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California Rosemaling Association
2024 Annual Convention
October 24 - 27

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Space is limited...we're already about 2/3rds full

Marriott's Courtyard San Diego Old Town

2435 Jefferson Street, San Diego, CA  92110



This year's theme: “Remember Me” (click to see more)

  We remember our rosemaling ancestors Vi skal alltid huske dem

After five years, it’s great to welcome the CRA Convention back to Southern CA. The 2024 convention will again be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Old Town, San Diego.  Thursday, Oct. 24 will be a prep day with classes being held on Friday, Oct. 25 thru Sun. Oct. 27.  Sunday’s class will end at 5 pm.

We are excited that Lise Lorentzen (bio) will be our instructor for the 2024 convention.  Lise has prepared a stunning design in the Telemark style


Basic convention fee - $275 w/o wood, $355 w/wood

The basic fee includes instruction, classroom facilities and paint (you bring your own basic painting supplies).  A banquet and live entertainment on Saturday night is also included. 

Wood is an additional $80.  Lise’s beautiful project is painted on a lovely large beaded bowl turned by Larry Pickett. 
Note: the cut off for ordering wood is September 1.

Buying this wood is optional IF you decide to bring your own wood.  Lise will provide suggestions for adapting her design to various shapes.

Note: there is a $75 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration (plus annual dues for 2024 of $15 if not previously paid) 
Balance is due September 27.

Policies, click here

Optional  Petrykivka class - $75

An optional three-hour class will be taught by Svitlana Ivasyuk (bio) on Thursday Oct. 24, 3 - 6 pm (during prep day).  Svitlana is generously donating 100% of this fee toward humanitarian aid in Ukraine.  Petrykivka is a Ukrainian folk-art style that uses the same C and S strokes and teardrops as we do in rosemaling.  Petrykivka  is a lovely and complementary  (to rosemaling) style that you will fall in love with.  Svitlana, is master painter and a great teacher.  Those who take the class will only need a couple of round brushes (details will follow to those who register for this class).  She will have some cat brushes (yes, cat!) to try.  They make killer teardrops.  There are limited spaces available so be sure to register promptly to guarantee a spot.

Saturday Banquet, Drinks, Lunches
This year, the banquet meal will be served buffet-stye with an Italian theme, and will include ceasar, caprese and pasta salads; seared chicken breast, beef ravioli, ahi tuna, potatoes and dessert. (let us know of any dietary requirements.) 
Your banquet is included in the basic convention fee, but you can bring a guest to the banquet for an additional $73 per guest.

We also must meet a food and beverage minimum. At the banquet, there will be a designated bartender in the Bistro (adjacent to the patio where the banquet will be held) who will keep track of all beverages purchased by CRA so that those purchases can be applied to our food and beverage minimum.

In addition, there is an option each day to purchase a Bistro lunch. The menu has several good choices and has the added advantage of convenience. We may order up to 20 of these Bistro lunches each day. The price is $30 which includes meal, beverage, tax and gratuity. The Bistro lunches will also apply to our food and beverage minimum so we encourage people to try them at least once. Order forms will be available each morning for lunch that day.

More Details

Click here for the overall schedule

What to Bring

This year, we will all be together in one classroom and we will all be painting in acrylics.  Because our venue is a bit more “intimate” than the space in Eureka, we encourage everyone to register as early as possible to secure your place.  If we reach capacity, we will begin a waitlist.

The registration fee does not fully cover the total cost of putting on our conventions.  Especially this year, with escalating costs, we need your help.  We hope everyone will purchase raffle tickets for the beautiful treasures that will be on display.  There will also be donated items for sale and a trade floor where members may bring items that they wish to sell (CRA gets a commission).  See Joyce Field’s article for details.

One word about the weather. The temperature during the day should be warm (possibly hot).  The classroom will be airconditioned so it’s always a good idea to have a sweater handy.  The nights cool down considerably, so if you want to make the short walk to shops and traditional restaurants of historic Old Town, that sweater may also come in handy.  It may still be pool weather so bring your suit if you might want to take a dip or use the spa.

We can’t wait to welcome you—and the spirits of our rosemaling ancestors—to our 2024 Convention.  See you in October!  (Don’t forget to bring any pictures, artifacts and memories of any of your personal rosemaling ancestors that you want to remember)