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The 2003 rosemaling show and sale:

The 26th Annual Norwegian Rosemaling Show and Sale was held June 18-22, 2003 at the Geneva Lutheran Church, Geneva, Illinois
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The 2003 1st Place Winner, Professional Class, - Catherine Coy
Catherine also received Best of Show.


The 2003 3rd Place Winner, Professional Class,
- Betty Gehr


The 2003 3rd Place Winner, Professional Class,
- Emiko Inoue


The 2003 Honorable Mention, Professional Class,
- Catherine Coy


The 2003 1st Place Winner, Advanced Class,
- Lorraine Straw

The 2003 2nd Place Winner, Advanced Class,
- Jean Creel


The 2003 3rd Place Winner, Advanced Class,
- Shihoko Yoshikawa


The 2003 3rd Place Winner, Advanced Class,
- Ruth Ann Dierzen


The 2003 1st Place Winner, Intermediate Class,
- Kazuko Horimoto


The 2003 2nd Place Winner, Intermediate Class,
- Kazuko Horimoto


The 2003 Honorable Mention, Intermediate Class,
- Kazuko Horimoto


The 2003 1st Place Winner, Beginner Class,
- Hiroko Sasaki


The 2003 2nd Place Winner, Beginner Class,
- Hideko Yoshimori


The 2003 3rd Place Winner, Beginner Class,
- Hiroko Sasaki


The 2003 1st Place Winner, Golden Agers Class,
- Lillemor Wennes


The 2003 2nd Place Winner, Golden Agers Class,
- Nancy Hansen


The 2003 Honorable Mention, Golden Agers Class,
- Dorothy Martinsen


The 2003 Honorable Mention, Golden Agers Class,
- Alice SaetVeit


The 2003 Honorable Mention, Golden Agers Class,
- Alberta Murray


The 2003 Honorable Mention, Golden Agers Class,
- Nancy Hansen

INRA members entered their painted items into competition. Competition categories were: Professional, Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner and Golden Agers. The competition was judged by Vesterheim Gold Medalists*, Ruth Wolfgram and Nancy Schmidt, and ribbons were awarded to the show winners.
*those who have entered their own painted items into the Nation-wide Rosemaling Competition held in Decorah, Iowa, and have won a total of 8 points to earn a Gold Medal

In addition to the competition pieces, rosemaled objects as large as tables and cupboards and as small as Christmas ornaments were beautifully displayed and available for purchase. 100s of rosemaled items were sold. Included in the sale were items painted by beginners through professional painters.

Other Show and Sale features were: the raffle of a porriger rosemaled by Rhoda Fritsch, rosemaling demonstrations, and a coffee shop, Kaffekos , where tasty, home-made Norwegian bakery items were enjoyed.

On June 19th the Daily Herald published a front page article covering the INRA Rosemaling Show. Staff Writer Rhonda Sciarra titled her informative article, "Swedish Days makes room for Norway with rosemaling exhibit"

Eager crowds came to view the beautiful rosemaling and purchase "For Sale" items


Attendees bought raffle tickets in hopes to win the beautiful porriger.

The men and women in attendance viewed the competition pieces.

These attendees took time to discuss their favorites from among the entrees.

Attendees were invited to vote for the People's Choice.

Hundreds of attractively displayed rosemaled items were "For Sale"



Items rosemaled by Vesterheim Gold Medallists were also "For Sale"

Aspiring young rosemalers watched as the art form was demonstrated.

Customers purchased items at the cashiers' tables.

A beautiful Norwegian Kranskakker graced the Kaffekos counter.

Customers purchased tasty Norwegian delicacies at the Kaffekos.

Both men and Trolls enjoyed the beauty of rosemaling.

At the close of the Show the winning raffle ticket was drawn.



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