Skip to content

Home: Places of the Heart

What places have been home to you? Why do our hearts get attached to a place? How can art capture the essence of “being home?” 

 

These and other important questions will be explored in Jed Dorsey’s upcoming art show Home: Places of the Heart at Sunnyshore Studio on Saturday, October 20th and 27th. Jed’s painting touch hearts because they evoke that longing for “home” that Jed says was all have. Sunnyshore Studio sat down with Jed to explore the connection of home and his artwork.

IMG_1344

Sunnyshore Studio: What places have been home to you? Tell us about them your homes?

Jed Dorsey: When I think of home, there are several places that come to mind. They are Camano Island, Vancouver, BC, Indianapolis, and Edmonton.

Within each of those places, there are more specific locations that stand out. My parents’ house, for instance, is where I grew up, and it has always been our home away from home wherever I have lived with Renae through the years. But Camano Island has other places that I regard as home. The beach across from Mom and Dad’s house is one of them. I spent so many summers there. The flatlands as you cross onto Camano Island is another. There’s no place like it for me. When I get there and see that, I feel like I am finally home.

IMG_3814

Soft Day, Camano Crossing - 36x24

Gateway

And the other cities have similar special places, whether it is a house or a neighborhood or a park. Significant places where I have spent time with people I love – that’s the common theme.

Rainy Night

Why do you think “home” evokes such powerful emotions in our hearts?

I believe we all long for a home. Whether that is a real home of our past where we remember good times or people we’ve loved, or whether it’s something we’ve never really had, I think we all have a deep longing for a place of belonging and safety and love.

And places matter to us because we have memories connected to places. We grow fond of a place often not just because of what it actually looks like but because of the memory connected to it. And most of our memories involve other people. There’s an old poem that says, “,,,it takes a heap o’living in a house to make it home.” That’s because it’s not the exact physical place that makes the home, it is something more than that: the relationships and memories of life together with people we love and who have loved us. And no matter whether we’ve had a lot of that in the past or not that much, we all long for it.

road

How can a painting capture the essence of home in a way that maybe a photograph or memory can’t?

Perhaps because a painting can bring our imaginations to life more than a photograph. If I took a photo of a particular house, you would know it wasn’t the house of your childhood because of the exactness of a photo. But if I painted the same house, you might see something that makes you think of the house of your childhood and because it is more suggestive in its nature, your heart might override your mind into believing it is your childhood home even if it knows I didn’t paint your exact house.

shadows

Which of your paintings best evoke that sense of home? Describe why they do this for you.

That really just depends on who is looking at the painting. For me, they all evoke a sense of home for different reasons. Some of the paintings will speak to different people more strongly than others. But that is for the viewers to decide for themselves.

Small Town Charm - 20x16

What are the hopes you have for your “home” art show coming up in October at Sunnyshore Studio?

I am looking forward to sharing good times with people I love in a place I love.

First Day Of Summer - 11x14

Home: Places of the Heart

  • Saturdays, October 20th and 27th
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunnsyhore Studio
  • 2803 SE Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA

Viewing and Purchase Options

  • If you can’t make these two Saturdays we are “open by appointment.” Call Jason Dorsey, 317.209.6768.
  • Jed’s “Home: Places of the Heart” art show will go live on Saturday, October 20th at 12:00 (Noon). Jed’s friends, fans and collectors can purchase his artwork through Sunnyshore Studio’s web site: www.sunnyshorestudio.com.

Show Sponsor

Sunnyshore Studio thanks Russ Bumgarner and his company Rubumco for sponsoring the show.  If you are in need of getting your home or business painted, Russ’s premier painting company that’s been operating since 1999 in the Stanwood-Camano region is the place to go!

Russel Baumgarner

Rubumco logo

Meet the Project Coordinator for Discover Beautiful Camano: Jacqueline Dorsey

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to announce that Jacqueline Dorsey will be serving as the Coordinator of the Discover Beautiful Camano Project.  Jacqueline is highly organized and she is going to do an amazing job!

fambly

Sunnyshore Studio:  What’s it been like to grow up in a family of artists?

Jacqueline: I’ve been submerged in the world of art since I can remember. And it’s been eye-opening seeing how much time, technique and networking goes into art and art shows. It’s been really fun to help at art shows hosting people, during the register, and other meeting people from all walks of life.

And I’ve been fortunate to paint and sell, and be commissioned to paint, art of my own.

Sunnyshore Studio: What kind of art do you do?

Jacqueline: Watercolor landscapes for the most part. I like to draw and dabble in different art forms. I’ll be taking Watercolor 101 at Bellevue Community College this fall as part of the Running Start program.

Sunnyshore Studio: You’re helping your Dad as the Coordinator of the Discover Beautiful Camano Project. Tell us more about that project and what makes you good as a Coordinator?

