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Meet Guest Artist Liz Hamlin

Sunnyshore Studio is excited to have four guests artists featured at the popular Camano Island Studio Tour. Meet one of our guest artist and Camano treasure, Liz Hamlin.

Liz is an outstanding artist and person. She has led the Camano Art Association’s mentoring program at Stanwood High School for years. Recently she has been working on large watercolors painted of her neighborhood, views that she sees on her daily walks.

Liz Hamlin

Sunnyshore Studio: How long have you been doing art? Tell us something about your journey in art?

Liz: Over many years of making art my love of watercolor continues with passion.

Sunnyshore Studio:What kind of art do you do? Why do you enjoy this medium?

Liz: I focus on non-traditional subjects; aerial views, monks, or broken glass were all subjects over the years.

Sunnyshore Studio: What are the joys and challenges for you as an artist?

Liz: My greatest joy has come from creating art unlike any I have seen elsewhere–color patch, a hard edged technique, the flower girl series combining figures and flowers or a two part piece for the viewer to walk between. Convincing the viewing public that watercolors are serious art is an ongoing challenge.

Sunnyshore Studio: Why are you excited about being a part of the Studio Tour at Sunnyshore this year?

Liz: I am delighted and honored to be showing at Sunnyshore Studios with the Dorsey family of very accomplished artists.   

Camano Island Studio Tour Info

The popular Camano Island Studio tour is a five day event that brings over 7,000 people to visit the 30 some studios and galleries on Camano Island and Stanwood.

It takes place on Mother’s Day weekend, Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, and on the following “Encore” weekend, Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19.

Participants visit the homes, gardens, studios and galleries of the art colony on our beautiful Island. You can learn more at the link below.

Sunnyshore Studio breaks records on 20th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour

Sunnyshore Studio broke two of our records for the Camano Island Studio tour:  over 1,500 guests visited and we sold over $20,000 of artwork! We are excited about breaking these records for our Studio, but even more encouraged by a number of other things.

We are thankful that the Studio ran so well without its Administrator and Artistic Director

Our Administrator, Jenny Dorsey and Artistic Director, Jason Dorsey, weren’t present for Mother’s Day Weekend (Jason was at the Studio on Friday, but not Saturday and Sunday).


They were in West Lafayette, IN, celebrating the graduation of their son Jacob from Purdue University’s engineering program!


In their absence Jackie Dorsey rose to the occasion. With the help of Jed and Renae, who recently moved from Indianapolis, the Studio ran like a well oiled machine.


We are so thankful for all the artists who helped over that first weekend: Jack and Ann Dorsey, April Nelson, Jed and Renae Dorsey, Melanie Serroels, Amanda Pearson, and Judy Sullivan.

And we tip our hat to Jenny Dorsey who has set up such a great organization that it runs without her presence.

It was awesome to have Jed and Renae at the Studio over both weekends

We are super happy to have Jed and Renae Dorsey on Camano. Jed is a terrific artist and he loves a big party. So he was in his element over both weekends.


Jed built a portable deck, and set up his tent on it. It sat at the entrance to the studio and it worked great.

Jed had to keep painting because his paintings sold so quickly!

We are happy that our artists all sold well

Sunnyshore Studio was built to support the Dorsey family of artists by showcasing their art. We’re very happy to report that the artworks of family members sold well.

Besides Jed, Jack, Ann, Jason and April sold paintings.

Our family of artists Matriarch, Fanny Y. Cory, had great sales as usual too.


Jackie Dorsey even got into the act selling both of her paintings!

We were happy to have three guests artists with us – Amanda Pearson, Melanie Serroels, and Judy Sullivan – and grateful that we had good sales of their artwork!

Last but not least, we are thankful for a growing community of friends, collectors and patrons

Most of all we are thankful for the growing community of friends, collectors and patrons of the Dorsey family of artists. We have people who have supported us since Jack Dorsey launched his professional art career in 1969. We love seeing old friends and making new ones.


One final Thanks to everyone who stopped by our little Studio tucked among the first and cedars on the south end of beautiful Camano Island.


Art Lives on Camano!






Stop by and welcome Jed home

Lot’s of excitement at Sunnyshore Studio with the Camano Island Studio Tour opening tomorrow, 10:00am.

