Category Archives: SDP In The News

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.

Society of Decorative Painters Celebrates Decorative Painting Month, Reopens International Museum of Society of Decorative Painters

We observed Decorative Painting Month last month by holding a reception to celebrate the reopening of the International Museum of the Society of Decorative Painters. Some of our local members attended the reception on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 4:00pm-6:30pm at our new headquarters location at 1220 East First Street, Wichita, KS 67213. “Decorative Painting Month is the time of year our members and chapters share our rich heritage and passion for painting at local art exhibits, libraries and craft shows,” says Kathy Swigon CDA, President of SDP. “With our headquarters’ recent move to downtown Wichita, we thought October was the perfect month to reopen the Museum and invite our members to visit our new home.” With more than 175 works, the Museum exhibits and preserves pieces created by our members and that are of historical significance to the international painting community. In 2007, we launched an active campaign to build a permanent collection of art that represents the beauty and diversity of decorative painting. Today, the Museum includes art spanning our organization’s 44 year history. Items in the Museum are original works of art created by some of decorative painting's most beloved and celebrated artists. For information about group visits, please contact Miho Halsey, Certification and Conference Manager, at

Decorative artists’ group elects new officers

This article was written by Tampa Bay Newspapers and first appeared in Tampa Bay Newspapers online on Thursday, January 14, 2016 . Visit this page to see the original article. EAST LAKE – The Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists, or HPDA, elected a new slate of officers for 2016 at their annual Christmas luncheon at East Lake Country Club Dec. 12.
Photo courtesy of CHARLENE WEGMAN The new officers of the Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists are, from left, Michaelle Grover, Lynn Finley, Jennifer Hoffer, Ruth Johnson, Sonja Sindell, and Marion Steinbruner.

Photo courtesy of CHARLENE WEGMAN
The new officers of the Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists are, from left, Michaelle Grover, Lynn Finley, Jennifer Hoffer, Ruth Johnson, Sonja Sindell, and Marion Steinbruner.

The officers are Marion Steinbruner, president; Ruth Johnson, first vice president; Jennifer Hoffer and Lynn Finley, second vice presidents; Sonja Sindell, treasurer, and Michaelle Grover, secretary. HPDA has more than 80 members and is the local chapter of the international group, the Society of Decorative Painters. They meet second Saturdays, except March and December, at First Lutheran Church, 1644 Nursery Road, Clearwater. In addition to a short business meeting, the group participates in an art project using a variety of mediums such as acrylics, watercolor, colored pencil, mixed media and oils. HPDA also holds several workshops throughout the year with local and national instructors and hosts “learn to paint” seminars for beginners who wish to try a decorative art project. Steinbruner, the new president, invites anyone interested in the decorative arts to join the group. All skill levels are welcome from the beginning to the advanced level. For more information, visit