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Jed, Renae and Willow’s Epic Road Trip and “Reveal”

This week artist Jed Dorsey, his wife Renae and daughter Willow are embarking on an “epic road trip” from Indiana out west. The trip will last 46 days and include one art workshop, one art show, 2 family reunions, one pop-up camper, two ferries, two countries, two parents and one five year old.

Epic Road Trip

Anyone who has gone on an epic road trip like this knows that it will be full of fun adventures, bumps and bruises, and rich memories.

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to be hosting Jed’s solo show “There and Back Again”. The opening for the show will be on Saturday, July 15th. It will run all day, beginning at 10:00am to 9:00pm. But the food, fun and festivities will really pick up at the reception from 6:00-9:00pm.

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We are calling this a “reveal” for two reasons.

First, we are calling it a “reveal” because this will be the first solo show Jed has had on Camano and, in fact, in Washington State. Jed is a native of Camano Island, the son of noted artist Jack Dorsey, and a rising star in the art world.

Second, we are calling it a “reveal” because we are so excited to showcase Jed’s stunning artwork. Like their “epic road trip” Jed’s art captures the moods and mysteries, lights and darks, glories and greatness of nature.

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Jed’s friends from High School, and all art lovers and friends of the arts on Camano, wont want to miss Jed’s “There and Back Again” show.

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“There and Back Again” opens on Saturday, July 15th and runs through August 1st. If you can’t make the opening on Saturday, July 15th, you can schedule a private viewing by calling Sunnyshore Studio’s Artistic Director Jason Dorsey: 317.208.6768



Day One: Jack Dorsey’s Watercolor Workshop

The first day of Jack Dorsey’s watercolor workshop is down. Since it was my day off I was able to attend it.

Dad shared a secret of using white opaque paint in watercolor that he had learned from his friend, and Master watercolorist, Mike Burns. I can’t share the secret, but honestly I can say I was surprised by it, and how it worked was pretty cool.


Dad asked the question “Why do we paint?” This question opened up a whole flurry of lessons, stories, further questions.


The workshop was full of dad’s ramblings, asides and stories. He talked about his artist friends being “iron sharpening iron.” He lectured on the fundamentals of art: the “golden mean”, values, basic elements of art such as line, color, texture. He talked about design, and explained perspective.

I tried to interpret what Dad was saying to the participants. But they all seemed to be enjoying themselves, and Dad’s lectures and stories and Dad himself, so I relaxed.

What was so cool for me was underneath it all Dad’s passion for art came out, his passion for seeing common things and portraying them in a unique way, his passion for the fundamentals of art and his passion to help people find their own artistic voice.


As I closed down the studio in the quiet of the afternoon I reflected on how these stories, lectures, fundamentals and lessons were all things that I had grown up with as a kid. They have shaped me into the artist I am today. It is so cool to see Dad sharing them with others!

Here’s a little snipped to wet your appetite.


Jason Dorsey to serve as Camano Arts Association President

Jason Dorsey, Sunnyshore Studio’s Artistic Director, has been elected to be the president of the Camano Arts Association (CAA) for the 2017-2018 year.

He is taking the baton from Judith Seegert who has served the Association ably the past year and is transitioning to being the co-leader of the Annual Studio Tour.

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Sunnyshore Studio caught up with Jason to learn more of his hopes and dreams for this coming year.

Sunnyshore Studio: Jason you’re relatively new to CAA. Tell us what you’ve discovered about the organization.

Jason: CAA is a grassroots art organization that has incredibly gifted and passionate members. Everyone is committed to making Camano one of the top cultural regions for the fine arts in the Northwest. It was started by a handful of artist-cultural entrepreneur, Jack Gunter and Karla Matzke to name a few, who collaborated to create an annual studio tour on the Island. Their dream was to make Camano famous for fine art, just like Snohomish is the place to go for antiques.

After a few years the Studio Tour really took off. After a few years a 501c3 was created called the Camano Arts Association. CAA now has close to 100 members and counting!

Sunnyshore Studio: What excites you most about leading CAA?

Jason: First, I’m thrilled to collaborate with the incredibly gifted and passionate artists and patrons of the arts that make up this organization. When our family moved to Camano is 1969 my dad was one of the pioneer artists, maybe the only artist on the Island at that time. Now there is a hole hosts of artists and friends of the art who are putting their shoulder to the plow to make our vision a reality!

