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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!

Great News: Matching Grant Pledged and more

The JACK DORSEY “RAISE THE ROOF” SILENT ART AUCTION fund raiser is off to a great start with a $15,000 matching grant pledge. A person will match whatever is raised through the silent art auction of Jack Dorsey’s paintings up to $15,000.

The money raised will go towards replacing Jack and Ann’s cedar shake roof with either a metal or composite roof. We estimate the cost of this roof replacement to be approximately $30,000 [we’re waiting on the bid itself]. This matching grants makes hitting our $30,000 target seem more feasible, especially when Jack Dorsey’s original artwork will be starting at such amazing prices!

GREAT PRICES on Jack Dorsey originals

Jack Dorsey’s original paintings typically sell for over $1,000. But one time only, for this silent auction, you have the chance to purchase his beautiful watercolors and original oils for much less. In fact, some of the paintings that will for sale during the silent auction start for as little as $50. In fact, many of the frames cost more than where the paintings are starting!

You will discover the full range of Jack Dorsey’s art legacy:

  • Stanwood/Camano/Northwest scenes
  • Cascade Mountains and eastern Washington scenes
  • Western themed paintings
  • Paintings of golf legends
  • Symbolic/Abstract religious
  • And more

The silent auction begins at our brick and mortar studio, Sunnyshore Studio (2803 S.E. Camano Drive) on Saturday, June 15, 10:00am-5:00pm. It will open online on Monday, June 17 online here https://sunnyshorestudio.com/portfolio/jack-dorsey-raise-the-roof-silent-art-auction/.

Sunnyshore Studio will also be open on Saturday, June 22 and Saturday, June 29 from 10am-5pm. All bidding ends on Saturday, June 29, 5:00pm PST.

Great Reception: BBQ and Bluegrass concert featuring the Day Brothers

To celebrate Jack Dorsey’s art legacy and to raise money to “raise the roof” Sunnyshore Studio is hosting a “first come, first served” BBQ dinner and bluegrass concert on Saturday, June 22, 5:00-7:00pm. We’re planning to have enough BBQ for the first 100 people, after that pickings might be slim.

We’re thrilled to have Jack’s nephews, the Day Brothers, putting on a free Bluegrass concert for Jack’s family, friends, collectors and supporters. The concert will begin at 6:00pm.

The Day Brothers, David from Portland, OR, Daniel from Vinita, OK, and John from Longbranch, WA love singing songs that are rooted in Bluegrass, Country, Southern Gospel and Americana genres.  Having grown up in the Stanwood/Camano Island/Mount Vernon regions, all 3 of the brothers have written songs that were formed by events in life – so you will find songs from our region in their repertoire.  “Stillaguamish River Waltz”, “Lover’s Lane”, “Gonna Come Sweeping Through” are examples of their lyrical mastery meeting engaging melodies that help make a concert by The Day Brothers a wonderful experience. 

They are passionate about their music, and you will enjoy the repartee and musical intensity that the brothers bring to each concert. Their 2019 summer concert tour of the Pacific NW will feature 3 different guest musicians to augment the  guitar, mandolin and upright bass provided by the brothers.  Reed Stutz is an accomplished musician attending Berklee College of music, and he will be playing guitar and mandolin.  An amazing Banjo player Seth Wiggins from Portland, Oregon will be traveling with the Day Brothers in the first half of the tour.  The second half of the tour will feature Josey Toney, an amazing fiddler who is also a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.  For dates and locations of the 2019 summer tour, or to purchase CDs , go to www.TheDayBrothers.com

Great Cause: Replacing Jack and Ann Dorsey’s Cedar Shake Roof

Money raised through the silent art auction goes to a great cause: replacing Jack and Ann Dorsey’s cedar shake roof. This roof was installed in 1984 by Jack Dorsey with the help of his kids and their cousins (and a few friends).

Discover the story of the cedar shake roof here. https://sunnyshorestudio.com/2019/05/22/help-us-help-jack-dorsey-raise-the-roof-through-a-silent-art-auction/

Acrylic University Launches

Acrylic University has officially launched!

You can check out the web site at the bottom of this page.

Acrylic University was created by Jed and Renae Dorsey – with strong assistance from Dan Ericson and Peter Stout – to make acrylic instruction and creative community accessible to everyone.

Features

Acrylic University features high quality painting instruction by Jed, an expanding course list with comprehensive supply list for each course, a library of paint along videos where you can learn looking over Jed’s shoulder and through his heart, and connection to an on-line artistic, creative, encouraging community.

Jed and Renae emphasize the community aspect of Acrylic University. They dream of the community platform connecting a bibrant community of artists and creative people who share a love of life and learning and beauty and art. In other words, Acrylic University is not just about painting. It is about community!

Pricing

There is a two week window to sign up to get the best rates! From today until June 20th, 2019: the monthly price of $45 is offered $33 a month. The yearly regular fee of $397 is cut in half! The two week launch price is $197. If you buy the yearly at this reduced rate, it comes to only $17 a month.

And in case you’re just not sure it’s worth the coin, you have 30 days to try the site out. If you don’t love it there is a 100% money back guarantee.

Access to Art Pilot Program

Sunnyshore Studio’s Artistic Director, Jason Dorsey, is working with Jed and Renae to develop Acrylic University’s “Access to Art” program. This program is geared towards giving youth, especially low income and disenfranchised youth, access to art instruction, art supplies and creative community.

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 over art, often means that these young people’s artistic potential is not encouraged or cultivated. 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 art accessible for young people, especially youth from low income families. However, access 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 access to art instruction, art supplies, and a supportive art community.   

The Vision

Over the next decade to raise up many gifted, successful artists who “share beauty” with the world by providing the Art for Access Program to hundreds of 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 12-22 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 courses. 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.
  2.  Art Supplies: Acrylic University ships a backpack with all the necessary art supplies to begin painting. This includes easel, brushes, acrylic paint, palette, and canvases. 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.
  3. 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 provide support, encouragement, and critique.   

If you’re interested in sponsoring a young person in this pilot “Access to Art” program please contact Renae Dorsey: hello@acrylicuniversity.com

Here’s the link to the web site that’s just gone live:

https://www.acrylicuniversity.com

 

We are Family, June 4th Update

There’s a lot to report on the We are Family documentary. In this update we share about:

  • Wrapping 5+ hour Docu-series
  • Hiring Tremayne Reed to make the Feature Documentary
  • Working with IHSAA
  • Signing off by Klutch Sports
  • Finishing Sound Track
  • Exclusive Screening in Indy
  • Wrapping up the project

Wrapping up 5+ Hour Docu-series

David Lichty is working hard on finishing up the 5+ hour docu-series. This is the “uncut” version of the movie that we promised our Kickstarter supporters. We’ve finished all of the interviews. David is placing the last of the B-roll footage. After that is done he’ll work on screen titles and color correction.

Tremayne Reed

Hiring Tremayne Reed to make Feature Documentary

We hired Tremayne Reed to make the Feature Documentary. Tremayne is a gifted young filmmaker. Tremayne will take the 5+ hours docu-series and create a faster-paced Feature documentary. Learn more about Tremayne here: https://sunnyshorestudio.com/2019/05/30/tremayne-reed-signs-contract-to-make-we-are-family-feature-documentary/

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Jeff Sparks

Getting Feedback on Film

We are also arranging for consulting feedback on both the docu-series and feature documentary. Jeff Sparks, who has lots of experience in the film industry has graciously agreed to provide feedback on both. We are also working with Donteau Gladney Sr, Clarence Walker Sr., and others to provide us feedback.

Working with IHSAA

We continue to working with Chris Kaufman, a representative of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA footage) to use IHSAA footage in the documentary. We are close to finalizing the Errors and Omissions Insurance required by IHSAA. We’re super thankful for the support on this project by Chris and IHSAA.

Signing off by Klutch Sports

After the Feature Documentary is completed we will send it to Klutch Sports, a sports agency which represents Trey Lyles. Trey plays for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. Since Klutch represents Trey, including his media image and identity, they have asked to sign off on the parts of the documentary that include Trey. We’re thankful that Klutch Sports and the Lyle’s family has been so supportive of this project!

Finishing the We are Family Soundtrack

We have received most of the music for the documentary. All that is left is three songs by Caleb Buse, and music, mixing and mastering from Steve Wicks. We want to wait until we have the video for the Feature documentary completed so that Caleb’s compositions and Steve’s music and mixing and mastering can be synched with it.

Exclusive Screening in Indy

When the Feature Documentary with accompanying sound track is finished we will hold an exclusive screening in Indianapolis. This screening will give us a chance to share the documentary on the big screen with players, family, Tech alumni, Kickstarter supporters and others who have helped to make the film happen. We look forward to getting specific feedback on the film at this point.

Delivery of Digital Versions of the Sound Track, Feature Documentary and Docu-series to Kickstarter Supporters

At this point we will be prepared to send digital versions of the sound track, docu-series (what we called the “uncut” documentary), and the feature documentary to the people who supported the production of the movie through our Kickstarter campaign.

Wrapping the Project Up

I (Jason Dorsey) take responsibility for not delivering this movie by the date we had originally set (screening in March, 2019 and delivery to Kickstarter supporters by May, 2019). I obviously miscalculated the amount of work and the logistical details that would have to fall into place to produce this movie.

I could not have foreseen that the father of my main video editor, David Lichty, would have a major hospitalization and David would rightly need to spend a lot of time at his side. Amazingly, David has worked hard throughout his father’s hospitalization, but it has definitely slowed things down.

My production team is working hard to wrap the project up and to do our very best to tell this inspiring story. Thanks so much for your patience as we wrap the project up.

Tremayne Reed signs contract to make “We are Family” Feature Documentary

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to have hired Tremayne Reed to make the “We are Family” feature documentary.

David Lichty and I had the pleasure to work with Tremayne early on this project. He created the trailer for the movie.

We spent a couple of days shooting B-roll footage, as well as interviews. He worked hard, and brought a high degree of professionalism.

Tremayne works full-time as a video editor, filmmaker in Indianapolis. He creates beautiful wedding videos, and dynamic music videos.

Tremayne will be taking the 5+ hour “uncut” docu-series that David Lichty has created and make a 1.5 – 2 hour feature documentary. He’ll start work in early June and hopefully wrap it up by the end of June. We’re excited to see finished product of this up and coming filmmaker!

And shout out to Julian Dorsey for telling us about Tremayne, and urging us to recruit him. Wow! We’re sure glad we did!

Help us help Jack Dorsey “Raise the Roof” through a Silent Art Auction

Sunnyshore Studio has an audacious goal: to help Jack Dorsey raise $30,000* through a silent art auction of Jack’s original watercolors, oils and acrylics. This money will go towards replacing the old hand cut shake roof installed by Jack and his family and extended family back in 1984. [*This is an estimate of cost to replace cedar shake roof with composite of metal roof. We are waiting to get bids back from Jim Spane of Spane Building to determine financial goal]

Here’s the story…

Jack and Ann Dorsey, and their son, Jason,moved to Camano in the fall of 1969 and into their current home in the spring of 1970. The house had no water, plumbing or electricity at that time.

Jack began to work full time as a professional artist, as well as to start fixing up the old home. He got an old cast iron furnace from Bob Crow that he used in the basement for heat, and bought a Monarch wood stove for the kitchen for $25.

In the early 1970’s Jack asked Dan Garrison at his real estate office (now Windermere near the Country Club) if he could cut wood for his stoves from his logged off land south of Camano Hill road, now Michael Way, and Dan agreed.

When cutting wood, Jack discovered old growth cedar stumps all over and he concentrated on cutting 24 inch bolts of cedar (blackened by fir). He hauled load after load home and made a huge pile of cedar bolts knowing they would make cedar shakes in the future. He often brought Jason along with him for this work.

In this photo you can see the bolts that were used to make the cedar shakes. Jed Dorsey is hard at work picking up some of the kindling to start a fire.

In the 1970’s and early 80’s, Jack and Ann shingle roofed house had lots of leaks. In 1984 Jack had an addition built on the house.

That is when he started splitting shakes with a tool called a “froe.” It had a wooden handle at right angles to a steel blade used to cut through cedar bolts. He would use a draw knife to smooth the shakes into a taper, but generally every time he cut a shake, he would turn the bolt which gave a natural taper to the shake.

Jason, and his siblings April and Jed, helped a lot with the making, shaping and installing of the shakes to the new addition and original home in 1984.

There’s some fun photos that Mom found. Like when Jason is nursing a hand bloody with blisters from the hard work.

Jason nursing his bloody hands

And this one of Jason and Jed collapsed on the ground, resting in the sun, after the hard work the roof.

Jason and Jed laying on the grass with their dog Nick

What is TRULY REMARKABLE about the photographs we’re found is how many other members of our extended family as well as friends helped out on this project. It is rather quite remarkable how many folks Jack Dorsey was able to rope into the project!

Jack’s nephew Bruce Dodgson helped out!

Bruce Dodgson

Here’s a photo with T.S. and Bruce Dodgson helping out!

T.S. and Bruce Dodgson

Doug Dodgson got in on the project too! Here he is helping Jason carry a sky light.

Even the younger cousins got involved. Here’s some photographs with nephews/cousins Derek and Ethan Dodgson.

Of course, Jack Dorsey was the mind behind the project and the master roofer that moved it all along.

He has always been a hard, hard worker. His kids and nephews learned from his example.

So it felt familiar when in July of 2018, Jed and Jason and his sons Jacob and Julian worked on the roof. Cleaning the fir needles off and replacing old shingles worn thin in the weather. Jack even got back up on the roof a bit. But his boys told him to stay on the ground and provide support. After all, he was 78 years of age at the time!

In working on the roof they discovered that many of the shingles were showing their age and that the old cedar shingle roof that had protected the home for 34 years would probably need to replaced in the next couple of years.

Raise the Roof Silent Art Auction

The Jack Dorsey “Raise the Roof” Silent Art Auction is taking place over three Saturdays in June: June 15, 22, and 29, from 10am-5pm. It will be held at Sunnyshore Studio: 2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA.

Jack will have many of his watercolors, oils and acrylics at very affordable prices. Here is a great chance to get a Jack Dorsey original at a great price and help Jack “raise the roof” one more time!

Reception and Concert

On Saturday, June 22nd at 5:00pm Sunnyshore Studio will host a BIG BBQ, first come first served. We’ll have food for 100 people. At 6:00pm we are excited to host a Bluegrass concert by the Day Brothers.

Online Bidding

If you can’t attend the silent auction in person, you can bid online through the link provided below. The rules of the silent auction are listed here.

Opening Weekend of Camano Studio Tour a success and fun too!

Sunnyshore Studio participated in our fourth Camano Studio tour. Our first year was in 2016. Our space wasn’t finished. We hung art on the exposed studs. It was a joy to showcase our family of artists.

That joy continued for the opening weekend of the Studio tour in 2019. We Besides showcasing family of artists that spans five generations, we also had five guest artists and sold a lot of art!

As always the best part of the tour is seeing friends, and connecting to collectors and patrons. We are super thankful for their friendship and support and patronage over the years. It helps us do what we do. We made up this little video to thank them, and to give you a picture of our little studio tucked on the south end of Camano Island.

For example, high school friends Harry Baird and his wife Maria, and Todd Bonnifield and his son stopped by for an afternoon.

A man who had purchased Jason’s artwork back in the late 1980’s at the Stanwood Camano fair (helping put Jason through college!) stopped by to visit and talked to Jason about a commission to go above his mantle. How amazing is it to have built connections through art that last through the decades.

Another neat story happened to Jason. He was rummaging around at his desk when a woman stopped and was looking at his children’s books and original illustrations for them. They struck up a conversation and Jason told her that he had gone to Stanwood High School. She asked if he knew her nephew Tom Hamilton. Jason said that he and Tom had been classmates, played football together and were friends.

“Matter of fact” he said, “Tom is in this book that was just released.” He opened it up to the back pages and showed her a photo of Tom and himself dressed up in Camo and face paint and headed out to the woods on the fateful night of the story. It was an amazing moment, and a reminder of how very small our world can be at times!

She bought two books, one for Tom.

Jennifer Kelly, who was Jason’s English teacher at Stanwood High School visited the studio with another teacher, Brenda Taylor. Jennifer bought one of the original illustrations! Jason is very thankful for her nurture and support over the years. Brenda bought one of Jackie’s paintings (if memory is correct).

Speaking of Jackie Dorsey, she had a very successful opening of her studio. She painted for sweet watercolors, that her dad helped her frame. And they were sold by noon on Friday!

Dismas Smith of “This Coffee Life” roasted a special Sunnyshore Studio coffee at Dark, Medium and Light Roast and did pour overs for people to taste the coffee. It was so fun to have Dismas a part of this show.

We are honored once again to open our doors to so many people to share the beauty of Camano Island and to build community through art!

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