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Sharing Camano 2017: Sharing the Beauty of Camano Island and Building Community Through Art

You are invited to join Jason Dorsey and Jed and Renae Dorsey for Sharing Camano: a week of art, creativity and community on beautiful Camano Island, taking place Monday, July 10 through Saturday, July 15.

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There are a lot of ways to participate in our first annual Sharing Camano from total immersion to just showing up at one of our events. Here are all the activities that will be going on (for fuller descriptions see below):

  • Join other artists doing creative work: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14
  • Attend Jed Dorsey Acrylic Workshop: Tuesday, July 11 – Friday, July 14
  • Camp at Sunnyshore Studio property and enjoy beautiful Camano Island: Monday, July 10 – Sunday, July 16
  • Participate in our community Dinners and Fireside: Monday, July 10– Friday, July 14
  • Attend the Opening of Jed’s solo exhibit There and Back Again: Fresh Work by Jed Dorsey:  The Reception is on Saturday, July 15,  from 10:00am-9:00pm.

Creativity in Community

Sunnyshore Studio invites artists and creative people to a week of creativity in community. We have room for fifteen artists/creatives (artists, authors, musicians, filmakers, etc) to share space at the studio and do their creative work in community. Each participating artist will have room to set up their easel, writing desk, creative work station, etc. Artists will have access to the studio 24/7 and can come and go at their own leisure. If artists are traveling from out of town, they are welcome to camp on our property ($25 a night). Artists will provide their own breakfast and lunch; they are welcome to join us in a “pitch in” community dinner each evening.

  • Monday, 8:00am through Friday, July 14, 5:00pm
  • Cost is $100.
  • If you’re interested reserve your spot by calling Jason Dorsey (317.209.6768).

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Jed Dorsey’s Acrylic Workshop

Jed Dorsey is leading an acrylic workshop beginning Tuesday, July 11 and running through Friday, July 14. This workshop will be held on the beautiful farm on Camano Island of Jed and Jason’s sister, April Nelson.


Signing up for Jed’s workshop is a great way to grow as an artist. Jed’s ability to communicate his thought process and bring instruction to life through demonstrations make the experience valuable for artists of all levels. Jed creates a fun and inspiring environment. Artists taking Jed’s workshop are welcome to join us for our pitch-in dinner and fireside Monday-Friday at Sunnyshore Studio. They are also invited to show their artworks at the Jed Dorsey and Friends New Works show that will take place on Saturday, July 15. Space is limited to 15 artists. Cost $300.

Register here:

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Camp at Sunnyshore Studio and enjoy beautiful Camano Island

If you’d like to spend time with creative people in community and play on the beaches of Camano in July, you are welcome to camp out on our property. Campers will be on their own for breakfast and lunch but are welcome to join us for our “pitch in” Community Dinners. Cost 20$ a night.



Participate in Community “Pitch In” Dinner and Fireside

Maybe you can’t rent space at the Studio, attend Jed’s workshop, or camp out. You’re still welcome to join us for our “pitch in” community dinners which are great opportunities to make new or deeper friendships. At our firesides Jason will be sharing his work on Identity Mapping, and we’ll have great times of singing and sharing too. We’d love to have you join us for one of them.

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Attend Jed Dorsey’s solo show titled There and Back Again: Fresh Work by Jed Dorsey

You won’t want to miss this exhibit of new art by Jed Dorsey, a Camano Island native and rising star in the art world. The Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, July 15th, from 10am – 9pm.

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This will be Jed’s first solo show on Camano Island. His art combines design, color and light to create epic landscapes. Islanders and northwest art lovers will be interested in adding Jed’s art to their collection.

Stop by throughout the day on Saturday, July 15th, from 10am-9pm for the Big Party and to begin or build your collection of Jed Dorsey artworks and enjoy the big party!

Jack Dorsey Watercolor Workshop: June 19th – 22nd

On June 19th – 22nd, you have an opportunity to study watercolor painting under master watercolor artist, Jack Dorsey. In this workshop Jack will teach you a method of watercolor painting using opaque white paint.

While the workshop spans four days, you can choose to take the workshop for just one day, two, three or all four days based on your availability.