Second, I just enjoy the CAA board team. Each member brings so much experience and talent to the table: Mary Pilkington, Beckie Tiland, Kathy Edelman Hutchinson, Michelle Rushworth, Vicky Ringen, Chris Tuohy, Kate Riley, John Ebner, April Nickerson, Roger Cocke and Judith Seegert. My vice-president Melanie Soerrels has a wealth of institutional knowledge and love for the organization. I’m truly honored to lead a team of people who have excelled in the business, academic, community-service and artistic world. And we have a lot of fun together!

Finally, I’m really excited that this year I get to lead CAA in a three year vision and strategic planning process. I believe that this process and the plan and communication that comes out of it will catapult us forward in achieving our vision.

Sunnyshore Studio: What is that vision?

Jason:  The vision of CAA is that Camano Island will become recognized as a major cultural center for the Visual Arts in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s interesting that back in the early 1900’s Camano was known as a logging community, then a farming and fishing resort community in the 30s-60’s. It has also been known as a wonderful place to retire and for second homes on the water for rich Seattlelites to play at in the summer. I’m thrilled that now Camano is becoming known as an art destination. And I’m excited to partner with other institutions in the Stanwood-Camano area like the Chambers, the City of Stanwood, the Stanwood-Camano Arts Association, and others to team up to make this dream a reality.

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For example, a good friend of mine, Wade Starkenburg, a business owner in Stanwood is sponsoring my brother’s “There and Back Again” July art opening. He’s doing this not only because he’s excited about Sunnyshore Studio’s investment in the community and because we’re friends, but because he sees the importance of cultural development and the arts in our region.

Sunnyshore Studio: What would make you most happy in your tenure as CAA President.

Jason: I’m thankful I get to be part of the cultural development and common good of Camano. I grew up here and I have a real love for this place. I want our community to be recognized – to shine – for being the amazing community of artists and friends of artists that it is. I guess you could say that Camano’s flourishing is my dream. Specifically, I would like to lead CAA into a bold and exciting and daring 3 year vision and strategic plan that we will someday look back at and say “wow, it’s amazing but we actually achieved it!” Most of all, I hope we all have a lot of fun partnering together in achieving our vision.

Taking it to the streets: Dorsey family displays art at Victor’s Coffee Shop in Redmond

Victor’s Celtic Coffee Co. (7993 Gilman Street, Redmond, Washington 98052), located in the heart of the city, is a popular eastside destination for coffee, pastries, and conversation. Victor’s is also a patron to the arts. Each month art from different local artists is featured on the walls at Victors.

In the month of June, art from Jack Dorsey, Ann Cory, Jason Dorsey, April Nelson, and Jed Dorsey are featured. Here is the story of how Sunnyshore Studio took the art to the streets.

Each Wednesday morning at 6:30am Jason meets with a group of men from the church in Redmond he pastors, Redeemer. He had noticed an ad for artists to show their artwork at Victors so he inquired and was booked for the month of June

That is how on Wednesday afternoon, May 31st, Jason and his wife Jenny, who is the Master Collager of art, found themselves hanging art at Victors.

Jenny laid the art out and began to visualize where it would go.


She put some of April’s art up over the table where the cream, sugar, etc. is kept; a great place for people to enjoy the art.


April’s florals are lovely.


She put the artists bios up there too.


She put Jack’s beautiful watercolors on the main wall, fitting for the Patriarch of the family.



She agonized how to lay out Jed’s striking acrylics. She started with this layout.


Then tried this one.


Then laid them out on the table to try to figure out the perfect collaging of his art.


And ended with this.


In contrast, she promptly put Jason’s paintings in the hallway leading to the bathroom. There’s debate as to whether that is or isn’t a prime viewing location 🙂


Ann’s lovely painting of two girls playing at the beach is next to some more of her daughter, April’s, more abstract paintings.


We also put up a display of Sunnyshore Studio books but, unfortunately, weren’t able to keep them up.


Jason did the best he to have a good attitude as Jenny worked her collaging magic. They were rewarded at the end of it all with two delicious latte’s from a kind barrista,


And that’s how Sunnyshore Studio took it to the streets in Redmond, WA!

We hope our east side neighbors come out and enjoy a little slice of what is the creative, vibrant, dynamic, Sunnyshore Studio and Dorsey family of artists! 





Looking for a Father’s Day gift?

Author Jason Dorsey teamed up with his dad to illustrate I Remember Fishing with Dad, which tells the stories of a father, son, and grandson fishing (and remembering a special derby day) in the salmon waters of the Pacific Northwest.

This book is perfect for fathers, sons and daughters, grandsons and grandaughters. It explores through story how impactful it is when a dad spends time with his son or daughter. And all who remember fishing with their dad will find it brings them back to those sweet times together.

