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THE BOOKS ARE HERE!

Last Thursday Jenny drove down to Salem, OR to be with her Dad as he went in for cataract surgery. The surgery was successful. Jenny was able to be a calm, encouraging presence for her parents.

She was also able to make a trip to Your Town Press where I Remember Running Through the Woods was printed.

1,000 books all boxed up waited on a cart to be taken home.

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With the help of her sister, who brought her van to help haul books, Jenny was able to get them all loaded up!

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Wow! That’s a lot of books.

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And while they’re not perfect, we’re super happy with how they came out and with the story they tell!

We’re planning a big Release Party on Saturday, March 9th, at the opening of the Vintage Watercolor show at Sunnyshore Studio. There are a number of book signing events in the works, and we’re hoping to roll out a more official “release” on this site.

But if you’re interested in getting the book in advance of these events, it is for sale on our Store on this site.

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I want to thank everyone who encourages and supports local artists and authors. It is a joy to tell these stories of a boy growing up on an island in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Finally, it was a special joy to give the first gift to my son, Jacob, who helped me so much on this project. The book is, after all, dedicated to him:

“To Jacob, who loves the woods like I do.”

Sincerely, Jason Dorsey

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!

Meet Vintage Watercolorist Nancy Fulton: For the Love of Art

Nancy Fulton was born in Ballard. Her dad was born in Ballard, too, and the Hoefers are well integrated there to this day. Nancy was living in Ballard with her husband David and two children when she took her first serious step in becoming a watercolor artist. But her love affair with art began many years before that.

As a child, Nancy always wanted to color, draw, and was attracted to any kind of art. She loved her art classes at school. Her first success with art was in kindergarten class. In those days, students were given real clay to mold with. She made a dog. It was taken down to Frederick and Nelson and put on display with some kind of ribbon. Though she was young at the time, Nancy remembers that her mother didn’t take her to where it was showcased. Laughing she recalls, “I was really curious to see why they had taken my clay piece. It was used as a door stop. It was pretty heavy. And it broke.”

Nancy traces her artistic bent to her mother’s side of the family. Nancy’s aunt – her mother’s sister – is the mother of well-known Washington watercolorist Glen Oberg. Like Nancy, art was something Glen, who is nine years older, just always did. There was some artistic talent on Nancy’s dad’s side too. If you asked him draw a cow, he could do that. He worked at the post office when she was young, then got a job as a real estate agent until his brother bought a fuel business. He asked Nancy’s dad to sell accounts; so they became business partners. It’s been a family business ever since. Nancy’s husband, brother, sister and kids have all worked there.

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JOURNEY INTO ART

Nancy wanted to go to the University of Washington. Knowing she was artistic, her folks sent here there. She declared as an art major, took art classes, and loved it. But after that first year her parents told her that was all they could afford. She remembers her mother saying, “You’re just going to get married anyway.” Nancy said, “OK”. “That was just the way it was,” She reflects.

She got a job at a bank, and worked for Virginia Mason for a while. And she did get married, to a young man named David Fulton. During those years she wanted to get involved with some kind of art. But it took a call from a friend to push her over the edge to act on her intuition. She was caring for their two young children when the phone rang. It was her friend Gretchen. She said, “You’re in your bathrobe, right?” And Nancy said, “Uh, Yeah.” Gretchen said, “It’s two o’clock. You need to get out. You draw or something don’t you?” Nancy answered, “Yeah.” Gretchen continued, “Take an art class, then.” So Nancy went to Shoreline Community College and got a degree in Visual Communications Technology. She started a little company titled Artwerks that focused on doing labels and business cards.

Nancy approached the Pacific Northwest Ballet about designing and producing a coloring book for the Nutcracker.  They liked the art and suggested she sell it to San Francisco Ballet too, which she did.  She also contacted the Seattle Opera to do a coloring book about The Ring. This was also successful.  Nancy did all the art and “paste up” and these books were all printed at Johnson Printing by her cousin Glen Oberg who was the manager at that time.

Besides running her small business, Nancy started exploring watercolor classes taught by Jerry Stitt, Diane Lemle, and Carl Christophersen.

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In 1983 the Fulton’s moved to Normandy Park to be closer to David’s work. It turned out that Carl Christophersen was moving to south Seattle too, so Nancy was able to continue to take classes from him. That year she got a watercolor painting into the Northwest Watercolor Society show at the Frye Art Museum. This was the very first time Nancy had ever put anything in a show. It was juried in and hung at the Frye! That was very encouraging to her.

In their new home, Nancy set up her studio in their kitchen which had good lighting. She used the island for an easel. She would start painting. Hours later Dave would come home from work and she would still be painting. “I hadn’t gone to the grocery store yet. I didn’t know what we were having for dinner. So that was a problem,” Nancy remembered. She had to find a separate space where she could paint. She took over one of the bedrooms. After 9 years of peddling commercial art, Nancy went to work part time at her husband, David’s, place of work. She was able to do that, be a mom, and continue to have success painting. As successful came in art, she was able to rent a small studio space close to where her husband worked. She painted there for nineteen years and taught classes there too. Recently the building was sold and was going to be repurposed so she had to move out.

A few years back David built her a little house-like studio out in back of their home. He’s in the heating business, so he made the floors radient heated. Nancy can go out there in the middle of the night and paint in her pajamas now. Dave retired just a couple of month’s ago; and Nancy moved out of my studio she was renting. She’s “retired” from teaching now.  Painting will be her avocation and watercolor continues to be one of her long loves.

ARTISTIC INFLUENCES

It was in Carl Christophersen’s watercolor class where Nancy’s breakthrough to watercolor happened. She had taken other watercolor classes before but struggled learning the medium. “When Karl took over he had the right formula for me and I took off. He did a little painting with some daisies. And It clicked. I got it, right away,” she remembers.  As a teacher, Nancy knows how hard it is to help people get important elements of painting, like negative – positive space. She knows how it can be a struggle to master a medium like watercolor, that sometimes it takes the right teacher, or the right demonstration, for a breakthrough. This can be especially difficult with watercolor because you can’t erase, you have to get it right. Carl’s demonstration was her breakthrough moment. Nancy did a painting in his class that she liked very much. He encouraged her to put it in the Northwest Watercolor Society’s “Northwest Open” show they were having at the Frye. And, as mentioned above, it got in!

