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Eric Locke’s big musical contribution to the We Are Family documentary

By Jason Dorsey

The We are Family documentary that tells the story of an inner city basketball team that won the Indiana basketball championship against all odds took a big step forward musically thanks to the generous contribution of my friend, Eric Locke. Here’s that story.

A couple of weeks ago I realized that our feature documentary, which is about 2.5 hours long having been cut down from over five hours, still has a lot of musical holes. Through the funds raised by the Kickstarter campaign, I had been able to pay a lot of gifted musicians for their original compositions.

But I was out of money and we we had musical holes to fill. So I reached out to some of my musician friends, including Eric. Months before, I had connected Eric to David to see if any of his music might be a fit. But I hadn’t heard back from David so I figured I would ask again. Eric sent David a link to his music on YouTube and David wrote back.

“…The thing is, his stuff is GREAT.  He’s got a positive vibe running through, and generally the right kind of high energy levels we would need for game footage, but also in some cases under the talking heads, to give those some energy.”

Here’s an example of one of Eric’s songs.

Eric graciously gave David and I permission to use his music for free, as a gift! This generous gift will allow us to fill musical holes, and it is another great example of how this has been a community project. I could not do it without friends like Eric who have stood with me.

Here’s a short interview I did with Eric.

Jason: Eric when did you first hear about the We are Family project?

Eric: Hmm…I probably first heard you talking about the project here and
there while getting to know you in the past couple of years before
getting a fuller appreciation of it when the Go Fund Me campaign went
live.

Jason: Months ago you agreed to let us use your music for the film (thanks so much!). But then you didn’t hear back from us. What were you thinking in those “silent” months?

Eric: I enjoyed and appreciated the interest but didn’t dwell on it much after doing my part as advice from wiser people (and personal experience) has taught me that it’s best to approach opportunities often but lightly.

Jason: Tell me about yourself as a musician.

Eric: I got my first guitar at 14, was in a few bands here and there while
growing up. In the late 90’s when digital recording for the masses was opening up the Mrs, (Stephanie) let us get some recording gear and I was able to start learning how to record to try and get these melodies and ideas out of my head. While I work primarily in fits and starts I’m grateful to realize at least some of the ideas and concepts that get stuck in my mind. I feel fortunate to live in a time where technology can allow an individual to
do that.

Jason: What were early musical influences in your life? Inspirations?

Eric: The earliest were probably movie soundtracks. My dad would have music from soundtracks and artists of the day playing through the house while he was cooking or some such. My sister and I would go skating at the
local skating rink almost every weekend so we were exposed heavily to
pop music of the day there. Rock, soul, etc. When I got into electric guitar it was an unexpected trip into heavier music due to a friend I had. One moment I’m trying to learn a Michael Jackson song and the next my friend is tossing it across the room and “forcing” me to learn Heavy Metal. I don’t think I’d be into composing music now if it wasn’t for that but I was a little chapped at the time as I had a pretty low appreciation of Metal.

Jason: Did you have training as a musician or are you self-trained?

Eric: Self taught though the thought of taking time out for training is very
inviting nowadays.

Jason: Have you been a part of bands?

Eric: Yes I have and I’ve met some truly wonderful people as well as having
some good formative experiences. I don’t know that I’m a good “band”
member in that I don’t do well improvising and I really lean towards a
singular vision but everybody I’ve ever worked with has been good sports
in letting me participate and maybe one day I’ll hit a tipping point and
“get it”.

Jason: Talk to me about your compositions. What is your style? What are you trying to do with your sound?

Eric: I really enjoy a wall of ethereal sound. The Mrs, (who has a beautiful
voice) has been kind enough to work with me and I’m really content with
what has come from the collaboration so far. I’m enjoying her soft voice
over heavier ethereal music. We worked up a version of The Mighty Power of God, music by Phil Peterson, (Grammy Nominated) who is an old Chief Musician of Grace Church Seattle and I couldn’t be happier with the sound and style achieved there and other compositions since then performed by The Undone Orchestra. We’ve hit a stride that I’m really content with and I look forward to exploring more of that style in the future.

Jason: What was it like after the months of silence to hear back from
David Lichty that your music would be a perfect fit for the documentary?

Eric: It was a true highlight for myself. I felt like I got a small taste of
the glory that these young men, their families, coaches and community
had all worked for.

Jason: Any last thoughts?

Eric: I’m looking forward to seeing the entirety of the We Are Family story,
how my music folds in and a big “Thank You!” to all for letting me
participate. All the Best!

