|The Society of Decorative Painters | Chapter Happenings | Volume 3 Issue 1 March 2007
For Immediate Release
In this Issue
A Message from Our President
Recently I attended another conference at the Anaheim Hilton and Convention Center. The feeling of security was so comforting and it was so easy to get from the hotel to the convention center. The escalators and elevators are very accessible and the Expo floor is easy to locate. Classrooms at both the Hilton and Convention Center are wonderful. The lighting is very nice and all walls are solid with no curtained classrooms. Locating the classrooms in the Hilton was very easy, as they are all on the same floor. I hope to see all of you in sunny California, May 28-June 2. When making reservations at the Hilton, ask for the SDP Conference room block rate. If you have any problems with reservations, call Lori at (316) 269-9300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to download a Super Shuttle discount coupon from the website. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Anaheim!
By Teri Mott, SDP Communications Coordinator
Chapter Marketplace is a great opportunity for chapters from all corners to present their own hand-painted goods for sale -- as well as special items with local flavor that may help define who we are and generate a better understanding among our decorative painting sisters and brothers. At this year’s event, planned for 8 to 11 p.m. Monday night of Conference, we will be taking donations at the door for heart disease research and education and encourage everyone to wear red to show their support for this cause. A special silent auction will be held as well to raise funds for the American Heart Association, featuring painted metal hearts by some of your favorite artists, including Brenda Stewart CDA, TDA; Arlene Beck MDA; Debbie Cole CDA; Helan Barrick MDA; Gloria Koskey MDA; Cindy Forsythe MDA; Jean Grommon MDA; Shara Reiner CDA; Doxie Keller TDA; Maxine Thomas, Della Wetterman and Jo Avis Moore MDA. The deadline to book a table for your chapter is April 15, so please send in your participation forms, available on page 8 of the Conference Special, as soon as possible. If you have questions with regard to the Marketplace, please contact Cristy at (316) 269-9300, ext. 114 email@example.com
If you attended the 2006 Conference in Nashville, you know that the Chapter banquet tables were a huge hit. You loved them so much last year that Chapter banquet tables will return. Is your chapter planning to decorate a table for SDP’s Banquet at Anaheim? There is still time to sign up, but you must let us know by April 15.
Tables are assigned on a first-come basis. Choose a theme inspired by this year’s Conference theme, “Wild About Painting,” or location – Anaheim, Calif. -- or set your imagination free! Your theme can be anything: a painting style, a hobby, a season of the year, a specific era, your state or region, you name it. Each table is 70” in circumference and will require a centerpiece and favors for 10. Table linens, dinnerware and flatware are provided by the hotel, but if you would like to make a tablecloth or chair covers to complete the look, please do so. The tables can be decorated from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. (Chapters must pay for all their own decorations, giveaways, etc.) Banquet attendees will vote for outstanding designs and prizes will be awarded.
Even chapters – or individuals or groups -- who can not attend Conference can participate. Ship your table items to:
Start planning now and reserve your table by e-mailing Sue Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sheila Rouse at email@example.com. You also may call Cristy Keeton at SDP Headquarters at (316) 269-9300, ext. 114. Don’t delay. There are a limited number of tables to decorate!
Throughout the 35-year history of SDP, our chapters have been well-known for the kind works they do in their communities. In fact, our chapters contribute tens of thousands of hours of public service each year. To celebrate these good works – and to inspire more – All American Crafts and PaintWorks magazine sponsored the Chapter Community Challenge, open to all SDP affiliated chapters. At press time, judging for this contest was still underway, but we wanted to acknowledge each and every chapter that participated and the wonderful projects they submitted. See Issue #2 of The Decorative Painter for a complete list of all the chapters who entered the contest. The winners will be announced in Issue #3. Watch for a feature story about the grand prize-winning chapter in PaintWorks.
Warmest wishes and thanks to all the generous chapters who entered the Chapter Community Challenge and to All American Crafts and PaintWorks for contributing $1,000 in prizes to make this popular contest possible.
Where would we be without the special people who share their enthusiasm for decorative painting and dedication to SDP with others? If you know one of these inspiring individuals, now is the time to nominate them for an SDP Service Award. Submit your nomination in one or more of these categories: Silver Palette Award, Dedicated Service Award, Priscilla Hauser Award for Business and Industry and Outstanding Chapter Service Award. Awards will be presented at the 35th Annual SDP Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Nominations must be postmarked by April 23, 2007, to be considered by the Awards Committee. Visit the Membership area of www.decorativepainters.org for details and to download the nomination form.
By Lori Dougan, SDP Conference Director
By Joan Simpson, Volunteer Chair
Please talk to everyone in your chapter and family or friends that may be coming with you to Anaheim and ask for a few hours of their time to help out as a Conference volunteer. As noted in your Conference Special, all volunteers will receive a limited edition pin commemorating SDP's 35th birthday. Also, volunteers can earn a chance to win beautiful painted pieces that are being donated by some of our best known and beloved artists!
You can e-mail me at my personal address: firstname.lastname@example.org or my professional address: email@example.com.
