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We Did It! 30 Day Kickstarter Report

Sometime after 11:00pm on Friday, November 30th, my mom stopped by Sunnyshore Studio where Jenny and I were prepping for the “Christmas in Miniature” show the next day. She announced that we were so close to reaching our goal of 25K pledged in our Kickstarter campaign – just $200 dollars short. The deadline was at 5:29am PST the next morning and she was worried that by now everyone in Indy (EST) was asleep. She said that my dad was ready to write a $100 check to help, and was there any way that we could come over to their house to make a pledge on their behalf (we don’t have wi-fi at the studio). She said she wanted to be able to go to sleep!

Jenny was just about ready to jump in the car with mom when I checked my phone to see where things were at with the Kickstarter campaign. I saw we had just hit the goal of 25K. I sat down on the bed and it began to sink in that we had reached our goal – something that had seemed almost impossible just a few days before.

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Jenny congratulated me and then with a smile said, “you have your work cut out for you.”

As I took stock the next morning, I was blown away by the reality of how many people had stood with me, with us, in this project. I had asked people to “stand with me” in telling this inspiring story. I said that I had the creative team of video producers and musicians that could help me tell the story well, but that I didn’t have the fund to pay them for their work. As shared that I needed help, people to stand with me in bringing the project to completion.

And they did. 110 backers, and even a few more who weren’t comfortable using their credit card online and who sent checks. Many of them were old friends from Indy. The IPS community, many who I had collaborated with in working for renewal in IPS, stood with us, as did many Tech alumni. Friends and congregation members from Redeemer Indy stood at my side. The very first pledge, just moments after launching the campaign, was of 1K from a couple who I had walked through a very traumatic season of their life and their gift blew me away and gave me hope, from the very outset, that we might reach our goal. The deacon team at Redeemer Indy also contributed. There were many names of people I did not recognize. And there were anonymous gifts to, including a gift of 5K! My kids stood with me in making pledges to this project, and I was totally blown away by their generosity and support. And then towards the end, it was my new community here in Redmond, friends at Redeemer the church I pastor, and colleagues in the art community on Camano Island that stepped up in big ways even though they were more removed from the place and context of the story.

Many friends shared Kickstarter campaign on social media, and advocated for the project. Their support was so encouraging, and helped us reach the goal even though just a few days before we were hovering around 18K and I didn’t think it was possible!

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When I checked the Kickstarter report on Saturday, December 1st, I saw that it was a young couple from the church in Indy who had given to help us reach the goal. They had first given 40$ then bumped it up to $75 then to $275. Maybe they wanted to go to sleep too! I remember doing pre-marital counseling for them, and watching them begin to their life together. I knew that as a younger couple getting their feet under them, this was a very big, a very significant gift. I was humbled and moved deeply by their gift.

In short: feel very loved and supported, and a strong sense of responsibility to tell this inspiring story well. I’m also thrilled that I am going to be able to pay the creative team who will make this story come alive with their music and video production talents.

We are Family Soundtrack

Finally, as I said on a Facebook post on November 11th, this movie is…

For all the urban schools that struggle with bad press.
For all the urban youth that are told you can’t do this.
For all the urban teachers and coaches whose stories are never told
For Indianapolis Public Schools
For Arsenal Tech High School

We are Family!

We Are Family Poster

 

On-line sale (25% off) of original Illustrations of I Remember Running Through the Woods

Here’s your chance to purchase an original illustration from I Remember Running through the Woods painted by father-son duo, Jack and Jason Dorsey. From December 1st – December 8th these paintings are offered at a 25% sale with a signed copy of the book thrown in. Shipping and handling – if necessary – is not included in the price below. Also, with some of the paintings you have the choice between purchasing them framed or unframed.

What a better way to share the beauty of reading and art with your child, grandchild or someone you love.

If you are interested in one of these paintings please call or text Jason Dorsey: 317.209.6768

Loggers on Camano

Loggers felled the Old Growth

  • By Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Unframed $300
  • Framed $400

 

Logs in harbor

Ships with tall masts

  • By Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • SOLD

 

Book 4

An Island in the Northwest

  • By Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • PRIVATE COLLECTION

 

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An Old Logging Road Led Through the Woods

  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

Kids walking to farm in daytime

Sunlight danced through the trees

  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

Kids running home at night

Stumps became scary monsters

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • SOLD

 

coming home

Warm lights of home

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

exploring swamp

In the Spring he explored the swamp

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

Huckleberry, blackberry patch picking

In the Summer they picked Huckleberries

  • By Jack and Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

Splitting Winter Wood - Final

In the Fall they split wood

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 16.5” by 30”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

Boy, Woods, Snow

In the Winter the woods still

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $300 unframed
  • $400 framed

 

5. Military Gear

Military Gear

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $225 Unframed

 

1. Dad's Bayonet

Dad’s Bayonet

  • By Jason and Jacqueline Dorsey
  • Pencil and Watercolor
  • 8.5” by 11”
  • $150 Unframed

 

2. Dad's Bayonet Sheath

Dad’s Bayonet Sheath

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 8.5” by 11”
  • $225 Unframed

 

Tom and Jason heading into woods for camp out - final

It was getting dark when they headed out to the woods

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • SOLD

 

