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The 2023 CRA Convention will again be held in Eureka, California.  The convention starts Thursday, September 21 and ends Sunday September 24.  We recommend that people arrive on Wednesday and leave Monday.

Registration Closed August 15.  We are almost full.

If you have registered, Full Payment is due by August 15.  Late payment risks losing seat.

The convention is held in the Red Lion Inn, and special rates have been arranged.  This venue is located with walking distance to JoSonja's studio, so you can easily see the many wonderful items she has on display.

$300 fee includes wood, paint and instructions (you bring your own basic painting supplies, though JoSonja's studio has supplies you can buy). A banquet on Saturday night is included.  There will be a trade floor with items available for purchase during the convention.

Click Here to Register.

Love to all my painting friends.
If you have any questions about the convention, please contact me:

Pennie Wilkins, Vice President

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 2023 CRA Convention project will be, as JoSonja puts it, "a contemporary interpretation of Hordaland, Hardanger styles was painted to be my personal sewing box. The original piece was purchased from the Husfliden in Bergen during a Vesterheim tour to Norway.

Every symbol and figure used is representative of things that I saw on that trip to Norway in some form of decorative art. The people are a wedding couple and their family and farm. Each unit is small so that you can easily adapt this idea to other pieces.

The saying around the box translates: Norwegian Life Tapestry 'The threads of life pass through the hours of time, weaving a tapestry rich with memories.' Vesterheim Tour – 1993 Hordaland, Hardanger."

JoSonja has so many things to teach us and is our California treasure.  You won’t be disappointed.  I hope you can join us.

Photos of this year's CRA project by JoSonja.
(The original piece hasn't been in our studio as it has spent all this time as Jo Sonja's personal sewing box at home. However, Larry Pickett has masterfully accomplished this including the carve-outs on the side. 

Wood, Patterns, Paint and mediums are provided, but you should have your own basic painting supplies

Schedule of Activities and Events

Banquet Menu: (you can order a banquet meal for a guest if needed)

  • Char-Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Mushroom Demi, Sauteed Veggies, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Pan-Seared Halibut with Sweet Chili Sauce, with Herbed Rice, Sauteed Veggies
  • Lemon Herb Chicken, Sauteed Veggies and Herb Rice
  • Pasta Primavera - Penne Pasta, Fresh Veggies and Creamy Parmesan Pesto Sauce

Health and Safety: We continue to monitor health concerns. Policies will reflect the needs of the vendor and local mandates in effect at the time of the 2023 convention.
If you need to cancel your CRA Convention reservation, please contact Shaun Sasaki at shaun@rosemaler.com

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Getting to Eureka
What to Bring
Trade Floor
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