Another mentor has been her cousin, Glen Oberg. Nancy says that Glen is not only one of the best painters she knows, but is an extraordinary human being. “He’s always humble. He’s easy going. He’s one of those people who has a great sense of humor. He’s always been supportive of me coming along…No one can paint watercolors better than he can,” She states. Nancy attends the class he teaches every Wednesday at a senior center. “I love it,” she says. 

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Another influence is her good friend and terrific watercolor artist, Marty Rogers. She met Marty at one of the classes that she took from Diane Lemle in LaConner. They began to paint together, and that helped Nancy a lot. The would often paint plein air. Marty was really good at finding places to paint, and asking people permission to paint their home or on their farm. After they set up, Nancy would dig in: “I would paint until they dragged me out of the place.” People would stop and talk with them as they painted. “It was fun,” Nancy remembers. She says that it is helpful to paint with someone. “It’s kind of dangerous to go out by yourself. You know. You could fall and break your leg. When Marty and I would go out to paint, we’d go out for fun. But we would always come back with something we kind of liked.”

Marty and Nancy joined Art League North. This gave them a venue to show their work once a year in the art barn at the Tulip Festival. At that show “We’d practically give our stuff away,” Nancy comments. But “It was nice to be appreciated.”

[Note: They welcomed other people into their painting friendship. In 1993 I was a twenty-three year old and a fledgling watercolor artist. They invited me to join them for their weekly paint out, and I remember often joining Marty and Nancy and a few others at the Calico Cupboard for tea and scones and conversation before we set out to paint plein air. Those are happy memories for me. Author, Jason Dorsey]

STRUGGLES AND JOYS OF WATERCOLOR

For Nancy, one of the struggles is just painting something the way she wants it to be done. Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece. You start a painting out, and “then it goes south on you. And it’s disheartening,” she says. “I wanted to have a discipline that when that happens, I get out another piece of paper and start over. I don’t want to let it get in my way.” Nancy is glad she persevered through the disappointments. When she recently moved out to her new studio, she went through stacks of things from photographs to sketch pads. She couldn’t believe she had painted that many paintings; and she was struck by all the paintings that she has sold through the years. “The time has gone by real fast. But I’m still not painting the exact painting that I wanted to. I want to do the great, great painting. But a lot of them are pretty good.” Looking at her body of work she was able to say, “You know, these aren’t that bad.”

Another joy has been to share her love for art with her son and daughter. They are both artistic, though neither has chosen art as a career. Still, she was able to integrate them into her life as an artist. When she did the coloring book for the Nutcracker, they wanted to have it set up at the Olympic Hotel. So Nancy and her daughter set up the show. It was her project too.  Both of the kids enjoyed painting and drawing alongside of her. “It was really great,” Nancy says, though “My husband would sometimes be annoyed because I wouldn’t be doing things he wanted me to do.”

Once she got started with watercolor, she knew she was never going to quit. But she wanted it to be something that David wanted for her. She contributed to the family income through her classes, which also helped with the ongoing purchase of art materials and costs of entering shows: “the more I sold the better I felt, and the more I painted,” she says. And in the end, David was a strong support of Nancy’s love for and pursuit of watercolor.

ART SHOWS, GALLERIES AND ORGANIZATIONS 

Nancy has signature status in the Northwest Watercolor Society.  A couple of paintings even got into the very prestigious National Watercolor Society show. She has been a member of Women Painters of Washington for twenty years and exhibits in their gallery downtown in the Columbia Tower. She also exhibits twice a year at the River Gallery in La Conner.  Once a year she sells her paintings at an art show in Normandy Park with Artists United. 

ON WATERCOLOR 

Nancy’s students always feel like watercolor is indelible; like if you make a mistake it’s all over. But Nancy points out that it’s so malleable. “So many people don’t understand this. Yes, it’s nice to have that fresh wash. But you can keep going on, if you make a mistake. And that is one thing I would say. ‘Keep going. Don’t tear it up. Keep going. Keep working on it. When you get done with it, you may have something you didn’t think you were going to love, but you kept going on.”

She shares a story of how she learned this lesson for herself a long time ago. She had wanted to paint glass and I had this crystal thing. “Cut crystal is hard to paint. I think it is probably hard to paint in anything because it reflects all kinds of light. And I kept making mistakes. And I kept working on it. And it kept getting darker and darker. But I kept working and working. Finally I got it done. And it was ok. It was done. I actually managed to do this thing I didn’t think I could do. I was ready to tear it up several times. And I thought, ‘No just keep going. See how far you can go with this.’ So that’s the kind of thing I try to get through to my students. Don’t give up. Work on it some more. You learn something from it if nothing else. You can do it again. Just keep going.”

Nancy has a lifetime of watercolor painting behind her. From the countertop, to the bedroom, to the rented studio, to the studio behind their home, Nancy has painted a lot of paintings. But still there are times of insecurity and special moments of inspiration. Like when she set out to paint portraits of two of her grandsons, her son’s children. She really wanted to get them right. Nancy reflects that at the time she thought, “Aw, this is terrible. They won’t come out right.” She doesn’t do a lot of portraits, and she notes that it’s too hard to paint someone you love.  You have to put all your heart and soul into it. Plus, “They are both so cute,” she says. And they both turned out! Nancy’s eyes teared up: “That was probably the biggest deal, that was the biggest deal for me. That I could do a painting of those two kids and be happy with it.”

