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Five Reasons to Buy Original Art From Living Artists

Here are ten reasons that you should buy original art from living artists.

1. A painting is a thing of beauty forever

You should buy a painting because it strikes you with beauty, evokes a deep longing, moves your heart to ache or smile, reminds you of a place, tells you a truth, etc. In other words, you should buy art that hits your heart like beauty can. In purchasing art, beauty is really in the eye of the beholder. What matters is that it has to be beautiful to you. Buying a painting is very different than eating a meal. You have to eat to live. But you don’t have to buy art, ever, to live. You can live your whole life without buying one artwork. It is always a free choice to buy an artwork. And usually because of the price of art, and because money doesn’t grow on trees, we have to think twice about buying it. That is actually good. Because just thinking about buying art forces you to ask the question of values. What do you value? What will you spend your money on? And why? Many people, like myself, have come to the conclusion that beauty matters. And that making the investment in bringing a beautiful painting into our home is a good investment. Not because we expect the painting to go up in value, although that is a good thing when it does, but because we value bringing beauty in our home.

2. A painting connects you to a place

The older I get the more I see how much place matters to people. The places where we grew up, the places where we live (or have lived) awaken and evoke powerful love and longing. Artists, for the most part, tend to be rooted in a place and their art tied to those places. T.C. Steele is known for his Indiana Landscapes, Heaton Cooper with his beautiful watercolors of the Lake District in England, Andrew Wyeth’s paintings come were inspired by two places, the Brandywine Valley around Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and the area near his home in Cushing, Maine. Many of us can’t live in the places we love, but we can buy art that evoke the feel, moods, smells, and glories of those places.

3. Artworks can become friends and travel with you through life.

There is very little in this world that you can take with you when you move to a new place. You can’t take your old house. You can’t bring your friends. Moving involves saying goodbye to your house and friends. But books and art can go with you. I experienced this when we moved from Indianapolis, IN to Redmond, WA. We said goodbye to a beautiful, 3,000+ square foot home in a historic district and moved into a small apartment. We said goodbye to friends that we had walked with, some for thirteen years. But we brought my books and our paintings with us. Many of the paintings we had bought while in Indy where the church I pastored shared space with art studios and galleries. Some had been given to us by artist friends as gifts. Each painting represented a person, a story, a place that mattered. I wrote about that here. The painting above is one of my friends. It was painted by Jan Zoya, and it reminds me of the water and sky at night and evokes deep emotions.

You should invest in collecting art, just like you invest in friendship. And maybe the tie between friendship and art is even stronger: many of us will purchase art from people with whom we are friends, or our purchase of artwork will bring us into a closer relationship with the artist.

4. Buying art supports artists. Period.

It is extremely hard to make a living as an artist. There is a reason for the “starving artist” term. My dad made it as a professional artist for ten years. Then to provide for our family he took a job at Boeing. I tell that story here: When you purchase art, you not only encourage the artist by valuing their creative work, but in a very practical way you support their livelihood and their family. There has always been a symbiotic relationship between artists and their friends, collectors and patrons. Artists create beauty and tell truth and even take their stand against the purely pragmatic and functional realities of life saying by their existence and work – creativity matters! Beauty matters! Art matters! Stories matter! Place matters! By purchasing their artwork, friends, collectors and patrons stand with them, support them, and create communities where artists and creativity can thrive, which is good for all of us. We need each other to thrive.

5. Art is an investment in your kids

Really. I mean this. Our kids had the advantage of growing up in a home with artwork on the walls. For thirteen years they roamed the church I pastored in Indianapolis that shares space with a cultural organization that ran four galleries, 35+ artist studios, and monthly art openings in the facility: My kids have watched, and helped, Jenny and I run Sunnyshore Studio which was built to showcase our family of artists. In a word, they have grown up around art and artists. That is a good thing. They have access to art. They know artists. They have learned to value it. Art, books, music, film can be important parts of the development of your children, just like sports and doing their chores are. Here’s one example of how.

