The Society of Decorative Painters | Chapter Happenings | Volume 2 Issue 6 December 2006
For Immediate Release

In this Issue

Chapter Contest Deadline Nearing
Happy Birthday SDP
Congratulations, Branching Out Winners
Scholarships Available
A Reminder from Cristy
Quest for Excellence – Certification
Return of the Chapter Locator
Introduce Your Library to DP
Basket Full of Fun
TV Stars
Cards for a Friend
We Need Your Newsletters and Info
Run for Life
Heart to Heart
Bring in the Men
Annual Pin Exchange
Chapters and Shops
Decorative Showcase
Chapter Survey
At the Festival
Calgary 25th Anniversary
Installation Ceremony
Chapter Snapshots

• Chapter Contest Deadline Nearing

Remember, chapters: the deadline for entering the Chapter Community Challenge is
Dec. 31, 2006!

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:

  • Write an essay, (maximum of 500 words), describing your chapter’s most successful 2006 community project.
  • Submit your essay and support materials to SDP Headquarters (SDP, attn: Chapter Community Challenge, 393 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203-5968) by the deadline. Your entry must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2006.

Support materials may include:

  • No more than 3 photos.
  • Promo materials such as posters, invites or programs.
  • Any local press your project may have received.

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?

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.

• Happy Birthday, SDP

SDP is turning 35! Please help us celebrate her birthday by joining us in throwing a card party. All members are invited to paint/and or decorate a birthday card. Write SDP a note on the inside and tell her what she means to you. All cards will be displayed at Conference, with a selection featured in The Decorative Painter. Send your card by March 1, 2007, to: SDP Card Party, 393 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203-5968.

Congratulations, Branching Out Winners

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.

Scholarships Available

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

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.

 A Reminder from Cristy

Attention Chapters! Annual Chapter Forms and liability insurance payments were due on Dec. 6, 2006. If you have not submitted these yet, please take a few minutes to do so. Address them to Cristy Keeton, SDP, 393 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203. Thank you!

 Quest for Excellence – Certification

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.

 Return of the Chapter Locator

The chapter locator has now returned to the SDP website! We appreciate your continued patience as this section remains under construction. Currently, the 2006 President is listed as the contact person; however, we are in the process of making updates to list the 2007 President. Chapters will no longer have the capability to make their own changes, but the chapter president may contact 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. 

Introduce Your Library to DP

By Sheila Rouse, Chapter Committee Chair
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:  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!
With appreciation,
Susan Mynyk, TDA”

What a wonderful idea, Susan. Chapters, I hope you will send similar letters to your own local libraries – and do consider purchasing a Business membership for them. Let’s all help spread the word about our beloved art form.

• Basket Full of Fun

By Betty Anderson, Tulsa Town Tolers
Tulsa Town Tolers held their annual basket auction with 20 members donating baskets and raised over $600 for their club’s activities. Our only rule is that at least one item in the basket has to be hand painted. Members build exceptionally creative baskets and this year was no exception. There was a strawberry themed-basket given by Glena Becker filled with strawberry items and a hand painted strawberry slate. Barbara Buttram tempted the “other” palette with a huge “Soup Pot” with all the fixin’s, including soup bowls and a hand painted mini floral canvas. Gladys Walden presented a bright yellow basket that had wine, cheese and crackers; a nice tray painted with grapes and was complete with tablecloth and napkins, just ready for a lovely picnic in the park. There was a basket donated by Betty Anderson, “All About the Kitchen,” filled with kitchen items and a New York Times best selling cookbook with a little girl chef painted on it and an enamel painted glass bowl. A special shopping cart given by Joye Barker was filled with “made in Oklahoma” products which consisted of Frankoma Pottery, Garden Club Jam, Shawnee Mills Cornbread Mix, Griffin’s Syrup, Cain’s Black Pepper, Oklahoma Grown Popcorn, Cowpatty Chocolate Candy, an Oklahoma-shaped cookie cutter with Oklahoma and American flags from the Liberty Flag Company. The painted item in this basket was our state bird, the Scissortail Flycatcher, painted in oils on canvas. The winning basket, judged by the members as most creative, was furnished by Linda Walker and was a gourd basket filled with painted and unpainted gourds, a gourd book, paint and painting supplies. There wasn’t a basket in the group you wouldn’t have wanted to take home. A great time was had by all!

TV Stars

By Carol Cook, Live Oak Chapter
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.

Cards for a Friend

A little bird, (well, several little birds, actually), told us that Jan Scheuerman MDA has been taking chemo and her birthday was December 15. A card shower has been organized by her friends to lift her spirits. If you would like to participate and show your support, her address is:
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.

