Category Archives: Conference

Upcoming Painting Events

Are you looking for a painting convention? Good news! Several of our Chapters are hosting events with great line-ups of classes and vendors. Here are some upcoming events this summer and fall:

Heart of Ohio Tole Chapter's 37th Convention - "Cooking Up Some Painting Fun""

Cooking Up Some Painting Fun" is hosted by the Heart of Ohio Tole Chapter, Inc., known affectionately to its members as HOOT. Register for painting classes, visit the Art Show, view painting demonstrations, go to the exhibit sales floor, and shop for that “special” item in the gift shop. The event is open to the public.

When: August 14-19, 2017

Where: Arena Hyatt Regency Columbus Hotel & Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio



Raindrop Chapter Convention - “Paint A Season of Memories”

"Paint A Season of Memories" is hosted by the Raindrop Chapter. It offers painting classes for everyone from beginners to advanced, an art show, an exhibitor hall, special events and more. You do not have to be a SDP or Raindrop member to attend.

When: September 13-17, 2017

Where: Holiday Inn, Portland Airport, Portland, Oregon



New England Traditions - "Imagine! Create! Inspire!"

"Imagine! Create! Inspire!" is sponsored by New England Chapters Council, which is made up of the following Chapters: Capitolers, Connecticut Society of Decorative Painters, Connecticut Yankee Painters, Sea Strokes of Maine Decorative Painters, Tole'n ME, White Mountain Decorative Painters' Guild, and Yankee Heritage Tole Chapter. Come for many painting classes in various mediums and skill levels. Learn about new products and techniques at the various demonstrations happening through out the week. Bring a friend as attendees do not need to be a member of the Society of Decorative Painters or any painting group.

When: October 3-8, 2017

Where: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts



OKC Painting Palooza - "Witchy Wonders"

"Witchy Wonders" Bring your painting friends, best Halloween costume and be "spellbound" with fun, laughter and great classes. The 2017 beneficiary is the Regional Food Bank; please bring non-perishable food items to be donated. SDP membership is not required to participate.

When: October 23-28, 2017

Where: Sheraton Hotel / Reed Center, Midwest City, Oklahoma


Save the Date!

Our 46th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo will take place May 8-12, 2018 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Interested in teaching a class? Teacher applications are open and will be accepted online through July 28. Interested in exhibiting? Complete and submit the 2018 exhibit contract. Interested in attending? Class information and registration will open later this year. If you have any questions, contact our office at (316) 269-9300 or

2017 Society of Decorative Painters Board Election Results

Below are the results of the membership vote for the 2017-2018 Society of Decorative Painters Board of Director positions that were up for election at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach, Florida:

Vice President/President Elect

Linda Sharp CDA

Recording Secretary

Cindy Harrison

Board Member-At-Large

Karen Allen

Susan Phillips

Virginia (Ginny) Sparlin

Nominating Committee

Jeanie Miller

Debbie Cole CDA

Linda Biedermann TDA

Meet the Exhibitor: Meet The Magic Brush, Inc

Who is exhibiting at Oceans of Color, the 45th Annual Society of Decorative Painters International Conference & Expo in Daytona Beach next month? We’ll be featuring the companies that are exhibiting right here on the SDP Blog! Make sure you get an Expo ticket so you can see their latest products and shop their Expo specials, May 19-20, 2017 at the Ocean Center Convention Center.

Today we’re featuring The Magic Brush, Inc., who will be in booth #506! Read on and learn why you should plan to visit their booth.

Why should attendees stop by your booth?

Stop by The Magic Brush, Inc in booth # 506 to see the latest in exciting paintings featuring birds and animals, and to find out how Sherry C. Nelson MDA, TDA is revolutionizing your in-class experience with multiple professional, step-by photos available on your iPad or tablet! See every step right in front of you as you paint, and have the photo file to take home to complete your work.

Wine Box e-packet

What product(s) are you most excited about featuring at the SDP Expo?

Our Members-Only online magazine called The Flutterby, issued four times a year, with great feature articles that share the latest in painting tips and techniques, a brand new seminar project, a travel log, a show and tell gallery of student art, and much, much more.

Come by our booth and let us tell you all about what you're missing if you're not a member of Members Only!

Issue 1, 2017: The Flutterby, Members Only

Can you give us a preview of the show-special discounts or special events you’re planning at your booth?

Sherry is excited to be a presenter for a special event oil class, The Beach Bum, to open the conference celebration, and has created a new packet at a discount to those who attend! Limited Edition - so come quickly and add this great new seashore scene entitled "Beach Baby" to your collection of Florida paintings!

Beach Baby

Books, books,books! Come and browse Sherry's super-special fabulous book sale! Buy one of Sherry's best selling wildlife art instruction books at regular price and get a second for half price.

What is something that our attendees might not know about your company?

Since 1977, The Magic Brush, Inc. owned by Sherry C. Nelson, MDA, TDA, has presented the best in wildlife art instruction! For more than 40 years, Sherry has been one of the most innovative teachers in the field, paving the way for students to learn new techniques first through placement sheets, then with on-camera classroom demos, and now step-bys as close as your iPad! Come ask us about this year's seminar schedule and join in the fun!

Is there anything else you want us to promote to our attendees?

Sign up for Sherry's White Ibis class! Bring your iPad and learn to paint with in-class step-bys on your tablet! You'll be amazed how quickly you master each step and how easy it is to learn to paint with fabulous, rich Artist's Oils....there's still space and no matter your skill level - you can do it!

And most of all, come by and visit! We love to meet new painters and see old friends. Here's hoping YOU have a wonderful time in beautiful Daytona Beach!

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