Discover Beautiful Camano 2018

Jacqueline:

It is all about discovering the beauty of Camano Island through art and telling people’s stories and histories. The culmination of this two-year project will be in July 2020 showcasing the art of Camano artists in an art show at Sunnyshore Studio. The stories of people and their places will be told in the Discover Beautiful Camano coffee table book as well as a documentary video.

I’m a detail-oriented person and an avid organizer and planner. I wanted to challenge myself by taking on an ambitious, two-year project.

Sunnyshore Studio: What are you most excited about in coordinating the Discover Beautiful Camano Project?

Jacqueline: I really enjoy getting the little details of a list checked off that move us forward in the project. Seeing everything slowly come together, piece by piece, and how every little thing that we do makes the project better. I’m looking forward to learning more about my family’s roots on Camano and the history of the people there.

P1730696

Home: Exploring the places of the heart, new artwork by Jed Dorsey

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to announce the date is set for Jed Dorsey’s October show. Home: Exploring the places of the heart will open on Saturday, October 20th.

image4-5

The show will feature new artworks by Jed. In his paintings Jed will explore how places become symbolic of home and how the sense of “being home” is deeply rooted in place.

For Islanders, Jed’s painting of the “gateway” to Camano, used for the promotion for the show, evokes that sense of home. How many of us felt that we had “come home” as we drive on 522 over the Stillaguamish River and look north across the marshy waters lit by the sunset to the Skagit Bay and blue and purple hills beyond.

When The Sun Paints The Sky

Partly because Jed’s painting’s wonderfully evoke this sense of home, they are purchased by collectors all over the United States. His last show at Sunnyshore Studio all but sold out. To meet the growing nationwide demand for his art, Sunnyshore Studio will make Jed’s Home: Exploring the places of the heart show available online. So if you are not able to attend the show at our Gallery on Camano you will be able to purchase your Jed Dorsey original through Sunnyshore Studio’s web site.

We are very thankful that Jed’s good friend and teammate from his Stanwood High School Days, Russell Bumgarner, and his company, Rubumco Painting Inc. is sponsoring the show.  Rubumco does great work built on years of experience, and based on character and integrity all over the Stanwood-Camano area. Check them out here: http://rubumco.com

Russel Baumgarner

Russell has been a great friend and support to Jed, and to the entire Dorsey family. His friendship, patronage and sponsorship will help us with the promotion of the show and in hosting a big party worthy of the occasion.

 

 

 

Explore the beautiful places and special people of Camano with Jason Dorsey (1)

On my summer break and in between many projects – working at my parent’s home on Camano, painting for my second children’s book, and working on my daughter’s tiny house (to name a few) – I’ve found time to explore some of the beautiful places and special people of Camano. Come with me and #Discoverbeautifulcamano.

Mabana Beach

For me, summer vacation begins with taking a dip in the sparkling waters of Mabana Beach. It was not so sunny and sparkly but my son Jacob and I jumped in nonetheless.

Dotti Burton’s Garden

A fellow artist of the Camano Arts Association, Dotti Burton, had invited me to tour her garden. One morning Jacob and I did, and it was truly amazing. It inspired me to add a new category to the Discover Beautiful Camano book and documentary project: the gardens of Camano. Dotti was gracious enough to be interviewed on the spot.

Touring the Island with Scott and Ashley Miller

A few days after our time with Dotti, my best friend from college, Scott Miller and his daughter Ashley came to Camano to spend time with us. One day I spontaneously decided to take them on a tour of “my island” and this is a record of that tour.

Our first stop was at my parent’s home. Where Dad’s studio, the original “Sunnyshore Studio” was. Ashley was a good sport to be in the video.

From Dad and Mom’s we headed south. Our next stop was at Tyee Corner Grocery where we enjoyed delicious hamburgers. Scott ate his without the bun because he was in a weight loss contest with his mom. I interviewed the store’s owner.

We continued south. Our plan was to stop at artists John and Vicki Ringen’s home, but they were driving out as we pulled in, so we pressed on to the south end of the Island. Looking over the high cliffs of Camano to the waters below is one of my favorite vistas of Camano.

After racing back from the south end to show some visitors who had come all the way from Illinois to see Sunnyshore Studio, we continued around the Island, now heading our north.

We stopped at the fabulous Matzke Gallery and Sculpture Park. A Raku firing event was taking place, but Karla was gracious enough to share a little bit about her Gallery and Park. She is one of the driving forces behind our “colony of artists” on Camano.

Our next stop was at Bill and Marilyn Christenson Wayland’s home. Bill was my pastor during my growing up years. He pastored Camano Chapel for 28 years, and he and his family are a landmark on Camano.

