Society of Decorative Painters -
1220 E. First St. Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: (316 ) 269-9300 Fax: (316) 269-9191
Hours of Operation: 8:30 - 4:30 Central Time, Monday - Friday
Contact list with Emails and Office Phone Extensions
I was trying to clean a wooden board off the other day, and found that the only thing that really worked well, without a lot of work was rubbing alcohol. I had some old, and I mean some very old brushes that I really liked, but were really well used on walls and wood with paint caked in. I got some of those brushes and soaked them for just a few minutes in some rubbing alcohol (70%). They cleaned right up and were so soft, almost like new, so I got all my brushes out and did a good clean up on all of them. I researched online and found that artists from years ago used alcohol on their brushes as well. After I cleaned each brush, I would also dip them in hydrogen peroxide to finish the cleaning. Then rinse with clear water. The results are amazing. Finish your shaping as always. You will not have to do much of that with this cleaning. I wish I had learned this trick years ago. Alcohol really works well and fast to clean paint off wood, too. I have not had time to try this on canvas yet.
Your Tips Needed!
With hundreds of chapters all over the world, SDP is a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of painting, from brushstrokes to organizing chapter fundraisers. We’d like to make use of that knowledge.
We are now accepting submissions for the chapter Tip of the Month. Have a successful member drive, fundraising program, or community event? Know the perfect formula for holding a great seminar? Submit your ideas, and your program could be published on the SDP blog, in Chapter Happenings, or in The Decorative Painter.
All articles will then be added to the forthcoming SDP Resource Center—an online resource that will have a variety of guides for painters, chapters, teachers, and businesses.
For more information, or to submit your idea, contact SDP Marketing & Communications Coordinator Matthew Clagg at (316) 269-9300 ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.(Back to Top)
Have a question about SDP, chapters, decorative painting, The Decorative Painter, or decorative painting business? At the Chapters & Members Gathering a panel of experts will be available to answer your questions. There will be a drawing for a painted piece from the members who send in questions that are in attendance. All members are welcome to submit questions; you do not need to attend Conference or the gathering to send one. The information will be gathered and made available. Send questions to Nancy Genetti at email@example.com by April 1.(Back to Top)
We need your help! Would you or your chapter help paint favors for one or more tables at the banquet? We are asking for ten place mats (Roc Lon makes great place mats) and favors per table. Attendees love to come into the room and see what has been painted. You are free to use any theme you choose. The centerpieces will once again be prints of Conference artwork by Mark Polmochak. You can coordinate with the Conference artwork or let your imagination take over…holidays, flowers, animals, etc.
You do not need to be at Conference to participate. You can mail your decorations to SDP and the Chapters Committee will place them on the table for you.
Please let Nancy Genetti know ASAP, or by April 1 at the latest, if you or your chapter will participate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of tables you are committing to, your contact name, your email address, and whether you are bringing the decorations to Conference or mailing to SDP.(Back to Top)
Like so many of us, the Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida (DASF) chapter was heartbroken when learning of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Members of DASF quickly decided that they wanted to reach out to those impacted by the storm, to let them know that they are not forgotten.
Chapter member Suzanne Mikulka CDA learned of the destruction suffered by St. Mary of the Isle Catholic Church in Long Beach, New York, and knew this community needed a lift in spirits. The church, its parish hall, and many area homes were severely damaged by the storm, and the community was left feeling helpless and hopeless. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Suzanne and her fellow DASF members decided to take advantage of the holiday by remembering parishioners of Reverend Brian Barr’s congregation.
Chapter members convened at Suzanne’s home for a lunch meeting and painted heart-shaped lids to sit atop glass candy dishes. While Suzanne served lunch to the group, other members filled the containers with Valentine’s candy. Members lovingly donated their time, talent, and candy to ship blessings and a little bit of love to Long Beach.
Painters included Suzanne Mikulka CDA, Joyce Carden, Karen Close, Marilyn Dunn, Libby Flickinger, Jean Jones, Donna Laemmle, Leanne McLure, Fran Peterman, Lynne Reinas, and Madonna Williams.(Back to Top)
When the Cactus Wren Decorative Painters chapter of Phoenix, Ariz., decided to celebrate International Decorative Painting Month in a big way, they knew just the way to do it. What better venue to reach thousands of people than a booth at one of the nation’s longest running and most respected women’s expos?
For two days in October 2012, Cactus Wren members worked together to operate a gorgeous booth at Phoenix’s Ultimate Women’s Expo. The expo is one of only six across the country, and draws nearly twenty thousand attendees during its two-day run. Guests of the expo enjoyed food, massages, fashion shows, cooking classes, and this year, the art of decorative painting.
In addition to introducing possible new members to the world of SDP, the Wrens also focused on advertising their DecoArt-sponsored Come Paint With Us classes. Guests who visited the booth were given information on the chapter’s new painting classes, and were entered into a free raffle for a batik watercolor, painted by one of the Wrens’ local members. In an effort to tell expo attendees who SDP is and what we do, the Wrens displayed a slide show featuring chapter members and their art, painting classes, and some of SDP’s national teachers.
