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My pastoral colleague at Redeemer, Rev Hans Stout, has a pretty good side hustle going: producing and selling shepherd slings. At first glance, Han’s doesn’t seem like a weapon forger with his warm personality and smile, but the blood of the Vikings courses through his veins, and, the Biblical story of David and Goliath and the stones and sling is part of his story, and he has two sons. He’s making and shipping about a dozen slings a week!
Last Sunday he dropped off the shepherd slings for Jenny to sell at the Christmas on Camano show that opens tomorrow. They are only $10-$11, perfect stocking stuffers for the youngsters in your family.
He’s even got a tutorial on how to use a sling. Check it out. This is how we presbyterian pastors roll :).
You can pick up a Shepherd Sling at our Christmas show. If you can’t make that, then order one online from Rev. Hans Stout ancient weapon maker.
Betty Dorotik is a beloved Camano Island Artist and one of our top sellers at Sunnyshore Studio. Here is a short intro to her integrating painting and fabric in her art.
I am excited to be included in Sunnyshore Studio’s Miniature Christmas Show. My recent work incorporates fabric and watercolor.
I was always a fan of fabric, even as a little girl when my mother would take me to the fabric store to pick out fabric for a dress. She was an accomplished seamstress sewing most of my school dresses and taught me how to sew as well. I sewed my own clothes when I was in high school, especially after taking Home Economics which isn’t taught anymore. Sometimes grain and chicken feed would come in brightly printed cotton bags. Four bags was enough to make a dress and maybe an apron for my mom. I still have some of those fabrics in my memory box. I also have a quilt my mom stitched by hand of many of my school dresses. I love going into fabric stores again since the last prom dress I made for my daughter was over 20 years ago.
Vintage fabric is in vogue again and when I found the jingle bell pattern on the paintings below, it spoke to me of Chickadees and the tiny Wren. I enjoy painting a bird or birds to match the fabric sometimes pulling something out of the fabric design to decorate the bird or animal.
Christmas on Camano opens this Saturday, December 7th. Our show will be packed with all kind of wonderful things, smells and sounds.
December 7th and 14th, 10am – 5pm
Singing of Christmas Carols @ 10am & 2pm
Unveiling of Jack Dorsey’s Christmas Card painting, 10am on December 7th.
Jenny Dorsey’s miniature collection displayed
14 local artists
Books, Christmas Card, Prints, Ceramics, Fabrics and more
Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to have our friend and neighbor, artist Melanie Serroels in our Christmas Show again this year. You will love her affordable Northwest landscape watercolors.
We asked Melanie what she liked most about the holidays. Here is what she said.
Melanie’s Christmas & Holiday Traditions
What I like most about the Christmas and winter holidays are the traditions we have created with our family and friends. At home, we’er watching sappy Christmas movies from before Thanksgiving until after the New Years. Holiday baking and cooking has taken on a more healthy fare, but it’s still important to prepare the family favorites. We select and install a least a 10 foot tall fresh cut tree, and decorate it to the top with ornaments collected over our years together.
Our family now includes three precious grandchildren, so with Randy’s 96 year old mom, four generations gather and exchange gifts and celebrate our blessings. Sometimes our celebration is delayed a day or two, to accommodate the worker schedules. When this happens, Christmas Day is a quiet day, usually spent over a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle with time to consider passed family members and childhood memories.
The most important thing is we come together, under one roof and around our family tree. Retirement and having Randy home and not at work, affords the time for me to spread out the preparations. I miss my kids being here to add their input, but they’re busy making their own homes just right for their own children and building traditions for themselves.
Handwritten Christmas cards are still a part of my holidays. I do this to slow down and bring friends and the few family members closer. I enjoy creating some of the gifts we give, so I’m usually working on something creative a month or two leading up to Christmas. There are a few parties to attend, but there is a number of evenings spent waiting for the day to come. A December 9th birthday keeps Christmas decorating at bay until just after. Then the decorations stay around until after New Years Day. I have Santas and Snowmen collections that find places all over the house to watch over us and fill in the conversation when I’m here by my self.