My dad, Jack Dorsey, was drawn into being an artist by spending hours looking at the artwork of Grady Spurgeon. I tell this story in Jack Dorsey: Sketch of an Artist.

“Jack’s Uncle Norm and Aunt Marion were an important influence in his development as an artist. They lived above Northgate in Seattle, and Jack’s family visited their home often. Grady Spurgeon, who worked as an illustrator for a printing company and who was also a fine artist, was a family friend and many of his beautiful oil and watercolor paintings hung in their home… Jack still remembers ‘a striking painting of a rapids in the Cascades, another one of birches with reflections, and one of a night scene looking out over water with reflections.’”

Those paintings were engraved in my dad’s memory, they stirred in him a love for beauty and maybe even a desire to be an artist himself.

Why keep your walls bare? Why not invest in beauty for yourself, and your children after you?

Jed Dorsey’s Story…in his own words

Jed Dorsey is a capturer of light on canvas. His passionate use of color explodes onto canvas in a way that  draws the viewer into the landscape.”

I represent the fourth generation of artists on my mom’s side of the family. My dad is also a professional artist. I always had the opportunity to practice art as a child. I sold paintings as early as 11 years of age when my family had their “Dorsey Gallery” at the local fair. I remember a few kind parents of my friends buying my paintings for $10 which quickly turned into cotton candy and a few rides. As I grew older other interests such as music and sports called for my time and I didn’t paint much for several years. 

That changed after I married my beautiful Canadian wife, Renae. On a trip to Whistler, B.C. in 2001, we stumbled on some galleries that were showing some vibrant oil & acrylic paintings. My family had always done watercolors so this was something different and very appealing to me. That very week on our vacation, I bought my first acrylic paints and spent countless hours painting in this new medium. I loved it. Thus began the journey.​

I painted for many years as a secondary pursuit but in 2016 took the plunge into full-time art while living in Indianapolis. My studio was located at the Harrison Center for the Arts, an incredible arts organization. What an amazing opportunity for me as an emerging artist to be part of such a vibrant and creative community. I now make my home on Camano Island where I grew up. There is nothing quite like the stunning views of the Pacific Northwest. I will never tire of the the view when driving over the bridge onto Camano Island. It is a scene I have painted over and over. 

I like how light changes objects, from garbage cans, to buildings, to plants and trees, creating shadows and diverse colors. One of my favorite subject matters to paint is filtered sunlight shining through trees onto a road, river, sidewalk, or path. It is an invitation to the viewer. I paint landscapes and cityscapes because I have lived in both rural and urban spaces. I see beauty in both. Whether I am painting on location or painting from a photograph, I create the scene in a way that I find aesthetically pleasing. I don’t want to just duplicate a photograph. 

​I am thankful to have had the opportunity to study under some great artists like Mike Svob, Ovannes Berberian, John Michael Carter, and the late Robert Genn. There are others that have influenced my work, like Michael O’Toole and Kim English. I have learned so much from all these artists. My parents continue to be a huge inspiration and encouragement to me. Renae walks on this path of artistic endeavor with me daily and is a constant source of friendship and support. Our daughter, Willow, also helps by naming paintings and is an enthusiastic supporter of my work.



October 2018 – “Home” – Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, WA

October 2017 – “Inheriting Indianapolis” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

August 2017 – Frankfort Library, Frankfort, IN

July 2017 – “There and Back Again” – Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, WA

October 2016 – “West Coast Memories” – Grace Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.

August 2016 – “”Roads, Rivers & Paths (and Other Places I Love)” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

September 2015 – “The Sun Also Rises” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

October 2014 – “A City to Live” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

December 2013 – “Urban Landscapes” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

November 2012 – “Casting Shadows – the Unity of Light” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

March 2010 – “There and Back Again” – Vancouver, B.C.

