SDP & CRE8TIME’s Family Fun Day Recap

SDP partnered with CRE8TIME, a consumer awareness campaign designed to encourage creativity, to host its first ever Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 16. The event offered an inventive space for adults and children to use art as a vehicle for bonding, creative expression and pure fun.

Over 30 parents and children participated in crafting activities donated by Darice, Plaid Crafts, Twisteewirez and Wikki Stix. Also, SDP members and Family Fun Day attendees participated in make it take it classes taught by Erika Joanne of Erika Joanne Designs and Darla Foreman of Turtle Hollow Artists.

“SDP is opening the world of painting to young adults, teenagers and children. We want to show them the joy of making something with their own hands and expressing themselves with color,” said Pat Marler, outgoing President of the Board of Directors. “Family Fun Day provided a creative outlet for people of all levels of artistic ability, from skilled painters to those who have never painted before, to learn new skills and have some fun!”

Family Fun Day took place on the last day of SDP’s 43rd Annual Conference & Expo, which ran from May 11-16, 2015. This year’s Conference featured over 100 painting classes, representing oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencils, plus a variety of other mediums for all skill levels. The Expo featured 37 vendors selling a variety of paint supplies and finished goods. Over 400 individuals from nine countries attended and enjoyed the show, which was sponsored by Michaels Store.

Check out pictures from Family Fun Day below to see what our next generation of artists made! #CRE8TIME

2015 Service Award Recipients

Current President Pat Marler and Vice President/President Elect Wendy Watson presented the 2015 Service Awards at the Annual Banquet held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the 43rd Annual Conference & Expo. The Service Awards honor members for their extraordinary service to the Society of Decorative Painters. Without these individuals and businesses, SDP would not be the great organization that it is today.

Please join us in congratulating our award recipients!

Outstanding Chapter Service Award
Sally Weiskircher, Idaho Chapter of Heritage Artists

Dedicated Service Award
Donna Frost

Silver Palette Award
Linda Biedermann, TDA

Priscilla Hauser Award for Business and Industry
Brushes & More

President’s Commendation Award
Sherry C. Nelson, MDA/TDA

Congratulations to all of our winners! Click here to learn more about the Service Awards. Click here to view pictures from the Annual Banquet and the 43rd Annual Conference and Expo!

2015 Certification Passing Entries

The SDP Certification Program provides an opportunity for Society members to submit work to be judged for Certification. It is the goal of the Certification Program to create a climate for the improvement of painting skills and to provide members with recognition of excellence.

Please join us in congratulating our members who have been judged to exhibit excellence in their decorative painting skills and dedication to the study of decorative painting.

CDA Still Life
Chizuru Okuzaki – Saitama, Japan
Taeko Tanaka – Tokyo, Japan
Etsuko Ishio – Tokyo, Japan

CDA Stroke
Yumi Tamamura – Aichi, Japan
Shu Ching Huang – Taipei City, Taiwan
Na Yun Hee – Hyunggi-Do, South Korea
Sachiko Kimura – Osaka, Japan
Mieko Otagaki – Tokyo, Japan

MDA Stroke
Akemi Arai – Kanagawa, Japan
Mi Suk Kang – Kyung Ki Do, South Korea

MDA Floral
Tamaki Togo CDA – Hyogo, Japan
Hiroko Shigeeda – Osaka Japan
Chun-Chuan Wu – Chia Yi City, Taiwan
Young Hee Park – Suwon Si Gyeonggido, South Koria
Mitsuyo Yoshimi – Kyoto, Japan

MDA Still Life
Mayumi Yuasa CDA- Kanagawa, Japan
Takako Emoto CDA – Tokyo, Japan
Coleen Jones CDA – Walla Walla, Washington

New MDA
Kimiko Maeda MDA – (Stroke) Kanagawa, Japan
Kyoko Matsui MDA – (Stroke) Kyoto, Japan
Masami Yamada MDA – (Floral) Hyogo, Japan
Naomi Shimanuki – MDA (Still Life) Tokyo, Japan