|The Society of Decorative Painters | Chapter Happenings | Volume 2 Issue 6 December 2006
For Immediate Release
In this Issue
Chapter Contest Deadline Nearing
Remember, chapters: the deadline for entering the Chapter Community Challenge is
This special contest for SDP Chapters, sponsored by All American Crafts/PaintWorks, honors our wonderful members who give so many hours of service to their communities throughout the world (nearly 100,000 hours in 2005!)
The contest is open to all SDP affiliated chapters in good standing. Here’s how it works:
Support materials may include:
Each chapter can enter just once. The contest applies to any community project a chapter has undertaken in 2006. Entries will be judged according to creativity, originality, scope and percentage of chapter members involved. Let us know: did your project increase awareness of decorative painting? Did it help you recruit members?Prizes:
Grand Prize: $600 party budget and a feature in a 2007 issue of PaintWorks.
First place: $250 party budget
Second: $150 party budget
Third Place: Gift basket
Thanks to All American Crafts/PaintWorks for generously donating all cash prizes.
Great job, Village Painters of Livonia, Michigan! You are the winners of the 2006 Branching Out Program membership building contest. The Village Painters increased their membership by 28% and will receive a medal for their chapter banner, the chapter’s name on the Branching Out Family Tree sculpture at SDP Headquarters and one free registration to the 2007 SDP Annual Conference in Anaheim. Every chapter that participated will receive a Branching Out embroidered patch for their chapter banner. It’s time to gear up for 2007! Grow your chapter by adding new members in the New Year.The Branching Out program is open to all affiliated SDP chapters. Participating chapters must recruit brand-new members, (never-before members or members who have not been an SDP member in 2005 and 2006). Complete the form that will be published in Issue #2 of the 2007 Decorative Painter and include the names of new members recruited. Only members recruited for the 2007 membership year (now through Aug. 31, 2007) will be credited toward the 2007 program. Each chapters membership numbers are based on the annual chapter form sent to SDP Headquarters each December.
How would you use an SDP Scholarship? Financial assistance is available in three areas: SDP Chapter Scholarship, SDP Member Scholarship and Community Outreach Scholarship. Scholarship recipients have used funds to stage fundraisers, study painting abroad, increase awareness of decorative painting in their community, establish youth art programs and much more. Applicants must be members in good standing of SDP. Interested? Request an application by calling Yvonne Banman at (316) 269-9300, ext. 109 or e-mailing Yvonne@decorativepainters.org.
Here’s a nice letter from one of our Scholarship recipients:“I won an SDP scholarship in 2005, and it really is responsible for kick-starting me back into the painting world. I teach painting, and with that scholarship, I took a class with JoSonja Jansen, and that got my juices flowing! I am so thankful to SDP for offering these scholarships, they mean different things to different people, but to me, it renewed my painting and teaching passion. I really want to give back to the SDP (I plan to volunteer at the convention) and to my chapter especially for all the years I have been a member (19 now, at least 14 of them on the board of my chapter) and they have supported me and our other members. Thanks so much.”
Judy Elvey, Redwood Tole Folk of Eureka, Calif.
We often hear, “I waited too long to start my certification entry. I wish you could send me a reminder.” Well here it is – your friendly reminder! Entries are due by April 30, 2007 so if you haven’t started yet, now would be a good time to get your portfolio and begin.Please click HERE for more info. - Will open in a new window. Close window to return to this page.
email@example.com with any changes that are desired. If your chapter has a website that is not listed, please send the address, as we’d love to include the link to that as well.
I recently received a message from Susan Mynyk TDA, Chairman of the SDP Education Committee, where she said “Imagine if each chapter could adopt a library ... each one reach one!!”
I’m sharing Susan’s idea with you and I would like to go one step further and encourage each chapter to enroll its local library as a business member of the Society of Decorative Painters – the library and its patrons would love the subscription to The Decorative Painter. Susan wrote the following letter to her own local library in Texas as an introduction.
“I was at our wonderful library today and spent some time looking over the magazine selections that are offered. I noticed that my very favorite hobby, shared by more than 25,000 decorative painting enthusiasts, was not represented in the magazine assortment.
Decorative painting is a diverse art form that utilizes a variety of techniques to decorate functional and nonfunctional surfaces. Its roots can be traced back hundreds of years throughout Europe and in America. However, it may surprise you to learn that decorative painting is a teachable art form that requires no academic training or artistic ability.
