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2019 Rosemaling Coast to Coast Convention

June 24th - 27th, 2019
Luther College, Decorah, IA
Lois Mueller at or Nancy Odalen at

2019 Rosemaling Coast to Coast Convention

Rosemaling Students Headed to Decorah

 Rosemalers from throughout the United States will gather at Luther College, Decorah, IA,  
June 24-27, 2019 to study and practice the Norwegian decorative folk art of rosemaling.
“Rosemalers Coast to Coast (RCC) is excited to host the second rosemaling convention in Decorah,” Founder and Board President, Lois Mueller, enthusiastically notes. “After hosting a successful convention in Decorah in 2018, attendees were so impressed with the community of Decorah, Vesterheim, and the classes that they encouraged the board to consider offering another convention in Decorah the following year. The board listened! With less than 12 months to plan the next convention, the board immediately began making plans for the 2019 convention and now we are only eight weeks away from our second convention.”
The convention offers four full days of classes for all levels of painters including a pre-beginning class taught by RCC board member and talented rosemaling instructor Nancy Odalen. New this year is a pre-convention event at the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center in Spring Grove on Sunday, June 23 sponsored by the Center and the Sons of Norway, Valheim Lodge of Spring Grove. Joining convention attendees on the bus will be guides from the Winneshiek County Historical Society who will share the rich history of Decorah and Winneshiek County. There will also be behind-the-scenes tours of the special collections at Decorah’s Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and an evening reception at Vesterheim and the annual banquet on Tuesday, June 25, evening at Luther College following the membership meeting at 5:45pm in Marty’s. The Coulee Region Rosemalers are organizing Make It Take It classes which are scheduled on Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon. Vendors will be available to purchase painting supplies and wood crafts from recognized wood crafters at Luther College during the convention. The association will host its annual meeting during the convention on Tuesday afternoon.
Convention attendees will have the first opportunity to purchase the 2019 Rosemaling book published by RCC. The book will be released at the “Evening at the Museum” reception. Artists featured in the new book will be available to autograph books. This year RCC members will have the opportunity to select artwork for the 2020 book.
If you are a seasoned Rosemaler or have always been interested in learning Rosemaling, there is a class for you at the 2019 Rosemaling Coast to Coast convention. This year’s talented pool of instructors include: Gold Medalist Lois Mueller (WI), Gold Medalist Andrea Herkert (WI), Nancy Odalen (WI), Lori Larkey (OR), Diane Edwards (CO), Kristen Birkeland (UT), Kim Garrett (MN), Lise Lorentzen (MD) teaching both oil and acrylic classes.
Register today by visiting for the full convention schedule, list of classes, and registration form. If you have any questions about the convention or membership, contact Lois Mueller at or Nancy Odalen at
The purpose of the Rosemalers Coast to Coast, Inc. is to celebrate the art of rosemaling through a national organization that assists, supports and enriches the artistic activities of the individual while strengthening the rosemaling community through newsletters, articles, books and biennial conventions. For more membership information, visit us at or on Facebook. Contact President Lois Mueller at with any questions about the association.