The Campsight - Final

They ate the chili and pineapple

  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 15”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

Treetop View of Tent - Final

They went to bed

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 15”
  • SOLD

 

8. Eyes stared at them

Eyes stared at them

  • By Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 11.5” by 15”
  • Jack Dorsey
  • $225 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

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It’s your Uncle’s Cows

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

 

Over the Fence - Final

They Jumped Over the Fence

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 17”
  • SOLD

 

3. One Match Left

One Match Left

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Pencil and Watercolor
  • 7.5” by 11”
  • $75 Unframed

 

 

Fire - FINAL 

He struck the Match

  • Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 16”
  • $300 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

Big Bonfire - Final

The fire blazed high and hot

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 15”
  • $300 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

Morning at Farm - Final

Morning has finally Come, Book Cover Image

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 16.5” by 30.5”
  • SOLD

 

4. Off to College

Off to College

  • By Jack and Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

 

Clear Cut Final

The Woods were logged

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $300 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

Jason Crying - Final 

He Cried because nothing stays the same forever

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

Version 2

Woodshed

  • By Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 11.5” by 18”
  • Painted in 1970. Dad used this as a painting to show Mrs. Greathouse, the owner and director of the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA. She was impressed enough with that and a few other paintings to grant dad a one man art show at the Frye in 1972.
  • $700 Unframed
  • $850 Framed

 

6. The Woods were as magic as ever

The Woods were as Magic as Ever

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • SOLD

 

Stump - final - use this one

Stump and Sapling

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $300 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

These original illustrations will be showcased at the “Christmas in Miniature” show at Sunnyshore Studio on Saturday, December 1st and 8th.

  • 10am-5pm
  • 2803 SE Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA

Pre-order “I Remember Running Through the Woods” children’s book

You can pre-order Jason Dorsey’s new children’s book I Remember Running Through the Woods here:

Store

Start your collection of all twelve of the I Remember series by adding to that order the first in the series, I Remember Fishing with Dad. 

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All 29 of the original illustrations painted by Jason and Jack Dorsey will be on display at the Christmas in miniature show that opens at on Saturday, December 1st (10am-5pm) and for a second Saturday, December 8th (10am-5pm).

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Kickstarter Campaign: 20 Day Report and Wrapping up Interviews

Kickstarter

We are twenty days into the thirty day Kickstarter campaign.  We are blown away that over 16K has been pledged by 58 backers. We are 64% of the way towards reaching our 25K goal. But we still have a long way to go and an uphill climb.

It has been so encouraging and so humbling to see who has stood with us in this project by making a pledge. My family has rallied. Many of my friends in Indy – both my old church and IPS families –  have stepped up to help too, which makes my heart sing. And then there are the people I don’t know who have eagerly supported the project. Their trust and support is humbling.

We have had one MAJOR gift of 5K. There have been five PRODUCER level gifts of $1,000 (or more). And then lots of smaller gifts ranging from $1 – $400. Popular pledge sizes are $40 and $100. The reward for a $100 pledge is the digital “uncut” version of the movie, where we will be able to share much more of the footage than we will for the final version of the movie.

The way Kickstarter works is “all or nothing.” If we hit our goal of raising 25K, we will receive the money that has been pledged. If we do not hit our goal, we won’t receive any money at all. The last day of our Kickstarter campaign in December 1st. We still have $9,000 to raise. So we are in the last push.

If you would like to support the project go to this link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jasondorsey/we-are-family-0?ref=user_menu

Wrapping up interviews in Indianapolis

Last week we wrapped up interviews in Indianapolis.  Director Jason Dorsey spent 2.5 days in Indy working with his video production crew, David Lichty and Tremayne Reed, to film the interviews.

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They also got some good B-roll footage.

The interviews were absolutely amazing!

Here is the interview lineup:

Tuesday, November 13 

  • Shaun Richardson, Player on the Tech championship team
  • Victor Bush, Tech/IPS Athletic Director (during the State Championship season)
  • Dr. Michael Brown, IPS Board Member (during the State Championship season)
  • Michael Woodson, Tech alumni, grandfather of Tech players Jerome Campbell and Jeremie Tyler
  • Mikey Jones, Tech basketball Player
  • Leo Williams, Tech basketball player
  • Terry Loux, Tech Alumni. He scouted 16 games for the State Champion Tech Titan team.

 

Wednesday, November 14

  • In the morning we filmed around the Tech neighborhood and at Arsenal Tech HS.
  • Then we drove up to Lebanon and interviewed John Sexson, brother of Joe Sexson who played for the 1952 Tech team who made it to the state championship game and lost to Muncie Central.
  • Donte Gladney Jr, Tech basketball player; and we got Mike Jones for a second round of interviews.

 

Thursday, November 15

  • Jamie Wolf, who was the athletic trainer during the Championship season.
  • Jeremie Tyler, Tech basketball player.
  • Devon Mickens, Tech basketball player.

 

All of the interviews were amazing and it is impossible to single any of them out. But Thursday’s interviews were special, and pretty much nailed out story down. The biggest challenge the video production team now faces is what to cut!

During a break on Thursday Jason asked David to give a plug for the movie and the Kickstarter campaign. Check it out.