The excitement started on Monday, April 30th when Jed, Renae and Willow left Indianapolis to move to the Seattle area. They had lots of adventures as they traveled across the country including staying at a beautiful lodge in South Dakota. Jed is going to paint a commission for its owner.  They spent time at a wonderful water park hotel in Missoula, and hiked to the top of a hill that looks over the city.


They had lots of others adventures. To many to tell now. Here are a few pictures.

Jed, Renae and Willow stopped for dinner (Zeeks Pizza) at our apartment in Redmond on their way to Camano Island. It was lots of fun for us to see them, and wonderful to have them close!

On Thursday we dropped the Adminstrator of Sunnyshore Studio, Jenny Dorsey, off at the airport. She is going back to be with our oldest son, Jacob, who is graduating from Purdue University. I’ll be joining them in West Lafayette on Saturday.


Jed has worked hard building a “Gallery Annex” for his artwork at Sunnyshore Studio. It looks great.


Jed has been hard at work painting so that he will have artwork to fill it up.


Of course, his paintings are beautiful as always!



Jackie helped me prepare the parking area behind the studio. It’s looking great thanks to Dad mowing the grass!

All the paintings are hung, and there is a calm tonight before the storm of visitors that will come tomorrow.  We expect over 1,000 guests over the first weekend!


Will you be one of those that stops by. I hope so.

And when you do, welcome Jed, Renae and Willow home.

Jack Gunter and John Ringen: Camano Island Master Artists

Camano Island is recognized as a major cultural center for the Visual Arts in the Pacific Northwest. One of the reasons for that is the sheer number of artists who call Camano Home. There are more than 1,000 artists in the Stanwood/Camano area, with a population of 20,000 that means about 5% are artists. In a ranking by the National Endowment for the Arts the highest per capital number of artists was found in New York State with 1% of the residents being artists. Compare that to the Stanwood/Camano area with a whooping 5%. The Stanwood/Camano area is home to a “colony of artists.”

More important than the numbers in this colony of artists is the presence of Master Artists, those artists who are brilliant at their work.

Last Monday, Dad and I spent time with two of these Master Artists – Jack Gunter and John Ringen

Jack Gunter

Dad and I ran into Jack after a lunch at the Tyee Store on the south end of Camano (did you know they are serving delicious sandwiches there?). Jack is an unique mix of gifted artist, writer, filmmaker, and cultural innovator.


It was fun to get a tour of his super cool Gallery/Studio which is a cultural must-do-thing on Camano.

What struck me most was just how absolutely gifted – brilliant would not be hyperbolic – Jack is and how wonderful his work is. His birds in trees laden with snow were beautiful.

Jack is known for his symbolic egg tempera pieces. There were lots of those artworks to enjoy.

Jack shared with us the story of how some of his art had been detained in Siberia and his recent rescue of those artworks after 20 plus years of their “captivity” in Russia. You can read more about that here; there’s also a film that’s being released that tells that story.

Best of all was watching Dad and Jack Gunter shoot the breeze, tease each other, and share in the collegiality of artists who deeply respect each other’s work.

Jack Gunter says this on the back cover of Dad’s biography Jack Dorsey: Sketch of an Artist.

When I moved to Camano Island in the 1980s, I was told the only artist out here was a fellow named Jack Dorsey. I sought him out, but Jack said he didn’t paint anymore because he was working full time at Boeing. Baseball, particularly the Mariners, became our bond. When we ran into each other at the Elger Bay Grocery we talked sports. All the while I pushed, told him he was a legend and should get back to art. It worked. These days I take some credit for Jack’s re-emergence as a painter.

John Ringen

After talking with Jack Gunter, Dad and I decided to stop by John Ringen’s home. John Ringen is a past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters and a Master Watercolor Artist.  I have gotten to know John’s wife Vicky through serving on the Camano Arts Association board with her. John welcomed us and gave us a tour of their beautiful home and his art studio.

All I can say is “wow, it is amazing!”


Perched on the cliffs at the south end of Camano, their home has a breathtaking view.


But it was the artwork – most of it John’s – that fills the walls upstairs and downstairs that I gazed at most. I took pictures of each painting. They don’t do justice to the sheer magnitude and beauty of the work. Here are a few artworks from upstairs.

Downstairs the walls were also covered with amazing art. John’s drawing desk that looks east onto the water.

Then we the building with Gallery (downstairs) and Studio (upstairs) where John works his magic.

The downstairs Gallery was full of John’s art. He’s getting ready for the upcoming Camano Island Mother’s Day Studio Tour.