The “Friendship Sign”

I call our new sign the “friendship sign.” Here’s why.

From left to right: Jed Dorsey, Jacob Swearingen, Jason Dorsey, Jenny Wallace Dorsey

In 2015, I sketched out a basic design idea for a roadside sign for Sunnyshore Studio. I asked my dear friend from Stanwood High School, Jacob Swearingen, to see if he would work his magic to create it. He said Yes.

This is my original idea.

Jacob’s concept has become the Sunnyshore Studio brand.

I tell the story of that first sign here.

I finished that post with these words. “I drove home with the sign, but with so much more than a sign. For the sign is a symbol of friendship over the years, of love and loyalty and past memories and the hopes of many new memories and many decades more of friendship.”

Jacob’s sign was to large for us to put along the road. It fits perfectly at the entrance of the studio.

So I still needed an outdoor sign that would go along the road. I looked into a few options. A plastic sign just wasn’t cutting it for the kind of substantial sign I wanted, and it wasn’t personal enough. I couldn’t afford a metal sign at the time. Then one day, my friend Wade Starkenberg posted on facebook a metal sign he had made. It was beautiful. I immediately reached out to him to see if he would make one for Sunnyshore Studio.

Wade and I grew up in the same circles. We went to school in Stanwood and church at Camano Chapel. I spent July 2014 at my parent’s home on Camano Island putting the concepts of Identity Mapping into book form and also spent time with old friends, including Wade who I had reconnected with on facebook. I spent the afternoon at his home on Big Lake, met his wife, Jennifer and two sons. His mom, Yvonne, joined us for a delicious Salmon dinner. Decades had passed since we had last seen each other. But it seemed like just a few days. It was great to catch up.

Wade had been supportive of our Sunnyshore Studio project and graciously agreed to be a sponsor of Jed’s 2017 show “There and Back Again. https://sunnyshorestudio.com/tag/there-and-back-again/. So I was hopeful that he might make the sign. He said, “Yes.” When I asked him what it would cost me, he said “Nothing!”

Wade cut a few signs to get it just right. He had to program the design and lettering into a computer that operates the machine that cuts the metal. I liked the look of the steel sign and so Wade cut me an extra. I can take it with me on trips. I love that the Sunnyshore Studio brand is now portable. Different backdrops give it a different feel. Here are some examples.

Jackie and I spent a morning this summer filming the sunrise coming up behind the sign. My son Jacob used that footage to create an animated brand. Currently sonic branding is being made for the animation to Todd Masten, a neighbor I met I met at my coffee shop in Redmond, River Trail.

So you can understand why I was excited on Wednesday of this week to pick up the finished outdoor sign from Wade.

I spent a couple hours on Wednesday creating a base for the sign from driftwood I had collected from Randy and Melanie Serroel’s home at Port Susan Terrace, just north of Sunnyshore.

I needed a curved piece of driftwood to hang the sign on. So I called Melanie and she said “come on down.” Melanie and I walked the beach and spotted a perfect piece of driftwood.

Dad helped me start assembling the sign. I had a Camano Art Association meeting though and had to leave. He said that he would finish the sign up. He spent yesterday assembling the sign. Mom took photographs.

The new outdoor sign is up, just in time for Jed’s “Radiant Landscape” show that opens on Saturday. I love it!

I call it a friendship sign because it was birthed and forged and built in friendship. The friendships stretch all the way back to high school classmates Jacob and Wade, to neighbors Melanie and Randy, to my kids Jackie and Jacob and new friend Todd, to Dad and Mom. It’s not just about past friendships though. I know that the sign will direct many people to our Studio where new friendships will be built.

That’s why I call it our “friendship sign.”

Introducing AU’s ACCESS TO ART Students

Acrylic University is thrilled to introduce the first students in our Access to Art program. These three young women applied and have been accepted into the two-year Access to Art program.

The goal of the Access to Art program is to provide artistically gifted students with access to (1) high quality art instruction, (2) art supplies and (3) a supportive art community. All youth ages 13-22 are welcome to apply. We hope to provide access to many low-income youth over the years to come. We are thrilled to welcome the following young women:

Cajun-Rain

My name is Cajun-Rain. I’m fifteen years old. I live in Warm Springs, Oregon.

My interest in art began when my sister introduced me to art a year ago. One of the hard things I struggle with in creating is making something unique. This art program will help me create and explore my art and grow as an artist.

Anna Ronning

Hi! My name is Kristen Ronning. I am 15 years old and I live in Stanwood, Washington.

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in art. As soon as I could express myself, it was concentrated through creating art. My interest grew through my parents’ encouragement and simple practice. I’ve been focused mainly on sketching female faces, as that’s what has come easiest to me, but I’m eager to expand the ways that I create. It is hard for me to work with mediums other than a pencil and paper, but that’s what I’m hoping to figure out! The struggle I face is my own perfectionism and self-doubt, a relatively busy schedule (for a 15-year-old), and a lack of knowledge and education on painting, an art form I’ve wanted to, but never quite grasped. “Access to Art” would greatly help me by introducing me to new ways I can be imaginative and creative and teaching me the techniques I can use, so I can grow and be confident in my art!

Marley Raunig

My name is Marley Raunig. I’m thirteen years old and I live in Seattle, WA.

I started painting with acrylic paints last summer. The hardest part about painting is I have a lot of ideas and not enough time to paint. This program will help me to learn more about painting techniques.

10% of the sales from Jed Dorsey’s upcoming Radiant Landscapes show is going to fund these students.

You can support the Access to Art students by purchasing a painting on our online gallery, or by a monetary gift. If you would like to help support an Access to Art Student please contact Jason Dorsey: j.dorsey23@gmail.com.

Jed Dorsey’s Story…in his own words

Jed Dorsey is a capturer of light on canvas. His passionate use of color explodes onto canvas in a way that  draws the viewer into the landscape.”

I represent the fourth generation of artists on my mom’s side of the family. My dad is also a professional artist. I always had the opportunity to practice art as a child. I sold paintings as early as 11 years of age when my family had their “Dorsey Gallery” at the local fair. I remember a few kind parents of my friends buying my paintings for $10 which quickly turned into cotton candy and a few rides. As I grew older other interests such as music and sports called for my time and I didn’t paint much for several years. 

That changed after I married my beautiful Canadian wife, Renae. On a trip to Whistler, B.C. in 2001, we stumbled on some galleries that were showing some vibrant oil & acrylic paintings. My family had always done watercolors so this was something different and very appealing to me. That very week on our vacation, I bought my first acrylic paints and spent countless hours painting in this new medium. I loved it. Thus began the journey.​

I painted for many years as a secondary pursuit but in 2016 took the plunge into full-time art while living in Indianapolis. My studio was located at the Harrison Center for the Arts, an incredible arts organization. What an amazing opportunity for me as an emerging artist to be part of such a vibrant and creative community. I now make my home on Camano Island where I grew up. There is nothing quite like the stunning views of the Pacific Northwest. I will never tire of the the view when driving over the bridge onto Camano Island. It is a scene I have painted over and over. 

I like how light changes objects, from garbage cans, to buildings, to plants and trees, creating shadows and diverse colors. One of my favorite subject matters to paint is filtered sunlight shining through trees onto a road, river, sidewalk, or path. It is an invitation to the viewer. I paint landscapes and cityscapes because I have lived in both rural and urban spaces. I see beauty in both. Whether I am painting on location or painting from a photograph, I create the scene in a way that I find aesthetically pleasing. I don’t want to just duplicate a photograph. 

​I am thankful to have had the opportunity to study under some great artists like Mike Svob, Ovannes Berberian, John Michael Carter, and the late Robert Genn. There are others that have influenced my work, like Michael O’Toole and Kim English. I have learned so much from all these artists. My parents continue to be a huge inspiration and encouragement to me. Renae walks on this path of artistic endeavor with me daily and is a constant source of friendship and support. Our daughter, Willow, also helps by naming paintings and is an enthusiastic supporter of my work.

RÉSUMÉ / CURRICULUM VITAE

SOLO EXHIBITS

October 2018 – “Home” – Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, WA

October 2017 – “Inheriting Indianapolis” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

August 2017 – Frankfort Library, Frankfort, IN

July 2017 – “There and Back Again” – Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, WA

October 2016 – “West Coast Memories” – Grace Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.

August 2016 – “”Roads, Rivers & Paths (and Other Places I Love)” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

September 2015 – “The Sun Also Rises” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

October 2014 – “A City to Live” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

December 2013 – “Urban Landscapes” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

November 2012 – “Casting Shadows – the Unity of Light” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

March 2010 – “There and Back Again” – Vancouver, B.C.