One last thing. Early on Wednesday morning Jason was able to enjoy breakfast and catching up with three old friends from Indianapolis: Kipp N., Paul B. and Matt A. at Peppy’s.

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It was a whirlwind couple of days, but worth it in terms of the amazing footage we got.

We are family

            For all the urban schools that struggle with bad press

            For all the urban youth that are told you can’t do this

            For all the urban teachers and administrators whose stories are never told

            For Tech High School

            For Indianapolis Public Schools

 

 

Trailer for We are Family Documentary Released

On Saturday, November 10th, Sunnyshore Studio released the trailer for the We are Family documentary. Enjoy!

 

Tremayne Rayner did a terrific job on the documentary. Through our Kickstarter campaign we are seeking to raise money to compensate Tremayne and others to bring the documentary to completion.

Tremayne Rayner

Would like to help us tell the story of an urban basketball team who had an improbably dream and who won the Indiana High School basketball championship and inspired a city in doing so? Here’s our Kickstarter video that shares more about what we are doing and our need for help.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jasondorsey/we-are-family-0?ref=project_build

Every dollar helps us achieve our goal. To make a pledge go to:

https://www.kickstarter.com/

Search for “we are family”. Click on our project and everything will be there. Thanks for your support!

 

Kickstarter Campaign: Two Stories and 10 Day Report

On November 1st, Sunnyshore Studio launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to  complete the We are Family documentary. Learn more about the documentary here.

We Are Family Poster

We are 1/3 of the way through the 30 day support raising campaign. Before I share the stats of where we are at in achieving our fund-raising goal I have two stories to share.

November 5th

On November 5th I shared this on my facebook page.

“I’ve got to admit, I was pretty discouraged today with how the Kickstarter campaign was going. 4 days in and we had just broken $3,000 and seemed to be making slow progress, just a little over 10% with 25 days to go.

I had come to the conclusion that I couldn’t make this happen, as much as I would like to, and for the last couple of days I have been praying “‘not by might or by power but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD.”

I realized that I had to do all I could do, then leave it up to God. That is hard. I felt vulnerable, afraid, sad.

Today is my day off so I went to play basketball at the Y. I got into the car and checked Facebook and saw that Luke Sanders had shared my Kickstarter post and was advocating for the project.

Luke Sanders

[Luke had written this: “I need everyone to support this documentary about an inner city basketball team from Indianapolis. The film has my Superintended from elementary school in it, the sports reporter of the team, my second family and more! “We Are Family“ is produced and directed by Jason Dorsey. The Dorsey Family has played a HUGE role in my family’s lives so make sure you support this project by clicking the link below!”]

I started to cry.

I remembered back to the days when I first met Luke. My friend Kipp and I walked around the Old Northside soccer fields each weekday morning from 6-7am. On those walks we met Luke’s mom walking with her then little boys Luke and Will. That began a friendship with the Sanders family that lasts to this day.

I thought to myself, if nothing else, to have Luke stand with me in the way. This means the world to me.

When I got home Judah came up to me smiling. He asked if I had seen the kickstarter campaign recently. I said “no”. He encouraged me to look at it so I did.

I was shocked. It said we had 22 backers and were at $8,356! 1/3 of the way to our goal! Someone had given an anonymous gift of 5K.

I cried again.

No matter what happens, today was worth it all.”

November 8th

The morning of November 8th, I received an e-mail from Mark Nottingham, a deacon at Redeemer Indianapolis, the church I served as pastor at for thirteen years. Mark shared that the deacon team had agreed to give David Lichty and I a resource grant of $1,500 to help us complete the documentary.  We had applied for this grant because we believe that this film has a strong truth-telling and justice component. Urban schools like Arsenal Tech get so much bad press. We want to share a story of hope and overcoming to counter the negative.

It was super humbling to hear this, and so encouraging and affirming of our work. It was also so great to receive this support when years ago I had worked with the deacon team to create grants like this to encourage congregation members in the works of mercy, outreach and justice.

 

The Numbers

So where are we at 9 days into the campaign? It’s good news!

31 Supporters have pledged $10,336.

we are 41% funded

We have 20 days left to raise about 15K.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter FAQs

Many people are not acquainted with Kickstarter, so here are some FAQ’s

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. A home for film, music, art, theater, games, comics, design, photography and more.

How does Kickstarter work?

In a kickstarter campaign “backers” support a particular project and receive “rewards” based on their level of support. If the project fails no money is collected from the backers. Their credit cards are not charged unless the project is 100% funded. So it is all or nothing. Backers receive “rewards” based on their level of giving.

So, for example, we’ve set our Kickstarter goal at $25,000. If we reach our goal and are able to make the film, backers who give $10 of support will receive the original sound track made for the movie. At $40 of support they receive (1) the sound track and (2) a digital copy of the movie. At $100 of support they receive (1) the sound track, (2) the movie, and (3) the “uncut” movie with extra footage, bloopers, interviews, etc. And there are more rewards at other levels of giving too. You can see these on the link to our kickstarter project which I provide below.

What happens if you don’t reach your goal?

If we don’t raise the money, we can’t complete the documentary. Every dollar pledged helps us reach our goal.

Why is the story important to tell?

