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We Remember: Margaret “Margy” Wentz

Margy WentzIt is with great sadness we announce the death of Margaret “Margy” Wentz, past Executive Director of SDP. She passed away on May 20, 2015.

Margy was the first Executive Director of our Society, supporting us for 16+ years. She served us with a deep passion and had a strong love of the decorative painting art form. The work she did for SDP made a difference for every painter, whether they know her or not. She will be missed immensely; our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time.

A service of celebration of her life will be held at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, CA on Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 am.

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!