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Meet Kourtnie Baird

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.

 

Christmas on Camano

  • Saturdays, December 7 and 14, 10am-5pm
  • Caroling at 10am and 2pm
  • Free Cinnamon Rolls
  • Lots of art by local artists
  • Miniatures and More


Meet Amy Martin

We are thrilled to have Amy Martin in our Christmas show again this year (for information, see below). Besides being a terrific artist, Amy is also a veteran and a bad@!! Black Hawk aviator.

In a quiet town in the snow belt, a bit south of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania, I grew up playing baseball, building forts in the woods, playing Atari, and riding my bike to the community pool. When I was fourteen, I bought a Terry Gambit road bike and spent the summer riding miles into the countryside where I hid my bike between corn rows and hiked through fields with a backpack filled with paints and an easel. I spent my days painting landscapes, then strapped the wet oil painting to my backpack to ride home for dinner.  I read Dear Theo that summer, Vincent Van Gogh’s letters to his brother. The descriptions of his paintings filled most every page and influenced my vision of the natural world and the ways I painted it. I began to focus on using color to depict how I felt about the world around me rather than just what I saw.

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My love of reading, writing, and painting has always been fused. I graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Painting in 1995. My oil and acrylic paintings are of the natural world and are often created plein air as they were when I was younger.  I sometimes take my old canvases and paint over them while leaving pieces of the original work in view. A lake might become a cup of tea resting on a picnic blanket; a red clay desert floor flipped might become a new sky. 

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After college, I worked as a house painter for a construction company in Eugene, OR–– putting my skills with paint and brush to work to pay the rent after moving cross-country. I worked alongside and learned painting techniques from their head painter who was also an accomplished artist painter.  I found a housemate from an ad in the Eugene library who was a student painter at the University and we covered our living room in brown butcher paper to protect the carpet and spent our evenings easel-to-easel painting together. We have been lifelong friends made through art.

I also worked as a cook in Montana, Utah, and in remote sport-fishing camps in Alaska to experience new adventures, to write, and to find new landscapes to paint. It was in Alaska, flying low in bush planes over iridescent landscapes that I often sketched out the world for later paintings. I kept copious journals filled with writings and sketches of fish and water.  

Alaska is where I also gained an affinity for flying. I won a scholarship from Women in Aviation and Cessna and earned my Private Pilot Fixed Wing Rating in 2000.  After three years paying the bills as an anti-piracy specialist for Microsoft, I made a snap decision to join the Army to become a helicopter pilot. But the recruiters said they didn’t want to waste their time on me. The flight program was tough to get into and I was too old (almost 29), too small (5’2”), and too “female.” Obviously—that left me no choice but to drop everything and force my way in. I went over their heads, did my own paperwork and was accepted into the Army’s Warrant Officer Flight Program in 2002 and graduated from flight school the next year as a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot. I flew air assault and V.I.P. missions in South Korea and served as a medevac pilot in Fairbanks, AK where we flew rescue missions to save civilians. During my two years in Korea, I often painted both the Seoul cityscape as well as their patchwork farm fields and flowers. In Alaska, I loved to fly low and gaze at the vibrant mixture of colors of the world and never grew tired of the tangled rivers that unfolded below me. My aerial paintings are a result of those hours spent looking down and out. 

I met my partner Steve while flying together in Korea and we had our daughter Margo in 2008 after which I served out my remaining year stationed at Ft. Lewis in WA. Then, I took employment with Boeing in Supplier Management on the KC-46 Tanker Program and later, the 777X. In June 2016, I left Boeing to use my GI Bill and earn an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College (Port Townsend, WA, 2019). I now work as a painter and freelance writer from my home office and studio on Camano Island. I spent the last few years writing (and rewriting) a flight memoir. If you’d like to get on the waitlist for my book (and also see more of my art)—follow the link to my website: 

My experiences flying, living, and working outdoors have been great influences on my both my writing and painting.  I seek to bring those perspectives to my art.

Christmas on Camano

  • Saturdays, December 7 & 14
  • 10am-5pm
  • Caroling at 10am and 2pm

Learn more about our Christmas show here:

Laurie Laun

Meet Laurie Laun, one of the local artists in Sunnyshore Studio’s upcoming Christmas on Camano show that opens Saturday, December 7.

Laurie has practiced art throughout her life, including early study at the Chicago Art Institute.  While raising her family and earning several college degrees including an MBA, she served for many years as an executive at high tech companies.  In her travels to over 30 countries Laurie has become informed by many artistic cultures: she mastered batik in Java, aboriginal dot painting in Australia, mulberry paper-making in Fiji, wood engraving and block printing in Singapore and haiku poetry in Japan.  She lives on beautiful Camano Island, where she paints with a focus on exuberant color and graphic form.

Last Christmas Laurie donated her miniature collection to Jenny. Laurie was downsizing. She knew Jenny loved miniatures and was still collecting. You will see her beautiful miniatures on the windows at the Studio during the Christmas show. Thanks Laurie!

