painting in 1977. I have studied with many Norwegian and Gold Medalist painters, including Oskar Kjetsaa, Nils Ellingsgard, Gunnar Bø, John Gundersen, Dorothy Peterson, Karen Jenson, and Addie Pittelkow. I have enjoyed my association with Scandinavian handcrafts as a rosemaling sales outlet and great rosemaling input!

1983, excerpt from Vesterheim Rosemaling Newsletter Vol. XIII no. 4