One of the main events at the Cactus Wrens’ expo booth was their drink coaster make-it-take-it project. Members were able to engage more than three hundred guests in a fun and creative hands-on painting experience. This was an event that no doubt had guests thinking about painting and SDP long after they had left the expo. And the painting sessions were not limited to adults, but extended to future SDP members—children. Cactus Wren member Shirley Heckler recounted a special memory, which she said helped make the whole weekend well worth it. As she observed a young mother and her autistic son paint together, Shirley watched a delighted smile spread across the boy’s face. His mother later remarked that painting was not a form of therapy she had considered before, but she was excited to have discovered a fun activity they could do together.
After the work of running the booth was over, the real legwork began. In the following days, chapter members sifted through the hundreds of raffle tickets from the expo and, with the information contained in them, contacted each and every person who expressed interest. To each of the seventy-eight interested in learning more about decorative painting, and the thirty interested in becoming Cactus Wren members, an invitation to the chapter’s November meeting was extended. While getting to know the Cactus Wrens at this meeting, each guest was able to paint Christmas ornaments given to them by the chapter.
Members of the Cactus Wrens felt privileged to be a part of such a successful expo, and they are excited to welcome new members and painting friends into their chapter. Events such as this, in which so many people are introduced to SDP, are key in helping member numbers grow.(Back to Top)
The SDP Foundation has a scholarship program to help SDP members attend seminars, conferences, or to carry out activities in decorative painting. Look it up at DecorativePainters.org to learn more and apply.
Many chapters are now creating their own scholarship programs to provide assistance for chapter members unable to pay dues. If your chapter has active members who have contributed greatly to the chapter but are now thinking about dropping out because their income no longer allows them to pay dues, you may want to start a scholarship program.
These members need to be SDP members before they participate in the chapter. Perhaps the chapter could pay half of the SDP dues for a few members who demonstrate need and participate with time donated to the chapter.
The important thing is to establish the guidelines in advance, such as an income below a certain amount and a certain amount of chapter involvement in the past year. This helps avoid disappointment from people applying who don’t need it as much as others. It also takes away subjectivity and makes it a fair process.
In one chapter, it was announced that there were some members in need and the president asked if anyone would be willing to contribute toward the $100 needed to pay their dues. They passed a basket and had the amount covered by the end of the meeting. After that, they decided if this happened again, they would have a 50/50 raffle and use the proceeds for this purpose.
Whether it’s a simple raffle or an official scholarship program, please consider helping those in need who have contributed so much in the past.
All of us are pinching pennies in this economy, so also don’t forget to download and print the list of SDP member discounts from the Members’ page on the SDP website. I have it clipped on the file cabinet next to my computer and never order online without checking it first.
I hope you will join me in saving money and showing appreciation to these business members who are supporting us in painting.(Back to Top)
Looking for new ways to promote your chapter? Try these tips to use your newsletter to get the word out and new members in!
Although it can often become frustrating when you are hounded for receipts and invoices, chapter members should not underestimate the importance of a good treasurer and the financial records they are responsible for keeping. Just as a chapter’s secretary needs to record important decisions and documents, the treasurer must record all financial transactions. Financial record keeping keeps the chapter board informed regarding expenses and available funds while also serving as the basis for an annual chapter tax return. A chapter treasurer’s responsibilities also include having a yearly audit conducted by a qualified individual or firm.
Your chapter’s ability to raise and spend money, and record all internal deliberations for review, will rely on the record-keeping system of the treasurer. Good records can assist in demonstrating that the organization remains true to the original mission, and records are essential for regular reporting to the board as well as when members have specific questions about their dues and other expenses.
If a chapter is registered with the IRS as having a tax-exempt status, the filing of the appropriate tax forms each year becomes even more important. Enjoying tax-exempt status can help your chapter to raise money more easily. The IRS, however, has been cracking down in recent years on late filings. This can lead to loss of a chapter’s tax-exempt status. Once having lost tax-exempt status, a chapter is required to refile to regain their status. This can entail several hours of compiling background records and dealing with the IRS—tasks that often may require the assistance of an outside accountant or attorney. One of the most common reasons for losing tax-exempt status is careless record keeping or, even worse, failing to maintain accurate records at all. If everyone who is in a position of responsibility within your organization realizes the importance of record keeping and does not allow the organization to fall behind, you can avoid several problems.
The importance of keeping good financial records cannot be overemphasized. With accurate and consistent financial record keeping and cost analysis, a chapter can make plans to provide more effective services and programs, or conversely, decide to cut services and programs because of the costs involved. Potential donors to a chapter may also be influenced by detailed record keeping of financial statements that indicate the costs of services and programs faced by the organization. In essence, good financial record keeping affects not only the internal aspects of the organization but also external partnerships.
So the next time your treasurer “bothers” you for paperwork and documentation to track income and expenses, know that he or she has a good reason for doing so and that they play a vital role in the strength of your chapter.(Back to Top)
Ever run into someone in the paint supplies aisle, at a community event, or just at the grocery store and thought, “I bet they would love to paint!” We have recently redesigned the chapter pass-along card, now a full postcard size, that has information about SDP, decorative painting, and to which you can add information about your chapter or studio.
Find the cards online under the Chapters section. Print them out at your local print shop, or from your home printer with the instructions provided.
Use these cards to promote your chapter or studio, and share your love of decorative painting with your local community.(Back to Top)