On New Years Day we host The Annual Port Susan Terrace Plunge and Potluck Brunch with our neighbors. It has happened around high tide the first morning of each New Year for the past 13 years. This year we are missing the original Port Susan Terrace Plungers and good friends, but looking to celebrating with some new neighbors and friends who we hope to know better during the years to come. Together we will ring in the new year in our own special way.
Christmas on Camano Show
You can shop for Melanie’s artwork and 14 other artists at our upcoming Christmas on Camano art show. This video invitation was made at the beach just south of where Melanie lives at Port Susan Terrace. We hope you will join us.
Here is the story of Jenny Dorsey’s miniature collection as told by Jason Dorsey. She will surely correct him at many points of historical record but he writes from the heart.
In 1980, when she was ten, Jenny Wallace’s family moved home from Peru where they had served as missionaries since 1971. Jenny struggled deeply with her identity: was she Peruvian (she dreamed in Spanish)? Was she American (she now lived in America)?
Jenny noticed that American children collected things so she started collecting things too. She collected stamps, stickers, dolls, and marbles. Then she discovered miniatures and fell in love. Miniatures were the perfect fit for her. She loves little things. She likes thinking about spaces and pretty things in those spaces and a dollhouse filled with furniture made her heart sing. Except their family didn’t have the money to buy a dollhouse.
But her dad, Ron, who loved his little girl, bought her one anyway!
Since I have known her, Jenny has treasured her dollhouse and its furniture. Almost every week when we lived in Seattle Jenny stopped by Dolly’s Dollhouse store on Phinney Ridge and shop for the perfect next miniature. When we moved to Indy, the closest miniature store was in Brown County. We visited Brown County each fall to see the glories of the leaves and to visit that store. Every summer when we took the long drive out to see family on the west coast, Jenny stopped at Dolly’s Dollhouse.
Even after all these years, the exterior and some of the interior rooms of Jenny’s dollhouse weren’t finished. Last fall I persuaded Jenny to showcase her miniature collection at our Christmas show. So she pulled out her dollhouse and worked at our apartment in Redmond on the exterior, painting the shell and windows.
Then she hauled the dollhouse up to our Studio on Camano and set it up room by room. Each piece of furniture collected over the decades, each telling a story, connected to a memory, and with a reason behind it!
The Front Door
The Dining Room
The Piano and Map Room
The Living Room
The Master Bedroom
The Sewing Room
The Other Rooms, Well
I don’t have pictures of the other rooms so you’re just going to have to come see her miniature house in person!
A Wonderful, Surprising Gift
Then a wonderful surprise gift happened. Laura Laun, who was an artist in last years Christmas show heard about Jenny’s love for miniatures. Laura had been trying to figure out what to do with her miniature collection and she donated it to Jenny!
Jenny had so much fun unpacking the boxes. It was like the most amazing Christmas gift ever!
Laura’s collection was stunning, well loved, and her gave Jenny enough miniatures to fill up the windows. Each became a miniature display.
Jenny’s dream is to someday start a miniature store at the Studio where she can display her miniature collection and sell miniatures to people who share her love for them. If you want to see Jenny’s miniature collection, are interested in growing your own, or have miniatures you’d like to donate to Jenny stop by our Christmas in miniature show. Or contact Jenny at: email@example.com.
We are glad to have Marni Stout in our Christmas on Camano show again this year. Marni is a talented card maker, and you’ll appreciate the handcrafted, personal touch that Marni puts into her cards.
We caught up to Marni and asked her some questions about her memories of Christmas.
Sunnyshore Studio: What do you love most about Christmas?
Marni: There are many things that I love about Christmas. I love it because my father loves it like no one else I’ve known. He associates it with his happiest memories from childhood. I love remembering the Christmases I had as a little girl, decorating the tree, the goodies and pies, and the music. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized how theologically deep our Christmas hymns are. I love the reminder that Christ has reconciled God and sinners and what joyous news it is to rehearse again and again. As I look back on Christ’s first coming I look forward to his second when his mercies will flow as far as the curse is found once and for all.
Sunnyshore Studio: What are some Christmas traditions your family had?
