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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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Members Ring in the Holiday Season at George W. Bush Presidential Center Exhibit

The new exhibit “A Season of Merriment and Melody” at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas opened on November 17 and is a replica of the 2004 White House Christmas tree, which featured more than 350 miniature musical instruments hand-painted by our members. Bush Library-Blue Room Tree SDP Our Boots & Brushes of San Antonio Chapter visited center last month. They enjoyed classic holiday music, took photos with Santa and in front of the Christmas tree, and saw the original White House decorations from 2004! Current Past President Wendy Watson ADP shared pictures from the visit. A number of our members who painted the ornaments are reminiscing about their experience, one of them being current President Kathy Swigon CDA. Take a look at the ornament she painted for the tree. kathy swigon ornament Another member is Celeste Schaumburger, who painted an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree in 1998 and 2004. “As a (SDP) member since 1989, I have improved my skill, met many great artists, studied alongside kindred spirits, and yes, even taken the road to the White House, she said. “What an honor it was for all of us!” You can read more about Celeste’s experience in this blog post on her website Southern Day Dreams. Laura Bush (1) You may ask, what happens to the ornaments once Christmas is over? The ornaments painted for the White House stay with the White House and are used in other ways in the future or displayed in the Library of Congress. The exhibit will be open to the public through January 8, 2017. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit BUSHCENTER.ORG/HOLIDAYS.

Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters Celebrate International Decorative Painting Month

By Mary Judge, President, Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters once again has been displaying our work at The Strasburg Museum. This has been an annual event for us in October for International Decorative Painting Month for the last few years. This museum is housed in the old train station in Strasburg, VA. We have three large tables in the pottery room. We hope to spread information about our group and the Society of Decorative Painters to visitors of the museum. How are you celebrating International Decorative Painting Month? Share your story and we’ll share it here on the SDP Blog! Email your story to