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Meet the Artist: Meet Judy Westegaard-Jenkins

Issue #3 of the 2016 The Decorative Painter magazine is in the mail! Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the artists in the upcoming issue and share the inspiration behind their finished projects.

This week, meet Judy Westegaard-Jenkins CDA, who is also our 2017 Conference Artist.

Judy Westegaard-Jenkins

Watch this video and learn about Judy’s inspiration for her project, “Joyous Refrain”, which is on the cover of the current issue. You’ll also learn something interesting about her artwork for the 2017 Conference theme, “Oceans of Color”!


Tole Bridge Tolers Take on the Contra Costa County Fair

Our Tole Bridge Tolers Chapter members of California participated in their local Contra Costa County Fair, which was held June 2-5, 2016. Luci Flynn donated over 70 gourds for a make-it take-it project for kids, which was a huge success.


In addition, several members participated in an art show for which they were awarded various ribbons. Congratulations to all the participants, and to Lucille Hart, whose beautiful watercolor Orange Iris won Best in Show!


Click here to view more pictures from the Chapter’s event on Facebook. Click here to view the list of art show winners in the Chapter’s July newsletter.

Meet Susan Vrana

SDP member Susan Vrana’s artwork is being featured in an art exhibit at the Tuxedo Library in Tuxedo Park, New York, running July 1 through August 12. Recently, she shared her story of how she started painting.

“If I had known how much I’d loved painting, I would’ve started sooner.

In May 2015, I signed up to take free watercolor classes at my local library, the Woodbury Public Library. My teacher’s name was Pat Foxx. That’s where I discovered I could paint.


Since then, I’ve taken several painting classes at the same library and at my senior center where I could bring my own pictures to paint.

One of my friends was in the Orange Blossoms Decorative Artists Chapter in Orange County, New York. She invited me to attend two classes with her Chapter before I decided to join SDP in November.

This past April, almost exactly one year after I started to paint, I was at a class in a neighboring town where I was presented with the opportunity to show my art at the Tuxedo Library this summer. I agreed, and got busy preparing for the show.

The experience has been great so far. I already have another exhibit lined up at my library in September.

My mother is also an artist. She only started painting nine years ago. At 90, she mainly uses pastels and acrylics, and paints animals and birds. Her father, my grandfather, was an artist and a musician. So, I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree!”