Over 1,000 people have purchased a copy. If you order yours today we can have it mailed to you in time for Father’s Day, June 18th.

One last thing. This book is the first of a series of 12 books that will weave story and art to explore the big themes of life. Jason’s second book, I Remember Running through the Woods is scheduled to be published in October 2018.

Start your collection today!


One year in: catching up with Jed Dorsey

Jed Dorsey launched into a full-time career as an artist a year ago.

In a recent interview, Sunnyshore Studio asked Jed about that first year, the role of art workshops in his development as an artist and his upcoming July workshop on Camano Island.

Sunnyshore Studio: Jed, tell us a little bit about your recent launch into art as a full time career. How is that going?

Jed: Fantastic! We are 10 months into full-time art and haven’t had to miss any meals or bills, so that’s encouraging! I have found that being a full-time artist is not for the fickle, however. You need to be all-in. Especially if you aren’t a dual income family. So, we are thrilled to be able to be doing this and are thankful for all the support we have received from people who have bought paintings.

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Sunnyshore Studio: What role have workshops/classes had in your own development as an artist?

Jed: I frequently get asked where I studied art, and people are usually surprised when I say that I didn’t go to school for art. But I think it speaks to value of workshops, because I have taken 5 intensive workshops which have shaped me greatly as an artist. In fact, I took one just over a month ago, and it completely invigorated me and gave me fresh ideas. It also reminded of and reinforced all the instruction I’ve received before. There really hasn’t been anything else that has helped me develop more as an artist than the workshops I’ve taken.

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Sunnyshore Studio: What do you hope your workshops do for other aspiring artists?

Jed: I really hope that my workshops encourage and inspire others. I want participants to walk away feeling good about where they are at and having confidence that they can continue to grow. I also want everyone to take away at least a few concrete ideas they can come back to again and again. That’s why it is always good to take notes as a student. I have gone back to my notes from previous workshops and found things I’ve forgotten in the months or years since, and those concrete ideas become guides for my thinking about my paintings.

Sunnyshore Studio: What do you enjoy about workshops?

Jed: I love seeing people enjoy creating and taking steps forward in their process. I always applaud people who are willing to take a workshop, because I think it takes both courage and humility, and those are amazing qualities. It takes humility because we have to admit that we need help. We aren’t the artist that we want to be yet. We need and want to learn (and hopefully that never changes!). But it also takes courage, because a workshop is public and other people will see our work. They will see us in process – working on things and trying to figure out how to improve. So, I greatly admire the students who come, and I gain a ton from our time together.

Sunnyshore Studio: What are things that make your workshops unique, special, relevant?

Jed: That is a good question, and it is probably better answered by a student because their opinion is the one that matters the most. But what I try to do with my workshops is to make them the best possible experience for each student. I want people to walk away knowing that they invested their time and money well, so Renae (my wife) and I both work hard trying to make each part of the workshop special, from the instruction to the location to the subject to having snacks available. I also always want the participants to feel like they made some good friends through our time together, so we try to think of ways to make our workshops comfortable and friendly for everyone.

Sunnyshore Studio: How much more space do you have for your July workshop? What is the cost for that?

Jed: We have 5 spots still, and the workshop is $300 for 4 days, July 11-14. I’m getting really excited for it as we get closer. We have at least one of our friends (who we met when she took a class this winter here in Indianapolis) who will be flying out and spending the week on Camano Island to take the workshop, and there might be another friend who will fly out for it also. So, that is exciting and fun for us!

Jed painting on location

You can sign up for Jed’s workshop here:

Sharing Camano 2017: Sharing the Beauty of Camano Island and Building Community Through Art

You are invited to join Jason Dorsey and Jed and Renae Dorsey for Sharing Camano: a week of art, creativity and community on beautiful Camano Island, taking place Monday, July 10 through Saturday, July 15.

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There are a lot of ways to participate in our first annual Sharing Camano from total immersion to just showing up at one of our events. Here are all the activities that will be going on (for fuller descriptions see below):

  • Join other artists doing creative work: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14
  • Attend Jed Dorsey Acrylic Workshop: Tuesday, July 11 – Friday, July 14
  • Camp at Sunnyshore Studio property and enjoy beautiful Camano Island: Monday, July 10 – Sunday, July 16
  • Participate in our community Dinners and Fireside: Monday, July 10– Friday, July 14
  • Attend the Opening of Jed’s solo exhibit There and Back Again: Fresh Work by Jed Dorsey:  The Reception is on Saturday, July 15,  from 10:00am-9:00pm.