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LEGACY

Nancy hasn’t thought a lot about her legacy, except for maybe the legacy of art that she’ll leave to her kids. They have paintings of hers now. And they may have paintings of hers that they have an eye on. Still she is sensitive to not  foist something on them that they don’t want. She knows that asking them, “Do you want this?” puts them in an awkward position because then they’ll feel like they’ll hurt her feelings if they don’t, if they say, no.  “I don’t want to do that to them,” She says. She wonders if her granddaughter, who is really into art, might be part of her legacy. But she really doesn’t know what her legacy is.

That’s ok. The hundreds of people who have Nancy Fulton paintings in hanging in their home are perhaps the ones who can testify best to her legacy. Many of those people Nancy will never meet. But her friends tell her how they love her paintings. She recalls that there was one nice lady who bought one of her paintings. She had a bandana on and was going through chemo. She told Nancy, “I’m going to sit and look at that while I’m having this chemo thing.” That meant a lot to Nancy. A couple of Nancy’s paintings hang in my parent’s home, and one in my sister’s home. I know that they are treasured, and bring beauty and joy into those places.

Nancy knows what she gets from the paintings she likes. Sometimes she sees a painting that she’s done and says, “I love that.” And some of those paintings are hard to sell. “I don’t want to sell them. I don’t think I’m every going to do a painting as good as that.” Maybe not. But maybe Nancy’s legacy is loving watercolor, and sharing her love with people through her paintings. 

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EPILOGUE

My wife, Jenny, and I visited Nancy’s home in Normandy Park, Seattle to take some photographs and video footage of her Studio for the short video documentary on her life and art. I had written the article above based solely on my interview of Nancy, and what I knew of her from when we painted plein air in 1993. From the interview I was convinced that Nancy’s story was about the love of art, hence the title of this article “For the love of art.” Visiting her home solidified that first impression. Nancy led us on a tour of the art in her home.

What became crystal clear is that in Nancy’s home, her loves – for her family, of painting, and of great artworks by great artists – are all woven together.

THE ART OF HER TEACHERS

Her home is filled with paintings by her teachers. Like this watercolor by Carl Christopherson., Diane Lemle, and Glen Oberg.

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These beautiful florals, the first and oil, the second a watercolor, by Diane Lemle.

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Of course, Nancy has also collected a number of beautiful paintings by her cousin Glen Oberg. Here are just a few of that collection.

NATIONALLY KNOWN ARTISTS WHOSE WORK NANCY LOVES 

Artworks of well known national artists are also displayed. Nancy lovers their artwork and her home is filled with incredible works of art by well known artists.

Like this painting by Del Gish.

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And this one by Judi Betts.

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PAINTINGS BY HER FRIENDS

Nancy values the paintings of her dearest friends too. One of those friends, Marty Rogers, is an incredible artists as this painting showcases.

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NANCY’S OWN PAINTINGS

Nancy’s own paintings – the ones that she specially loves – have an honored place alongside these other paintings. Like this one that Nancy feels is her greatest painting yet. They certainly do hold their own next to the works of these masters.

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There are also paintings of her grandchildren that have a special place on the walls. You can see Nancy’s love for her little ones in these paintings.

Here in her home, her sanctuary, we see Nancy’s loves – her love for her family, her love of her friends, her own love of painting, and her love for good art –  integrated, kept and cherished,  a sacred gallery of her loves.

You can view Nancy’s beautiful artwork at the upcoming Jack Dorsey Invitational: Vintage Watercolorists of Washington at Sunnyshore Studio (2803 S.E. Camano Drive)

Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10am-5pm

Meet the artist reception, Saturday, March 9th, 3:00-5:00pm

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Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to be partnering with the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), one of the premier watercolor societies in the US, in celebrating the life and legacy of vintage watercolorists of Washington.

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2019 Vintage Watercolorist’s Posters

In honor of the patriarch of our family of artists, Jack Dorsey, Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to to showcase the artwork and share the stories of five of Washington’s VINTAGE watercolor artists.

This is the second of five Vintage art shows to celebrate artists who have contributed to the legacy of watercolor painting in Washington State.

We can’t wait to share their stories and their breathtaking watercolors with you! The show opens on Saturday, March 9th, 10am-5pm, with a meet the artist reception from 3-5pm. It and runs on three consecutive Saturdays: March 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 10-5pm.

Enjoy a little taste of their art through the personalized posters that we made for the show.

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Since this is the Jack Dorsey Invitational, we are also thrilled to showcase some of Jack’s paintings as well. Here is his poster.

Again in 2019 we are partnering with the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), one of the premier watercolor societies in the US, on the vintage show. We are super thankful for their support. You can learn more about NWWS here: https://www.nwws.org

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Our Year in Review: A hearty thanks to our friends, patrons and backers in 2018!

As we look back at 2018, our family has so very much to be thankful for. We are especially grateful for the many friends, patrons and backers who have visited our Camano “bricks and mortar” studio, who have purchased art on-line, and who have backed our creative projects.

Thank you so much! You have helped us carry out our mission to share beauty with the world.

Here are some highlights from 2018.

March: Vintage Watercolorists of Washington show

We hosted the first of five Jack Dorsey Invitational: Vintage Watercolorists of Washington art show to celebrate the life and legacy of some of Washington’s top watercolor artists.

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The Vintage show was a great success. A number of newspaper articles were written about it, the artwork was spectacular and a large crowd attended the opening. We are especially thankful for the NWWS partnering with us on the show.

April: Jed, Renae & Willow move back to Washington

Certainly a highlight for the Dorsey clan was to have Jed, Renae and Willow move back from their much loved home in Indianapolis to the northwest. Jed is a gifted artist. He, Renae and Willow make a terrific team and their presence is a joy to all of us.

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May: Mother’s Day Studio Tour

We participated in the popular Camano Island Mother’s Day Studio tour over Mother’s Day weekend and the following “encore” weekend. This is always a fun time to see old friends and make news one, and sell a lot of art, books, cards, and posters. We enjoyed very much the guest artists that joined us for the show. And we are so thankful for the many friends and supporters who “shop local” and support the artist colony on Camano.