The premier magazine about this historic art form is called The Decorative Painter. I would very much like to donate a subscription of this extraordinary painting publication to the library. Is that a gift the library would be willing to accept and able to allocate display space for?
You can see a sample issue and review the contents at: http://www.decorativepainters.com/dpissue52006.php Or, if you prefer, I can personally deliver the current issue to you this week.
Please let me know your thoughts. I look forward to the opportunity to share this wonderful art form with you!
By Betty Anderson, Tulsa Town Tolers
The Live Oak Chapter recently was on a very popular local CBS talk show, Mid-Morning Live. This is one of the ways we celebrated Decorative Painting Month. We are a fairly new chapter, now in our third year, but we're off and running. Or should I say painting? We're delighted that we have already had a good response from the public, with new members expected this month at our next meeting. Jean Shatto is our membership chairperson, and the Founding President, Tammy Kahn, is our Chairperson for Decorative Painting Month this year. I'm so proud to tell you about our group. The Magnolia pillow matches the hand painted quilt that we will be raffling off in December. We hope you find this as exciting as we did.
Jan Scheuerman MDA
P.O. Box 189
Boxholm, Iowa 50040
We wish you all the best, Jan! Lots of love from the Board and Staff of SDP.
By Sheila Rouse, Chapters Committee Chair
We are in the process of updating the 2007 Chapter information. Would you take a moment to provide me with the following information for your chapter:Chapter Name
2007 Chapter President
Mailing Address of Chapter President
E-mail address of Chapter President
Location and times you meet
Please e-mail this info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On October 1, 2006, five members of the Bluenose Decorative Artists of Nova Scotia ran or walked with 5000 others to raise funds for breast cancer research. Pictured is BDA Past President Carol Hiltz in the pink shirt that designates that she is a cancer survivor. We are hopeful that next year we will have more BDA members join us in this effort, particularly since we have had several chapter members survive this terrible disease and are now in remission. Participation in an event like this gives us great hope that this disease can truly be beaten.
By Sheila Rouse, Chapter Committee Chair
Where: SDP’s 35th Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
There will be chapter items for sale, plus a silent auction of painted hearts by well-known decorative artists. All donations at the door will benefit the American Heart Association.Plus, you won’t want to miss this opportunity for YOUR chapter to benefit by having a sales table at the Marketplace. Send in the form found on page 8 of the SDP Conference Special. Remember, the postmark/payment deadline is March 1, 2007.
By Buzz Smith, SDP Goodwill Ambassador
A while back there was discussion about men and their place in the decorative painting world. I would like to suggest that it's time for the local chapters of the SDP to seriously consider getting more men involved. Therefore, I am going to start a campaign to try to interest chapters in holding a Men's Night, possibly in March or May.My idea would work something like this. Invite all the men in the members’ lives including husbands, teenage sons, and boyfriends -- and also ask them to bring along their male friends. The chapters could set up a display of finished work and also a display of a piece from start to finish that would include prepping, basecoating, decorating and finishing. Include a display of products associated with decorative painting and make sure it includes all types of mediums: watercolor, acrylics, oils and all types of surfaces: wood, tin, canvas, recycled furniture, etc. And last, but not least, offer some sort of a small make-it and take-it project. Of course this would be of a social nature, so refreshments and a conversation period should be included. I personally feel there is entire new market out there waiting to be discovered and want to encourage our Society Members to find ways to tap that market. Any and all comments are welcomed. You may reach me at email@example.com.
(From left front) Terri Osteen, Janet Kelley, Barbara Latham, Peggy Doyle, Gail Bishop,(Second row) Joyce Anderson, Betty Byrd, Shirley Fechner, Tricia Nabors, Sandy Lemons, Lisa Ketchum
By Cherri Lamar, Mid-South Decorative Artists
As new members join our club, they are quick to become involved in the pin exchange. This year we had 16 participate. Each year as we grow, so does the exchange. Each person who wants to participate signs up ahead of time so everyone knows how many pins to paint, and we add one to that number for a contest and door prize. Set a cut-off date, so the number to paint is established with enough time for everyone to get their pins done. We put all the extra pins on a pillow (which acts as the door prize) and use the pillow for the contest, placing a number adjacent to each pin. Members vote for their favorite pin, identifying it by number. We have first, second and third prizewinners. Of course, the real prize of this event is the pin exchange itself, because if you participate, you get to take home one of every pin!
