The Society of Decorative Painters | Chapter Happenings | Volume 7 Issue 1 March 2011

In this Issue

• A Message from Becky

We are just eight weeks from SDP Conference and we hope that you are planning to join us May 16-21 in Wichita. There are fun events going on such as Opening Party, Chapters Gathering, Banquet and the Annual Meeting, and of course, more than one hundred booths filled with amazing products.

Have you see the SDP Conference video on YouTube? If so, fantastic! Please forward it to all of your friends and they will see how fun Conference is! If you don’t have time to take classes, just stop in for some shopping. Expo admission is just $10 a day. Visit the website for a $2-off coupon.

We could sure use your help volunteering at Conference! See the story below for more details.

Have you seen the gorgeous giclee by Mary Jo Leisure CDA, TDA that is now available? Do not miss this golden opportunity! Pre-orders are now being taken for this luminous artwork, Kansas Gold. Place your order by March 28. If you order in advance, and attend Conference, you can get yours signed by Mary Jo herself!

We look forward to seeing you in May.
Becky Gray
SDP Chapters Coordinator

• From Your President

Dear Members:

The SDP Board of Directors, staff and Membership Task Force would like to thank everyone who took our recent survey about Membership. Each and every answer and comment will be studied and taken into consideration as we plan for the future. The goal of the survey was to find positive ways to move SDP forward and to grow as an organization. We need to explore the membership's willingness to stretch and grow as members and chapters, and to embrace a new generation of decorative painters. We need to know in what ways our members want to move forward and grow. We cannot plan for the future without asking our members for input. And we are so grateful your responses!

There are many painters out there, beginners as well as experienced ones. We need to make SDP known to them, and we need to take action to make SDP an even more appealing organization that they want to join and will be proud to be a part of. I know there were many complaints about the survey's lack of comment space. The survey is electronically compiled, which makes it difficult to insert comments. Remember you can always send your comments to SDP and/or me.

No current plans for major changes are in place, but we need to pick up the challenge of increasing our membership. It is every single member's job to make us bigger and better. Again, thank you for responding to the survey and making your voice heard.

Nancy Genetti,
SDP President Pro Tem

• Pick of the Crop

It’s another original heirloom quilt, and we just know it would look stunning in your home! “Fruit & Flowers,” the 2011 SDP Foundation Fundraising quilt, bears a bounty of luscious botanicals. This hand-quilted masterpiece comprises twenty-five blocks, painted by members of the 2010-11 SDP Board of Directors and beloved “big brushes.” Drawing tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winning ticket will be selected May 20, 2011 at the Annual Banquet at SDP’s 39th Conference and Expo in Wichita. Funds raised will benefit the SDP Foundation. To enter, download drawing tickets here and fill out each ticket you wish to submit. Mail the tickets, along with $1 per ticket (or $5 for every six tickets) to Quilt Drawing, SDP, 393 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203-5968. Remember: the more tickets you buy, the better your chance of winning!

• We Need You!

It takes a lot of people to make SDP Conference a success each year. We need you to help make SDP Conference a rousing success. Even if you only have an hour or two to give, your time will make a difference.

Here are some of our volunteer opportunities:

  • Classroom helpers
  • Chapters Marketplace
  • Classroom setup
  • Liquidate & Education booth
  • Package check-in
  • Registration booth
  • SDP sales booth (Painters Boutique)
  • Relief at vendors booths
  • Teardown assistance on Saturday
  • Election tellers

Volunteers do not have to be SDP members (except for election tellers). If you live near Wichita, maybe that friend who you’ve been trying to get to join your chapter would like the chance to see what it is all about before committing. Being a volunteer for a morning or afternoon might just give her the taste she needs to make that decision to get involved. If you’re traveling to Conference with friends or family remember that non-painting mates and friends make awesome volunteers, too.

Not only will volunteers receive the appreciation of the Society and satisfaction that comes from helping, but also a limited edition charm. The names of those volunteers who put in at least five hours will be entered in a drawing for original painted pieces created and provided by members of Decorative Arts Business Alliance. And a special $150 prize will be given to the Volunteer of the Year.

Download the Volunteer Form here. Please make copies for your friends and fill one out for yourself, as well. Mail your form to Volunteer Chair Donna Talerico, as soon as you can. You can also feel free to email Donna at  if you have questions.

• Show Your Chapter’s Colors

A favorite tradition at Conference is the Chapter Banner parade at the Annual Banquet. Any chapter with members attending Conference can participate, so plan now to include your chapter in the fun. Here’s how it works:

  • Assign a member of your chapter to bring your chapter’s banner to Conference. 
  • The banner-holder will need to store your banner in his or her hotel room until banquet. 
  • Bring the banner to banquet on Friday night. All participating chapters will be asked to come to one side of the stage with their banners. 
  • One by one, chapters will parade their banner across the stage, stopping at the microphone to share brief information about their chapter, such as location, year of affiliation, number of members, etc. 
  • This is not limited to one member per chapter. If a chapter is represented at Conference by several members, they all may participate in the parade.

• Calling all Chapters!

Now is the time to reserve your table for Chapters Marketplace at Wichita Conference. Join us on Tuesday night from 8-10 p.m. Meet new friends, reunite with old friends, have some fun buying goodies for your shopping list, play some games, and win a door prize.