Creativity in Community

Sunnyshore Studio invites artists and creative people to a week of creativity in community. We have room for fifteen artists/creatives (artists, authors, musicians, filmakers, etc) to share space at the studio and do their creative work in community. Each participating artist will have room to set up their easel, writing desk, creative work station, etc. Artists will have access to the studio 24/7 and can come and go at their own leisure. If artists are traveling from out of town, they are welcome to camp on our property ($25 a night). Artists will provide their own breakfast and lunch; they are welcome to join us in a “pitch in” community dinner each evening.

  • Monday, 8:00am through Friday, July 14, 5:00pm
  • Cost is $100.
  • If you’re interested reserve your spot by calling Jason Dorsey (317.209.6768).

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Jed Dorsey’s Acrylic Workshop

Jed Dorsey is leading an acrylic workshop beginning Tuesday, July 11 and running through Friday, July 14. This workshop will be held on the beautiful farm on Camano Island of Jed and Jason’s sister, April Nelson.


Signing up for Jed’s workshop is a great way to grow as an artist. Jed’s ability to communicate his thought process and bring instruction to life through demonstrations make the experience valuable for artists of all levels. Jed creates a fun and inspiring environment. Artists taking Jed’s workshop are welcome to join us for our pitch-in dinner and fireside Monday-Friday at Sunnyshore Studio. They are also invited to show their artworks at the Jed Dorsey and Friends New Works show that will take place on Saturday, July 15. Space is limited to 15 artists. Cost $300.

Register here:

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Camp at Sunnyshore Studio and enjoy beautiful Camano Island

If you’d like to spend time with creative people in community and play on the beaches of Camano in July, you are welcome to camp out on our property. Campers will be on their own for breakfast and lunch but are welcome to join us for our “pitch in” Community Dinners. Cost 20$ a night.



Participate in Community “Pitch In” Dinner and Fireside

Maybe you can’t rent space at the Studio, attend Jed’s workshop, or camp out. You’re still welcome to join us for our “pitch in” community dinners which are great opportunities to make new or deeper friendships. At our firesides Jason will be sharing his work on Identity Mapping, and we’ll have great times of singing and sharing too. We’d love to have you join us for one of them.

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Attend Jed Dorsey’s solo show titled There and Back Again: Fresh Work by Jed Dorsey

You won’t want to miss this exhibit of new art by Jed Dorsey, a Camano Island native and rising star in the art world. The Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, July 15th, from 10am – 9pm.

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This will be Jed’s first solo show on Camano Island. His art combines design, color and light to create epic landscapes. Islanders and northwest art lovers will be interested in adding Jed’s art to their collection.

Stop by throughout the day on Saturday, July 15th, from 10am-9pm for the Big Party and to begin or build your collection of Jed Dorsey artworks and enjoy the big party!

Jack Dorsey Watercolor Workshop: June 19th – 22nd

On June 19th – 22nd, you have an opportunity to study watercolor painting under master watercolor artist, Jack Dorsey. In this workshop Jack will teach you a method of watercolor painting using opaque white paint.

While the workshop spans four days, you can choose to take the workshop for just one day, two, three or all four days based on your availability.

The workshop is for people from all experience levels. So whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced artist you will benefit from Jack Dorsey’s personalized instruction.


Students will get individual questions answered. There will be a combination of demo’s, lecture, critique. The workshop promises to be an overall rich experience, you will make new friends in the arts.

Bring your own watercolor materials (paints, pallete, brushes, paper, painting board). The opaque paint will be provided at the workshop. Easels are optional; tables will be provided. Also bring a sack lunch; or plan to grab a quick lunch at either Tyee Grocery Store (which has a wonderful deli) or Elger Bay; or if you are an Islander, run home for a quick bite.

The workshop will be held at Sunnyshore Studio (2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA 98282). It costs $50 per day, or $200 for the four days (which is an excellent price!). Scholarships available as needed.

Space is limited. To RSVP call Jack Dorsey at 360.387.7304

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  • All experience levels
  • June 19 – 22, 9:00-4:00pm
  • Cost $50 a day, $200 for 4 days
  • Bring your own painting materials; opaque paint supplied.
  • Sunnyshore Studio: 2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA 98282
  • RSVP with Jack Dorsey: 360.387.7304


To get a feel for Jack Dorsey’s art here is the video made for the recent release of his biography: Jack Dorsey: Sketch of an Artist.

There and Back Again: Fresh Work by Jed Dorsey

Sunnyshore Studio will host a show of new paintings by Jed Dorsey titled “There and Back Again”. You won’t want to miss this solo show that opens on Saturday, July 15th.

