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The 26th Annual Norwegian Rosemaling Competition, Show and Sale

was held June 18-22, 2003 at the Geneva Lutheran Church, Geneva, Illinois


2003 Blue ribbon winner Professional Class

The 2003 1st Place Winner, Professional Class, - Catherine Coy

2003 Yellow ribbon winner

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

2003 Yellow ribbon winner

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


2003 Blue ribbon winner Advanced Class

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

2003 Red ribbon winner Advanced Class

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

2003 Yellow ribbon winner Advanced Class

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

2003 Yellow ribbon winner Advanced Class

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


2003 Blue ribbon winner Intermediate Class

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

2003 Red ribbon winner Intermediate Class

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

2003 Yellow ribbon winner Intermediate Class

The 2003 3rd Place Winner, Intermediate Class, - Kazuko Horimoto


2003 Red ribbon winner Beginner Class

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

2003 Red ribbon winner Beginner Class

The 2003 2nd Place Winner, BeginnerClass, - Hideko Yoshimori

2003 Yellow ribbon winner Beginner Class

The 2003 3rd Place Winner, Beginner Class, - Hideko Yoshimori


2003 Blue ribbon winner Golden Agers

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

2003 Red ribbon winner Golden Agers Class

The 2003 2nd Place Winner, 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"

Pictures are from the INRA 2003 Rosemaling Show and Sale.

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

Crowds viewing the beautiful rosemaling.

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

Attendees purchase raffle tickets

The men and women in attendance viewed the competition pieces.

Men and women view competition pieces

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

Three women discuss a competition piece

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

Attendees vote for the People's Choice

Hundreds of attractively displayed rosemaled items were "For Sale"

Items for sale Items for sale Items for sale

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

GOld Medallist items for sale

Aspiring young rosemalers watched as the art form was demonstrated

Two boys watch a Rosemaling demonstration

Customers purchased items at the cashiers' tables.

Customers purchase items at the cashiers' tables

A beautiful Norwegian Kranskakker graced the Kaffekos counter

A beautiful Norwegian Kranskakker

Customers purchased tasty Norwegian delicacies at the Kaffekos

Customers purchase Norwegian delicacies from the Kaffekos

Both men and Trolls enjoyed the beauty of rosemaling.

Man looks closely at rosemaled item

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

Girl draws winning raffle ticket out of the box

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