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They say it's BIGGER in Texas

and "they" may be right!


Thirty years! SALI/IDAL is celebrating its 30th anniversary and its 29th convention in 2014. Convention has not been held in Texas in fourteen years and attendance records look very strong for this one. We are co-locating for the first time with another organization-Concrete Decor-which should prove to be great for both organizations.

Several classes have SOLD OUT!  Our room block at the hotel had to be increased and our registration numbers are up significantly!  Is it the location, is it the finest class offerings with the finest instructors anywhere in the world, is it an opportunity to connect with old friends and meet new ones?  Well we really don't need an answer we are just thrilled that you are all coming and we have some wonderful events planned for you! 

First and foremost we are thrilled to have Jane Gauss as our Keynote Speaker for the Annual General Meeting.  Jane is a veteran of IDAL and her affiliation with the group goes back to the early days of SALI as one of the co-founders. You will love to meet her and hear her talk at the AGM which is in the Expo Hall at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 1st.


 Jane Gauss 2014 Keynote Speaker

Following Jane's presentation members will be treated to a reception sponsored by Metropolis by IVAS USA, Inc. in the Expo Hall.

On Thursday back by popular demand is ColorMix 2015 brought to us by Sherwin Williams.  Ashlynn Bourque will give this presentation which is followed by a wine and cheese reception also sponsored by Sherwin Williams.  ColorMix begins at 5:30, reception at 6:30. 

But Wait There's More!  Following the wine and cheese reception we're having an auction and not just any auction a MAD HATTER'S Auction!  You'll understand where we came up with that name once you get to the convention center so we won't spoil it for you now!  Henri Menendez and Chris Burke are going to be our auctioneers and they are really gearing up for this.  You need to bring your fanciest hat...yes make one if you don't have one and plan on a fun night that benefits IDAL.  

There is a lot more happening so check out our Convention section of the web site.  If you haven't registered for conference yet you can do so on site and there are some classes with available seats.  If you are not taking a class or three, then there will be demos on the show floor provided by our exhibitors - yes also some of the finest in the industry!!

One more thing is a BIG IDAL THANK YOU to our sponsors for without their support we could not do this event!  In no particular order they are:

Metropolis by IVAS USA, LLC, Sherwin Williams, Citadel Insurance, Golden Artist Colors, Inc., Maison Blanche Paints, Faux Effects Int'l., Inc., Roc-Lon, Bayou City Artisans, Metro Artisans Guild and Shurtech Brands,

This fabulous event will take place at the Ft. Worth Convention Center, Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, 2014.  So Saddle Up and Come on down!!






Founded in 1984, the International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the art of stenciling and related decorative painting.

Membership provides opportunities for artistic and professional growth through:

  • Education
  • Certification
  • Public Awareness
  • Networking



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