We Need Your Newsletters and Info

By Sheila Rouse, Chapters Committee Chair
Are you sending SDP your chapter newsletters? We’d love to have them! If you send by e-mail, just add  to your distribution list. If you mail your newsletter the old-fashioned way, please forward your newsletter to Society of Decorative Painters, ATTN Chapter Newsletter, 393 N. McLean Boulevard, Wichita, KS 67203-5968.

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
Chapter Website 
Location and times you meet 
Please e-mail this info to

Run for Life

By Iris Hardy, Bluenose Decorative Artists
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.

Heart to Heart

By Sheila Rouse, Chapter Committee Chair
The Chapter Marketplace at Nashville Conference was such a great success; we’ve decided to do it again in Anaheim! Last year we all wore pink and raised funds for both the individual chapters and breast cancer research and education. In 2007, we’ll wear red and help support the American Heart Association.

Where: SDP’s 35th Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
When: Monday, May 28th, 8 -11 p.m.
Why: To help chapters raise funds, to raise funds for the American Heart Association
          and to have lots of FUN!

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.

Bring in the Men

By Buzz Smith, SDP Goodwill Ambassador
Dear Friends:
I am on a rampage campaign to get men introduced to the Society and the benefits that are available. I want 2007 to be the Year of Men in Decorative Painting and I feel the only way to accomplish this is with the help and co-operation of all the local chapters. I really want to make this a major ambition of mine this coming year and hope to induce many others to offer their support and help.

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

(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
(Third row) Anne Black, Trish Latham, Barb Teerlinck, Nancy Powell)

Annual Pin Exchange

By Cherri Lamar, Mid-South Decorative Artists
In August, for several years now, we have had a Membership Luncheon at the home of Mid-South Decorative Artists’ member Anne Black. As part of the luncheon, it has now become a tradition for five years to hold a pin exchange. This is the hit of the luncheon.

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. 

Chapters and Shops

By Barbara Jenkins CDA
Lucky you if there is a chapter and painting shop or studio in your neighborhood or within driving distance.

The relationship between a chapter and shop or studio is crucial for the betterment of both.
Arrangements between the shop owner and the chapter with respect to obtaining product and supplies could benefit both parties as well. Maybe a shop could offer chapter member discounts as a goodwill gesture. The shop owner should be only too happy to make sure the chapter members are welcome to attend classes and seminars as well. Alternately, if the chapters support the shop by encouraging members to purchase supplies, attend classes and give the shops an opportunity to showcase their current projects, this benefits everyone.

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. 

•Decorative Showcase

By Laurie Kollins, Apple Blossom Decorative Painters
The Van Matre Senior Center in Mountain Home, Ark., had opened their hearts to our chapter and offered the center as our new meeting place. This is the first year to use their facility for our annual October Decorative Art Showcase and we have made an impression. We wanted to share our showcase with you, also.

Chapter Survey

By Sheila Rouse, SDP Chapters Committee Chair
In the last Chapter Happenings I admitted that I am a procrastinator. Well, it appears that I am in good company, because I haven’t received the answers to my survey for the Chapters Gathering in Anaheim.  Please take a moment from your busy schedule to answer the following questions. 

  1. How do you encourage members to get more involved in chapter activities?
  2. How is your chapter involved in your local community?
  3. What would you like to see SDP do to be more involved with your chapter? What can the chapter do to be more involved with SDP? 
  4. How does your chapter get involved with SDP’s Annual Conference? How can SDP promote more chapter involvement at Conference?
Please send your responses to these questions – whether you’re a chapter officer or member – to Sheila Rouse, SDP Chapters Committee Chair at
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! 

Lee Blackwell (wo)mans the table.

At the Festival

By Alise Duerr, Brevard Brush Strokes
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.

Calgary 25th Anniversary

By Carole McIntosh, Calgary Decorative Artists
Calgary, Alberta, located in Canada’s northwest in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is an exciting place to be in June and July because of its world famous Calgary Stampede. June 2006, however, was even more special because the Calgary Decorative Artists (with nearly 80 members) celebrated its 25th anniversary in affiliation with the Society of Decorative Painters. 

“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.

• Installation Ceremony

Submitted by Suzanne Olson, Heart of Ohio Tole
(Editors Note: Many chapter members are seeking new and interesting ways to present installation ceremonies. Suzanne Olson was kind enough to share HOOT’s ceremony script, to inspire those who are creating or revamping their installation ceremony.)

Please click HERE to read the Installation Script  
Will open in a new window. Close window to return to this page.

• Chapter Snapshots

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.

About Chapter Happenings

Chapter Happenings is published bimonthly by the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) for members of its affiliated chapters. Do you have a story, photo or idea for Chapter Happenings?
E-mail Sheila Rouse at If you would like to be removed from the e-mail list please contact

top of page