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

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

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

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

Creativity in Community

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

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

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Jed Dorsey’s Acrylic Workshop

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

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

Register here: http://www.jeddorseyart.com/camano-july-2017-workshops.html

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Camp at Sunnyshore Studio and enjoy beautiful Camano Island

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

 

 

Participate in Community “Pitch In” Dinner and Fireside

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

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

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

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

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

Building Community Through Art

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Here is a story of one of those ties.

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

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

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

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

 

she is an amazing weaver of community.

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