 

July: Enjoying and Sharing Camano

A highlight each year is July on Camano with its long, warm days. Sunnyshore Studio’s artistic director take a month vacation from his work as a Presbyterian pastor in Redmond, WA. These are wonderful days of playing with friends, enjoying Camano’s beaches, enjoying long stretches of time for creativity, and working on projects around the studio. One highlight from this summer was a BIG WORK PARTY we organized at Jack and Ann Dorsey’s home!

 

August: Work begins on Jack Dorsey’s Tiny House

We began Jackie’s Tiny House this summer. The project is coming together nicely. We expect it to be all ready for the 2019 Mother’s Day Studio Tour. Jenny Dorsey was the mastermind of this project. She had lots of help from Jacob, Jackie, Jason and Grandpa Jack!

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October: Jed Dorsey’s “Home” Show

Jed’s art show in October was a smashing success. Titled “Home”, it explored the places of the heart, and how art can capture that longing for and sense of home we have. We’re super thankful for Jed’s friend Russ Baumgarner and his painting company Rubumco for sponsoring the show. We held our first “on line” opening, and sold many paintings over the web. We’re excited about the potential of being able to share beauty with people who are not able to visit our “bricks and mortar” gallery. And we’re thankful for all of Jed’s fans, friends and patrons who support his work by buying his art.

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November: I Remember Running Through the Woods

In November we turned in the manuscript of Jason Dorsey’s I Remember Running Through the Woods to the printer. We are super excited to be publishing the second book in this ten book series. The book will be released in January, 2019.

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November: Successful Kickstarter Campaign for “We are Family” documentary

In November we launched a 30 day Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising 25K to complete a documentary about an inner city basketball team from Indianapolis who against all odds won the state championship. The movie is titled We are Family. Just hours before the closing of the social funding campaign we reached our goal of 25K! We’re so thankful for the 110+ backers who believed enough in us and this project to give so generously. We expect to show the movie for the first time in March 2019.

 

December: Christmas in Miniature Show

We culminated the year with our annual Christmas show.

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This year’s show had the theme of “miniatures” and it featured small paintings, the unveiling of Jack Dorsey’s annual Christmas card, the soft opening of Jackie’s tiny house, and wonderful miniature displays set up by Jenny. It was super fun to have a number of guest artists showcased this year!

We had a terrific lineup of local artists. It was great to be able to share their wonderful art!

And again, we are thankful for the many friends and patrons who stopped by, who purchased art and cards, etc.

 

Conclusion

In 2018, Sunnyshore Studio had a strong year. This included showcasing original art, publishing books and working on a documentary. We are passionate about our calling to share beauty with the world through these different mediums. And we are passionate about building community through art. We are so thankful for the many friends, collectors, patrons and backers who have stood with us this year!

JENNY  AND I AND OUR ENTIRE FAMILY ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU ALL!

Dorsey shares plan for twelve book “I Remember” series

Jason Dorsey’s new children’s picture book, I Remember Running Through The Woods, is coming out in January. At Sunnyshore Studio’s “Christmas in Miniature Show” a poster displayed Jason’s projected books in this 12 book series.

We caught up to Jason this week. Here is our interview with the author/illustrator of the ambitious I Remember children’s book series.

Sunnyshore Studio: When did you first dream of the I Remember children’s picture book series?

Jason:  Our family moved to Indianapolis, IN in 2002. In 2003, I must have been missing my dad and the fishing waters of the Puget Sound, so I began to sketch a draft of what became I Remember Fishing with Dad. Being who I am, it was not long after those early sketches that I conceived of a twelve book series with each book starting with I Remember.

Sunnyshore Studio: I Remember Fishing with Dad wasn’t published until October of 2015. Why did it take so long from conception to publication?

Jason: Mainly because I had no idea what I was doing. I had never written a children’s picture book before so I had a lot to learn about storytelling and illustration. I went to children’s book conferences, hired children’s book coaches, and submitted the manuscript again and again. In fact, by around 2013 I had given up. I still view it as a minor miracle that an old friend named Shelley Huston, who ran a small publishing company, reconnected with me and published the book. I tell this story in my post “A Tale of Many Rejections.” 

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Sunnyshore Studio: What is your vision for this series? 

Jason: I want to tell stories that both delight and instruct. I want children and adults to enjoy the stories and the artwork that goes with each story. But they are more than just a collection of stories about a boy growing up on an island. Each story explores a universal theme, and, I hope, provides some insight to it. I Remember Fishing with Dad explores the significance of the father-son relationship. I Remember Running through the Woods, uses the ever-changing woods to talk about how to deal with change.

Sunnyshore Studio: Why do you start each book with “I Remember”?

Jason: Because I want to emphasize how very important the memories of childhood are and because I want to encourage the making of “sacred memories.” In our childhood time moves slow and the memories we make go deep into who we are, shaping us, and even, as the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky puts it in The Brothers Karamazov, the “instrument of our salvation one day.”

 “Let us never forget how happy we were here, when we were all together, united by such a good and kind feeling…My dear children, perhaps you will not understand what I’m going to say to you now, for I often speak very incomprehensibly, but, I’m sure, you will remember that there’s nothing higher, stronger, more wholesome and more useful in life than some good memory, especially when it goes back to the days of your childhood, to the days of your life at home. You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days. And even if only one good memory is left in our hearts, it may be the instrument of our salvation one day.”

These lines have been an inspiration for this series from the beginning.

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Sunnyshore Studio: These stories are about a boy growing up on an island. Camano Islanders will recognize the island as there own. Why did you choose to base the stories on Camano?

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Jason: I believe place matters. Since most of my “sacred memories” took place on Camano, I’m basing the stories in my place (though I never mention the name of Camano). The story lines are built on memories that other northwesterners share: like salmon fishing, playing in the woods, bringing in the hay, picking wild blackberries. In fact, a few weeks ago at the “Christmas in Miniature” show, I had a long conversation with a couple who grew up blackberry picking like I did. It is amazing at how similar our experiences were. The same can be said of fishing, and so on. Yet, even though the story is based in the northwest, the themes are universal and, I hope, accessible to everyone.