So much bad is in the news all the time about urban schools in general, and Indianapolis Public Schools and Tech High School in particular. This movie tells the inspiring story of a group of young men, their families, coaches, that had a dream, who came together to achieve it, and who rallied an entire city in doing so.

How will the $ raised be used?

Here is the budget for the WE ARE FAMILY Kickstarter project

 ·         $ 8,000            Musicians/Composers

·         $ 2,000            Sound Track Mix/Mastering

·         $1,000             Documentary Trailer

·         $7,500             Video editing

·         $3,250             Production Costs (this is everything from

·         $ 2,000            Rewards Cost (what the rewards cost us)

·         $1,250             Kickstarter Percentage, 5%

 

The video we made for Kickstarter shares more about the story we want to tell, as well as the rewards we are offering, etc.

 

If you’d like to support this project go to:

https://www.kickstarter.com/

Search for “We are Family”

Thank you so much for your support!

 

Lineup of artists for “Christmas in Miniature” show

We have a wonderful lineup of artists for our Christmas in Miniature show that opens on Saturday, December 1st, 10am-5pm. You won’t want to miss our “meet the artist” reception from 3:00-5:00 on the 1st. You’ll recognize some “big name” artists in the northwest as well as some emerging artists.

Each artist was told that they must keep their paintings to no more than 12” by 16”, or 160 square inches. You’ll be delighted to view their original small and affordable paintings.

Here’s the lineup:

Lydia Crouch

Lydia

Lydia Crouch is most often referred to as “the one who paints the dresses,” as her heart toward the emotional recovery of human trafficking victims is a passion that comes through in her work.  She also loves painting simple moments from her world at home on Camano Island.  She is married to Rich Crouch and has two grown children.  She more than grateful to be adopted into Dorsey Studios where she paints live on Thursdays at the Gallery in Camano Commons.

Ann Cory 

Ann Cory

Ann Cory is the granddaughter of nationally famous illustrator/cartoonist/artist Fanny Y. Cory. She is the wife of Northwest artist, Jack Dorsey, and the mother of artists Jason Dorsey, April Nelson, and Jed Dorsey.  She has been a on again, off again artist throughout her adult life during her life seasons.  Now, after a bout with cancer in 2015, she is on again and enjoying it very much.

 

Marilyn Crandall

Marilyn

As a plein-air watercolorist, Marilyn Crandall‘s free and loose strokes uniquely capture landscape images and country scenes with an emphasis on strong patterns of light and dark.

This artist grew up in several western states as her engineer dad worked on the large hydroelectric dam projects from Arizona to Oregon, California to Washington, Utah to Montana.   She graduated with honors from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City where she majored in Environmental Design.  Prior to that she attended the University of Washington, College of Architecture, where she was introduced to watercoloring as a way to render her designs.   Her profession has been as a registered architect; her passion is watercolor.

She feels privileged to have taken workshops with Eric Weigardt, Tony Van Hasselt, Kathy Collins, and Diane Hill, among others. All have been mentors. She is a member of the Washington Watercolor Society, the Roaming Artists, and CAA, Camano Arts Association.

She has painted abroad in Guatemala, China, Korea and Mexico as well as in the USA in Maine, Virginia, Georgia, Washington DC and now can paint the coastal scenes and rural landscapes of Washington State, particularly the amazing Salish Sea area.

Betty Dorotik

Betty Dorotik

“My love of birds greatly influences my works either on canvas, paper, or wood. Nature is my resource and is abundant outside my window or door, always pausing me to watch and observe and apply. “ bettydorotik.com

 

Jack Dorsey

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Jack Dorsey is a lifelong resident of Washington State and is a graduate of Seattle Pacific College.  He has to his credit two one-man shows at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and a one-man show in Tokyo, Japan.  Jack Dorsey’s art has been collected by the Frye Art Museum and the LaConner Historical Museum along with numerous corporations and private collectors throughout the U.S.A. and internationally.

Jack Dorsey  is a former president of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a past member of the Puget Sound Group of Painters.  Currently he is a life member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and an associate member of Oil Painters of North America.

Jack Dorsey’s emergence back into the art world came in 1997 after retirement from the Boeing Company after sixteen years as a production illustrator in Everett.  In the past few years collectors started to find Jack Dorsey’s fine art during the annual Mother’s Day Studio Tour on Camano Island where he makes his home.  Jack Dorsey is known for his watercolors which can be described as impressionistic realism.

It is interesting to note that all of Jack’s family are artists also.  His wife, Ann Cory paints in acrylics; the youngest son, Jed Dorsey paints in acrylics and oils; while April and Jason Dorsey have achieved painting success also.

As a long established Northwest artist, Jack Dorsey cordially invites inquiries and visits to his home if anyone is interested in collecting his fine art.

 

Jacqueline Dorsey

Jackie Dorsey

Jacqueline was born in Seattle, Washington in March of 2002. She grew up in Indiana and loved exploring the beauty of the Midwest and the Northwest as a child.

Jackie always enjoyed doing and watching family members do art. She decided she wanted to learn how to do watercolor and joined the Dorsey Art Show at The Harrison Gallery in Indianapolis. She sold her first painting, and soon after that, was asked to do her first commission. Jackie has been painting and learning ever since, showcasing a few paintings at the Mother’s day shows here on Camano each year.