Here’s a few videos I shot of the John’s upstairs working studio. What an amazing place!

Over the years I had seen John’s work in different galleries and exhibitions in the Northwest. But to see not just a few works but his artistic legacy filling his home, gallery and studio was impressive.


It was fun for me to watch Dad and John interact. I’m thankful for the collegiality and friendship shared among Camano’s artists.

John has these kind words to say on the back cover of Dad’s biography:

Jack Dorsey, I’m impressed with all parts of your life–you’re a fine family man and a very accomplished artist. 

Seeing the Galleries/Studios of Jack Gunter and John Ringen reminded me of just how amazing the art culture is on Camano Island.

You can see Jack Gunter’s and John Ringen’s Galleries/Studios with your own eyes on the Camano Island Studio Tour.

  • Mother’s Day Weekend: May 12th, 13th 14th
  • Encore Weekend: May 20th & 21st
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm

You can read more about Camano Island’s Studio tour here:

and here:

Thomas Williams Jones: Nationally known artist to be showcased on Camano’s Mother’s Day Tour

Sunnyshore Studio is pleased that a long-time Dorsey friend & one of America’s premier artists, Thomas William Jones, has accepted our invitation to include three watercolor paintings in this year’s May exhibition, part of the Camano Island Studio Tour (Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12th, 13th, 14th.Encore Weekend, May 20th and 21st, 10:00am-5pm, Sunnyshore Studio #5.)

Tom Jones

Thomas William Jones was born in Lakewood, OH in 1942 and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1964. Jones’ watercolors have been influenced by the smaller spaces of his native OH and the vastness of the Pacific NW. Regarded as a master in watercolor, he is known for his refinement of texture and delicacy of brushwork. Jones has painted since childhood and his entire career has been devoted to fine art. He is currently represented by A.J. Kollar, Seattle Washington. Jones and his wife, Carrie, reside in Snohomish, WA.

Thomas Jones’ painting “Primroses” (Watercolor, 8.5 X 13.5) will be one of the three beautiful works of his featured. For further inquiries call Jason Dorsey at 317.209.6768.

Thomas William Jones, Primroses, 8.5x13.5

Thomas Williams Jones Exhibitions (Selected)
“150 years of Ohio Still Life Paintings” (1865-2015), Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH; 2016.
“American Watercolor Movement” (1880-2015), Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH; 2016.
Numerous solo exhibitions in Seattle, WA and Carmel, CA; 1968-present.
Artists of America, Colorado History Museum, Denver, Colorado, 1980 through 2000.
Great American Artists, Cincinnati Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hubbard Museum, ‘Art Award of Excellence’, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, 1993 
        (Traveling Exhibition to Russia & Berlin, followed).
Celebration of Northwest Art’, Governor’s Mansion, Olympia, Washington.
Prix de West Invitational, Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1980-present.
154th American Academy of Design, New York, New York.
American Watercolor Society’s Annual, New York, New York.
Watercolor U.S.A., Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri.
Butler Institute of American Art, 36th Annual, Youngstown, Ohio.

Museum Exhibitions

‘Three Decades of Watercolor’, Frye Museum, Seattle, Washington
Washington Open, Seattle Today, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Works On Paper, Northwest Today, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Honors (Selected)
Presidential Christmas cards; officially commissioned by the White House for President and Mrs. Reagan, 1985 through 1988.
Officially commissioned by Vice President and Mrs. Cheney for the Vice Presidential Christmas Cards, 2002 and 2003.
National Academy of Western Art, Gold and Silver Medals, Western Heritage Center Museum,Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
112th American Watercolor Society Bronze Medal, National Academy Gallery, New York, New York.
Rocky Mountain National Award, First Place, Golden, ColoradoAmerican Watercolor Society’s 108th Annual, Ted Kautzky Award, New York, New York.

2008 Seattle Times, Feature, Feb 20
2007 Fine Art Connoisseur April
2002 Seasons Greeting From The White House, by Mary Evans Seeley, cover painting
1996 Southwest Art, December issue feature article
1992 A Nation’s Pride, Art In The White House, White House Historical Association
1985 Southwest Art, September issue cover article
1981 American Artist, Northwest Artists Eye Of The Raven
1979 American Artist, September issue

The 19th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour 2017 information:

  • Mother’s Day Weekend: May 12th, 13th 14th
  • Encore Weekend: May 20th & 21st
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunnyshore Studio is Studio #5: 2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA
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