Marni: When we were little girls the Christmas season seemed to always start the day after Thanksgiving. We were finally allowed to cart down the huge stack of Christmas records that my parents kept in the upstairs hall closet. We reveled in the classics by Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby and Roger Whittaker. Hearing this music can easily make me misty-eyed for those happy times. And it absolutely could not be Christmas without my father’s, family-famous Mincemeat Cookies. Believe me, this is one of the best cookies you will ever put in your mouth. I make these for my boys now that I am the parent in the house. I hope I can give them beautiful, family-full Christmas memories like I have.
My Dad, Jack Dorsey, has painted a Christmas card that he and mom sent to family and friends since 2004. I persuaded Dad to unveil that year’s Christmas card at the grand opening of Sunnyshore Studio in December, 2016. But the history of Dad’s Christmas cards, their original inspiration and the paintings themselves, have not been recorded, until today!
Thanks to Mom who spent a few hours digging around on the computer and collected these images and dated them the best she could. We still have lots of missing pieces, which, I’m confident, we will continue to add to this history.
Dad has a few of the original Christmas paintings that’s he’s willing to sell. I’ll list those prices. Contact me (Jason, 317.209.6768 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to purchase one.
Enjoy this history of the Christmas Cards of Jack Dorsey
One of the inspirations behind Jack’s Christmas card is his dear friend, renown watercolor artist Thomas “Tom” William Jones. Tom painted four Christmas cards for Ronald and Nancy Reagan when he was president, 1985-1988. Being chosen to paint the nation’s Christmas card was quite an honor, and Dad was inspired to paint his own. Here is a link to Tom’s current retrospective exhibition, An American Winter at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. There are 27 paintings on view through January 5th.
Other inspirations for the Christmas cards were that Dad and Mom value their family and friends and the annual Christmas card was a way for them to express their love. They also both value personal creativity (over the store bought cards) and are thrifty (so preferred saving money by making their own cards). Whatever the inspiration, I am so thankful that they began that tradition. it has brought beauty and joy into the world for many.
2004 Christmas Card
The first Christmas card we have record of is Dad’s painting of holly. I love how the red berries cascade across the dark green leaves.
2005 Christmas Card
Dad painted this Russian teapot on our mantel in our home in Indianapolis. He must have photographed or sketched it then painted it at his studio on Camano. The silver of the teapot in “Mantel Grace” sparkles against warm colors of the fireplace.
This painting is for sale
Title: “Mantel Grace”
Size 9″ by 12 1/4″
Christmas Card Concept
We don’t (yet) know what painting was used for the Christmas card in 2006. However, we do have a “concept” painting. Dad painting this plate with “Baby Jesus” but didn’t end up using it. I don’t know why.
This painting is SOLD!
Title: “Baby Jesus”
Size 6 3/4″ by 10″
2007 Christmas Card
We have a two year gap in our records. Then this delightful painting of a nutcracker standing guard. I recognize the window shade at Dad and Mom’s house, and mom’s lovely decor of holly and poinsettia. Some of my favorite paintings of Dad’s are still life paintings where he merges objects with nature.
This painting is SOLD!
Size 10.5″ by 12.5″
2008 Christmas Card
The 2008 Christmas Card is an example of Dad’s gift at still lifes that merge nature and objects. Dad loves old things, antiques, and many times they make their way into a painting, like this scale.
2009 Christmas Card
This oil painting is titled “Tommy Loops Place”. Dad has a knack of remembering names. I’m not sure who Tommy Loop was, but I’m sure Dad does and could tell some stories. I’m sure later today he’ll be straightening me out on old Tommy Loop. But anyway, here is his place. The yellow house stands bright against the muted autumn trees. I love the sparkle of snow on the ground and roofs.
2010 Christmas Card
This loose watercolor resembles a more traditional Christmas card in the subject of the nativity. I really, really like its freshness. The star watches over the stable birthplace of baby Jesus, the holy Son of God, light of the world.
2011 Christmas Card
Dad paints in oil and egg tempera and guache but he paints best in watercolor. This Christmas stocking with greens is a great example of his expressionistic realism. Dark and light values make the painting pop. And the complementary red and green sing.
2012 Christmas Card
Dad painted one of Mom’s Christmas angel on a metal plate and vase. Mom loves to decorate her home with beautiful little things. Christmas time is especially sweet with her angels and nativities that preach in their own way that “the light of the world is Jesus.”