• Caring for Children
By Lynda Goodman, Manatee Haven Decorative Artists, Citrus County, Fla.
The Citrus County Foster Parent program has a Christmas party for the Foster families each year and this year we were able to fill ten gift baskets will all types of "stuff" from our chapter. Each member donates as much as they can toward the gift baskets.
The contents of the baskets vary each year, but nearly all the items can be used for the care of the child: school supplies, medical supplies, household needs, anything that the foster parents might have to buy out of their pocket.
The families seem to really appreciate our effort!
By Lois Mueller, SDP PR Committee
1. Community Youth Art Exhibit
2. Youth Artist of the Month
This program will have a never-ending number of artists as the young people graduate and a new group of students take their places in the art classes.
The “Artist of the Month” program could easily be adapted for your chapter. Select one of your members as “Artist of the Month”. It is a way of letting the public know about your member’s talents and maybe even increase your membership.
• Apple Valley Paint-In
By Debbie Coover, Apple Valley Painters
Mary Kay did a great job of demonstrating and teaching both how to paint and how to apply tissue paper onto the gesso boards. This technique was fun to do and very interesting since many of us have never done this type of textured painting before.
• Christmas with Donna
By Gloria Schmertman, Gulf-to-Bay Decorative Artists, Sarasota, Fla.
On Feb. 26th, Chapter President Fran Swithenbank and I delivered 91 boxes to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, Calif. It was so much fun! We were met with open, smiling faces and gratitude for the boxes from the children. We met 2 of the clowns that donate their time for the children. They couldn't believe all the beautiful boxes that we brought! Many of our members purchased the boxes themselves and our chapter purchased the rest of them. Every one contributed their time to paint the boxes as well.
For more information about the Treasure Boxes for Kids program, visit SDP’s website.
• Colorful Palettes
By Marie Ellswort, Green Mountain Decorative Painters of Vermont
• Painting Ladies
(Reprinted by permission from the Dec 2, 2006 edition of the North Kitsap Herald)
The Puget Sound Tugboat Tolers, the Kitsap-based branch of the international Society of Decorative Painters, has decided to assemble art kits to send to orphans in the West African nation of Sierra Leone.
The Witts went to Malawi with an organization that has its roots, and home office, in Silverdale.
Today Children of the Nations operates children’s homes in Malawi and Sierra Leone and offers other aid in the Dominican Republic and Uganda.
Knapp said she volunteered to head the service project this year on the condition that it be this project. “Jeff and Kim came one evening and talked to us about this project,” Knapp said. “Everyone was thrilled to death. We all wanted to jump in with both feet. It’s just such a wonderful (project) — we have so much and these kids have so little.”
The group regularly paints beautiful “memory boxes” for parents whose babies die shortly after birth, which are given to local hospitals. That is a national project. They have also painted cute teddy bears and cheerful bunnies on suitcases for foster children, who otherwise are given plastic garbage bags for their belongings when they go into foster care. This is the first time they will be sending their “care” packages this far.
The kits will go to children at the recently opened group home in war-torn Sierra Leone capitol of Freetown. While the children have their basics, food, health care, clothing and schooling, covered by Children of the Nations, every child deserves some extras.
Experts who work with children who have experienced the type of trauma many of these children have, say art therapy can be a crucial healing element.
The kits will contain an assortment of colored pencils, Crayons, markers, watercolors, paper and other art supplies. The group hasn’t decided yet how they will package the supplies, but you can bet it will be from the heart.
In addition to the service projects, the group gets together simply to enjoy painting, and learn new techniques.
They meet monthly at the Peace Lutheran Church in Bremerton, and host five evening “Paint-Ins” and at least one national teacher a year. Every other month a member leads a three-hour painting class featuring a fun project.
Tole painting originally referred to decorative painting applied to tin, but the subject has expanded to include anything that can be painted, using a variety of media. Members paint in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pen and ink, in styles ranging from realism to floral and folk art.
“If it holds still we paint it,” Monica Bayness, Tugboat Tolers president, said. Bayness is a certified “one-stroke” instructor, a traditional technique in which a wide brush is loaded with two or more colors, creating a blended effect with a single brush stroke. “We try to have a learning experience every month,” she said. “You never know what will be taught so you don’t want to miss a meeting.”
She was excited about an upcoming meeting at which the Scandinavian art of rosemaling would be taught.
By Judy Harvey CDA, Cherokee Trails Decorative Painters
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• Ornaments for Anaheim
By Jo Lutness, SDP Treasurer
We are still accepting ornaments for the fundraiser. These ornaments will be for sale and on display on a Christmas tree at Anaheim Conference. If you would like to participate and are attending Conference, simply drop off your ornaments at the SDP Painters Boutique (sales booth) when you arrive. If you can’t make it to Conference, but would still like to paint ornaments and submit them for sale, please send them to Headquarters by April 1, 2007: SDP Ornaments, 393 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203-5968.
Artie Friederick is one of the members of the Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters in Woodstock, Va., who designed and painted the windows of Skyline Terrace Nursing Home with holiday decorations, as a community service project. Photo submitted by B.J. Grey.
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