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Jurene at work"Jurene While", VGM

In 1982 out of curiosity, Jurene took a painting class from renowned rosemaller Sigmund Aarseth. From that time forward she has been inspired and motivated by some of the most respected folk artist in the world. As her enthusiasm for rosemaling grew so did her desire to share this slice of artistic history with other artists.

For the last seventeen years Jurene has been instructing others in the techniques, history and love of Norwegian folk painting. She has found time to author two publications, "Script and Stroke" and "Shared Moments" and continues to write in depth articles for artistic trade magazines. Jurene has also shared her talents for the last twelve years with the San Diego Adult Education Program, where she has inspired many new rosemaling artist. Jurene is a regular participate and instructor at the "Society for Decorative Painters Convention", where she offers her inspirations to other students.

To this day Jurene continues to study with noted artist such as Nils Ellingsgard, Gunnar Bo and Ragnvald Froysadal, in both Norway and the United States. In 1987 she founded the "California Rosemaling Association" and prior to that served as President of the "San Diego Brush Whackers", a decorative painters organization.

Over the years her decorative painting has become a landmark in the many commercial and residential spaces in Southern California. It has been her honor to have several of her original Christmas ornaments accepted by the Smithsonian Institute and The White House for their holiday collections. Jurene continues to educate and interest others in the ways of folk painting through television and other special events. Her community and fellow artists have richly rewarded her with many accolades and commendations. Jurene participates annually, in rosemaling competitions at the "Vesterheim Norwegian/American Museum", where her work won "Best in Show". In July 2002, she was awarded the highly coveted "Vesterheim Gold Metal".

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