IDAL Instructor Biography

Mave Alft

Mave Alft “married” the painting business when she met her husband and business partner at Stout State University. Her husband's family founded Alft Decorators, 71 years ago, in 1946. Mostly self-taught, she began stenciling in 1972, co-managed a retail paint store, and managed a home décor/stencil shop for 20 years. Mave taught stencil and faux finish classes while an occasional decorative painting project filled her days until 2001, when Alft Decorators sold the retail operations. The company then downsized from 14 employees to a partnership of two, and they currently offer complete interior painting services specializing in decorative paint and plaster working throughtout Wisconsin and select locations in the upper midwest. In fall of 2015, Mave became an artist nonstocking dealer for Metropolis Ivas USA, representing and teaching their Italian plasters and paint products. Mave strives for innovation in her wall and ceiling finishes and uses her strong eye for detail to customize her projects and create unique room designs. A member of IDAL (previously SALI) since the 1980s and also a member of the Northern Territory Artisans of Minnesota. Mave has studied under Melanie Royals, Kathy Carroll, Gary Lord, Donna Phelps, Pro Faux, Mindy Harrell, and Kathy Wear. She has taught finishing classes of top sellers at the “Faux Retreat,” “Camp Faux,” Minnesota IDAL chapter, Indianapolis and Fort Worth IDAL conventions, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia & Colorado Metropolis Summits.

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