We continued our drive north along the west side of the Island. Our next stop was Huntington Grocery Store, which carries a remarkable amount of fishing and recreational gear as well as food and candy for its size.

After Huntington’s we stopped at Madrona Beach. A youngster who must have been bored came out of his modern style beach home and we had competitions of rock throwing accuracy. We took this video at the place where Dad used to launch his boat if we didn’t use the State Park’s ramp.

I had a birthday party to attend at my sister, April’s, farm on the north side of the Island, so Scott, Ashley, Jacob and I took a break from our tour. After the party I stopped at Scott’s aunt Linda and uncle Mike’s beautiful home overlooking the Camano Country Club. This is the view we saw. The video really doesn’t do it justice.

Scott and I are both pastors and on vacation, so we decided to have our own worship service on the lower deck at his aunt and uncle’s home the next morning. We had a sweet time of reading Scripture, singing, praying and sharing encouragement.

On Sunday afternoon Scott, who is a good golfer and I, who am a rather poor golfer, challenged my dad, who is a terrific golfer for his age, and Mike who is a solid golfer to a little competition at Camaloch Golf Course. It was a beautiful evening. Scott and I ended up… (I’ll leave you in suspense).

I said goodbye to Scott and Ashley the next morning. It was a sweet time of friendship. Scott brings out the fun, playful side of me like few people can.

Camano Commons and Naked City Brewery

The next couple of days Jacob and I worked hard at my parent’s home: cleaning off the old shake roof that Dad installed well over 30 years ago. We also dug out a drainage ditch on east foundation of their house. After working hard I was famished. I decided to treat Jacob to dinner at the Naked City Brewery, a gourmet hamburger restaurant, at the Camano Commons.

My old friend and classmate at Stanwood High School, Randi Robinson Armstrong, works there and it was fun to see her. She is one of the many special people that make Camano such a great place.

 Work Party and Iverson Beach

Jacob and I were working hard to prepare for a work party at Mom and Dad’s home that happened July 21st. One highlight of that work party was that an old friend of mine, John Kandel, was visiting with his wife April and four strapping sons. They joyfully joined in the work party with us, and afterwards we went to Iverson beach where they kids built a raft out of huge logs. It took some serious engineering to get the three logs into the water.

A number of us poled and pushed the raft to my sister April’s farm. Well, in reality, we ran aground over 100 yards from the beach and had to wade through thigh high mud and clay. I laughed and laughed at the site. Then we had to walk barefoot through the fields to the farmhouse. The trek was worth it. We enjoyed a delicious dinner.

In the midst of all that work and fun, I’ve found time to paint. I’m really excited about how my watercolor paintings for my second children’s book are coming together. I feel like I’m coming back to the freshness, looseness and spontaneity that I love most about watercolor.

One evening I painted Plein Air at Utsalady Beach. What a beautiful place that is.

This is the end of this exploration of the beautiful places and special people of Camano. I’m hoping to do at least one more video tour before my vacation is up. But even then I’ll only be scratching the surface of this place!

 

Work has begun on Jackie’s Tiny House

A couple of years ago Jackie Dorsey shared her dream to build a tiny house at Sunnyshore Studio where she could retreat, do creative work and get away from technology. (I’m going to hold her to that “no technology” phrase :).

We promised Jackie that we would build a tiny house for her. But that was a big commitment and I’m not that good at construction work. So it was all a bit overwhelming.

Until Jenny stumbled across a do-it-yourself shed at Costco that she thought would be a perfect tiny house for Jackie. Jackie agreed.

Two weeks ago it was delivered to Sunnyshore Studio. Today we started work on Jackie’s tiny house.

Jackie and Jacob did some excavation work.

diggine

We laid the “cornerstone”. Not so much a stone, but the corner from which everything else is measured.

Cornerstone

Dad “just happened” the foundation blocks at his house and donated them to the cause. He came through for us again, and even lent a hand.

We have lots of work ahead of us. But we have a good start and it will be fun to see the tiny house take shape!

You’ll have to come visit Jackie’s tiny house someday. She wants it to be a place of rest and creativity.

Discover Beautiful Mabana Beach

By Jason Dorsey

I officially started my vacation with a dip at Mabana Beach.  My son Jacob and I had spent the morning and early afternoon working on some landscaping projects at the Studio, including putting in another bulkhead and planting hydrangea bushes Mom had given me.

We were hot and tired and decided to go for a swim.

Mabana is the closest public beach to Sunnyshore Studio and it’s the beach my mom had played at since 1947 when she was growing up on her family’s farm half-a-mile north of Mabana.

I have lots of memories of swimming at Mabana when I was a kid too.