This painting is for sale
Title: “Christmas Angel”
Medium: Watercolor on illustration board
Size 9″ by 10 1/4″
2013 Christmas Card
“Christmas back home” was painted as a gift for a friend who was dying. Dad wanted to evoke for his friend his home, his “place”. I’m sure it meant a lot to his friend.
2014 Christmas Card
Dad’s 2014 Christmas Card, “O Holy Night”, captures the feeling of winter. Long shadows are cast by the moon on the freshly fallen snow. The church glows in the light (is it moonlight, or a streetlamp) and snow laden trees on both sides are the arch the worshipper enters to pay homage to the King of kings.
2015 Christmas Card
I’m pretty sure this Christmas card gave me the idea of making the unveiling of Dad’s Christmas card a thing at Sunnyshore Studio’s grand opening in 2016. This card is perfect. Sweet and simple, with an adorable angel on top the stable. The fir leaves and Holly in the snow are exquisite.
This painting is for sale
Size: 11 1/2″ by 15″
2016 Christmas Card
This was the Christmas card we “unveiled” at our 2016 Studio grand opening. It is an oil painting titled “Home for Christmas” and was purchased by a collector.
2017 Christmas Card
This year Dad painted Cedarhome, a nearby community. I really loved the deep reds against the lights of the snow and distant trees, and the wreath on the mailbox welcomes you home at Christmastime.
This painting is for sale
Title: “White Christmas”
Size: 11 1/2″ by 15 1/4″
2018 Christmas Card
Last year’s painting, “Home Tweet Home” was absolutely delightful and snatched up by a collector for a mere $1,500.
2019 Christmas Card Unveiling
Dad’s 2019 Christmas card will be unveiled at 10:00am on Saturday, December 7th. Here is the unveiling of the 2018 card. We hope you will join us.
We are thrilled to have Camano artist Judy Sullivan in Sunnyshore Studio’s upcoming Christmas on Camano art show. You will absolutely love her paintings of nature and wildlife!
Here’s a short bio.
I grew up in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. I loved nothing better than roaming through the woods looking for signs of the animals living there. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, I married my best friend and moved around the country with him. We eventually found our way to the Seattle area and have lived on Camano Island since 2013. I never take for granted the sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest. I love the smell of the sea and the calls of eagles and seagulls. I try to depict these experiences in my paintings of wildlife and nature.
Sunnyshore Studio loves to encourage young, emerging artists. Kourtnie Baird is such an artist. It is especially exciting to us to have her in our upcoming Christmas on Camano art show because she’s a talented artist, but also because her dad, Harry, is a lifelong friend of Jason Dorsey, Artistic Director at Sunnyshore Studio.
Meet emerging artist Kourtnie Baird.
Sunnyshore Studio: tell us about yourself and your art.
Kourntie: “I’ve loved art since I was young. I think it was because of the way it brought colors to emotions or made my imagination soar. I delved in it as a preteen then after becoming a mother in my early 20’s I found myself again through my artwork. I like to say that it puts flame to my lit candle that most of us tend to allow to dim over the years. Losing passion and then finding it again in the small things in life. I have always wanted to tell stories through my art or convey my own feelings into meaning through art. I strive to do so today. I find inspiration through my sons, music, my emotions, even the way the sun shines through the leaves or the way the wind sounds as I drive home from work with my window down. I hope through my art I can make others feel the same inspiration that I do every day, even with the little things.”
Sunnyshore Studio: What do you like most about Christmas and the winter holiday?
Kourtnie: Oh, I would have to say that my absolute favorite thing is the lights of the holidays. The colors meshing together. The decorations of the christmas tree and the way the ornaments and lights are placed. It might be silly but christmas is just so stunning to me.
Sunnyshore: What were traditions your family had over Christmas/winter holidays?
Kourtnie: I have many that I remember but as I age they change. I remember leaving out cookies at my grandma Cheryl’s house. And sleeping in the living room to catch Santa, but never did. I remember going to leavenworth with my dad and now it’s a yearly thing with my sons and my fiance’s daughters. I think viewing Leavenworth in all its glory is a special kind of memory to have and I hope to continue it throughout the years.