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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!

Jason and Jenny Dorsey tried education reform in Indy before it became a popular political project

By Russ Pulliam, Associate Editor for The Indianapolis Star, director of the Pulliam Fellowship

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“Jason and Jenny Dorsey tried education reform in Indy before it became a popular political project.

A young pastor, Jason and his family checked out the Indianapolis Public Schools not long after 9/11. With four children, they had other options, including the new Oaks Academy. With classical curriculum and racial balance, it was popular in the Redeemer PCA congregation where he had become pastor near downtown Indianapolis in an area that was attracting an influx of middle class families.

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They wondered if could all the bad things they heard about the city’s public schools could be that bad?

Students would get into fights. Teachers sometimes didn’t care and just showed up for work. IPS buildings were in poor shape. Students dropped out too easily. Too many parents didn’t care or were too young to discern how to care.

The Dorseys found another side of the IPS story. Jenny became PTA president at their children’s elementary school. She befriended teachers, principals and Superintendent Eugene White. Jason volunteered as a lunchroom supervisor at Tech High School. Then he became a baseball coach there and led a petition drive for capital improvements. They called their little group IPS Renewal. They thought Indianapolis could never be truly world class without excellence in IPS.

Elizabeth Odle was principal at IPS 14. She balanced love and discipline as families moved often and students brought the challenges of broken homes.

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When some of the Dorsey children were at Tech, the basketball team started to dominate the way city schools did back in the 1950s and 1960s. Tech took the school’s first state championship, in class 4A, in 2014, with a 27-2 record. The team won off-court victories, with an average GPA of 3.2. Star player Trey Lyles won the Trester Award for character and now plays for the Denver Nuggets.

 The Dorsey family has since moved back to their Seattle roots. They look back at IPS as a success for their family. Jason and some friends are finishing a documentary on the season, We Are Family, highlighting the ups and downs of the 2013-14 season.

With a kickstarter campaign, they hope to raise $25,000 to finish the film, using clips that Dorsey and others saved up from the season.

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Basketball is just a game, even in Indiana. For Tech High School, though, that championship season was a big off-court victory. They played in the Hoosiers film tradition of the underdog, yet not in a 1950s small country school. Their season showed that big city schools can overcome the obstacles of racial division, urban poverty and broken families and win championships in life.”

You can learn more about and support Sunnyshore Studio’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of the We are Family Documentary by clicking on this link here:

Jackie’s Tiny House Update: Roof and Windows installed

Work has progressed on Jackie’s tiny house in September. The two big developments are that a metal roof and two windows have been installed.

Jim Spane came through big time with the metal roof. Jim’s company built Sunnyshore Studio, and it has a metal roof. When the time came for putting a roof on Jackie’s tiny house I reached out to Jim. Jim sent one of his foremen, Scott, to measure the roof, ordered the material; and Scott installed the roof.

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It is a metal roof, which is very durable, and the same color as our Studio roof. It looks awesome.

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The next big project was installing windows. Jenny oversaw this with the help of Dad.

She and Jackie went to Home Depot and bought a big window, with Jackie’s money, for the north wall. Dad helped Jenny cut the hole out of the wall for the window to go into.

The big window looks out at the bulkhead I’m building and beautiful hydrangea plants Mom gave us.

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Dad framed in and installed the window and it looks great.

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Then Dad and Jenny worked on making a hole in the south wall for the smaller window that came with the building kit. It looks great too!

Jenny has overseen this whole project and is a wonderful builder. Three cheers for Jenny.

Join us for the Grand Opening of Jackie’s Tiny House on Saturday, December 1st, 10am-5pm, during the “Christmas in Miniature” show at Sunnyshore Studio.

Fambly, Faith and Art presentation at Mulkiteo Presbyterian Church

 

Jack and Ann Dorsey, and Jason and Jenny Dorsey will be presenting a talk on “Fambly*, Faith and Art” at Mulkiteo Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, July 26th for their F3: Food, Fun and Fellowship gathering.

*Fambly is a term coined by author Anne Lammott that encompasses both the beauty and brokenness of family.

We’d love to have any friends in the area join us. Information is below.

 

Blurb for the F3 evening with the Dorseys

The cultural impact of Rev. Jason Dorsey, his father, Jack Dorsey, and their entire family is impressive. It displays a seamless integration of faith, art, and family. In this presentation, Jack and Ann Dorsey will share how they pioneered as artists on Camano Island, and how on Jack’s 70th birthday they first met Jack’s son Jeff and welcomed him into their family. Rev. Jason and Jenny Dorsey will share how they have embraced art and artists in their ministry and in their new venture as owners and directors of Sunnyshore Studio. You will leave the presentation convinced of the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life, including the life of artists and creatives.

 

Jack and Ann Dorsey

Jack Dorsey is an artist who lives on Camano Island, WA with his wife of 50 years,  Ann Cory Dorsey, granddaughter of the famous illustrator, FY Cory. In 1969, Jack, Ann and their firstborn, six month old Jason, moved to Camano for Jack to pursue a career in art. There they eked out a living and raised their three children: Jason, April and Jed. On his 70th birthday, Jack met his newly discovered son, Jeff, for the first time. The story of Jeff’s discovery and welcome into the family is rich with redemption.

Jack and Ann’s story can be read in the recently published book, Jack Dorsey: Sketch of an Artist. 

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Jack continues to paint, teach workshops, and keep up on his property on Camano and Leavenworth, WA. Recently Sunnyshore Studio, celebrated his 77th birthday with an Art Retrospective that looked back over his 50 plus years of painting. Sunnyshore Studio will be celebrating the life and legacy of Ann’s grandmother, FY. Cory on the 140th anniversary of her birth in October with the release of a biography and documentary.

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Rev. Jason and Jenny Dorsey

Rev. Jason Dorsey, the son of Jack and Ann and Jack, is pastor of Redeemer, a presbyterian church. He has been married to Jenny Wallace Dorsey for 25 years and they have four children: Jacob, Julian, Judah, and Jackie. Jason served as an assistant pastor for five years at Green Lake Presbyterian Church in Seattle, thirteen years as lead pastor of Redeemer (www.redeemerindy.org) in Indianapolis, a large downtown church with a thriving partnership with the arts organization, the Harrison Center for the Arts (www.harrisoncenter.org).

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He returned to Washington to be closer to his mother as she battled cancer. He currently is pastor of Redeemer Redmond (www.Redeemerredmond.org). Jenny is a professional coach for pastor’s wives and church planters wives (http://www.parakaleo.us/our-team/)

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Together they built and direct Sunnyshore Studio to showcase the family’s art legacy and to share the beauty of Camano Island with the world (www.sunnyshorestudio.com).

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All are welcome to join us for this presentation:

  • Mulkiteo Presbyterian Church: 4514 84th St SW, Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Presentation: 7:00-8:00pm.
  • More information: http://www.mpclife.com/f3-info/
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