The workshop is for people from all experience levels. So whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced artist you will benefit from Jack Dorsey’s personalized instruction.


Students will get individual questions answered. There will be a combination of demo’s, lecture, critique. The workshop promises to be an overall rich experience, you will make new friends in the arts.

Bring your own watercolor materials (paints, pallete, brushes, paper, painting board). The opaque paint will be provided at the workshop. Easels are optional; tables will be provided. Also bring a sack lunch; or plan to grab a quick lunch at either Tyee Grocery Store (which has a wonderful deli) or Elger Bay; or if you are an Islander, run home for a quick bite.

The workshop will be held at Sunnyshore Studio (2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA 98282). It costs $50 per day, or $200 for the four days (which is an excellent price!). Scholarships available as needed.

Space is limited. To RSVP call Jack Dorsey at 360.387.7304

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  • All experience levels
  • June 19 – 22, 9:00-4:00pm
  • Cost $50 a day, $200 for 4 days
  • Bring your own painting materials; opaque paint supplied.
  • Sunnyshore Studio: 2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA 98282
  • RSVP with Jack Dorsey: 360.387.7304


To get a feel for Jack Dorsey’s art here is the video made for the recent release of his biography: Jack Dorsey: Sketch of an Artist.

There and Back Again: Fresh Work by Jed Dorsey

Sunnyshore Studio will host a show of new paintings by Jed Dorsey titled “There and Back Again”. You won’t want to miss this solo show that opens on Saturday, July 15th.

Jed, a full time artist in Indianapolis, IN is a native of Camano Island, a scion of the famous Dorsey clan of artists, and an emerging star in the art world.

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His epic paintings feature strong design elements, powerful use of light, and deep love for place.

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Jed lives in Indianapolis, IN with his beautiful and supportive wife Renae and their daughter Willow. His Studio is at the Harrison Center for the Arts, which is the home of a community of artists (


Read more about Jed here: Meet the Family of Artists: Jed Dorsey


You can follow Jed on Social Media at:

Facebook – Jed Dorsey Art

Instagram – @jeddorseyart

Website –

Email –

Finally, we want to thank Wade Starkenburg and Stanwood Self Storage

for sponsoring Jed’s show. Wade, a pillar in the Stanwood-Camano community, is well-known and loved as a supporter of the community. But I (Jason) know him and a classmate and friend. Thanks Wade for being a friend and patron of the Arts!

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“There and Back Again” Information

Show Opens on July 15 and runs through August

Reception, July 15th, 10am-9pm


Sunnyshore Studio, 2803 SE Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA

Building Community Through Art

One goal of Sunnyshore Studio is to share the beauty of Camano Island one person at a time. Another goal is to build community through art. Both of these goals were met on the Camano Island Studio tour.

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It was not merely that 1,238 people found their way to the little studio far away on the south end of Camano Island. Here are the following stories of how community was built.

First, community was built through the invite to come back not just next year but throughout the year for our 2017-2018 Artistic Season. I (Jason) spent most of my time welcoming guests at the front door. I had lots of fun introducing myself as Artistic Director of The Sunnyshore Studio, sharing about the upcoming shows: My brother Jed’s solo show There and Back Again in July, the celebration of my great-grandmother’s, F.Y. Cory’s cultural legacy with the release of a Documentary telling the story of her life and also the release of a biography in October, our second annual Dorsey family Christmas show in November and December, and our first Vintage Watercolorists of Washington in March.

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Community was also built by welcoming many newcomers to Camano Island. We met many new friends who have purchased homes, built homes, moved to Camano Island over the last couple of years. Being Islanders since 1947 our family enjoys welcoming folks to “our island” and having a place to share hospitality and art!


Dad and Mom are especially gracious and warm in welcoming newcomers and old friends!

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There is, of course, the fun connecting with longtime old friends. It is so great to have a space that we regularly invite community to be built, or old communities to enjoy.

Like Mom’s friends from Stanwood High School’s class of 1964. They meet once a month at the Cookie Mill in Stanwood for lunch and catching up; and they attend together all the openings at Sunnyshore Studio!


It’s super fun for me to see old classmates like Brad and Heidi Hansen who are great supporters of the cultural life of Camano.


