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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!

We are Family, May 1 Update, Life Happens

We are plugging away at the We are Family Documentary. Here’s an update on where things stand May 1.

Hard Work and Life Happens

My friend and video editor, David Lichty, has been working hard. He has woven our footage together into 5 parts, each approximately an hour long. Think of this like a docu-series.

  • Part One: Background
  • Part Two: Season Starts: First part of season up to the ESPN game
  • Part Three: Golden Age, with Tech crushing opponents up the Hamilton SE game
  • Part Four: Teach character and into the State Tournament
  • Part Five: Championship Game and Impact

It’s a very interesting and well told story. I was watching one of the sections and my daughter Jackie started watching and said that it was interesting to her (she could care less about basketball) and “good”. That was encouraging.

Then Life Happens.

On March 28, David’s dad, named Bill, went in for a minor dental surgery. There were some complications, and the short of it is that Bill has been at Methodist Hospital three times, and the rest of the time at a care facility, and still has not gone home. In fact, he’s not doing well. David has been a faithful son. He’s at his side every night, and bearing a lot of stress in doing so, and sadness too. He’s exhausted.

I’ve encouraged David to be totally present with his dad and that the film can wait. Still, through the last month, David has continued to work. I hope in some ways that has been therapeutic for him. It is certainly not expected by me. So life happens, and you roll with the punches. You can pray for David and his dad Bill. I know he’s appreciate that.

Most of the Music has been delivered

Most of the music that we purchased has been delivered. We’re waiting to wrap up the feature documentary that will be approximately 1.5 hours to have Caleb Buse add his three songs, and Steve Wicks to do the final mixing and mastering, as well as filling out the sound track.

We have music from Daniel Dorsett (Tech fight song), Boyhood Bravery, Seaux Chill, Eron Harris, OsoKing Mezzy, and Malcolm Jordan. I can’t wait to share their awesome music with you in the film!

Eron Harris song “Titans”

Recruiting Tremayne Reed as Associate Editor for We are Family Feature Documentary.

David and I had the pleasure of working with Tremayne Reed to capture video footage. Tremayne also created our movie trailer. Check it out here.

We were super impressed with Tremayne’s professionalism, his eye for video production, and his work ethic. We’ve offered him the job of Associate Video Editor for the film and we’re hopeful that he’ll take it. This will really help move the ball forward with the Feature documentary.

Hired a Lawyer

I hired a lawyer to help us with some legal matters. For example, as I’ve shared about before, to get permission from the Indiana High School Athletic Association to use three of their videos in the documentary we needed to have Errors and Omissions Insurance.

As I began to work with the Insurance company I learned that I had to have a “Title Report” done by my attorney to provide proof that our title “We are Family” is not copyrighted and we have permission to use it.

So I had to bite the bullet and hire a lawyer. But this is ok. It is what it is.

Still, by God’s grace, somehow within budget

I’m actually quite amazed to be able to say this, but even with the extra costs that we had not anticipated:

  • $1,200 to put a lawyer on retainer
  • $2,000 Errors and Omissions insurance
  • $500 for IHSAA video usage

We are still right at what we were able to raise through the kickstarter campaign. I take this as a kindness from God. I just wanted to make a quality documentary to share a great story about some awesome kids and their coaches and a city that rallied around them. I had no idea of the challenges of doing this I would face along the way.

I’m so thankful for the generosity of about 110 people who gave 25K to make this project happen. The end result will be worth it all.

Animation

One last thing. A friend of my brother Jed from Indianapolis, Todd Gardner, heard about the documentary and was interested in helping out. He has a graphic design and video company, bitNbydesign, inc. Anyway, he said that he had been playing around with an animation for the movie and he gave us permission to use it, for free! I don’t know if we’ll use this in the film or for promotional purposes, but it was a great encouragement to receive this last week! Here it is.

Exclusive Screening in Indy

We don’t have a date for the exclusive screening in Indy. But we’re hoping in mid to late summer. I’ve learned my lesson about setting dates, and there’s still lots to do and hoops (no pun intended) that we need to jump through. But we’re making progress and the finished product will be great: it’s a story worth telling. And I thank God that I have the opportunity to share it!


Fairy Sightings: Season One

In season one, Jason, inspired by his great-grandmother, artist and illustrator Fanny Y. Cory, begins his quest to sight a fairy.

