Sunnyshore Studio is a creative studio on Camano Island, WA. Our mission is to share beauty through art, books, and film. 

History

  • In 1969 Jack, Ann and Jason Dorsey move to lot 77 of Sunnyshore Studio to launch Jack’s career as a full-time artist. Jack converts a fox shed into a studio and calls it Sunnyshore Studio: Read story here.
  • In 1988, Jack and Ann give Jason and Jenny a plot of land with a run down cottage a few hundred feet south of their home on Camano Island. Jason tears down the old cottage and dreams of building a studio to showcase his family of artists. Read story here.
  • In 2008, Jason has the plot cleared and graded. He sketches out a vision for the building in a sketchbook. Read story here.
  • In June 2010, Jason visits the Heaton Cooper Studio in Grasmere, England, an early model for what he dreamed Sunnyshore Studio would be: Read story here.
  • In August 2010, Jason sees a house built by his friend Jim Spane that he models the architecture of Sunnyshore Studio after. Read story here.
  • In December 2015, the Dorsey family holds a “groundbreaking” ceremony. Read story here.
  • On March 2, 2016, work began on Sunnyshore Studio. Read Story here.
  • In May, 2016, we opened our doors for the Camano Studio tour in what we called our soft-opening. Read story here.
  • In December 2016, we held our grand opening with the Beaches of Camano art show.
  • In June 2017, Sunnyshore Studio launches the publishing wing of our creative studio. Read story here.
  • In September 2017, we release our first documentary Fanny: The Artist Who Made America Smile. Watch documentary on YouTube here.
  • In March 2018, we hold the first of five Vintage Watercolorists of Washington art shows named in honor of legendary artist Jack Dorsey. Read more here.
  • In January 2021, our creative studio released the documentary We are Family that tells the story of an inner city basketball team that against all odds won the state championship and inspired a city. Read more and watch here.

3 Comments

  1. Evelyn Williams

    Wonderful place. When it’s finished I want to come stay in the apartment for a least a week. Love all of your painting too. And love Ann, my childhood friend.

  2. Leo E. Osborne

    I met up with Jack in Anacortes yesterday, sweet man, nice guy…Love his work and that of many at your gallery(and the stories of folks). I did some shows many years ago with Bill Reese when in Wenatchee, and showed with Thomas Williams Jones at that time…please give him my regards. Should we plan a trip onto Camano we shall attempt to locate you and visit…all the best your way, cheers
    Leo E. Osborne…..www.leoosborne.com

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