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Sunnyshore Studio breaks records on 20th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour

Sunnyshore Studio broke two of our records for the Camano Island Studio tour:  over 1,500 guests visited and we sold over $20,000 of artwork! We are excited about breaking these records for our Studio, but even more encouraged by a number of other things.

We are thankful that the Studio ran so well without its Administrator and Artistic Director

Our Administrator, Jenny Dorsey and Artistic Director, Jason Dorsey, weren’t present for Mother’s Day Weekend (Jason was at the Studio on Friday, but not Saturday and Sunday).

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They were in West Lafayette, IN, celebrating the graduation of their son Jacob from Purdue University’s engineering program!

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In their absence Jackie Dorsey rose to the occasion. With the help of Jed and Renae, who recently moved from Indianapolis, the Studio ran like a well oiled machine.

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We are so thankful for all the artists who helped over that first weekend: Jack and Ann Dorsey, April Nelson, Jed and Renae Dorsey, Melanie Serroels, Amanda Pearson, and Judy Sullivan.

And we tip our hat to Jenny Dorsey who has set up such a great organization that it runs without her presence.

It was awesome to have Jed and Renae at the Studio over both weekends

We are super happy to have Jed and Renae Dorsey on Camano. Jed is a terrific artist and he loves a big party. So he was in his element over both weekends.

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Jed built a portable deck, and set up his tent on it. It sat at the entrance to the studio and it worked great.

Jed had to keep painting because his paintings sold so quickly!

We are happy that our artists all sold well

Sunnyshore Studio was built to support the Dorsey family of artists by showcasing their art. We’re very happy to report that the artworks of family members sold well.

Besides Jed, Jack, Ann, Jason and April sold paintings.

Our family of artists Matriarch, Fanny Y. Cory, had great sales as usual too.

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Jackie Dorsey even got into the act selling both of her paintings!

We were happy to have three guests artists with us – Amanda Pearson, Melanie Serroels, and Judy Sullivan – and grateful that we had good sales of their artwork!

Last but not least, we are thankful for a growing community of friends, collectors and patrons

Most of all we are thankful for the growing community of friends, collectors and patrons of the Dorsey family of artists. We have people who have supported us since Jack Dorsey launched his professional art career in 1969. We love seeing old friends and making new ones.

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One final Thanks to everyone who stopped by our little Studio tucked among the first and cedars on the south end of beautiful Camano Island.

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Art Lives on Camano!

 

 

 

 

 

Stop by and welcome Jed home

Lot’s of excitement at Sunnyshore Studio with the Camano Island Studio Tour opening tomorrow, 10:00am.

The excitement started on Monday, April 30th when Jed, Renae and Willow left Indianapolis to move to the Seattle area. They had lots of adventures as they traveled across the country including staying at a beautiful lodge in South Dakota. Jed is going to paint a commission for its owner.  They spent time at a wonderful water park hotel in Missoula, and hiked to the top of a hill that looks over the city.

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They had lots of others adventures. To many to tell now. Here are a few pictures.

Jed, Renae and Willow stopped for dinner (Zeeks Pizza) at our apartment in Redmond on their way to Camano Island. It was lots of fun for us to see them, and wonderful to have them close!

On Thursday we dropped the Adminstrator of Sunnyshore Studio, Jenny Dorsey, off at the airport. She is going back to be with our oldest son, Jacob, who is graduating from Purdue University. I’ll be joining them in West Lafayette on Saturday.

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Jed has worked hard building a “Gallery Annex” for his artwork at Sunnyshore Studio. It looks great.

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Jed has been hard at work painting so that he will have artwork to fill it up.

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Of course, his paintings are beautiful as always!

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Jackie helped me prepare the parking area behind the studio. It’s looking great thanks to Dad mowing the grass!

All the paintings are hung, and there is a calm tonight before the storm of visitors that will come tomorrow.  We expect over 1,000 guests over the first weekend!

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Will you be one of those that stops by. I hope so.

And when you do, welcome Jed, Renae and Willow home.

20th Annual Studio Tour Guest Artist: Melanie Serroels

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to have our neighbor and the Vice President of the Camano Arts Association, Melanie Serroels, as one of our guest artist for the 20th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour.  Mark Your Calendars for the 20th Anniversary Camano Island Mother’s Day Studio Tour this May   Melanie does so much to make the arts hum on Camano, and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase her sparkling watercolors.

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Sunnyshore Studio: Tell us about yourself.

Melanie: I’ve always lived in the Pacific Northwest.   I grew up in Portland, moved to Redmond WA in 1988 and became a full time resident on Camano in 2010. I spend most of my time volunteering for Camano Arts Association. Currently I’m serving as the Vice President, Acting Secretary, Volunteer Hours Recorder, and Website Committee member. I have a home studio. My husband and I are retired.  We enjoy traveling the USA seeing friends and visiting our national parks.

Sunnyshore Studio: How did you get started in art?

Melanie: Art has always been a part of my life. My parents were creative and I received good general art instruction throughout my elementary and high school education. I started taking watercolor instruction from a professional artist in1973. My style, technique, and palette is still influenced by my first art instructor, Charles Mulvey.  I have also taken watercolor workshops from Robert Landry, Thomas William Jones, and Jack Dorsey.  I enjoyed learning to use acrylics from Dianna Shyne, and Jed Dorsey.

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What has been your journey as an artist?

Melanie: I think the turning point in my painting career was moving to Camano Island and waking up everyday to the beauty and changing atmosphere outside my window.  When we first moved here I was possessed with painting whatever my eyes landed on.  I painted almost every day.  Today, I’m busy with lots of other activities, but I enjoy using that artist’s eye to observe and plan paintings of many beautiful scenes on Camano Island.

I don’t really feel it’s been a journey as much as it’s been a life’s practice to do creative things.  I have many interests, but being creative and creating art has always been my go to for personal satisfaction.  Sometimes it’s not doing, but sharing what I do, and helping others realize that they can do it too. 

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Sunnyshore Studio: What about your future as an artist?

Melanie: I was juried onto the Camano Island Studio Tour in 2009, and participated in the tour for four years.  I’ve also sold my paintings through our local galleries.  I regularly donate my paintings to fundraising auctions for local charities.  I’ve also been active in art mentoring programs, working with young artists at local schools.

Sunnyshore Studio: Why are you excited to participate in the 20th Annual 2018 Studio Tour at Sunnyshore Studio? 

Melanie: Over the past six years, painting has taken a back seat to life.  I am grateful for Jason and Jenny’s encouragement to get back into painting and exhibiting my work here at Sunnyshore Studios.  New works are starting to dance in my head and painting feels scary and good! 

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