Dora Slang, of Danish descent, is an award-winning artist in the Norwegian art of rosemaling, the heritage of her late husband, Orvil.
She was introduced to the art in 1981 when Marion Wegner invited her to take a rosemaling class taught by Germaine Vincent in Gillett.
“I fell in love with the art,” Slang said, though initially, she could only find bits of time to devote to it.
Rosemaling is a Norwegian folk art that involves decorative painting of flowers and flowing patterns. It requires a steady hand, good quality brushes and a large variety of oil paints.
A wooden pail with a cover and handle was Slang’s first project, painted in Norwegian blue colors. In the Norwegian culture wooden pails and bowls are used daily.
Slang has also taken carving classes. She has carved bowls and a typical Norwegian chair, rosemaling them all. The chair is round, a portion of a tree, the seat lifts and the base is carved out, creating a small storage space.