Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to share upcoming showings for our new documentary on artist Fanny Y. Cory. This is a powerful, poignant film about a woman who had many sadnesses, but overcame them. By the age of 19 she had broken into the “man’s world” of illustrating in New York City, and was one of the top illustrators in the nation.

A newspaper article once quoted her. “I’ve always had hard times” she [Fanny] said, “but I’ve always enjoyed them.”  “That pretty much sums up her life” her grandson Robert Dodgson says on the documentary.

Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, Saturday, October 14th

The first public showing of Fanny, the artist who made America smile is Saturday, October 14th at Sunnyshore Studio (2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA). It will be shown at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

Sunnyshore Opening Poster

The Day Brothers will be playing a song in Tribute of their great grandmother before each showing of the film on Saturday the 14th.

The Day Bros Cropped Tractor

Floyd-Norgaard Cultural Center, Stanwood: Sunday, October 15th

We will show the film at the History and Hors d’oeurves program at the Floyd-Norgaard Cultural Center (27130 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood, WA) on Sunday, October 15th. Come by for Hors d’oeuvres at 4:30pm and enjoy the Day Brothers bluegrass. At 5:00pm there will be a short presentation by Ann Cory Dodgson (granddaughter of Fanny Y. Cory) and then the showing of the film.

H & H Poster

Riverpark Apartments, Redmond, WA: Monday, October 16th

There will be a third showing of the film on Monday, October 16th at the Riverpark Apartments (15791 Bear Creek Parkway, Redmond, WA). The doors of the lounge and theater will open at 7:00pm. Ann Cory Dorsey will read from her grandmother Fanny’s classic Fairy Alphabet children’s book at 7:30. The film will be shown at 8:00pm.

To enter Riverpark Apartments park in the main garage next to the Hyatt House Hotel (Riverpark Apartments are on top of the garage). Go to Elevator A. There will be a host to assist you in getting to the second floor lounge and theater.

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We are very excited to share Fanny’s remarkable story with a wider audience through this film.

Special thanks go to Robert Dodgson who shared so much amazing historical video footage from so many years ago.

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We also want to thank Ann Dorsey who provided most of the photographs we used in the documentary and who has preserved the memory of Fanny so well through her story-telling. Ann also gets the distinction for coming up with the title of this movie. Here’s an example of footage we did not end up using…but could have.

We also want to thank the grandsons and granddaughters of Fanny – Robert Dodgson, Bud Dodgson, Margaret Day, and Ann Cory Dorsey – for telling their stories and passing on Fanny’s legacy to the next generation. It was so sweet to see the precious memories of the past flow from your hearts and onto the screen!

Grandkids swim at lake Sewell, Robert, Bud, Margaret, Ted Cooney

A special thanks also must go to the Day Brothers who wrote a beautiful song of Tribute to Fanny. David Day caught the vision for this project early on and we are so thankful for his enthusiastic support.


Chris Wyatt, who is a gifted filmmaker, is serving as the artistic editor of the product. The final outcome – at least what is good in it – is chiefly due to his labors.

Chris Wyatt

Finally, a shout out has to go to Julian Dorsey who spent so much of his time this summer shooting and organizing video footage. Thanks for all you did to make this project happen!


As the Director of Fanny, the artist who made America smile, I’m honored to weave this story together, a story with so much good, beauty, grace, and smile.

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