She is currently taking a watercolor class as a Running Start Student at Bellevue College. Along with her family, she has been working on creating an extension of the Sunnyshore Studio by building a tiny house. The tiny house will serve as a place to create, showcase her art as well as others, will serve as her own place to spend time with the people she loves, and as a place to share the beauty of Camano with the world. Jackie is also partnering with her dad, Jason Dorsey, on a two year project, Discover Beautiful Camano Island, to aid in the creation of a book, documentary, and art show.

 

Jason Dorsey

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Jason Dorsey a pastor of Redeemer, a Presbyterian church in Redmond, WA. On the side, he is the Artistic Director of Sunnyshore Studio, serves as president of the Camano Arts Association, and chairs the Stanwood-Camano Arts Advocacy Commission. Jason grew up in a family of artists and enjoys teaming up with them now in the “family business”. As a watercolor artist, Jason enjoys integrating watercolor and writing in books.

Jed Dorsey

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Award winning artist Jed Dorsey is known for his radiant acrylic landscapes. He uses bold colors and strong design to portray his vision of the world. His work has been featured on the HGTV show Good Bones, included in museum collections, and can be found in homes and businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Jed grew up on Camano Island and is happy to be living in the area after many years away. You can find him painting and teaching at Dorsey Fine Art Studio located at Camano Commons on the island. www.jeddorseyart.com

John Ebner

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John Ebner began a unique, life long journey of discovery while growing up on his family’s farm in Sublimity, Oregon. His enthusiasm for life and never ending curiosity were energized through freedom on the farm and the adventures with three brothers, one sister and loving parents. Little did he realize that one day he would give artistic expression to all he was discovering and more.

In the seventh grade, John submitted a collection of his drawings of birds and flowers to his grade school teacher and was surprised his work received so much praise. He continued drawing and painting and eventually enrolled in art school. As an adult and needing to earn a living. John was engaged as a manufacturer’s representative, covering the Northwest and continued to explore painting in his spare time.

With his love of art and his creative spirit, John’s path of discovery took an interesting turn. What once was a hobby turned into a passionate dedication and his talent flourished. Continuing to support his family he began developing his artistic skills, produced an assortment of paintings and delivered them to a local gallery. To his surprise, the gallery contacted him a short time later saying all paintings have been sold and requested he create more. Further sales and requests brought John the realization he just might be able to support his family by painting full time and presented the idea to Paula. She wholeheartedly agreed and from that point forward he devoted his life entirely to his art.

The next step in John’s journey of discovery answered that question and served as a critical turn in the road. From the beginning of their marriage, John’s wife Paula, had served as his main source of encouragement and inspiration. Perhaps sensing that John was ready for a major change, she signed his up for a watercolor course, leading to his dramatic transformation.

Over the next few years John’s popularity grew, the demand for his paintings increased and he is now considered on of the Pacific Northwest’s most admired and collected artists.

Many of the captivating qualities of John’s work are apparent. His life-long love of the Pacific Northwest is revealed through the countless compelling vistas he has captured. His curiosity always drawing him to the next step, newest technique and desire to see beyond the obvious. Although reluctant to define his own work, preferring that it speak for itself, he admits that the magic of water has served as an element continually engaging his imagination. He frequently returns to explore the serenity and essence of waterfalls, rivers, seascapes, and beaches that invite him to look beyond the mist. His unique and recognizable motif of rain People huddled under umbrellas, strolling on an ocean beach or lingering on a city street add a timeless and etherial dimension to his work.

John’s artistic journey continues as he experiments and explores new forms, subjects and techniques. He is forever grateful for the many emotional rewards his art provides him as well as the gratification and joy voiced by others who see or own his work. Ever humble, ever curious, John is still looking to discover what lies on the other side of the mountain or beyond the mist.

John is a past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a life member of the Puget sound group of Northwest Artists.

Laurie Laun

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Born in Michigan in 1946, Laurie has practiced art throughout her life, including early study at the Chicago Art Institute.  While raising her family and earning several college degrees including an MBA, she served for many years as an executive in high tech companies.  In her travels to over 30 countries Laurie has become informed by many artistic cultures: she mastered batik in Java, aboriginal dot painting in Australia,

mulberry paper-making in Fiji, wood engraving and block printing in Singapore and haiku poetry in Japan.  She lives on beautiful Camano Island.

Amy Martin

Amy Martin

Amy Martin is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Painting.  Her eclectic oil and acrylic paintings are inspired by the beauty all around her­­–the color of coffee in a cup, a blooming poppy, the angular white of a ski slope, or an airplane swooping to land on a river.  Amy’s former professions include Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot and Boeing Change Specialist which fuel her passion for aviation and birds-eye-view paintings. Currently, she lives and works from her home studio on Camano Island in Washington where she shows annually in the juried Camano Arts Association Studio Tour. She is enrolled in Goddard College’s MFA Creative Writing Program and is working on a book length flight memoir.  She can be found on FB @juniperbeachstudio and Instagram at Amy_martin_artist.

