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
We are cleaning out our warehouse and making past issues of The Decorative Painter magazine available to all SDP chapters and teachers for the mere cost of shipping. We invite all chapters and teachers to take advantage of our spring -cleaning. You may request a case of a specific issue to be sent to you for the mere cost of shipping. Request as many cases as you like!
We are offering cartons featuring issues from 1994 to 2003. Cases weigh approximately 50 lbs. and contain between 50 and 65 copies (depending on page count) of a single issue. Cost is $40 per case to cover shipping and handling. Sorry, we are not able to offer mixed-issue cases.
Don’t forget that October is International Decorative Painting Month. This is a great opportunity to introduce your chapter and SDP to the public at county and state fairs, painting events, and special classes with a free issue of The Decorative Painter.
A list of available magazines, including information on the projects they contain, is attached to this email. To order your cases see Issue #3 of The Decorative Painter, visit the SDP Boutique at decorativepainters.org, or call Shandi at (316) 269-9300 ext. 110.(Back to Top)
The 2013 SDP Conference has come and gone—we had a great time! For the first time ever, we are offering our members the opportunity to view and download photographs from the Conference. Simply go to: http://store.cloudfoto.net/Events/SDP-2013/29732460_WjZtv6#!i=2547015518&k=3WxCF3N
You may purchase prints from Cloud Foto, if you wish. No purchase is necessary to view and download images.
Help us begin planning the 2014 SDP Conference by letting us know what you think of this photo service. Email your thoughts to Jay Staten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t heard the news, two new membership categories were added to the SDP offerings at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Both categories are a direct result of chapter and chapter president input over the past year.
Trial Membership is offered to anyone new to SDP, or a past member who has not renewed since 2010. The category is available for the first year of membership only, and is offered at $30. A trial member will enjoy all the benefits of membership, with the exception of receiving printed versions of The Decorative Painter magazine. They may download the digital version of the magazine from the SDP website. Trial members do qualify for the Chapter Membership Incentive Program.
Student Membership is offered to any full-time student of an accredited educational institution or an accredited homeschool program. Members may renew annually as long as they remain a full-time student. The cost of a Student Membership is $15 annually. Students may enjoy all the benefits of membership, with the exception of receiving printed versions of The Decorative Painter magazine and the ability to vote or run for office in SDP elections. They may download the digital version of the magazine from the SDP website. Student members qualify for the Chapter Membership Incentive Program.
Give the gift of creativity this year. As we approach the holidays, both of these new membership categories are great ways to introduce family and friends to the wonderful world of decorative painting.
For more information, call SDP Membership Coordinator Sony Sacks at (316) 269-9300 ext. 105 or email her at email@example.com. You can also find out more at decorativepainters.org/membership.php.(Back to Top)
Earlier this year the Gateway Decorative Artists of St. Louis, Mo., made great use of one of SDP’s programs by hosting a series of ten Learn to Paint sessions. This fun and educational program was first introduced in 2000 (thirteen years ago!) and has become a very popular avenue for allowing our members to share their knowledge and love of painting with those who have never before picked up a brush.
The first thing our chapter needed to do was figure out how to fund the classes. This provided the perfect opportunity for me to get creative and have a little fun. I purchased a wooden chair at a garage sale, and set to work painting the proud rooster and accompanying checkerboard pattern. When the chair sold, it brought in nearly $280! This was certainly enough cash to allow us to take our Learn to Paint project past the planning stage. We started by creating and posting flyers for our Learn to Paint classes, and even advertised the event in local newspapers.
The first five classes we hosted were free and were held (at no charge to us!) in the breakfast room of our local Holiday Inn. The teachers did a terrific job of maintaining the students’ level of enthusiasm. Our mission for these classes was to stimulate an interest in decorative painting and to gain new members for SDP and our chapter. We were thrilled with the results.
Each class had roughly twenty-five students consisting of men, women, and young adults. We worked with a thirteen-year-old who paints in the style of Bob Ross and a fourteen-year-old who draws in charcoals. We even taught a young-adult brother and sister duo who were excited by art of any form. Each attendee received a goody bag that consisted of plenty of SDP and Gateway chapter literature, an issue of The Decorative Painter, a flyer about the Conference in St. Charles, Ill., upcoming class information, an invitation to our next chapter meeting, an SDP charm … and much more.
We definitely consider this Learn to Paint venture a success! Our members met some great new artists and sparked an interest in them to continue pursuing our beloved art form. If you have any questions on how to host a successful Learn to Paint program, feel free to contact Gateway Decorative Artists (firstname.lastname@example.org) and visit the SDP website at decorativepainters.org/learntopaint.php.(Back to Top)
The Tole Painters of the Western Reserve chapter in Northfield, Ohio, participated in a service project that is near and dear to the hearts of many. For the first time, the chapter chose the Middleburg Heights-Berea-Brook Park Special Olympics organization as the recipient of one of its community service projects.
In January, seven members of TPWR, along with a few spouses, created a gorgeous spring-themed Adirondack chair. The hand-painted chair, adorned with colorful tulips on a rich, black background, was auctioned off to the highest bidder in February. The sale of the chair brought in a generous $300 for the Special Olympics organization.
The TPWR chapter also celebrates its 35th anniversary as an SDP chapter this year. Kudos to you, TPWR, and good wishes for your future!
(Members who participated in the painting and auction are: Kathy Brown, president; Kris Sadlo, vice president; Mary Bacic, treasurer; Shirley Edmiston, newsletter editor; and members Carol Doyle, Terrie Newland, Deb Seidman, and Carol Schulz.
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