Rosemaling and Drawings by Jean Honl

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) proudly presents Rosemaling and Drawings by Jean Honl, an exhibit of rosemaled wood items and original drawings from Ms. Honl’s studio in northern Minnesota. This exciting exhibit opens Wednesday, August 31, 2016 and will be open to the public through Sunday September 25th in our gallery in East Grand Forks.



Jean’s interest in rosemaling began over 40 years ago when she enrolled in a rosemaling class offered through adult education classes. She “fell in love with the beautiful scrolls and flowers prevalent in this folk art,” then her interest became more than a hobby. Jean traveled to the Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa three times to take rosemaling classes from the masters. Today, her beautiful works are found in many countries.


Jean creates most of the wooden pieces she rosemals in her woodworking shop. She makes functional pieces including grandfather clocks, large cupboards and deacon’s benches, as well as the smaller items in the exhibit. More than able in carpentry, she also built her kitchen cabinets and a corner cabinet. Adding to her creativity, Jean draws designs on matt board, incorporating her favored scrolls with sweet symmetrical faces, or natural themes.




A reception for the artist was held on Saturday, September 17th, in conjunction with the Art & Wine Walk. During the event, Ms. Honl  demonstrated rosemaling on a 3-foot by 4-foot board. Her pieces in the gallery are for sale, and include rosemaled trunks, clocks, jewelry boxes and more. She also has framed drawings for sale.

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Rosemaling and Drawings by Jean Honl will be available for viewing during gallery hours: Wed. through Sat., 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sun., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Monday and Tuesday. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall, East Grand Forks, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s. Parking is available in the large lot next to the Blue Moose.