Jacob and I parked Dad’s old Ford truck at the top of the hill because I wasn’t confident in its brakes working on the steep and narrow drive down to Mabana. Earlier in the day it had been sunny and warm. But by the time Jacob and I got there it was overcast and windy. No one else was there.

That didn’t dampen our spirits. We waded into the white-top waves. Jacob dove in first. I have to give him credit for that. The water wasn’t bad, in fact it was warm because the tide was high and the water had come up over the sand heated by the sun.

As we sat drying off, I told Jacob a little of the story of how my Uncle Robert and Aunt Sandy had fought to keep Mabana accessible to the public. I tell that story, and more of the history of Mabana here:

The Beaches of Camano: The Battle for Mabana

You can learn more about Mabana Beach here: Beaches of Camano: Mabana Beach

 

Help Me Discover Beautiful Camano Island

By Jason Dorsey

I grew up on Camano Island. But much of its history and many of its places and people are still unknown to me.

I’ve a project called Discover Beautiful Camano Island so that I can learn more about this place I love and so that I can sharing its stories, its people and its beauty with others.

This summer on my vacation I will be exploring the places, people and stories of Camano. I will share what I learn through a series of blog posts and videos. I will also begin to paint Camano’s “places”.

My dream is that this project will culminate in Sunnyshore Studio’s publication of the book Discover Beautiful Camano Island, the release of a documentary video about Camano, and a show featuring artworks of Camano Island artists selected to paint the places of Camano.

Stanwood-Camano friends, I need your help in deciding what places to feature and what people to interview.  The big categories that I’m working with are: Farms, Parks, Hikes, Public Beaches, Churches, Art Galleries/Studios, Stores/Markets/Shopping, Recreation venues (like Camaloch Golf course), and Historic Buildings.

But I’m also open to special places that don’t fit into these categories.

WHAT ARE THE PLACES AND WHO ARE THE PEOPLE I SHOULD FEATURE IN MY BOOK?

If you know of any special Camano places, people or stories please let me know at: sunnsyhorestudio@gmail.com.

IMG_3607

20th Annual Studio Tour Guest Artist: Melanie Serroels

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to have our neighbor and the Vice President of the Camano Arts Association, Melanie Serroels, as one of our guest artist for the 20th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour.  Mark Your Calendars for the 20th Anniversary Camano Island Mother’s Day Studio Tour this May   Melanie does so much to make the arts hum on Camano, and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase her sparkling watercolors.

Cropped Photo Beach #1

Sunnyshore Studio: Tell us about yourself.

Melanie: I’ve always lived in the Pacific Northwest.   I grew up in Portland, moved to Redmond WA in 1988 and became a full time resident on Camano in 2010. I spend most of my time volunteering for Camano Arts Association. Currently I’m serving as the Vice President, Acting Secretary, Volunteer Hours Recorder, and Website Committee member. I have a home studio. My husband and I are retired.  We enjoy traveling the USA seeing friends and visiting our national parks.

Sunnyshore Studio: How did you get started in art?

Melanie: Art has always been a part of my life. My parents were creative and I received good general art instruction throughout my elementary and high school education. I started taking watercolor instruction from a professional artist in1973. My style, technique, and palette is still influenced by my first art instructor, Charles Mulvey.  I have also taken watercolor workshops from Robert Landry, Thomas William Jones, and Jack Dorsey.  I enjoyed learning to use acrylics from Dianna Shyne, and Jed Dorsey.

Country club resize

What has been your journey as an artist?

Melanie: I think the turning point in my painting career was moving to Camano Island and waking up everyday to the beauty and changing atmosphere outside my window.  When we first moved here I was possessed with painting whatever my eyes landed on.  I painted almost every day.  Today, I’m busy with lots of other activities, but I enjoy using that artist’s eye to observe and plan paintings of many beautiful scenes on Camano Island.

I don’t really feel it’s been a journey as much as it’s been a life’s practice to do creative things.  I have many interests, but being creative and creating art has always been my go to for personal satisfaction.  Sometimes it’s not doing, but sharing what I do, and helping others realize that they can do it too. 

Triangle Cove Resize

Sunnyshore Studio: What about your future as an artist?

Melanie: I was juried onto the Camano Island Studio Tour in 2009, and participated in the tour for four years.  I’ve also sold my paintings through our local galleries.  I regularly donate my paintings to fundraising auctions for local charities.  I’ve also been active in art mentoring programs, working with young artists at local schools.

Sunnyshore Studio: Why are you excited to participate in the 20th Annual 2018 Studio Tour at Sunnyshore Studio? 

Melanie: Over the past six years, painting has taken a back seat to life.  I am grateful for Jason and Jenny’s encouragement to get back into painting and exhibiting my work here at Sunnyshore Studios.  New works are starting to dance in my head and painting feels scary and good! 

1 2 6
%d bloggers like this: