Help us reach the White House!

Join the campaign to let First Lady Michelle Obama know how excited we would be to paint ornaments to decorate the White House this Christmas!

White House ChristmasEach year, the First Lady selects groups of artists to create ornaments that will adorn the many trees, the residence, and the public areas of the White House. SDP was selected to paint ornaments for the White House in 2004 and we would love to share our members’ work again this year.

How you can help:

Please consider writing a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama. In your letter, explain how much decorative painting means to you. Let her know that if the Society of Decorative Painters is selected, you would be honored to create ornaments for the White House based on this year’s selected theme. Your words, like your art, are powerful. Please use your own words to respectfully encourage our First Lady to select the Society of Decorative Painters to paint ornaments for the White House, and together we can give the art of decorative painting some great visibility.

      1. Please consider typing your letter on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. If you handwrite your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible.
      2. Please include your return address in your letter and on your envelope. If you have an email address, please consider including that as well.
      3. Finally, be sure to include the full address of the White House. This will ensure that your message gets to her as quickly and directly as possible:

Mrs. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

While mailing a personal letter is the most powerful way to reach out to the First Lady, you can also email your comments to the White House with this web form

Thank you for helping SDP reach out to First Lady Michelle Obama, letting her know how thrilled we will be to paint ornaments for the White House!


Conference 2015 Announcement


You spoke and we listened … everyone loved the SDP 2013 Conference & Expo at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. 

“We heard nothing but rave reviews,” states Becky Gray, SDP Conference Director. “With that kind of expressed excitement, it’s only right we give the members and exhibitors what they want.” 

pstcharles_1010025.jpgThe Society is headed back to the Pheasant Run Resort to hold the 43rd SDP International Conference & Expo, May 11-16, 2015.

All decorative painting teachers are encouraged to submit classes for the conference.

The SDP Teacher’s Contract is available a
Deadline for submission is June 23, 2014.

Just a reminder, all class submissions must be for new, never taught before projects.
It is our goal to offer a wide variety of educational opportunities to conference attendees.

stcharles_bourbonst.jpgDetails on the Conference are still in the planning stage. We will be sending out more information as plans are confirmed.
The 2015 Conference Special will be available online November, 2014.

Stay tuned—there’s more to come!

2014 SDP Membership Cards

Due to a mistake at the printer that prepares our bulk material, the wrong paper stock was used for printing our 2014 SDP Membership Cards resulting in cards that were not of the high quality we, and our members, expect to receive.

Our printer is reprinting all 2014 SDP Membership Cards and will be mailing those to all members next week.

If you have further questions, please contact Jay Staten at

Thanks for painting with us!