Plus I like maps in stories. So this gives me a chance to put maps in each of my stories.

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I hope by celebrating a specific place, I can encourage people to value the places in their lives too!

Sunnyshore Studio: One of the special aspects of this series is that your dad partnered with you to illustrate the first two books. Why did you choose to do this?

Jason: For the first book, I Remember Fishing with Dad, I thought it would be cool to have my dad illustrate the book with me since it is about the father-son relationship and since he lived the story with me. Plus, I really wanted, and needed his help to make great illustrations. In 2006 we spent a week painting what would be the first round of illustrations for the book. We had to redo many of these in 2015. So it was quite a process.

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I tried to illustrate I Remember Running Through the Woods by myself. But I was running out of time, and I asked Dad to help again. He graciously agreed, and really helped to bring the book to life artistically. Here are a few examples of his great work.

Sunnyshore Studio:  These aren’t your normal children’s book illustrations that are more, how should I say it, child level art. These are more serious watercolors.

Jason: Part of my vision was to use high quality, serious watercolors for the illustrations. I hope to inspire a few youngsters to perhaps take up the paintbrush themselves.

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Sunnyshore Studio: I Remember Fishing with Dad was published by Just Dust Publishers. Why did you choose to have Sunnyshore Studio by the publisher for I Remember Running Through The Woods?

Jason: A couple of reasons. First, Just Dust Publishers closed there doors. Second, by publishing through Sunnyshore Studio we cut out the middle man and keep our costs down. Sunnyshore Studio has published a number of books over the past three years, and has “cracked the code” so to speak of the editing, graphic design and layout of publishing. So we decided to keep it in house.

Sunnyshore Studio: Since your first sketches (2003) to today (2018), you’ve only published two books. What makes you think you can publish 10 more? And which book is next?

Jason: Well, like I said, we’ve “cracked the code” by publishing the books in-house. This allows us a little more freedom and flexibility. Hopefully we can get on a roll and publish a book a year. That’s the dream at least. And I like “big dreams”, they inspire me. I’m not afraid to fail.

I’m not sure what book will be next. I’m currently writing I Remember Haying at the Farm. This book will explore the importance of hard work, of family members/families working together as a team, and or working on their relationships with each other. The work of keeping up a farm, specifically of the annual summer bringing in the hay ritual, is the context to explore this theme. I have great memories of haying with my cousins.

Sunnyshore Studio: When is I Remember Running Through the Woods going to be released?

Jason: You should know that, since you’re the publisher of the book! The printer tells me that it will be ready to be picked up by mid/late January. If people are interested they can pre-order their copy here:

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On-line sale (25% off) of original Illustrations of I Remember Running Through the Woods

Here’s your chance to purchase an original illustration from I Remember Running through the Woods painted by father-son duo, Jack and Jason Dorsey. From December 1st – December 8th these paintings are offered at a 25% sale with a signed copy of the book thrown in. Shipping and handling – if necessary – is not included in the price below. Also, with some of the paintings you have the choice between purchasing them framed or unframed.

What a better way to share the beauty of reading and art with your child, grandchild or someone you love.

If you are interested in one of these paintings please call or text Jason Dorsey: 317.209.6768

Loggers on Camano

Loggers felled the Old Growth

  • By Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Unframed $300
  • Framed $400

 

Logs in harbor

Ships with tall masts

  • By Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • SOLD

 

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An Island in the Northwest

  • By Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • PRIVATE COLLECTION

 

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An Old Logging Road Led Through the Woods

  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

Kids walking to farm in daytime

Sunlight danced through the trees

  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

Kids running home at night

Stumps became scary monsters

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • SOLD

 

coming home

Warm lights of home

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

exploring swamp

In the Spring he explored the swamp

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

Huckleberry, blackberry patch picking

In the Summer they picked Huckleberries

  • By Jack and Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

Splitting Winter Wood - Final

In the Fall they split wood

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 16.5” by 30”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • SOLD

 

Boy, Woods, Snow

In the Winter the woods still

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $300 unframed
  • $400 framed

 

5. Military Gear

Military Gear

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $225 Unframed

 

1. Dad's Bayonet

Dad’s Bayonet

  • By Jason and Jacqueline Dorsey
  • Pencil and Watercolor
  • 8.5” by 11”
  • $150 Unframed

 

2. Dad's Bayonet Sheath

Dad’s Bayonet Sheath

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 8.5” by 11”
  • $225 Unframed

 

Tom and Jason heading into woods for camp out - final

It was getting dark when they headed out to the woods

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • SOLD

 

The Campsight - Final

They ate the chili and pineapple

  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 15”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

Treetop View of Tent - Final

They went to bed

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 15”
  • SOLD

 

8. Eyes stared at them

Eyes stared at them

  • By Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 11.5” by 15”
  • Jack Dorsey
  • $225 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

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It’s your Uncle’s Cows

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

 

Over the Fence - Final

They Jumped Over the Fence

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 17”
  • SOLD

 

3. One Match Left

One Match Left

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Pencil and Watercolor
  • 7.5” by 11”
  • $75 Unframed

 

 

Fire - FINAL 

He struck the Match

  • Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 16”
  • $300 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

Big Bonfire - Final

The fire blazed high and hot

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 15”
  • $300 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

Morning at Farm - Final

Morning has finally Come, Book Cover Image

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 16.5” by 30.5”
  • SOLD

 

4. Off to College

Off to College

  • By Jack and Jason Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • Jason Dorsey and Jack Dorsey
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

 

Clear Cut Final

The Woods were logged

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $300 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

Jason Crying - Final 

He Cried because nothing stays the same forever

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $225 Unframed
  • $325 Framed

 

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Woodshed

  • By Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 11.5” by 18”
  • Painted in 1970. Dad used this as a painting to show Mrs. Greathouse, the owner and director of the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA. She was impressed enough with that and a few other paintings to grant dad a one man art show at the Frye in 1972.
  • $700 Unframed
  • $850 Framed

 

6. The Woods were as magic as ever

The Woods were as Magic as Ever

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • SOLD

 

Stump - final - use this one

Stump and Sapling

  • By Jason and Jack Dorsey
  • Watercolor
  • 15” by 22”
  • $300 Unframed
  • $400 Framed

 

These original illustrations will be showcased at the “Christmas in Miniature” show at Sunnyshore Studio on Saturday, December 1st and 8th.