Another way community is built is that Sunnyshore Studio is a connecting points to many people who live on the East Side or Seattle. I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with people who have a summer home on Camano but live in Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Woodinville, Bothel or Seattle. It’s also super fun to share the Studio with people from my congregation in Redmond. On Sunday Cindy joined me after church driving up to Camano, she stayed for the family dinner after the show was over.


Community will also be built at the many upcoming workshops and classes that are going to be offered. Many people are interested in taking classes/workshops from my dad. And there was lots of interests in Jed’s July and October workshops too. Classes and workshops are great ways of not only encouraging creativity but also nurturing community!

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There’s at least one more way that community was built over the last two weekends at Sunnyshore Studio. Each person that buys a painting has a connection back to the artist, to our family of artists, and a story to share. People who buy local art are not only supporting the local economy, but now have a tie to that artist.


Here is a story of one of those ties.

When I was standing at the front door welcoming guests a young woman came up to me. She introduced herself, shared that she had begun attending Western Baptist College (now Corban University) in 1991, the year I graduated from there, and had purchased two of my paintings during a show I had there to help raise money for my girlfriend, Jenny’s tuition. She bought one of the paintings for her grandfather who was dying, and who in fact died later that year. The painting was of the famous kite festival at Lincoln City, OR with the Sea Gypsy Motel in the background. Her grandfather had loved that beach and taken his family there every year. She shared with me that she had gotten her first kite there.

And so even though her grandfather wasn’t able to visit the beach he loved, she was able to bring the beach to him.

She has recently moved to the Warm Beach Area. When she saw my name on the list of Studios for the Mother’s Day Studio Tour she had to come and introduce herself and share her story:  tie of community through art.


Finally, community is built through Jenny Dorsey, a master community builder. Not only is she organized, the administrator of the community, and not only does she have a fabulous eye for creating and collaging space…


she is an amazing weaver of community.

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Mother’s Day Weekend Report…with Encore Weekend still ahead

Here is report from Sunnyshore Studio for the Studio Tour over Mother’s Day Weekend (Friday-Sunday). It was a great weekend, and we have the Encore Weekend next Saturday and Sunday to look forward to.

We had 208 visitors on Friday, 318 on Saturday and 323 on Sunday. Last year we had as many guests on the Encore Weekend as on Saturday and Sunday of Mother’s Day Weekend so we expect to shatter our total of over 900 guests last year.

Sales were best on Friday, and steady on Saturday and Sunday. We grossed over $9,258.

Book sales have been brisk. We sold 33 of F.Y. Cory’s Fairy Alphabet, 56 Beaches of Camano coffee table books, 14 of the I Remember Fishing with Dad children’s picture books, and even three pre-sales of the biography Jack Dorsey: Sketch of an Artist.

Jack Dorsey has the highest sale, with his beautiful watercolor, Palouse Warmth, selling for $1,600.

Jed Dorsey has sold four original paintings.


I (Jason) sold the cover for his Fishing with Dad book titled “Fishing Hole” for $800, as well as some unframed originals and quite a few posters of map showing the Beaches of Camano.

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Ann Cory leads the way in number of sales with over 148 sales. She’s sold a number of her originals and prints and a whole lot of F.Y. Cory Fairy prints.

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And the next generation has even gotten into the act. Julian Dorsey has sold 3 sets of cards, Rachelle Nelson one card, and Parker, Jenny’s cousin Sharilyn son has sold 4 pens (he’s raising money for a missions trip he’s going on). Jackie has sold one painting.




We love seeing old friends and make new friends.

Mom’s friends from Stanwood High School’s class of 1964 stopped by to support and encourage her.


Classmates of mine, Heidi Berg Hansen and Brad Hansen visited. It was fun to catch up with Brad on his own writing projects.


William Thomas Jones was there on Sunday to visit with guests. It has been such a joy and honor to show his work.

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There were lots of others, but I was to busy sharing Sunnyshore Studio’s 2017-2018 Artistic Season and inviting folks to come back for our many upcoming parties to take pictures of them all.

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The grounds looked beautiful.

Parking worked well. At times the back parking lot was full!