Group Shows

January 2019 – Dorsey Family Show – Covenant Shores – Mercer Island, WA

November – December 2017 – Christmas Show – Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, WA

July – October 2017 – Annual Hoosier Salon Show, Indianapolis, IN

June 2017 – Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN

May 2017 – Encore Sotheby’s International Realty – Indianapolis, IN

April 2017 – “Blossoming” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

December 2016 – “Beaches of Camano” – Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, WA

October 2016 – “Soldiers and Sailors Monument Show” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

July 2016 – Porch Party Group Exhibit – City Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

May 2015 – “Urban and Rural Landscapes” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

October 2014 – “Homecoming” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

September 2006 – Family Show – Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA

August 2005 – Family Show – Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Bellevue, WA

October 2003 – Group Show – Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, B.C.

May 2002 – 2018 – Camano Island Studio Tour, Camano Island, WA

October 2001 – 2004 – “Arts in the City, Arts in the Sanctuary” – Grace Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.

Other Exhibits

December 2016 – January 2017 – Featured Artist – Patachou Downtown, Indianapolis, IN

April 2015 – Featured Artist – Patachou Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN

2006 – 2016 – Seagrass Gallery – Camano Island, WA

2002 – 2006 – Gallery in the Loft – Camano Island, WA


Sept 2018 – 1st Place – First Brush of Fall, Michigan City, IN

Sept 2018 – Best of Show – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

April 2018 – 3rd Place – First Brush of Spring, New Harmony, IN

September 2017 – 2nd Place – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

September 2017 – Purchase Prize – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

September 2017 – 1st Place – First Brush of Fall, Converse, IN

August 2017 – Purchase Prize – Kekionga Paint Out, Ft. Wayne, IN

August 2016 – 1st Place – Zionsville Paint Out, Zionsville, IN

September 2016 – 3rd Place Quick Draw – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

September 2016 – Honorable Mention – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

Jed Dorsey’s show “Radiant Landscapes” opens at Sunnyshore Studio on Saturday, October 5, 10am-5pm. Visit our Gallery @ 2803 SE Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA, or shop online here:

Bad Day of Fishing but we made video invitation to Jed Dorsey’s upcoming Radiant Landscapes show

On Tuesday my brother Jed Dorsey took me and my son Julian fishing. At least that was the plan. The idea was to put Jed’s boat in at Maple Grove, cut through Deception Pass, and make our way down to Fort Casey where there is good salmon fishing from the shore.

However, when we got to the west side of Whidbey, we (Jed) hadn’t calculated how long it would take to get to Fort Casey. So we decided to try our hand fishing in the waters just west of Deception Pass. Jed dropped me off on shore where I fished. He and Julian fished from the boat. But unfortunately, Jed had forgotten to bring the weights for the downriggers. They rigged up some weights and tried…Then picked me up and we tried some more, but nothing.

Moral of the story. Jed shouldn’t be a fishing guide. He is, however, a terrific artist. And we were industrious and made the most of it, shooting some video for his upcoming solo show at Sunnyshore Studio. Enjoy this short video invitation to Jed’s upcoming show: Radiant Landscapes.

Camano Arts Association launches #artisindustry campaign

The Camano Art Association (CAA) is launching an #artisindustry campaign to promote its upcoming “CAA Premier Collection” showcasing over forty CAA artists on Saturday, November 2nd.

Sunnyshore Studio’s Artistic Director, Jason Dorsey, thinks the concept of art as industry is great. He says,

“Artists are often viewed as romantics, out of touch with the nitty gritty of the ‘real world.’ The fact is, that artists are much more like blue collar workers than most people think. We work with our hands. Our tools are brushes and chisels and lathes and looms. The mediums we work with are from the stuff of this earth: paper and pigments, metal and wood, glass and fire. Artists are like blue collar workers in that most of us are just scraping to get by.”

“There’s another way that art is Camano’s industry.” Jason continues. “There’s a growing understanding that art is a powerful economic engine. Lots of articles are being written about that. It is definitely a real economic engine in the Stanwood-Camano region.”

“Years ago, logging was the big economic driver on Camano, then people tried to make it on small farms. Then it was recreation with 15 (or so) resorts where people came to fish and play. When my dad moved to Camano Island in 1969, he may have been the only artist besides my great-grandmother, Fanny Y. Cory who was still producing her daily newspaper cartoon strip. My dad was definitely a blue collar artist, an artist of the people.”

“Now we have over 100 artists in the CAA, and there are many other artists who are not part of our organization. CAA’s annual Studio Tour brings in over 400K in art sales. Add to this all the art sold by individual artists throughout the year, the classes and workshops, and entrepreneurial ventures like my brother Jed Dorsey’s Acrylic University and the picture of art adding real economic value to our region emerges.”

Meet some of the artists who will be participating in the upcoming CAA Premier Collection show.

Todd Masten hired to do compositions for We are Family Documentary and Sunnyshore Studio’s Brand Animation

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to announce that we are in the final stages of wrapping up a contract with composer Todd Masten. Todd will be doing a song for the upcoming We are Family documentary, and composing the music for Sunnyshore Studio’s brand animation.

Here’s the story of how this partnership came about.

One of the coffee shop “haunts” of Sunnyshore Studio’s Artistic Director, Jason Dorsey, is River Trail Roasters in Redmond, WA.

One day he noticed a guy who had an impressive computer and looked like he was doing some kind of musical composition. Jason went up to him and introduced himself. It was Todd Masten.

Here’s the bio on Todd from his web site:

“Todd began his career scoring public service announcements and television commercials for  several companies in the northeast while still attending college.  He then moved on to compose exclusively for computer, console and social platforms beginning with Carrier Strike Force by Interactive Magic in 1998.  He has since scored over two dozen titles and has moved into both television and film.  He recently helped launch Microsoft’s augmented reality device HoloLens as the team’s New Technology Audio Director. To date, Todd has shipped more than 40 million gaming units worldwide, and has completed multiple drama series for web and television along with two major motion pictures.

Todd recently completed his Master’s degree after over a decade of real world audio experience. He previously graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1997 with a degree in Music Synthesis with an emphasis on composition and film scoring.  While at Berklee, he studied classical theory and composition while training with the  most revered modern jazz talents from around the world.  Todd worked in conjunction with faculty and students from Emerson College in producing public service announcements for the state of Massachusetts along with television commercials for major global corporations including PBS, Round Table, and AT&T.​

Over the past decade , Todd has worked  on blockbuster games for Activision, Disney Interactive, Konami, Lucas Arts, Microsoft, Pixar, Sony, THQ,  and Universal Interactive; containing iconic characters such as Crash Bandicoot, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk, Spongebob, and Lightning McQueen.  His passion for making great games has led to his involvement with high level game production; often performing multiple roles on any given title.

Todd travels and works between his studios in Southern California and Seattle.”

Jason and Todd got to talking about their work, and Jason mentioned his documentary. He asked if Todd had ever worked on scoring a film. He said, yes matter of fact he he had.

Later Jason checked out Todd’s website and was super impressed with his work. You can check it out here:

Jason shared a very rough cut of the We are Family documentary with Todd and asked if he would be willing to work on it, and potentially on a score for the animation of the brand. Todd said he would be!

Jason kept running into Todd at River Trail and eventually over the next month the details got worked out. And that’s how it happened!

10 Days left to apply for Acrylic University’s ACCESS TO ART program

Acrylic University is launching an ACCESS TO ART program to provide artistically gifted, underprivileged youth ages 13-22, with access to high quality art instruction, art supplies and a supportive art community for FREE.

The value of the two years of access to Acrylic University’s online art instruction is $800. Add to this the $200 of art supplies for a total of $1,000 of value. In short, the ACCESS TO ART students are receiving an incredible opportunity!

Our pilot program launches in November 1, 2019, has already received two applicants. We are working with four other youth who are currently in the process of applying.

We only have room for TEN in our pilot ASSESS TO ART program that will be facilitated by Jason Dorsey.

Learn more about the program here:

Here’s a link to Acrylic University. Check it out.

Reach out to Jason for an application by contacting him at:

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.


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, 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


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:

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!

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