Jed, a full time artist in Indianapolis, IN is a native of Camano Island, a scion of the famous Dorsey clan of artists, and an emerging star in the art world.

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His epic paintings feature strong design elements, powerful use of light, and deep love for place.

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Jed lives in Indianapolis, IN with his beautiful and supportive wife Renae and their daughter Willow. His Studio is at the Harrison Center for the Arts, which is the home of a community of artists (


Read more about Jed here: Meet the Family of Artists: Jed Dorsey


You can follow Jed on Social Media at:

Facebook – Jed Dorsey Art

Instagram – @jeddorseyart

Website –

Email –

Finally, we want to thank Wade Starkenburg and Stanwood Self Storage

for sponsoring Jed’s show. Wade, a pillar in the Stanwood-Camano community, is well-known and loved as a supporter of the community. But I (Jason) know him and a classmate and friend. Thanks Wade for being a friend and patron of the Arts!

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“There and Back Again” Information

Show Opens on July 15 and runs through August

Reception, July 15th, 10am-9pm


Sunnyshore Studio, 2803 SE Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA

Building Community Through Art

One goal of Sunnyshore Studio is to share the beauty of Camano Island one person at a time. Another goal is to build community through art. Both of these goals were met on the Camano Island Studio tour.

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It was not merely that 1,238 people found their way to the little studio far away on the south end of Camano Island. Here are the following stories of how community was built.

First, community was built through the invite to come back not just next year but throughout the year for our 2017-2018 Artistic Season. I (Jason) spent most of my time welcoming guests at the front door. I had lots of fun introducing myself as Artistic Director of The Sunnyshore Studio, sharing about the upcoming shows: My brother Jed’s solo show There and Back Again in July, the celebration of my great-grandmother’s, F.Y. Cory’s cultural legacy with the release of a Documentary telling the story of her life and also the release of a biography in October, our second annual Dorsey family Christmas show in November and December, and our first Vintage Watercolorists of Washington in March.

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Community was also built by welcoming many newcomers to Camano Island. We met many new friends who have purchased homes, built homes, moved to Camano Island over the last couple of years. Being Islanders since 1947 our family enjoys welcoming folks to “our island” and having a place to share hospitality and art!


Dad and Mom are especially gracious and warm in welcoming newcomers and old friends!

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There is, of course, the fun connecting with longtime old friends. It is so great to have a space that we regularly invite community to be built, or old communities to enjoy.

Like Mom’s friends from Stanwood High School’s class of 1964. They meet once a month at the Cookie Mill in Stanwood for lunch and catching up; and they attend together all the openings at Sunnyshore Studio!


It’s super fun for me to see old classmates like Brad and Heidi Hansen who are great supporters of the cultural life of Camano.


Another way community is built is that Sunnyshore Studio is a connecting points to many people who live on the East Side or Seattle. I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with people who have a summer home on Camano but live in Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Woodinville, Bothel or Seattle. It’s also super fun to share the Studio with people from my congregation in Redmond. On Sunday Cindy joined me after church driving up to Camano, she stayed for the family dinner after the show was over.


Community will also be built at the many upcoming workshops and classes that are going to be offered. Many people are interested in taking classes/workshops from my dad. And there was lots of interests in Jed’s July and October workshops too. Classes and workshops are great ways of not only encouraging creativity but also nurturing community!

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There’s at least one more way that community was built over the last two weekends at Sunnyshore Studio. Each person that buys a painting has a connection back to the artist, to our family of artists, and a story to share. People who buy local art are not only supporting the local economy, but now have a tie to that artist.


Here is a story of one of those ties.

When I was standing at the front door welcoming guests a young woman came up to me. She introduced herself, shared that she had begun attending Western Baptist College (now Corban University) in 1991, the year I graduated from there, and had purchased two of my paintings during a show I had there to help raise money for my girlfriend, Jenny’s tuition. She bought one of the paintings for her grandfather who was dying, and who in fact died later that year. The painting was of the famous kite festival at Lincoln City, OR with the Sea Gypsy Motel in the background. Her grandfather had loved that beach and taken his family there every year. She shared with me that she had gotten her first kite there.

And so even though her grandfather wasn’t able to visit the beach he loved, she was able to bring the beach to him.

She has recently moved to the Warm Beach Area. When she saw my name on the list of Studios for the Mother’s Day Studio Tour she had to come and introduce herself and share her story:  tie of community through art.


Finally, community is built through Jenny Dorsey, a master community builder. Not only is she organized, the administrator of the community, and not only does she have a fabulous eye for creating and collaging space…


she is an amazing weaver of community.

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