We caught up to Laurie and asked her a few questions:

Sunnyshore Studio: What is a favorite Christmas tradition?

Laurie: A favorite annual Christmas tradition in our family back in the day, starting in 1973, was for the ladies and the kids to drive around the byways of Camano Island to our favorite spots to pick wild rose hips.  Then we came back to Mom’s house and sat in front of the fire with a hot cup of eggnog.  With needle and thread, we beaded the lovely red hips on long garlands to hang up in the kitchen to dry for tea.

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Sunnyshore Studio: What is Christmas to you?

Laurie: Christmas to me, is about gathering…

Gather: to bring together into one group; to harvest; to collect one’s energies and ……. for all to say, Happy birthday to Jesus.

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Sunnyshore Studio’s Christmas show opens on Saturday, December 7, 10am-5pm, and runs through Saturday, December 14, 10am-5pm. Learn more here.

Sunnyshore Studio announces our 2019 Artistic Season

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to announce our 2019 Artistic Season. We hope that you are able to visit us for one – or all! – of these shows as we “share beauty with the world.”

MARCH: VINTAGE WATERCOLORISTS OF WASHINGTON

Our season begins in March with the second of five Jack Dorsey Invitational: Vintage Watercolorists of Washington shows. We’re thrilled to partner again with the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), one of the premier watercolor society’s in the US.

We’ll showcase the art and celebrate the lives and artistic legacies of five of Washington’s top watercolorists: Jerry Stitt, Seiko Konya, Nancy Fulton, Cooper Hart and Sandy Langford. Jack Dorsey will also have five of his paintings on display. And we are excited to have on display a watercolor by Elizabeth Warhanik, one of the founding members of Women Painters of Washington.

You won’t want to miss the meet the artist reception, 3-5pm, on March 9th. We expect it to be packed with watercolor lovers, artists and friends of the art as it was last year!

Check out the poster below for information on the show featuring one of Cooper Hart’s marine paintings.

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And here’s a video preview of the artists with some fun bloopers of Jack Dorsey and the making of the video.

MAY: CAMANO ISLAND STUDIO TOUR

Sunnyshore Studio will be participating in the popular “Studio Tour” hosted by the Camano Arts Association. The tour takes place over five days in May:

  • Friday, May 10, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday, May 11, 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, May 12, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday, May 18, 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, May 19, 10am-5pm

We will feature artwork by our family of artists: Fanny Y. Cory, Jack Dorsey, Ann Cory, Jason Dorsey, April Nelson, and Jed Dorsey, as well as guest artists who we’ll reveal at a later time.

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The Studio Stour is a fun way to see beautiful Camano Island and experience the vibrant colony of artists there. Enjoy this virtual tour of some of our artists.

JACK DORSEY SILENT ART AUCTION

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Jack Dorsey, the patriarch of our family of artists, is a well known northwest artist whose artworks are collected and prized. Jack has painted for close to sixty years and has an impressive body of art that ranges watercolor landscapes to still life and western oils. Here’s your chance to see a broad collection of Jack’s works, get your hands on a Jack Dorsey original, and maybe even a great deal on it too.

The silent auction will work this way. There will be a minimum bid for each painting. If you want to take the painting today there will be a price for that too. At the end of the show we will see what painting is going to a new home.

The show will take place over three Saturdays in June:

  • Saturday, June 15, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday, June 22, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday, June 29, 10am-5pm

OCTOBER: JED DORSEY SOLO SHOW

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A highlight of our artistic season each year is Jed Dorsey’s solo show. Jed usually sells his shows out, and typically there are people waiting at the door to get in before the show opens!

Jed’s show will run on two Saturdays in October:

  • October 5th, 10am-5pm
  • October 12th, 10am-5pm

This year we’ll plan to host the show online as we did last October so Jed’s friends and fans across the US and world (remarkably, but it is true) can purchase his beautiful acrylic paintings.

If you want to learn more about Jed, or are interested in taking an online course in acrylics through his Acrylic University check out his web site:

www.jeddorseyart.com

DECEMBER CHRISTMAS SHOW

Each year we do a themed Christmas show. Last year’s show was “Christmas in Miniature”. We haven’t settled on a theme for our 2019 Christmas show. Maybe we’ll stick with the Christmas in miniature theme. Maybe we’ll branch out with something new.

But for sure we’ll have a wonderful time sharing new original art, and affordable prints, books we’ve published, and lots of delicious food and drinks. We’ll also have fun inviting guests artists who help us make this an especially festive show packed with friends!

Our family looks forward to welcoming you in to our creative studio-gallery as we share the beauty of Camano with the world!

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  • December 7th, 10am-5pm
  • December 14th, 10am-5pm

ART LIVES ON CAMANO!

Sharing Sunnyshore Studio with Grandpa Ron and Grandma Grace for the first time

The mission of Sunnyshore Studio is to share the beauty of Camano with the world. But it took a full year before Grandpa Ron, and Grandma Grace, the parents of Jenny Dorsey to stay at the studio after work on it had been completed in December 2016.

