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Back by popular demand we are proud to announce that JoSonja Jansen will be our teacher for 2017! The convention will be held in the Eureka Red Lion Hotel (next to JoSonja’s studio and showroom) on Friday, November 3rd thru Sunday, November 5th.  Our convention was sold out last year and we have changed our registration dates to much earlier in the year.  Please note the dates for all registrations and payments below. Do not delay!

In 1974, JoSonja was awarded a Master Teacher's Certificate by the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters. In 1980 the Silver Palette award was bestowed by the same organization in recognition of outstanding contribution to the advancement of Decorative Art. In 1996, the Vesterheim Gold Medal (VGM) in Rosemaling, from the Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa was awarded. In 2007 she was awarded the Presidents Commendation award for service by the Society of Decorative Painters.

The project will be an heirloom quality Chicken Tine hand-crafted by Lusk Scandia Woodworks of Wisconsin.

Jo Sonja has beautifully painted it in the Vest Agder style.  Wood, Patterns, Paint and mediums are provided, but you should bring your own basic painting supplies. 

Prep work is done on Thursday, November 2 starting at 10am.  Classes are Friday thru Sunday,  from 9am  to 5:30pm (Sunday class finishes at 4:30).  There is a 2 hour lunch break during class days.  The hotel will offer a box lunch to purchase or you are welcome to visit the many restaurants within walking distance. 

Detailed Schedule - Click Here

The banquet will be held Saturday night at the Red Lion.  Your $250 registration fee includes this banquet.  You may bring guests for an additional fee.

Our convention was sold out in 2016 and we expect it to be very popular again this year.  We have decided to give priority registration to 2016 members  for a limited time.  This is to ensure that our members in good standing have an opportunity to attend.    Registration opens on January 21, 2017 through March 15, 2017 for 2016 members only.  A non-refundable deposit of $75  is due at the time of registration (plus annual dues for 2017 of $15 if not previously paid).  We must receive  your deposit by April 1 or your space will not be guaranteed.

Registration will open to all on March 16, 2017.  The convention is $250. A $75 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration plus annual dues for 2017 of $15 (if not previously paid). 

Final payment for all registrants is due by July 1, 2017. 

Once the convention is filled the registration applications will be put on the wait list.  Last year we called all the people on the wait list so sign up.  As you register, you will be notified by email that your registration has been received, and also when your payment is received.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone and learning from the best! 

More details are in the Registration form.

The convention also provides a way for you to buy and sell things on the trade floor.  Details are on the Trade Floor page.

We suggest that you make travel and hotel arrangements as early as possible.

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Banquet Meal Choices - Served with green salad, rolls and butter and a chef’s choice dessert.  Served with freshly brewed coffee, decaf, iced tea or lemonade.

  • Banquet Meal Choices - Served with green salad, rolls and butter and a chef’s choice dessert.  Served with freshly brewed coffee, decaf, iced tea or lemonade.

    • Mustard Encrusted Pork with Apple Chutney

    • Chicken Marsala

    • Shrimp Carbonara

    • Roasted Vegetable Wellington

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