April Nelson

April Nelson

April enjoys sharing the natural beauty of the world through art. Whether she is capturing the rich colors of dusk on a slough in the Skagit Valley or the thundering rise of a flock of snow geese, creating art is about seeing and thinking together. She appreciates the beautiful world that God created and she hopes that her art will communicate this to the viewer.

 

John Ringen

John Ringen

John was President of NWWS in 1964–1965, and has fifty years of impressive credentials; teaching numerous classes and workshops at college and adult levels, commercial illustrating, and judging a variety of festivals, exhibitions and open shows primarily throughout the Northwest. He has an enviable list of exhibition awards.

John and his wife of 43 years, Vicky, spend half their time each year in their motor home traveling to Yellowstone, the Tetons, and up and down the coast, visiting some of the finer wineries (he has quite a fine collection of wine). When home, he paints every day; at least 4 hours or more in his fantastic studio/gallery which is separate from his house. That way he “doesn’t have to clean up all the time.”

John attended the University of Washington on an athletic scholarship though he “wasn’t much for athletics.” After marrying Vicky, he joined Boeing when children came into their world. His strong inspiration to pursue art was fueled by two things: the only thing he ever got an A on in school was art, and his uncle, a commercial artist, always supplied him with whatever art materials he needed.

John works on up to fourteen paintings at once. He loves to paint anything that has to do with Northwest scenery and landscapes. His loose, impressionistic painting style has earned him frequent accolades and awards.

Regarding himself as an artist who records his visual impressions and feelings, he is a “reaction painter.” John enthusiastically proclaims that there is nothing quite as exciting, challenging and rewarding as attacking a crisp white sheet of watercolor paper.

Melanie Serroels

Melanie Serroels

Melanie started in watercolor during the last year of High School. She took workshops with collected Pacific Northwest Artist Charles Mulvey during college, and then when time permitted then took workshops with Robert Landry. Jack Dorsey & Thomas William Jones, Dianna Shyne and also Jed Dorsey. Melanie paints with both watercolors and acrylics.  She is a member of the NW Watercolor Society.  Since the first arriving on Camano Island in 2004 she has been a member of two local art groups, Camano Arts Association and the Stanwood Camano Art Guild. Currently, she volunteers several hours per week for the Camano Arts Association doing administrative work for CAA’s 80+ Members. Her camera is full of paintings ideas.  Her painting representative style reflects the calm water and scenery of the Pacific Northwest.  The views from her waterfront home and the constantly changing atmosphere outside keep her in painting mode until something distracts her.  Melanie is often caught between volunteering and finding time to pursue her painting

Being avid volunteers both Melanie and Randy like being involved in their community. Here are some of her volunteer and art related activities and accomplishments: Stanwood Camano Art Guild/SCAF Road Banner Project and Auctions; Stanwood Camano Arts Spring Show – First Place Award; Snow Goose Poster Winner in 2006; Snow Goose Festival Committee Volunteer – Snow Goose Festival Family Activities Program and Bird Art Show at Four Springs House and Lake Preserve; Stanwood Chamber of Commerce Office – Volunteer and Art walk; Gallery and Gallery Shows – Seagrass on Camano; Stanwood Camano Art Guild – Art In Public Places; Five Camano Arts Association Studio Tours; Camano Community Center Gala Auction Volunteer.

Travel, visiting friends and family, and spending time with her 3 young Grandchildren fill in her calendar. Trips to Las Vegas, Victoria BC, Disneyland, International Kite Festival and a 2,250 mile road trip down the West Coast inspired her minds eye this year. Trips to Alaska and Disneyland with her youngest granddaughter are already booked for 2019.

The Christmas in Miniature show opens on Saturday, December 1st. It runs through Saturday, December 8th. Sunnyshore Studio will be open both Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm.

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Jason and Jenny Dorsey tried education reform in Indy before it became a popular political project

By Russ Pulliam, Associate Editor for The Indianapolis Star, director of the Pulliam Fellowship

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“Jason and Jenny Dorsey tried education reform in Indy before it became a popular political project.

A young pastor, Jason and his family checked out the Indianapolis Public Schools not long after 9/11. With four children, they had other options, including the new Oaks Academy. With classical curriculum and racial balance, it was popular in the Redeemer PCA congregation where he had become pastor near downtown Indianapolis in an area that was attracting an influx of middle class families.

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They wondered if could all the bad things they heard about the city’s public schools could be that bad?

Students would get into fights. Teachers sometimes didn’t care and just showed up for work. IPS buildings were in poor shape. Students dropped out too easily. Too many parents didn’t care or were too young to discern how to care.

The Dorseys found another side of the IPS story. Jenny became PTA president at their children’s elementary school. She befriended teachers, principals and Superintendent Eugene White. Jason volunteered as a lunchroom supervisor at Tech High School. Then he became a baseball coach there and led a petition drive for capital improvements. They called their little group IPS Renewal. They thought Indianapolis could never be truly world class without excellence in IPS.

Elizabeth Odle was principal at IPS 14. She balanced love and discipline as families moved often and students brought the challenges of broken homes.

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When some of the Dorsey children were at Tech, the basketball team started to dominate the way city schools did back in the 1950s and 1960s. Tech took the school’s first state championship, in class 4A, in 2014, with a 27-2 record. The team won off-court victories, with an average GPA of 3.2. Star player Trey Lyles won the Trester Award for character and now plays for the Denver Nuggets.

