Iowa PBS features Decorah artist Ruth Green

By Roz Weis,

Local artist Ruth Green of Decorah will be featured in an upcoming episode of Iowa PBS’s Crafts From the Past, which offers a primer to arts and skill sets once popular through partnership with skilled Iowa makers.

Rosemaling is an art form originating in Norway during the cold winter months when boredom was just as troublesome as the cold. Artists began painting delicate flower motifs on wood that quickly took off and became folk art.

Rosemaler Ruth Green takes viewers step by step through a simple rosemaling project.

Entering its second season, Crafts From the Past is a multiplatform project that connects Iowans with arts and crafts techniques that were once popular and are being carried on by artists around the state. This project includes digital content, written stories and hands-on, in-person workshops.

“Iowa has some amazing artists in all mediums, and we’re so excited to feature a variety of them in this second season,” said Iowa PBS Digital Producer Bryon Houlgrave.

Upcoming episodes will highlight crafts like rosemaling, folded book art and Meskawki bead art. Hands-on workshops led by the artists will be offered this fall for select crafts. Learn more at

For more information about Iowa PBS, contact Susan Ramsey at 515.725.9703 or email:

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