Category Archives: Chapter Snapshots

Penn’s Woods Painters Donates Memory Boxes to Three Local Hospitals

In 2016, our Penn's Woods Painters Chapter donated more than 100 memory boxes to three local hospitals nearby Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and some hospitals outside of the area through The Tole Friends' Memory Box Association . So far, 2017 has been no different. Nineteen members and friends of the Chapter started the year painting even more memory boxes, which are provided for families of newborns that pass away. Parents can fill these boxes with mementos so they leave the hospital with objects that help them acknowledge and remember their child.

The first project utilized Zentangle. The project was an original design, created by Dottie Shultz, that had two large hearts symbolizing the parents and, where the hearts overlapped, a small heart symbolizing the baby. Members then created their own designs inside the hearts. Zentangle was a new technique for many of the attendees, which they all enjoyed. The second project was Kim Christmas’ “Wooly Sheep” design taught with permission by Judy Vetock.

Thank you to Carol L. Henry, Co-Chair of the Chapter's Memory Box Program for sharing this story and pictures with us!

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

OKC Painting Palooza 2016 Recap

By Darla Foreman

A gathering of friends for fellowship, painting and crazy fun; this is the description of a Palooza.

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From September 26-October 1, 2016, the OKC Painting Palooza had visitors from at least 29 states and Canada. Also in attendance were 26 excellent instructors from various parts of the country and teaching with different painting mediums.

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There were colored pencil classes with Paula Leopold CDA and Patsy Deal; oil classes with Cheri Rol MDA and Sherry Nelson MDA TDA; heat set oils with Mary Kingslan-Gibilisco CDA; and water soluble oils with Debbie Bonnewell. Classes were available to learn texture painting with Margot Clark and chalky finish painting with Doxie Keller TDA. Tracy Weinzapfel worked with her style of mixed media on journal pages. Golda Rader CDA conducted classes with pen and ink. Birds and butterflies filled several classes by Karen Hubbard CDA, Marlene Kreutz CDA, Rosemary West CDA, and Chris Thornton-Deason. Watercolor projects by Susan Scheewe-Brown and Mark Polomchak were big hits. Bobbie Takashima and Sandy LeFlore entertained their students with fun painted characters, and Carolyn Bacon, Bobbie Campbell CDA, Prudy Vannier CDA, and Priscilla Hauser MDA delighted those with a love for Christmas. Linda Sharp CDA detailed stroke designs, and Dorothy Whisenhunt CDA brought warmth with her barnyard animals. Many students wanted to learn the techniques of using technology for designing with Jeanne Downing.

Doxie Keller PJ party

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The week began with a fiesta party-themed meet and greet. Opening night for the 27 exhibitors was a night of shopping and laughter as most everyone came in their pjs and slippers. Our big night of fun was an ice cream social with hot cobblers and tickets galore and wonderful donated pieces of art. Two awards were handed out; the “You Made a Difference” award went to Karen Hubbard CDA and the "Legacy" award went to Helen Stadter MDA.

The birth of a Palooza was fun exciting and you never knew what was to come, even when the lights went out in half the classrooms. But teachers and students were all great and understanding and painting continued in the hallways. To continue with the baby theme, attendees donated diapers and wipes to the Salvation Army Displaced Families Program. Thank you to our painters for being so generous.


Saturday brought the last few classes and exhibitors were opened for last minute shoppers; all was a big success for a show that began as a “You know what I’ve been thinking!”

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We invite all painters and non-painters to attend next year’s “Witchy Wonders”, October 23-28, 2017 at the Sheraton/Reed Center in Midwest City, OK. Visit

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