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Convention – California Monument Association

2020 CMA/PNMBA 30th Annual Joint Convention

Mission Inn Riverside California March 19 - 21 2020

Joint Annual Meeting of the California Monument Association & the Pacific Northwest Monument Builders Association will be held March 19-21,2020 in Riverside, CA. We are putting together a great program, that should not be missed.  Our main speakers and hand on demonstrator will be Scott Luken and Jim Gast. 

Scott Luken

Is a multi-medium artist who specializes in granite sculpture. His talents were professionally developed at the Denver Art Institute in his early twenties before he returned to South Dakota to work in his father’s monument business. This is where Scott found his niche talent in granite sculpting. In more recent years, Scott has transitioned his artistry to one-of-a-kind figures while working within the community to help develop a larger art presence within the city. Scott has been involved in the development of the Yankton City Sculpture/River walk, which is a temporary, yearly collection of sculptures on display throughout the Riverside Park and downtown area. Scott has also been featured in the Sioux City, Iowa sculpture walk and has a permanent sculpture in the Loveland, Colorado Benson Park’s permanent collection.

James Gast

Gast Monuments has its roots firmly planted in the City of Chicago. Founded in 1880, the original stone company then known as Buscher & Gast, was located on North Clark Street. The company provided cemetery monuments as well as cut-stone for the building boom resulting from the Great Chicago Fire. Many of the familiar walk-up Victorian “Brownstones” in the Lakeview and Ravenswood neighborhoods feature the use of limestone and granite furnished by Buscher & Gast. The company also supplied ornamental cut-stone and statuary in marble, limestone, and granite seen in several Chicago area churches such as St. Henry’s Church in Chicago and St. Nicholas Church in Evanston.

Today – The Sixth Generation

Today the family legacy is carried on by 5th Generation James Gast, and his children 6th Generation James N. Gast and Katherine Gast-Crook. Gast Monuments is proud of its family heritage and its connection to Chicago’s history. They are committed to providing quality craftsmanship, creative design, and personal service. They welcome you to visit their studios and carving facility to learn about the art of stone carving and view the process of how a memorial is made..

This will be a classroom and hands-on meeting. Sun City Granite Company in Perris, CA  is gracious opening up their business for us to use for demonstration. Other Ideas we are working on for the meeting; Technology and design, MBNA President update on the industry, vendor booths and what’s new in the industry.

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