  • 10am-5pm
  • 2803 SE Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA

Pre-order “I Remember Running Through the Woods” children’s book

You can pre-order Jason Dorsey’s new children’s book I Remember Running Through the Woods here:

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Start your collection of all twelve of the I Remember series by adding to that order the first in the series, I Remember Fishing with Dad. 

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All 29 of the original illustrations painted by Jason and Jack Dorsey will be on display at the Christmas in miniature show that opens at on Saturday, December 1st (10am-5pm) and for a second Saturday, December 8th (10am-5pm).

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Lineup of artists for “Christmas in Miniature” show

We have a wonderful lineup of artists for our Christmas in Miniature show that opens on Saturday, December 1st, 10am-5pm. You won’t want to miss our “meet the artist” reception from 3:00-5:00 on the 1st. You’ll recognize some “big name” artists in the northwest as well as some emerging artists.

Each artist was told that they must keep their paintings to no more than 12” by 16”, or 160 square inches. You’ll be delighted to view their original small and affordable paintings.

Here’s the lineup:

Lydia Crouch

Lydia

Lydia Crouch is most often referred to as “the one who paints the dresses,” as her heart toward the emotional recovery of human trafficking victims is a passion that comes through in her work.  She also loves painting simple moments from her world at home on Camano Island.  She is married to Rich Crouch and has two grown children.  She more than grateful to be adopted into Dorsey Studios where she paints live on Thursdays at the Gallery in Camano Commons.

Ann Cory 

Ann Cory

Ann Cory is the granddaughter of nationally famous illustrator/cartoonist/artist Fanny Y. Cory. She is the wife of Northwest artist, Jack Dorsey, and the mother of artists Jason Dorsey, April Nelson, and Jed Dorsey.  She has been a on again, off again artist throughout her adult life during her life seasons.  Now, after a bout with cancer in 2015, she is on again and enjoying it very much.

 

Marilyn Crandall

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As a plein-air watercolorist, Marilyn Crandall‘s free and loose strokes uniquely capture landscape images and country scenes with an emphasis on strong patterns of light and dark.

This artist grew up in several western states as her engineer dad worked on the large hydroelectric dam projects from Arizona to Oregon, California to Washington, Utah to Montana.   She graduated with honors from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City where she majored in Environmental Design.  Prior to that she attended the University of Washington, College of Architecture, where she was introduced to watercoloring as a way to render her designs.   Her profession has been as a registered architect; her passion is watercolor.

She feels privileged to have taken workshops with Eric Weigardt, Tony Van Hasselt, Kathy Collins, and Diane Hill, among others. All have been mentors. She is a member of the Washington Watercolor Society, the Roaming Artists, and CAA, Camano Arts Association.

She has painted abroad in Guatemala, China, Korea and Mexico as well as in the USA in Maine, Virginia, Georgia, Washington DC and now can paint the coastal scenes and rural landscapes of Washington State, particularly the amazing Salish Sea area.

Betty Dorotik

Betty Dorotik

“My love of birds greatly influences my works either on canvas, paper, or wood. Nature is my resource and is abundant outside my window or door, always pausing me to watch and observe and apply. “ bettydorotik.com

 

Jack Dorsey

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Jack Dorsey is a lifelong resident of Washington State and is a graduate of Seattle Pacific College.  He has to his credit two one-man shows at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and a one-man show in Tokyo, Japan.  Jack Dorsey’s art has been collected by the Frye Art Museum and the LaConner Historical Museum along with numerous corporations and private collectors throughout the U.S.A. and internationally.

Jack Dorsey  is a former president of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a past member of the Puget Sound Group of Painters.  Currently he is a life member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and an associate member of Oil Painters of North America.

Jack Dorsey’s emergence back into the art world came in 1997 after retirement from the Boeing Company after sixteen years as a production illustrator in Everett.  In the past few years collectors started to find Jack Dorsey’s fine art during the annual Mother’s Day Studio Tour on Camano Island where he makes his home.  Jack Dorsey is known for his watercolors which can be described as impressionistic realism.

It is interesting to note that all of Jack’s family are artists also.  His wife, Ann Cory paints in acrylics; the youngest son, Jed Dorsey paints in acrylics and oils; while April and Jason Dorsey have achieved painting success also.

As a long established Northwest artist, Jack Dorsey cordially invites inquiries and visits to his home if anyone is interested in collecting his fine art.

 

Jacqueline Dorsey

Jackie Dorsey

Jacqueline was born in Seattle, Washington in March of 2002. She grew up in Indiana and loved exploring the beauty of the Midwest and the Northwest as a child.

Jackie always enjoyed doing and watching family members do art. She decided she wanted to learn how to do watercolor and joined the Dorsey Art Show at The Harrison Gallery in Indianapolis. She sold her first painting, and soon after that, was asked to do her first commission. Jackie has been painting and learning ever since, showcasing a few paintings at the Mother’s day shows here on Camano each year.

She is currently taking a watercolor class as a Running Start Student at Bellevue College. Along with her family, she has been working on creating an extension of the Sunnyshore Studio by building a tiny house. The tiny house will serve as a place to create, showcase her art as well as others, will serve as her own place to spend time with the people she loves, and as a place to share the beauty of Camano with the world. Jackie is also partnering with her dad, Jason Dorsey, on a two year project, Discover Beautiful Camano Island, to aid in the creation of a book, documentary, and art show.

