Trestuen Legacy Campaign
Please join the Milan Village Arts School in helping to preserve one of Minnesota's true art gems.
All donations during the 2021 Give to the Max Day will go toward preserving this beautiful, unique home and all the artwork that makes it so special.
MVAS has already raised $30,000 toward this project, but we have a long way to go. Our total campaign goal is $400,000.
If just $500 people can donate $100 we will be a long way along the path to realizing our goal.
Karen Jenson Trestuen Garden Gallery
Trestuen is Swedish for “Tree Room” If you have an interest in the Scandinavian arts, the folk arts, rosemaling or art in general, the Karen Jenson Trestuen Garden Gallery will fill you with wonder. Situated in the small western Minnesotan town of Milan (pop. 369), the Trestuen Gallery is the result of 50 years of art, creativity and passion by the renowned artist and rosemaler, Karen Jenson.
Specializing in Norwegian rosemaling and Swedish dalamalning, Karen painted commercially at her home for 50 years. Every room is a work of art with beautiful examples of her artwork adorning furniture, fixtures and surfaces throughout the house. The house is not just the location of much of her art, but the whole home is an art piece and the culmination of a lifetime of her passion and creativity.
Karen and her husband purchased the home in the early 1960s and set down roots in Milan where they raised their 4 children. The original home was a typical nondescript midwestern house. With the help of identical twin contractors and artists, Arvid and Aaron Swenson, Karen set about transforming the house into a masterpiece of design, color and Scandinavian art. The house now includes a gallery, painting studio, master bedroom, Swedish bedroom, Norwegian bedroom, library, and Swedish inspired kitchen. Surrounding the home are the gardens which are a fine example of Karen’s other great passion, gardening.
Karen was also a great collector and started collecting at the age of 20. The Trestuen Gallery is home to the works of many artists including Sigmund Aarseth, Hans Sandom, Phillip Odden and Arvid & Aaron Swenson.
It is the Milan Village Arts School's hope that Karen’s home will be preserved in perpetuity for all to enjoy. The Karen Jenson Trestuen Gallery Facebook group was created to promote this unique home.
If you have questions, please contact the Milan Village Arts School at firstname.lastname@example.org or (320) 734-4807.