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Camano Arts Association to Launch Patron’s Program. Will you join us?

By Jason Dorsey

The Camano Art Association (CAA) is launching a patrons’ program. The formal launch takes place at our first annual Patrons’ Party at the Camano Center on Friday, November 1. This will be evening you won’t want to miss! Might our patrons’ program be for you?

  • Do you share a love for art, nature and community?
  • Do you value the symbiotic relationship between local artists and their patrons that has allowed for Stanwood-Camano’s growing colony of artists?
  • Do you want to encourage the next generation of artists in the Stanwood-Camano region?

Here’s more about our community of artists, our vision, and how our patrons’ program might be a fit for you.

What is the Camano Art Association?

The Camano Arts Association (CAA) is a grassroots organization of close to 100 local artists, friends, and patrons of artists that enriches the Stanwood-Camano community and deepens our awareness, appreciation, and education of art.

Meet two of our artists: Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy.

What is CAA’s Vision?

CAA’s vision is that our region would be a center and destination for art in the northwest.

To accomplish this CAA cultivates meaningful relationships, professional growth, and access to a growing network of artists and art lovers who increasingly view Camano Island as a destination for fine art.

DID YOU KNOW?

That the Stanwood-Camano Island region is an art destination!

  • Every year, more artists move to Camano Island and join CAA to further their art careers and interact with other talented artists. Today, we have close to 100 members in CAA.
  • The annual studio tour attracts thousands of visitors and art buyers to the studios, galleries, and homes of artists over two weekends in May.
  • Camano Island is home to give galleries and two outdoor sculpture parks that are open year-round.

That art is a community resource!

  • Art is an important economic engine for Camano Island and Stanwood, driving tourism and other investments.
  • CAA hosts events throughout the year to cultivate opportunities for artists to learn from each other, grow their art business, showcase their art, and connect with more art lovers.
  • CAA is investted in the future of art and regularly supports artists through mentorship and scholarships.

That art brings people together around shared values!

  • We love Camano. We are inspired by the unmatched beauty of our island community.
  • We recognize that art brings together diverse points of view around a shared love for creative, artistic expression.
  • We believe art can motivate change, cultivate relationships, and deepen our understanding of the world we live in.

We invite you to join our family of artists as a friend, collector, or patron.

What is CAA’s Patrons’ Program?

There are three different ways to participate in CAA’s Patron Program.

  • As a Friend: pay the $55 membership fee.
  • As a Collector: purchase $300 or more of art at the CAA group show that is taking place Friday, November 1-Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Camano Center.
  • As a Patron: donate $500 or more to CAA to help us achieve our vision.

What do I get if I join CAA’s Patrons’ Program?

There are rewards for those who join the CAA’s Patron Program:

  • Friends: (1) are invited to our Patrons’ Party that takes place on the Friday evening of the CAA group show (Friday, November 1, 6-9pm) and are listed in our Patrons’ Program booklet; (2) can participate on a CAA committee and attend our monthly meetings; (3) receive a hand-crafted gift from a CAA artist at the Patron’s Party.
  • Collectors: (1), (2), and (3) from above, plus, (4) a special visit to a CAA artist’s studio of your choice; and (5) potentially honored at one of CAA’s monthly meetings when we celebrate our collectors/patrons.
  • Patrons: (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) from above and (6) included in our monthly newsletter as a featured patron of CAA.

What should I do if I would like to be part of the Patrons’ Program.

  • Contact Jason Dorsey, j.dorsey23@gmail.com and indicate your interest in the patron’s program.
  • Plan to attend the Friday, November 1, First Annual Patron’s Party at the Camano Center. The party is from 6-9pm with the program taking place at 7:00pm.

Announcing Acrylic University’s “ACCESS TO ART” Program

Synopsis

Many low-income, artistically gifted youth do not have access to art training, art supplies, and a nurturing artistic community. Sunnyshore Studio is partnering with Acrylic University (AU) to launch AU’s Access to Art program. Through a grant and the support of an Advocate, ten youth will receive two years of art instruction through Acrylic University’s online platform, acrylic art supplies worth $200, and inclusion in AU’s online community of artists.

Check out the introduction video to Acrylic University here:

The Need

Many young people have great artistic potential but do not have access to art instruction and supplies. Public education’s focus on the core subjects of math, English and science, and its value of athletics often means that these young people’s artistic potential is not encouraged. The cost of private art lessons and art supplies make the cultivation of young people’s artistic gifts available exclusively for the wealthy. Acrylic University aims to make access to art accessible for young people, especially youth from low income families. Access alone to art instruction and supplies is not enough. These young people need the encouragement and critique, nurture and support of a community for their artistic gifts to flourish.

The Mission

The mission of AU’s Access to Art program is to provide artistically gifted youth a two-year access to art instruction, art supplies and a supportive art community. 

The Vision

Over the next decade to raise up gifted, successful artists who share beauty with the world by providing the Art for Access Program to over 100 students.