 The Dorsey family has since moved back to their Seattle roots. They look back at IPS as a success for their family. Jason and some friends are finishing a documentary on the season, We Are Family, highlighting the ups and downs of the 2013-14 season.

With a kickstarter campaign, they hope to raise $25,000 to finish the film, using clips that Dorsey and others saved up from the season.

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Basketball is just a game, even in Indiana. For Tech High School, though, that championship season was a big off-court victory. They played in the Hoosiers film tradition of the underdog, yet not in a 1950s small country school. Their season showed that big city schools can overcome the obstacles of racial division, urban poverty and broken families and win championships in life.”

You can learn more about and support Sunnyshore Studio’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of the We are Family Documentary by clicking on this link here:

Will you Stand with Me? I need your help to tell a story

I Need your help

Will you stand with me? I need your help to complete a documentary film that is scheduled to be released in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 23, 2019, called We Are Family. Specifically, I need your help to make the story come alive through financing a sound track and final video production costs.

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Why the story should be told

Racial divides continue in our nation. But in the darkness of division there are stories of hope. The We Are Family documentary tells the inspiring story of how a basketball team from an urban school in the heart of Hoosier basketball country united around an impossible dream, how they forged a bond as family and how they inspired a whole community.

After Arsenal Tech High School in downtown Indianapolis won the Indiana High School Basketball Championship in March 2014, Bob Kravitz, a journalist for the Indianapolis Star wrote:

 “Landmark State Title proves inspiration to entire Tech community”

“From the time they are young, these kids who attend Indianapolis Public Schools are told they can’t. Parents try, teachers try, mentors try to lift them up and out of their circumstances, but the lowly graduation rates at schools such as Arsenal Tech do not lie, nor does the alarming drop-out rate.

On Saturday night at Bankers Life, though, the talented and composed young men of Arsenal Tech believed they could do something very special, something that hasn’t been done since Broad Ripple earned the IPS’ last state title in 1980. And they did, knocking off Lake Central, 63-59, winning the Class 4A state title, showing everybody, yes, they could.

Sixty years ago this week, Milan won one for all those small schools.

Saturday night, Tech won one for all the schools and the students who have been told they aren’t good enough to ascend the greatest heights.

Remember the Titans.”

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We Are Family remembers the Titans by telling the story of that season. It explores the impact of this victory on the lives of the players, coaches, school and Indianapolis Public School community five years later. It proves that the relationships that are built when a team comes together as a family really do endure.

I believe that this story is important because it tells the truth about what happened – and what can happen – in inner city schools.  I know this personally. For thirteen years our family lived in Indy we were a part of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). Our kids attended IPS schools. And the IPS community became a family to us. This is my way of saying “thanks” to and standing in solidarity with IPS.

 

I’ve been working on this project for the last four years. Now I need your help to raise $25,000 to pay for a sound track and final video production costs to bring the project to completion. Will you help me tell this story?

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Kickstarter Campaign Costs and rewards 

To raise $25,000, I am launching a Kickstarter “crowd-funding” campaign on November 1st, 2018. The way Kickstarter works is that people sponsor a creative project through an on-line donation and receive a reward in return. If the project meets its goal that money will be debited. If the project does not meet its goal then that money is not debited. In other words, it is all or nothing!

Budget for the WE ARE FAMILY Kickstarter project

  •  $ 8,000 Musicians/Composers
  • $ 2,000 Sound Track Mix/Mastering
  • $1,000 Documentary Trailer
  • $7,500 Video editing
  • $3,250 Production Costs
  • $ 2,000 Rewards Cost for art prints, shipping and handling, etc.
  • $1,250 Kickstarter Percentage, 5%

 

Rewards for giving to the WE ARE FAMILY Kickstarter project

  •  Friends who support this project at $10 will receive a digital version of the sound track.
  • Friends who support this project at $40 will receive a digital version of the movie.
  • Friends who support this project at $100 will receive a digital version of the “uncut” movie: bloopers, extra footage, etc.

 

  • Patrons who support this project at $200, $400, $600 and $800 get to choose a beautiful print of one of two of my brother Jed’s paintings – either “The Golden Hour” or “Good Morning Indy”.[i]

 

  • Producers who support this project at or above $1,000 will receive the following:
    • Named in the credits of We are Family as a Producer.
    • Invitation to a VIP documentary release party in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
    • Public thanks at the release of the documentary in Indianapolis, March 23rd, 2019.

 

  • Mega-Producers who support this project at or above $5,000 will receive all of the above plus:
    • A week long (7 days) stay at Sunnyshore Studio on beautiful Camano Island.[ii]
    • (Optional) An Identity Discovery Session and Five Life Coaching[iii] sessions with Jason Dorsey.

 

The Team

I’ve assembled a great team of video editors/producers and musicians/composers to complete the documentary. I want to tell the story in a way that packs a punch.  I’m thrilled that some of the contributors are IPS and Arsenal Tech alumni.