For most of her life, Fanny lived on a ranch near Canyon Ferry, Montana. There she began her famous watercolor series of paintings of fairies now known as the Fairy Alphabet. She also kept a luscious garden, where many fairies made their home among the flowers. In 1952, Fanny moved from Montana to a little white cottage on a bluff overlooking Saratoga Passage on the southwest side of Camano Island. Her family suspects that Fanny brought many of her fairies with her, though she never said. However, she did continue to paint watercolors of fairies, even into her late 80’s when her eyesight was failing, like this one below.

Fanny also taught her granddaughter, Ann Cory Dodgson (she was named “Cory” after her grandmother), now Ann Cory Dorsey, the lore of fairies. They searched for Queen Mav, one of the fairy queens, in Fanny’s flowers on Camano.

Having been trained by her grandmother, Ann is now one of the few Fairy Masters in the United States. In this first series you can learn from Ann fairy lore, and watch Jason begin his quest to sight a fairy.

Season One: Episode One, “Fairy Sightings – Fairy Houses”

In Episode One, Fairy Master Ann Cory Dorsey, shares about where fairies live.

Season One: Episode Two, “Fairy Sightings – Introducing Fairy Mystery Boxes”

In Episode Two, Fairy Master Ann shares about Fairy Mystery Boxes and how you can start your collection of fairy things and even create a fairy friendly environment where they can live.

Series One: Episode Three, “Fairy Sightings – Fanny Y Cory’s Fairy Alphabet”

In Episode three, Fairy Master Ann shares more about her Grandmother, Fanny Y Cory’s, Fairy Alphabet book.

Season One: Episode Four, “Fairy Sightings – An Abandoned Fairy Home?”

In this Episode, Jason begins his search for fairies and at his mother’s home, Fairy Master Ann Cory Dorsey, discovers possible fairy houses and signs of fairy activity.

Season One: Episode Five, “Fairy Sightings – Fairy Master Ann Cory, my mother, won’t tell”

In this episode, Fairy Master Ann Cory Dorsey won’t tell her own dear son Jason for sure and once and for all if fairies live near her home.

Season One: Episode Six, “Fairy Sightings – Fairy Friendly Environment”

In this episode, Jason begins to search around Sunnyshore Studio, which is very near Fairy Master Ann Cory Dorsey’s home, for places where fairies might live and play.

Season One: Episode Seven, “Fairy Sightings – Jason Discover’s a Fairy Circle”

In this episode, Jason, son of Fairy Master Ann Cory Dorsey, discovers a fairy circle in the woods near Sunnyshore Studio. He calls these woods, “fairy hollow.”

Season One: Episode Eight, “Fairy Sightings – Jason sees fairies dancing”

In this episode, Jason searches for fairies at night, and sees what he thinks are fairies dancing at the fairy circle in fairy hollow.

Season One: Episode Nine, “Fairy Sightings – Willow’s Discovery”

Willow Dorsey, niece of Jason Dorsey and granddaughter of Fairy Master Ann Cory Dorsey, discovers a fairy treasure in fairy hollow.

Season One: Episode Ten, “Fairy Sightings – the Treasure in the Fairy Chest”

In this episode, Willow shares with her uncle Jason the treasure in the fairy chest. She is now helping her uncle Jason in his quest to sight a fairy? Will you help Jason too?

Help Jason on his quest to sight a fairy

You can help Jason on his quest to spot a fairy. Send your fairy lore, photographs, and videos to him at Sunnyshorestudio@gmail.com.

Want to start a fairy collection?

You can purchase a Mystery Fairy Box at Sunnyshore Studio (2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA). We can’t tell you what’s in the box, but we think you’ll like it. We can also ship Mystery Fairy Box. To inquire about a mystery fairy box write to Jason at Sunnyshorestudio@gmail.com.

Meet Guest Artist Liz Hamlin

Sunnyshore Studio is excited to have four guests artists featured at the popular Camano Island Studio Tour. Meet one of our guest artist and Camano treasure, Liz Hamlin.

Liz is an outstanding artist and person. She has led the Camano Art Association’s mentoring program at Stanwood High School for years. Recently she has been working on large watercolors painted of her neighborhood, views that she sees on her daily walks.

Liz Hamlin

Sunnyshore Studio: How long have you been doing art? Tell us something about your journey in art?

Liz: Over many years of making art my love of watercolor continues with passion.


Sunnyshore Studio:What kind of art do you do? Why do you enjoy this medium?

Liz: I focus on non-traditional subjects; aerial views, monks, or broken glass were all subjects over the years.


Sunnyshore Studio: What are the joys and challenges for you as an artist?