It was especially exciting because they arrived in Stanwood in glorious fashion: on the train! Jenny and Jackie were on pins and needles as the train pulled in on Tuesday, December 26th.

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We hauled Ron and Grace’s bags to our car and drove out to the Studio.

It was so special to drive up to the Studio with the Christmas lights all aglow.

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Ron and Grace were so enthusiastic about seeing the Studio and our kids were happy to be able to share it with them. And so we camped out the next four days together, enjoying the beauty of Camano, and most importantly, being together.

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White Christmas on Camano

It was a magical Christmas Day on Camano. After Redeemer’s Christmas Eve service we drove up to the Studio. Snow was falling and the roads were very slippery. Jenny and the boys had some drama on the hills near the Country Club with cars sliding all around them. They got pushed up a hill by a few strapping young men who were also trying to get to “Grandma’s house.”

Christmas Day we woke to the still of three inches of snow.

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After opening gifts, we walked with Dad and Mom through the woods back to their house. To take the first of our planned “daily hikes”.

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Let me share with you what I saw…

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I loved how the snow makes everything look, including Dad’s “studio” sign.

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Dad’s old studio is always such a great scene, but especially vintage in the snow.

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I enjoyed walking around the Dad and Mom’s place taking pictures.

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Everything is so fresh and clean and sparkly in the snow.

Especially Jackie!

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It’s hard to really picture how tall these Black Walnut trees really are. They tower over one’s head, cathedral like. I can remember when they were much smaller and we climbed on them when we were kids. My Grandpa on my mom’s side, “Doc” Dodgson, loved black walnuts. He asked his son in law, Ken Day, to ask Ken’s dad to bring back some black walnuts that were available where he lived in Ohio. Mom started them, and they grew and she put them far, far away from the house. Not quite far enough one thinks now, but so lovely in the snow.

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Mom accompanied the kids and I to Sunnyshore Beach. Because it is across from our childhood home where I and my siblings played, we call it “our beach”.

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It’s hard to describe how incredibly beautiful, subtle and muted and still as they were.

We took plenty of pictures down the hill, and on the bridge. It was that kind of day. Just slow and traipse and lots of time, and lost in the wonder of the beauty.

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The tide was high in the slough, and the reflections in the water were stunning.

Here was the view from the Beach looking south toward Tillicum Beach.

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Jenny met us for a family photo after we returned, and dad cooked us a delicious brunch: pancakes, eggs, thuringia, and a warm fire to unthaw our toes.

That’s the news from the Dorsey Art Compound on Camano. On this magical Christmas, the Jason and Jenny Dorsey family wishes all of our family and friends and warm and merry Christmas, and a happy new year. We hope that you put a visit to Sunnyshore Studio, maybe even an extended stay, on your “to do list” for 2018!

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Fun opening weekend for second annual Dorsey Family Christmas Show

We had a fun opening weekend Sunnyshore Studio’s Dorsey Family second annual Christmas show, “Christmas on Camano.” Here are some of the highlights.

My brother Jed and I cut down our Christmas tree. Our plan is to “home grow” the Studio’s tree each year!

Jenny decorated it beautifully.

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And, as she always does, mom made the space so beautiful with her gift of decorating and all the pretty things she has.

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On Friday night Jenny led the “unveiling” of my  Dad’s annual Christmas painting and cards.

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It’s a lovely scene from the Cedarhome area.

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There was art from every family member. Fairie’s by Fanny Y. Cory.

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Watercolors by Jack Dorsey.

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Ann Dorsey had her bright acrylic paintings on display, as well as her new Camano Island poster!

The siblings all had paintings too. Jason’s watercolors.

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April’s acrylics and mixed media.

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And Jed’s acrylics.

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Jed had top sales for the opening (no surprise there!), which we were all very happy at as he makes his living as an artist. He has quite a fan base in Washington, and his art is prized by collectors.

Jed painted live on Saturday, and it was impressive to watch his painting take shape.

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The finished product is really quite impressive. I can’t show it here. But it will be for sale on Saturday for a mere 900$.

Most special was seeing friends and artist colleagues from Camano. We are trying to build community through art, and it’s awesome to see that happening.

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We’ll be open the follow five Saturdays from 10:00am-5:00pm. We’d love it if you would stop by, view the art, shop for gifts for friends and family, and enjoy one of Mom’s cinnamon rolls.

 

“Christmas on Camano” The Dorsey Family’s Second Annual Christmas Show opens this Weekend!

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!

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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.

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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.

Jack Dorsey, watercolor,2017 CAA brochure, 300 dpi

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.

April Nelson, acrylic, 2017 CAA Brochure 300 dpi

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!

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Jason Dorsey

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.

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Posters

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.

In this home we let kids be kids

Camano Island Poster

 

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.

We look forward to sharing this with you!

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