 Two ways you can stand with us

Here are two ways that you can stand with us in bringing this story to completion:

  1. Contribute to the Kickstarter Campaign: On November 1st I will share the link to our Kickstarter campaign. Any amount of support helps!
  1. Advocate for the Kickstarter Campaign: Advocate for the project when the 30 day Kickstarter campaign launches on Nov. 1 by:
  • sending a personal e-mail/text to five friends with the kickstarter link asking them to stand with us in this project.
  • sharing the kickstarter project on your social media platforms.

 Thanks for standing with us on this project!

We are Family is being produced by Sunnyshore Studio: www.sunnyshorestudio.com

You can learn more about our project here:

[i] Jed is a full-time artist who lived in Indy and was a big fan during that Championship season. He is offering us prints of these two paintings at his cost. To learn more about Jed and his art: www.Jeddorseyart.com

[ii]Sunnyshore Studio is located on Camano Island, in Washington State. Learn more here:  www.sunnyshorestudio.com

[iii] In his work as a Presbyterian pastor, Jason Dorsey has developed a curriculum that helps people understand their identity and step boldly into their calling. It is called “Identity Mapping”. The Identity Discovery Session is a two hour session where Jason listens to your story and helps you name your Identity. In the Life Coaching sessions  he helps you identify your roles and responsibilities in each sphere of your calling:  personal, family, work, community and place and coach you

24 Days Late the 2nd book in “I Remember” series sent to printer

Sunnyshore Studio’s Artistic Director, Jason Dorsey, and his dad, prominent Northwest watercolor artist, Jack Dorsey, have once again teamed up to tell a story of the adventures of a boy growing up on an Island. It is titled I Remember Running Through the Woods. 

“I hoped to send it to our printer in Salem, OR by October 1st. That would have allowed us to have the books in hand for the opening of our ‘Christmas in Miniature’ show on December 1st at the Studio,” Jason says.  “We’ll still showcase the illustrations at the Christmas in Miniature show and our guest will be able to check out a rough copy and purchase the book advance.  We worked hard, but just couldn’t make our deadline.

“In I Remember Running Through the Woods  I wanted to explore change through the lens of the woods that surrounded me, the ever changing woods of my childhood,” Jason says.

The story begins with a nod to the logging days on Camano Island.

“An old logging path led from my parents home to my uncle’s farm,” Jason remembers. There were old growth stumps along this path. During the daytime, it was an enchanting woodland but when my sister, brother, and I came home after dark it was terrifying.”

In preparation for the book, Jason spent time in the woods of his childhood. “The stumps are still there,” he says. “I took lots of pictures.”

“One stump in particular became the ‘model’ for the ‘scary stump’ in the story,” Jason pointed out. It is a stump across from his parents house, on the road that leads down to Sunnyshore Acres Beach.

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“The huckleberry tree on top of the stump reminds me of scary arms reaching out”, Jason says.

His dad, noted Northwest watercolor artist, partnered in the illustrations.

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“Dad worked his wonders again, just like he did with the illustrations of our first book I Remember Running Through the Woods. I had the ideas, and would begin the paintings. But he brought many, most of them to completion, Jason notes.

Jack even pulled out his old bayonet and sheet for one illustration.

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While all ages will find the story enchanting, Jason thinks that boys especially will like it. “With the military gear, face-painting, and adventures in the woods, this book is tailor made for boys,” Jason says.

While Jason is expected to be positive about his new book, others agree about the value of the story.  Three recommendations grace the back cover of the book.

Jennifer Kelly

Jennifer Kelly, Jason’s high school English teacher, and for 10 years a columnist for the Stanwood-Camano news wrote this:

Jason Dorsey’s second story in the series about his childhood, I Remember Running through the Woods, is a literary and visionary charm of a book.  Parents and children alike will take delight in the monsters that moo and stumps with eyes, and think about life through the quiet, calm words and enchanting illustrations of a man who revels in the youthful adventures that made him the father he is today.  Let’s all go running through the woods again and again and again!

Steven Garber

Steven Garber, author of Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, and professor of marketplace theology at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., said this:

I love the world that is beyond our doors, the meadows and forests, the fields and pastures—in Wendell Berry’s poetic metaphor, “timbered choirs” each one. Through our senses we come to know in ways that deepen us. In Jason Dorsey’s artful remembering of his boyhood on Camano Island, we too are alive amidst the trees and the seasons, the fires at night and the noises in the tent, our own hopes and fears still near. I Remember Running Through the Woods is a window into a long love, of a boy who once was and is now the man he must be, giving us the grace of looking over his shoulder and through his heart into the wonders of his world. 

Mary Nease

Mary Nease, a homeschooling mother of five she has spent the last 15 years reading thousands of books to her children, who spends much of her time combing libraries and bookstores for good children’s books, had this to say:

Through his delightful watercolor illustrations and accompanying descriptive prose, author and illustrator Jason Dorsey invites the reader into his precious childhood memories. Although Running Through the Woods takes place on Camano Island in the lush Pacific Northwest, the reader is quickly transported in his own mind to the sacred places of his own life’s story. Jason has crafted an endearing and humorous, as well as poignant and exquisite, piece of art, able to captivate and delight the youngest reader while striking a deep chord in the souls of all ages.

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The cover and contents have been sent into Your Town Press in Salem, OR. “We anticipate having the books a few days before Christmas, Jason says.

You will be able to order your copy of the book December 1st. 

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