The Program

Acrylic University believes access to art instruction, art supplies, and a supportive art community is the key to unlock the artistic potential of young people. Our program is aimed at providing this access to youth 13-22 years of age, and is especially geared towards youth from low-income families.

  1. Art Instruction: Acrylic University provides online instruction in acrylic painting from Master artist Jed Dorsey. Jed’s engaging, encouraging instruction style allows for youth to learn “over his shoulder and through his heart.” Much of what we learn is from watching someone else, learning from them. Acrylic University offers classes beginning with 101, the most basic class to more advanced classes. Because the instruction is on-line, the student can watch the lessons from his/her phone, or a computer at the library or at home.
  •  Art Supplies: Acrylic University ships a backpack with all the necessary art supplies to begin painting. See list below. It also includes a supply list for the student so that he/she can have a guide to purchase supplies in the future. It is important that all of the supplies fit in a backpack because many of these youth live transient lives, moving from apartment to apartment and they need to be able to carry their mini-art studio with them.
  • Art Community. Enrollment in AU’s Access to Art community immediately connects the artistically gifted youth into a supportive, encouraging community. This starts with an “Advocate” who knows the youth’s potential and pledges to support them in their journey. The advocate is someone who knows the student and is in their lives. It might be a parent, grandparent or guardian, or a teacher.  After filling out an application and acceptance into the program, the youth is connected to a multi-generation community of artists facilitated by a “Coach” who provides support, encouragement, and critique.   

The Process

An “Advocate” identifies a youth aged 13-22 who has artistic potential and on the application form pledges to support that youth in their journey.

  • The youth applies to the Access to Art Program. The application includes the signature of the Advocate. After acceptance into the program, the youth is placed on the waiting list for an Access to Art Program Grant (see below).  
  • After receiving the Access to Art Grant, AU (1) ships the backpack of art supplies to the Advocate who gets them to the student, (2) registers them for the online instruction portal, and (3) connects them to the online art community.
  • At this point the youth is considered a member of Acrylic University and welcomed to participate in all of the programs of AU including submission of art to the annual juried Acess to Art (online) Art show (see below).
  • After the youth graduates from the two year Art Access program of Acrylic University. They can choose to (1) continue in Acrylic University by paying the regular fee, (2) apply for being a AU “coach” and receive the AU instruction as their reimbursement for being a coach.  

Online Art Show

Entering artwork in a show, having your art juried, selling and shipping artwork, and paying a gallery commission are vital steps to grow and to be affirmed as an artist. In Partnership with Sunnyshore Studio, AU provides an online Art Art Show where Access to Art Students can showcase and sell their artworks. A 10% commission on student’s artwork that is sold will be taken to cover administrative and promotional costs of the online art show. Advocates play an important role in this art show by promoting their student’s artwork via social media and with their network of friends, and by helping walk the student through the shipping of artwork that is sold (if shipping is required).

Program Cost and Access Grant

The cost of providing access for one youth in Acrylic University is $350. We are looking for generous supporters who want to help youth have access to art. If you are interested in supporting a youth in the Access to Art program contact Jason Dorsey (see information at the bottom of this link). You can pay for all, or part, of a student’s access to art. The cost is broken down in this way:

  1. $100 = Art for Access “Student Rate” for online instruction
  2. $200 = Mini-Studio Supplies (backpack, easel, brushes, paint, etc.)
  3. $50 = Shipping and Handling of art supplies.
  4. $350 = Access Grant for one Student

The Pilot

In Partnership with Sunnyshore Studio, Acrylic University is launching the pilot Access to Art Program in October, 2019. Jason Dorsey, Artistic Director of Sunnyshore Studio will be working with advocates to identify ten artistically gifted youth. After the youth have are accepted into the Access program, they will be eligible to receive the Access Scholarship. In October 2019, Jed Dorsey will have a solo art show at Sunnyshore Studio. Sunnyshore Studio is donating 5% of the commission and Jed and Renae Dorsey are donating 5% to raise Access Grants to fund the ten students. In the fall of 2020 show, artworks by the students who are a part of the Access Program will be showcased in an online Art Show.

Advocate Commitment

Advocates are vital for AU’s Access to Art Program. They serve in three important ways.

  1. First, the Advocate identifies a gifted young artist (age 13-22) and works with them to complete and turn in an Access to Art Application.
  2. Second, once the student receives a grant, AU ships the backpack and art supplies to the youth. The Advocate ensures that the youth receives the art supplies.
  3. Third, the Advocate supports the student as they showcase their work on the online Art Show including (1) sharing the student’s participation in the online show via social media and with his/her network of friends, and (2) helping youth ship artwork to purchaser if this is required.   

The Timeline

August 15, 2019: Applications Due

September 1, 2019: Art Access Pilot Program Members Announced

October 2019: Jed Dorsey Art Show and Art Access Fund-Raiser

November 1, 2019: Pilot Program Begins

October 2020: Paintings of Access to Art Pilot Program Members online Art show

Art Supplies

The following art supplies will be provided for Access to Art Students along with a backpack to carry them in.