The pins can be of any size, shape or design, such as a holiday pattern. In the past, we have had everything from sea shells to fuzzy bears, painted on wood pieces, watercolor paper, paper mache’ -- you name it! -- and plenty of embellishments, too. This year Nancy Powell even collected keys from all her friends and family to paint.Participants bring the pins in a bag or box, so no one sees them until the unveiling, when all the pins are put on the pillow at the same time for voting, so we don’t know who painted them. People frequently ask our members, “Where did you get that beautiful pin?” and we tell them all about the exchange and our wonderful painting chapter.
Nancy Powell came up with this great idea and has coordinated the event for the past several years. The pins need to be planned at least six to eight weeks prior to the event. Carefully plan your projects. Projects need to be easy enough for several to be completed. Participants should be able to take home a totally hand painted project, signed and dated by a friend. Most of all, exchangers should have a lot of fun!It is a good idea to provide sign-up sheets for contact information from new people. This will help you to send out chapter newsletters to potential members as a follow-up. In addition, have chapter brochures or business cards available to hand out to interested exchangers.
By Barbara Jenkins CDA
The relationship between a chapter and shop or studio is crucial for the betterment of both.
Maybe your chapter and your local shop could collaborate on some fun events, such as a midnight pajama party where you paint until the wee hours, get a project done and get to know each other. It would be easier to have painting events in the shops as they are set up with lighting, tables and chairs.
Our local chapter has welcomed my business partner and myself with open arms. Their members attend our classes and events regularly. They email our open house information to all their members encouraging them to shop with us and take classes. My business partner and I attend as many chapter meetings as we can, get involved in their community events and offer to teach projects on a regular basis.Successful shops cannot exist without the support of chapters in these evolving times in the decorative painting industry. Supportive chapters and local shops can have a very happy marriage if each respects the other’s talents. We need to be a cohesive unit protecting the interests of each other and together, the shops and chapters can enjoy a very productive and happy painting life. Remember, what keeps this industry strong is local shops introducing new members to this art form who then, in turn, join chapters and bring new blood to them as well.
Front row from left: Marty Mace, President Debralee Alexander and Second Vice President Laurie Kollins.
Second row from left: Lucy DePierro, Mida Bower, Mary Shields, Misty Gentry and Mary McCasland.
Back row from left: Luann Stone, First Vice President Janet Buschbacher, Gloria Stupay, Maggie Rowe, Sandi Cameron and Patty Hanek.
By Laurie Kollins, Apple Blossom Decorative Painters
By Sheila Rouse, SDP Chapters Committee Chair
The Chapters Gathering in Anaheim will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 1, 2007. Join our Wild Tea Party for the Chapters Gathering and decorate a special tea cup (and saucer) to trade. Tea cups can be decorated in any way – paint or embellish. Just make them fun and wild!
For Decorative Painting Month, Brevard Brush Strokes set up a table and display at the annual Fall Melbourne, Florida, Art Festival. We displayed some of the memory boxes and suitcases we paint for community service projects and sold fundraising raffle tickets as well as signed up some new members.
Six charter members of the Calgary Decorative Artists chapter were able to be present at the 25th Anniversary celebration. From left to right are: Carol Ruether, Shirley Terrill, Maureen Unland, Denise Johnson, Carole Cunningham, Jo Allan.
By Carole McIntosh, Calgary Decorative Artists
“Our group started back in the early Spring of 1980,” President Carole McIntosh said, “with a small group of ladies with a passion for decorative art. They met for coffee and organized our chapter which has survived for 25 years and has an active, growing membership. We are particularly proud that we are just one of a handful of chapters in Canada.”
The 25th anniversary was marked with a special dinner. Several of the founding members were present. There was a memory wall with wonderful photos and written messages and memories from many members. Our Program Committee, headed by First Vice-President Anne McGillvary, spoiled everyone with special place settings (all in silver of course!). There were special charger plates which everyone got to take home, painted name tags and special wine glasses. Everyone delighted in the Beef Wellington and, oh yes, the chocolate fountain!
The June dinner always includes a silent auction and this year members went out of their way to paint something special. This event raised over $1,800.
All members received the pin designed by artist Maureen McNaughton to benefit breast cancer research and education. This was certainly a memorable touch.
Our chapter will continue to thrive and grow and play an active part in the Calgary Community. We delight in our affiliation with the Society and we stay connected through The Decorative Painter magazine, the annual Conference and the love of our art form and its many facets.
Submitted by Suzanne Olson, Heart of Ohio Tole
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The Palm Coast Decorative Painters held a Learn to Paint Day at the Flagler County Library in Palm Coast, Florida.Photo submitted by Letitia Fraedrick.
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