 

Jason Dorsey

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Jason Dorsey a pastor of Redeemer, a Presbyterian church in Redmond, WA. On the side, he is the Artistic Director of Sunnyshore Studio, serves as president of the Camano Arts Association, and chairs the Stanwood-Camano Arts Advocacy Commission. Jason grew up in a family of artists and enjoys teaming up with them now in the “family business”. As a watercolor artist, Jason enjoys integrating watercolor and writing in books.

Jed Dorsey

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Award winning artist Jed Dorsey is known for his radiant acrylic landscapes. He uses bold colors and strong design to portray his vision of the world. His work has been featured on the HGTV show Good Bones, included in museum collections, and can be found in homes and businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Jed grew up on Camano Island and is happy to be living in the area after many years away. You can find him painting and teaching at Dorsey Fine Art Studio located at Camano Commons on the island. www.jeddorseyart.com

John Ebner

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John Ebner began a unique, life long journey of discovery while growing up on his family’s farm in Sublimity, Oregon. His enthusiasm for life and never ending curiosity were energized through freedom on the farm and the adventures with three brothers, one sister and loving parents. Little did he realize that one day he would give artistic expression to all he was discovering and more.

In the seventh grade, John submitted a collection of his drawings of birds and flowers to his grade school teacher and was surprised his work received so much praise. He continued drawing and painting and eventually enrolled in art school. As an adult and needing to earn a living. John was engaged as a manufacturer’s representative, covering the Northwest and continued to explore painting in his spare time.

With his love of art and his creative spirit, John’s path of discovery took an interesting turn. What once was a hobby turned into a passionate dedication and his talent flourished. Continuing to support his family he began developing his artistic skills, produced an assortment of paintings and delivered them to a local gallery. To his surprise, the gallery contacted him a short time later saying all paintings have been sold and requested he create more. Further sales and requests brought John the realization he just might be able to support his family by painting full time and presented the idea to Paula. She wholeheartedly agreed and from that point forward he devoted his life entirely to his art.

The next step in John’s journey of discovery answered that question and served as a critical turn in the road. From the beginning of their marriage, John’s wife Paula, had served as his main source of encouragement and inspiration. Perhaps sensing that John was ready for a major change, she signed his up for a watercolor course, leading to his dramatic transformation.

Over the next few years John’s popularity grew, the demand for his paintings increased and he is now considered on of the Pacific Northwest’s most admired and collected artists.

Many of the captivating qualities of John’s work are apparent. His life-long love of the Pacific Northwest is revealed through the countless compelling vistas he has captured. His curiosity always drawing him to the next step, newest technique and desire to see beyond the obvious. Although reluctant to define his own work, preferring that it speak for itself, he admits that the magic of water has served as an element continually engaging his imagination. He frequently returns to explore the serenity and essence of waterfalls, rivers, seascapes, and beaches that invite him to look beyond the mist. His unique and recognizable motif of rain People huddled under umbrellas, strolling on an ocean beach or lingering on a city street add a timeless and etherial dimension to his work.

John’s artistic journey continues as he experiments and explores new forms, subjects and techniques. He is forever grateful for the many emotional rewards his art provides him as well as the gratification and joy voiced by others who see or own his work. Ever humble, ever curious, John is still looking to discover what lies on the other side of the mountain or beyond the mist.

John is a past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a life member of the Puget sound group of Northwest Artists.

Laurie Laun

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Born in Michigan in 1946, 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 in 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.

Amy Martin

Amy Martin

Amy Martin is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Painting.  Her eclectic oil and acrylic paintings are inspired by the beauty all around her­­–the color of coffee in a cup, a blooming poppy, the angular white of a ski slope, or an airplane swooping to land on a river.  Amy’s former professions include Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot and Boeing Change Specialist which fuel her passion for aviation and birds-eye-view paintings. Currently, she lives and works from her home studio on Camano Island in Washington where she shows annually in the juried Camano Arts Association Studio Tour. She is enrolled in Goddard College’s MFA Creative Writing Program and is working on a book length flight memoir.  She can be found on FB @juniperbeachstudio and Instagram at Amy_martin_artist.

April Nelson

April Nelson

April enjoys sharing the natural beauty of the world through art. Whether she is capturing the rich colors of dusk on a slough in the Skagit Valley or the thundering rise of a flock of snow geese, creating art is about seeing and thinking together. She appreciates the beautiful world that God created and she hopes that her art will communicate this to the viewer.

 

John Ringen

John Ringen

John was President of NWWS in 1964–1965, and has fifty years of impressive credentials; teaching numerous classes and workshops at college and adult levels, commercial illustrating, and judging a variety of festivals, exhibitions and open shows primarily throughout the Northwest. He has an enviable list of exhibition awards.

John and his wife of 43 years, Vicky, spend half their time each year in their motor home traveling to Yellowstone, the Tetons, and up and down the coast, visiting some of the finer wineries (he has quite a fine collection of wine). When home, he paints every day; at least 4 hours or more in his fantastic studio/gallery which is separate from his house. That way he “doesn’t have to clean up all the time.”

John attended the University of Washington on an athletic scholarship though he “wasn’t much for athletics.” After marrying Vicky, he joined Boeing when children came into their world. His strong inspiration to pursue art was fueled by two things: the only thing he ever got an A on in school was art, and his uncle, a commercial artist, always supplied him with whatever art materials he needed.

John works on up to fourteen paintings at once. He loves to paint anything that has to do with Northwest scenery and landscapes. His loose, impressionistic painting style has earned him frequent accolades and awards.

Regarding himself as an artist who records his visual impressions and feelings, he is a “reaction painter.” John enthusiastically proclaims that there is nothing quite as exciting, challenging and rewarding as attacking a crisp white sheet of watercolor paper.