  • 23 Canvases
  • 9 Tubes of Paint (warms and cools of primary colors, plus gray, white and black)
  • Paint box (for holding paint)
  • Palette (Masterson Sta-Wet Palette – mini version)
  • Set of 10 brushes
  • Sketchbook  
  • Set of 6 pencils with sharpener
  • Tabletop Easel
  • Spray Bottle
  • Masking Tape
  • Value Finder

Note: Students and advocates will need to provide water buckets for cleaning brushes, and paper towels (or rags). Hair dryer and hydrogen peroxide are optional (used for helping Sta-Wet Palette stay fresher for longer).

Applying to AU’s “Access to Art” Program

We are only taking 10 students in the pilot Access to Art Program.

  • Applications must be post-marked by August 15, 2019 (or e-mailed by August 15)
  • Applications will be evaluated in the order in which they arrive.
  • Youth who are not admitted into the pilot program will be placed on a waiting list.

If you would like to apply for the pilot Access to Art program, please request an application by sending your name and e-mail address to Jason Dorsey. You can contact him via phone at 317.209.6768 or e-mail: j.dorsey23@gmail.com.

22K Raised For New Roof!

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled that $22,000 was raised to replace the cedar shake roof on Dad and Mom’s home through the auction of Jack Dorsey original art! A composition roof with underlayment, plywood sheeting, and tear off will cost 13K. A metal roof with underlayment, plywood sheeting and tear off will cost 19K. With the 15K matching grant we hit our goal!

We could not have done this without the overwhelming support of Jack and Ann’s family, friends, patrons and collectors. We are so thankful for you! Here are some of the highlights of the “Jack Dorsey ‘Raise the Roof’ Silent Art Auction.

Rich C. got the ball rolling

One of Dad’s dear friends and golf buddies got the ball rolling. He purchased #110, “Foothills”, not for the “take home price” of $200 but for the remarkable sum of $2,500 because, as he put it, “I want to see you get that new roof, Jack!” Rich’s purchase got us off to a great start. We’re so thankful for his support.

Thomas Dodgson kicks the ball forward

In researching the installation of the original cedar shake roof in 1984, we noted that many of Jack’s nephews had helped out. One of them, Thomas, Tom or “T.S.” as he is known by the family, was away from home at the time and not able to help.

However, this time around Tom said that he wanted to help. And he did, in a big way. He bought two at “take home now” price and bid on TEN MORE. Tom was outbid on many of these ten, so he came back and bid on four more paintings. He ended up with quite a few paintings, and really helped get the ball rolling.

I love many of the paintings TS chose, but this one in particular, “White as Snow” is really special!

Arnold Palmer Painting Bid

Jack is a big golfer and the painting above with Arnold Palmer and colleagues at a big golf tournament is a prize and joy painting of Dad’s. He likes to tell how it took him 100+ hours to paint all the people! Deidre, a recent friend and collector of Dorsey artwork bid on that painting.

By June 15th, The opening Saturday we were 1/3 of the way to reaching our goal!

Big BBQ and Concert

On the second Saturday, June 22, Sunnyshore Studio held a big, free BBQ and Blue Grass Concert by The Day Brothers.

Special Thanks to the Day Brothers

It was great to have David, Daniel and John Day and two other band members in concert. Their Bluegrass music is fun and engaging. More importantly, as nephews of Jack Dorsey it was extra special to have them!

At the end of the night we did a quick sum of the painting purchases and bids and were able to celebrate that we were now over 15K. We had hit our goal and still had one week left!

Last Big Push

The last week was crazy. Lots of bids on paintings, and new paintings being bid on. Somehow Jenny Dorsey kept track of it all, and hosted the show with her usual poise and grace!

22K Raised!

And in the end, when all was tallied up, $22,000 had been raised. Again, thanks to all Dad’s family, friends, collectors and patrons. Without you this would not have happened. We weren’t able to keep up with all the painting sales and pictures. But here’s a few!

Second Annual Work Party at Jack and Ann Dorsey’s Home on Saturday, July 13th.

On Saturday, July 13th, Jason Dorsey is organizing the second annual work party at his parent’s home on Camano Island, WA (2772 SE Camano Drive). Work will begin at 9:00am. We’ll break for lunch and wrap work up around 2:00pm. After this whoever wants to stay is invited to an afternoon playing on a beautiful Camano Beach (2:30-5:00pm) and BBQ dinner at Sunnyshore Studio (2803 S.E. Camano Drive).

You can come for any part of the day you would like!

Last July, Jason Dorsey held the first big work party. A great crew helped out. We split and stacked wood for the winter, dug out and filled a drainage ditch, cleaned the shake roof, weeded the flower garden, pulled ivy and lots of other stuff.

Here are some photos from last year.

Afterward working we played at Inverson Beach, making a huge raft.

If you plan to attend the work party let Jason know (j.dorsey23@gmail.com) so that he can plan food accordingly!

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