Don’t forget! This is also an opportunity for your chapter to participate in an easy fundraiser with all of your proceeds going to your chapter. The cost for a table is just $20. Visit the website for complete details and to register.

Download the application here.

• Decorate a table

By Sherry Choquette
Banquet tables! Wow! There was nothing like seeing fifty banquet tables decorated for the Friday night banquet. All of them were decorated with delightful and different themes and ideas from creative chapters and individuals. Please join us in this fun event by decorating a table. You can use other ideas as inspiration, such as the area from which your chapter originates. Anyone can participate: individuals, chapters, teachers or exhibitors. Contact me at to reserve one or more tables.

Redwood Projects

By Karen Wagner, Redwood Decorative Artists    
The Redwood Decorative Artists of Humboldt County, California, have been busy with two large projects—restoring a large nativity scene and painting calendar headers for a senior care home. In addition, they updated their name from Redwood Tole Folk to Redwood Decorative Artists, effective January 2011.

Last year they were asked to restore thirteen large wooden nativity figures for the Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Calif. Since the figures were very weather-worn, chapter members spent many hours and days restoring the wood and painting the nativity scene. Chapter members donated the paints and labor and Jo Sonja’s Folk Art Studio, Eureka, donated the varnish and space in which to paint the large figures.

The nativity, created about 20 years ago, was a project of Sister Marie Jeanette, who was unhappy about its poor condition and possible demolition. She did not know about the restoration and was surprised by Hospital CEO Joe Mark at the revealing early in December. The Redwood Decorative Artists were pleased to present the nativity to the hospital and to the community.

This year the Redwood Decorative Artists also presented twelve plaques to Dolly Frye of Frye’s Care Home in Cutten. The plaques are used as monthly headings for the residents’ activity calendar. The members painted designs depicting scenes and flowers appropriate for each month. The Redwood Decorative Artists also provide candy treats in hand-painted cups for the residents at Easter and Halloween.


With Love to U.S. Troops

By Norma Hinkle, Apple Valley Painters
Apple Valley Painters are supporting U.S. armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards on which to write home on. The card shown above was designed and taught by our member Barb Noel to chapter members at our January 2011 paint-in.

You might ask, “What is Operation Write Home?” It is a merry band of thousands of card makers made up of Americans—and citizens of other nations too—who care about our military, and want to support them with creativity and encouragement. Crafters and artists of all ages and levels of experience have participated since 2007... and are on the way to a landmark one million cards!

Care packages filled with hundreds of handmade cards are sent to service personnel. Each box is packed with great care, alternating styles and colors, creating "eye candy" for heroes who are usually surrounded only with khaki. It presents soldiers with an opportunity to have a card on which to write home to friends and family. The topper on each box is a plastic bag filled with twenty to thirty letters from adults and children across the country, letters handed out especially to those in need of a positive word from the home front.

Fundraising Made Easy

By Past President Sheila Rouse, Penn’s Woods Painters
We're always asking Penn’s Woods Painters members to paint, paint, paint for fundraisers so in 2010 we decided to incorporate two easy fundraisers. 

In May we invited a representative from Tastefully Simply to put up a table at our chapter meeting and give us a sampling of her products. We then had an "online party" taking orders from that meeting until the July meeting. Without having to hardly lift a finger, we made just over $200 plus earned $150 worth of product which we will include in one of our meeting raffles.

This month we're having an equally easy fundraiser. We made arrangements with a local restaurant. We give out cards to family and friends inviting them to have lunch or dinner on a specific date. They go to dinner at the restaurant on that date and simply hand the waitress the card and we receive 25% of the total bill. Again -- we hardly have to lift a finger!

Brushing and Bragging in Texas

By Nevie Lacy, Brush and Brag
Brush and Brag, the San Angelo, Texas, chapter of SDP, participated in Christmas at Old Fort Concho in San Angelo. This event is the historic fort's annual celebration of the season, featuring many living history re-enactors, artillery and cavalry demonstrations, historical exhibits, demonstrations, live music, and shopping.

The chapter submitted a design by member Sara Hasty for a uniformed Santa bell ornament to be sold at the annual event as the 2010 official commemorative ornament. The design was accepted, and under Sara's direction, Brush and Brag members painted 325 soldier Santa bell ornaments for the event. The bells were painted on cardboard yarn spools donated by Ingrid Custom Hand Woven Rugs, an historic wool mill in nearby Paint Rock, Texas. The ornament sold out during the event, and served as a fundraiser for both Brush and Brag and Fort Concho. Fort Concho Executive Director Bob Bluthardt estimated between 15,000 and 17,000 people participated in the event this year.

Fort Concho board members were so pleased with the quality of the ornaments that they invited Brush and Brag to exhibit their work during the event. Members brought a variety of items from their personal collections to exhibit in the Visitors Center at the Fort during the three day event, and also staffed the exhibit to answer questions and hand out brochures about the chapter. Several Fort Concho board members visited the exhibit, encouraging members to submit a design for 2011 as well. During the exhibit, Brush and Brag was also able to display information regarding the chapter's seminars scheduled for 2011 as well as an assortment of birdhouses the club painted for another community service project. For that project, a number of members painted birdhouses to decorate a new community garden being established as the "People Plant Connection Garden."

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