Melanie Serroels

Melanie Serroels

Melanie started in watercolor during the last year of High School. She took workshops with collected Pacific Northwest Artist Charles Mulvey during college, and then when time permitted then took workshops with Robert Landry. Jack Dorsey & Thomas William Jones, Dianna Shyne and also Jed Dorsey. Melanie paints with both watercolors and acrylics.  She is a member of the NW Watercolor Society.  Since the first arriving on Camano Island in 2004 she has been a member of two local art groups, Camano Arts Association and the Stanwood Camano Art Guild. Currently, she volunteers several hours per week for the Camano Arts Association doing administrative work for CAA’s 80+ Members. Her camera is full of paintings ideas.  Her painting representative style reflects the calm water and scenery of the Pacific Northwest.  The views from her waterfront home and the constantly changing atmosphere outside keep her in painting mode until something distracts her.  Melanie is often caught between volunteering and finding time to pursue her painting

Being avid volunteers both Melanie and Randy like being involved in their community. Here are some of her volunteer and art related activities and accomplishments: Stanwood Camano Art Guild/SCAF Road Banner Project and Auctions; Stanwood Camano Arts Spring Show – First Place Award; Snow Goose Poster Winner in 2006; Snow Goose Festival Committee Volunteer – Snow Goose Festival Family Activities Program and Bird Art Show at Four Springs House and Lake Preserve; Stanwood Chamber of Commerce Office – Volunteer and Art walk; Gallery and Gallery Shows – Seagrass on Camano; Stanwood Camano Art Guild – Art In Public Places; Five Camano Arts Association Studio Tours; Camano Community Center Gala Auction Volunteer.

Travel, visiting friends and family, and spending time with her 3 young Grandchildren fill in her calendar. Trips to Las Vegas, Victoria BC, Disneyland, International Kite Festival and a 2,250 mile road trip down the West Coast inspired her minds eye this year. Trips to Alaska and Disneyland with her youngest granddaughter are already booked for 2019.

The Christmas in Miniature show opens on Saturday, December 1st. It runs through Saturday, December 8th. Sunnyshore Studio will be open both Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm.

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24 Days Late the 2nd book in “I Remember” series sent to printer

Sunnyshore Studio’s Artistic Director, Jason Dorsey, and his dad, prominent Northwest watercolor artist, Jack Dorsey, have once again teamed up to tell a story of the adventures of a boy growing up on an Island. It is titled I Remember Running Through the Woods. 

“I hoped to send it to our printer in Salem, OR by October 1st. That would have allowed us to have the books in hand for the opening of our ‘Christmas in Miniature’ show on December 1st at the Studio,” Jason says.  “We’ll still showcase the illustrations at the Christmas in Miniature show and our guest will be able to check out a rough copy and purchase the book advance.  We worked hard, but just couldn’t make our deadline.

“In I Remember Running Through the Woods  I wanted to explore change through the lens of the woods that surrounded me, the ever changing woods of my childhood,” Jason says.

The story begins with a nod to the logging days on Camano Island.

“An old logging path led from my parents home to my uncle’s farm,” Jason remembers. There were old growth stumps along this path. During the daytime, it was an enchanting woodland but when my sister, brother, and I came home after dark it was terrifying.”

In preparation for the book, Jason spent time in the woods of his childhood. “The stumps are still there,” he says. “I took lots of pictures.”

“One stump in particular became the ‘model’ for the ‘scary stump’ in the story,” Jason pointed out. It is a stump across from his parents house, on the road that leads down to Sunnyshore Acres Beach.

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“The huckleberry tree on top of the stump reminds me of scary arms reaching out”, Jason says.

His dad, noted Northwest watercolor artist, partnered in the illustrations.

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“Dad worked his wonders again, just like he did with the illustrations of our first book I Remember Running Through the Woods. I had the ideas, and would begin the paintings. But he brought many, most of them to completion, Jason notes.

Jack even pulled out his old bayonet and sheet for one illustration.

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While all ages will find the story enchanting, Jason thinks that boys especially will like it. “With the military gear, face-painting, and adventures in the woods, this book is tailor made for boys,” Jason says.

While Jason is expected to be positive about his new book, others agree about the value of the story.  Three recommendations grace the back cover of the book.

Jennifer Kelly

Jennifer Kelly, Jason’s high school English teacher, and for 10 years a columnist for the Stanwood-Camano news wrote this:

Jason Dorsey’s second story in the series about his childhood, I Remember Running through the Woods, is a literary and visionary charm of a book.  Parents and children alike will take delight in the monsters that moo and stumps with eyes, and think about life through the quiet, calm words and enchanting illustrations of a man who revels in the youthful adventures that made him the father he is today.  Let’s all go running through the woods again and again and again!

Steven Garber

Steven Garber, author of Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, and professor of marketplace theology at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., said this:

I love the world that is beyond our doors, the meadows and forests, the fields and pastures—in Wendell Berry’s poetic metaphor, “timbered choirs” each one. Through our senses we come to know in ways that deepen us. In Jason Dorsey’s artful remembering of his boyhood on Camano Island, we too are alive amidst the trees and the seasons, the fires at night and the noises in the tent, our own hopes and fears still near. I Remember Running Through the Woods is a window into a long love, of a boy who once was and is now the man he must be, giving us the grace of looking over his shoulder and through his heart into the wonders of his world. 

Mary Nease

Mary Nease, a homeschooling mother of five she has spent the last 15 years reading thousands of books to her children, who spends much of her time combing libraries and bookstores for good children’s books, had this to say:

Through his delightful watercolor illustrations and accompanying descriptive prose, author and illustrator Jason Dorsey invites the reader into his precious childhood memories. Although Running Through the Woods takes place on Camano Island in the lush Pacific Northwest, the reader is quickly transported in his own mind to the sacred places of his own life’s story. Jason has crafted an endearing and humorous, as well as poignant and exquisite, piece of art, able to captivate and delight the youngest reader while striking a deep chord in the souls of all ages.

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The cover and contents have been sent into Your Town Press in Salem, OR. “We anticipate having the books a few days before Christmas, Jason says.

You will be able to order your copy of the book December 1st. 

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