Since 2004, Jack Dorsey has painted a Christmas card that he and his wife, Ann, sent to family and friends. At Sunnyshore Studio’s Grand Opening, December 2016, we “unveiled” his painting for the first time. It’s been fun to unveil the card for the last three years.
Last Saturday, December 7th, we unveiled this year’s card titled, “Joy to the World”. It is a beauty.
“Joy to the World” can be yours for $1,500. If you are interested contact Jason Dorsey: 317.209.6768, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a little video of the unveiling.
Special thanks to Nathan Partain who let us use his song “Arise and Shine, Your Light Has Come” from his wonderful new Christmas album The Beauty to Come.
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 email@example.com) 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.
The Dorsey family is putting on their second annual Christmas show, “Christmas on Camano”, for six weeks this November into December. The opening reception is Friday, November 3rd, from 6:00-9:00pm. It will run on Saturdays, from 10am-5pm, on November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and December 2nd and 9th.
Here are some of the highlights that you can look forward to. We’d love to have you join us.
Jed Dorsey in the house
We are thrilled to have Jed with us on opening weekend. He will be hosting at the studio on Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th. Friends of Jed and art patrons and collectors will want to come on these openings days if you want to have your pick of Jed’s beautiful and very desired acrylics!
Jack Dorsey Christmas Card and Art
Legendary northwest artist Jack Dorsey will be unveiling his annual Christmas painting and Christmas card. Christmas cards from this years painting and previous years will be available. Here’s Jack’s Christmas painting from a few years ago.
Quite a few of Jack’s new original works will be displayed too. Here’s your chance to collect a painting from one of Washington’s “vintage” artists.
April Nelson artworks
People say, and this is generally agreed on in the family, that April has the most natural artistic talent, and could be the best painter of the whole family. April’s friends and collectors will be excited to see new acrylic, watercolor and mixed media works.
Fanny Y. Cory
We are thrilled to share that we have the whole of our matriarch, Fanny Y. Cory’s classic Fairy Alphabet prints framed and for sale at the very reasonable price of $70. Here’s your chance to pick the perfect fairy for your child’s (or grandchild’s) bedroom, whether boy or girl!
New paintings by Jason Dorsey will be on display, as well as affordable prints. The Artistic Director of Sunnyshore Studio is slowly getting his art groove going and it’s fun to see his fresh new watercolors of Camano area scenes.
You can buy a wide, and growing, assortment of posters at Sunnyshore Studio. Here are a couple of examples. They make perfect gifts for family and friends.
Lots of books
Sunnyshore Studio is proud to be the publisher of a number of Camano and northwest themed books. Stop by to check out our growing collection!
And Ann Cory Dorsey Cinnamon rolls
Last but not least, stop by for a complimentary Ann Cory Dorsey cinnamon roll. Those who have tasted one of these sweet, warm, melt-in-your-mouth treats know what we are talking about. Because Christmas is about much more than art. It is about relationships. It is about community. It is about giving and sharing love, that was demonstrated in the greatest gift of all. God’s giving His only son for the life of the world.