Liz: My greatest joy has come from creating art unlike any I have seen elsewhere–color patch, a hard edged technique, the flower girl series combining figures and flowers or a two part piece for the viewer to walk between. Convincing the viewing public that watercolors are serious art is an ongoing challenge.


Sunnyshore Studio: Why are you excited about being a part of the Studio Tour at Sunnyshore this year?

Liz: I am delighted and honored to be showing at Sunnyshore Studios with the Dorsey family of very accomplished artists.   

Camano Island Studio Tour Info

The popular Camano Island Studio tour is a five day event that brings over 7,000 people to visit the 30 some studios and galleries on Camano Island and Stanwood.

It takes place on Mother’s Day weekend, Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, and on the following “Encore” weekend, Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19.

Participants visit the homes, gardens, studios and galleries of the art colony on our beautiful Island. You can learn more at the link below.

https://www.camanostudiotour.com/

Fairy Sightings and Fairy Mystery Boxes

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to introduce to the world Fairy Master Ann Cory Dorsey. Ann learned the lore of fairies under the spell of her grandmother, artist and illustrator Fanny Y. Cory.

When Fanny moved to Camano Island in 1953 she lived in a little white cottage just down the road from the farm where Ann’s family. It was then that Ann began her tutelage under Fanny.

Now Ann’s ready to share her knowledge of fairies with the world. And the world includes YOU!

Ann’s son and Fanny’s great-grandson, Jason Dorsey, is on a quest to sight a fairy. He’s begun a course of study under his mother Ann. He’s promised to record as much as he can of what he learns and to share it with you.

Here is his first video introducing Fairy Master Ann Cory Dorsey.

If you would like to learn more about fairies, or perhaps create a fairy garden yourself, you may want to order a Fairy Mystery Box created by Jason’s wife Jenny. They are going on sale in May of 2019!

We will be posting our Fairy Sighting updates on our Sunnyshore Studio blog. You can also check them out on our Sunnyshore Studio YouTube site.

Sunnyshore Studio featured in recent Spane Building Video

Sunnyshore Studio was a decade old dream of Jason and Jenny Dorsey to showcase their family’s art and share the beauty of Camano.

It came true when Jason connected with his old high school friend, who also happens to be the president of Spane Building, Inc. Here’s the story of how their dream came to be a reality in partnership with Jim Spane and his team.

Sunnyshore Studio Celebrates Watercolor in Washington

On Saturday, March 9th, Sunnyshore Studio celebrated the art and legacy of five of Washington’s “vintage” watercolorists. Enjoy this photo journey of the day we shared together.

As usual, Jenny Dorsey did a great job is hanging the show and creating a beautiful and hospitable space.

Saturday morning before the show was beautiful, sunny and still. The “calm before the show.”

A few artists and guest trickled in before noon. It was lots of fun to listen to 2019 Vintage artists Nancy Fulton and Jerry Stitt share stories with Dad.

Another highlight for me (Jason) was an old friend from Stanwood High School, Paris Rutledge stopped by in his limo. He owns a limo service based in Tacoma, and had stopped by Jack Gunter’s studio on Camano and then stoped at Sunnyshore to say hi. This was the first time we’ve had a limo at the Studio.

Things were pretty slow in the morning and early afternoon, but the really picked up a little bit before the reception which began at 3:00pm.

It got so slow that Jackie got a free art lesson from master Jerry Stitt! How cool is that.

Then all of a sudden the studio filled up and we ran out of parking!

It was wonderful to see the artists mingling with their fans, collectors, patrons, family members and friends.

I introduced the artists and shared some stories about them. Some of them, like Sandy and Nancy, I knew from 1992. Dad said a few words too.

All five of our 2018 vintage artists came back for the show. It was incredible to them all together under one roof. What talent, but also humility!

After the Gallery closed at 5:00pm, Jenny hosted dinner for the artists and their significant other. It was a special evening of feasting.

What an honor it is for us to celebrate these artists, to showcase their art, and to collect their stories for future generations!

If you are interested in seeing the 2019 Vintage show we will be open on Saturdays, March 16, 23 and 30, 10am-5pm. You are also welcome to call me, Jason Dorsey, to arrange for a viewing by appointment.

Introducing Guest Artist for Vintage Show: Elizabeth Campbell Warhanik

While our Vintage Watercolor show features watercolorists who are still working, each year we highlight one watercolorist who left a legacy of art in Washington. Last year we had a beautiful watercolor by Perry Acker, that was generously loaned to us by the Stanwood Historical society.

Robin and Richard Hanks, Executive Director of Stanwood Historical Society

For our 2019 show we’re thrilled to announce that we are featuring Elizabeth Campbell Warhanik 1880-1968).

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Here is a short introduction to Elizabeth from A Fluid Tradition, by David Martin, that tells the story of the first seventy-five years of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

Here’s the blurb:

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Moved to Seattle in 1907. Warhanik studied at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and earned a degree in classical literature. She studied painting with Charles Woodbury at Ogunquit, Maine. At the University of Washington, she studied with Walter Isaacs and Helen Rhodes, and privately with Paul Morgan Gustin and Edgar Forkner.

Warhanik was one of Seattle’s most prominent early artists. She worked in oil, watercolor, and printmaking. In addition to being a longtime member of the NWWS [Northwest Watercolor Society], Warhanik was one of the founders and the first president of Women Painters of Washington.

Based on her stature as a Washington artist alone, I’d be excited to have Warhanik in our 2019 Vintage show. But I’m thrilled because of a more personal connection. Here’s the story of how I stumbled upon her work.

STORY

On January 4th, Jenny and I spent an afternoon at Ed and Susan Nudelman’s home in Seattle. I know Ed and Susan, and their kids, from the five years I served as Assistant Pastor at Green Lake Presbyterian Church in Seattle (1997-2002).

Jenny and I had a great time catching up with them. We fed their specialty ducks, talked family, art and books.

Besides being a scientist and a dealer in rare books, Ed is a super gifted poet.

They showed us some of the paintings of Susan’s grandmother, Elizabeth Warhanik. It didn’t take long to realize that she was not only a very gifted artists, but a real player in Washington’s early art scene.

Not only was Elizabeth a gifted artist, but her daughter, Winnifred Clifton (1916-2006), Susan’s mother was too. I had met Winni during my time in Seattle.

I tried to refrain my excitement, and tried to calmly ask if possibly, by chance, just wondering, if they might consider… allowing us to show a painting of Elizabeth’s. They quickly and graciously said YES!

And that’s how I stumbled upon this and many other beautiful Warhanik paintings! How cool it that!

2019 Vintage Watercolorists of Washington

  • Opens Saturday, March 9, 10am-5pm
  • Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, March 9, 3-5pm
  • Runs also on Saturdays March 16, 23, and 30, 10am-5pm
  • At Sunnyshore Studio: 2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA
  • Featuring watercolors by artists: Jack Dorsey, Nancy Fulton, Cooper Hart, Seiko Konya, Sandy Langford and Jack Dorsey.
  • In partnership with the Northwest Watercolor Society.

We are Family Documentary Update #3: Release of We are Family Delayed

I set the release date for the “We are Family” documentary for March 23, 2019. While work on the movie is progressing well, I have had to swallow my pride and accept the fact that I could deliver a finished movie on that that release date off. Here’s why.

THE SHEER AMOUNT OF WORK

Making a movie is a lot of work. There are a myriad of moving pieces – from video editing, to getting release forms for people we’ve interviewed, to lining up a venue, to communicating with our musicians.

For example, last week I spent time going through video footage providing feedback to David Lichty who is doing video production. There was 1 hour and 17 minutes of video footage that just covers the lead up to the 2013-2014 season.

The sheer amount of work, plus the fact that for both David and I this is not our full-time jobs and that we are both finding time to work on this labor of love in our off-work hours means that it just is taking longer than I hoped and planned.

COMPLICATIONS, COSTS AND DECISIONS

I shared in my February update that I had run into some complications and new costs that I had not anticipated. For example, to get permission to use Indiana High School Athletic Association video, we need to have Movie Insurance. I should be getting a bid on the cost of that shortly. I did not anticipate these complications and costs when I set March 23 as the release date for the movie.

CREATIVE FEEDBACK

We have a number of people who will be viewing the “uncut” version of the movie to provide technical, artistic, creative and factual feedback. Their feedback is valuable and necessary for us to make the best possible movie.

David Lichty, Tremayne Reed and I will be taking that feedback and cutting and crafting the final documentary. I don’t want to rush that important process of feedback so that we can make the best possible movie we can.

We also need to receive permission to use footage from both individuals and agencies, and so we when get the “uncut” and “final” versions wrapped up, this will be part of the process.

It is disappointing not to hit the March 23 target date. But there are good reasons to push that date back. My hope is that we will be able to have an exclusive screening of the movie in May. But no promise. I’ve learned my lesson.

Until that screening, you can be sure that I will be grinding away to tell this important story of an inner city basketball team that against all odds won the State Championship and inspired a city in doing so.

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