The only hiccup was a rain shower on Sunday afternoon. The gutter was stopped up and overflowing at the entrance to the Studio so I had to run up to Dad and Mom’s place, fetch a ladder, and clean out the gutters, getting soaked and cutting my hand up in the process.

In sum, it was a great weekend. It’s fun to be able to share and showcase our family’s art, and even better to do it with the family you love.


Happy Mother’s Day Mom!


Early Release Date for Jack Dorsey’s Biography: Sketch of an Artist

The coffee table book that celebrates my dad’s story and shares his beautiful art is ahead of schedule at the printers and may possibly be ready by the Encore Weekend of the Camano Island Studio tour (May 20th & 21st). We’ll definitely have them in hand before our goal of Father’s Day.

And we already have presales of 40 of the limited edition 100 hardcover books we’re having printed!

As I wrote Dad’s story I was struck by the symbiotic relationship between artists and their friends, collectors and patrons. So this book is dedicated to all the patrons, collectors and friends who have loved and supported our dad by purchasing his art. Not only have they contributed to the local economy and cultural life of the northwest, they also helped him provide for our family through his art!

Enjoy this video made announcing the release of the book.


If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, here is a more information:

  • 100 hardcover copies, each signed by Jack
  • 64 pages, with over 50 paintings
  • Biographical sketch written by Jason Dorsey
  • Cost: $40 (plus $6.48 for tax, shipping and handling).

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Meet the Family of Artists: Jacqueline Dorsey

“You shouldn’t just consume culture, Jackie. You should create it.”

Jacqueline or “Jackie” Dorsey regularly hears these words from her father Jason, and rightly so. There is an formidable host of talented women artists in Jackie’s family that stretches back to the nationally known Fanny Y. Cory. Her lineage includes her great grandmother, Fanny’s daughter, Sayre Dodgson who attended at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her grandmother, Ann Cory (Dorsey), is a gifted artist, as is her aunt April Nelson.

You can read more about Jackie’s artistic heritage here:

Five Generations of Artists: Meet Fanny Y. Cory

Five Generations of Artists: Meet Sayre Cooney Dodgson

Five Generations of Artists: Meet Ann Cory

Five Generations of Artists: Meet April Nelson

Jacqueline was born in 2002 in Seattle, WA, to Jason and Jenny Dorsey. She is the youngest of four, with three older brothers: Jacob, Julian and Judah.


Jackie spent most of her young life in Indianapolis where her dad pastored Redeemer, a Presbyterian church in downtown Indianapolis.

The church shared a facility with an arts organization so Jackie grew up surrounded by a creative community. She also took art through the Indianapolis Public Schools which she attended through the seventh grade.

Jackie’s family moved back to the Seattle area in August 2015. In many ways Washington had been like a second home to her since her family had traveled back to vacation almost every summer.

Jackie loves the outdoors. She’s something like a wilderness princess. She especially loves Lake Michigan.

She also loves being creative. She writes creatively and keeps a journal. She loves to dance and sing.

Here’s a clip from a recent “Night on Broadway” put on by Redmond High School concert, jazz, and chamber choir.

She especially loves her mom, Jenny, who has been her best friend from childhood on!

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She’s emerging as a gifted artist too. I suppose growing up in a family of artists contributed to that. And it can’t hurt that she was at the groundbreaking for the Studio her dad and mom built, and she hung the sign at the “soft opening” on Mother’s Day 2016.

And later that year served as a very elegant host at the Studio’s Grand Opening in December.

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But at the end of the day, an artist has to stand on their own two feet. And Jackie is beginning to stand quite confidently on her artistic feet.

A few years ago she painted this lovely watercolor of a ballet dancer’s slippers, perhaps we might see this painting as symbolic of her own standing up as an artist in her own right!

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More recently she’s been working on some watercolor paintings for the 2017 Camano Island Studio Tour on Mother’s Day weekend.

We’ll see where Jackie’s path takes her as a creative person. She’s sure to continue to be inspired by the beauty of the northwest and Camano Island.

A recent business trip with her dad down to Oregon and to the Oregon coast proved that Jackie’s has plenty of spunk, lots of ideas, dreams, visions, and creativity, grit, courage, and a love for beauty. We’ll see where that takes her, won’t we?

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