Group Shows

January 2019 – Dorsey Family Show – Covenant Shores – Mercer Island, WA

November – December 2017 – Christmas Show – Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, WA

July – October 2017 – Annual Hoosier Salon Show, Indianapolis, IN

June 2017 – Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN

May 2017 – Encore Sotheby’s International Realty – Indianapolis, IN

April 2017 – “Blossoming” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

December 2016 – “Beaches of Camano” – Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, WA

October 2016 – “Soldiers and Sailors Monument Show” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

July 2016 – Porch Party Group Exhibit – City Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

May 2015 – “Urban and Rural Landscapes” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

October 2014 – “Homecoming” – Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

September 2006 – Family Show – Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA

August 2005 – Family Show – Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Bellevue, WA

October 2003 – Group Show – Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, B.C.

May 2002 – 2018 – Camano Island Studio Tour, Camano Island, WA

October 2001 – 2004 – “Arts in the City, Arts in the Sanctuary” – Grace Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.

Other Exhibits

December 2016 – January 2017 – Featured Artist – Patachou Downtown, Indianapolis, IN

April 2015 – Featured Artist – Patachou Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN

2006 – 2016 – Seagrass Gallery – Camano Island, WA

2002 – 2006 – Gallery in the Loft – Camano Island, WA

Awards

Sept 2018 – 1st Place – First Brush of Fall, Michigan City, IN

Sept 2018 – Best of Show – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

April 2018 – 3rd Place – First Brush of Spring, New Harmony, IN

September 2017 – 2nd Place – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

September 2017 – Purchase Prize – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

September 2017 – 1st Place – First Brush of Fall, Converse, IN

August 2017 – Purchase Prize – Kekionga Paint Out, Ft. Wayne, IN

August 2016 – 1st Place – Zionsville Paint Out, Zionsville, IN

September 2016 – 3rd Place Quick Draw – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

September 2016 – Honorable Mention – Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN

Jed Dorsey’s show “Radiant Landscapes” opens at Sunnyshore Studio on Saturday, October 5, 10am-5pm. Visit our Gallery @ 2803 SE Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA, or shop online here:

Bad Day of Fishing but we made video invitation to Jed Dorsey’s upcoming Radiant Landscapes show

On Tuesday my brother Jed Dorsey took me and my son Julian fishing. At least that was the plan. The idea was to put Jed’s boat in at Maple Grove, cut through Deception Pass, and make our way down to Fort Casey where there is good salmon fishing from the shore.

However, when we got to the west side of Whidbey, we (Jed) hadn’t calculated how long it would take to get to Fort Casey. So we decided to try our hand fishing in the waters just west of Deception Pass. Jed dropped me off on shore where I fished. He and Julian fished from the boat. But unfortunately, Jed had forgotten to bring the weights for the downriggers. They rigged up some weights and tried…Then picked me up and we tried some more, but nothing.

Moral of the story. Jed shouldn’t be a fishing guide. He is, however, a terrific artist. And we were industrious and made the most of it, shooting some video for his upcoming solo show at Sunnyshore Studio. Enjoy this short video invitation to Jed’s upcoming show: Radiant Landscapes.

Todd Masten hired to do compositions for We are Family Documentary and Sunnyshore Studio’s Brand Animation

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to announce that we are in the final stages of wrapping up a contract with composer Todd Masten. Todd will be doing a song for the upcoming We are Family documentary, and composing the music for Sunnyshore Studio’s brand animation.

Here’s the story of how this partnership came about.

One of the coffee shop “haunts” of Sunnyshore Studio’s Artistic Director, Jason Dorsey, is River Trail Roasters in Redmond, WA.

One day he noticed a guy who had an impressive computer and looked like he was doing some kind of musical composition. Jason went up to him and introduced himself. It was Todd Masten.

Here’s the bio on Todd from his web site:

“Todd began his career scoring public service announcements and television commercials for  several companies in the northeast while still attending college.  He then moved on to compose exclusively for computer, console and social platforms beginning with Carrier Strike Force by Interactive Magic in 1998.  He has since scored over two dozen titles and has moved into both television and film.  He recently helped launch Microsoft’s augmented reality device HoloLens as the team’s New Technology Audio Director. To date, Todd has shipped more than 40 million gaming units worldwide, and has completed multiple drama series for web and television along with two major motion pictures.

Todd recently completed his Master’s degree after over a decade of real world audio experience. He previously graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1997 with a degree in Music Synthesis with an emphasis on composition and film scoring.  While at Berklee, he studied classical theory and composition while training with the  most revered modern jazz talents from around the world.  Todd worked in conjunction with faculty and students from Emerson College in producing public service announcements for the state of Massachusetts along with television commercials for major global corporations including PBS, Round Table, and AT&T.​

Over the past decade , Todd has worked  on blockbuster games for Activision, Disney Interactive, Konami, Lucas Arts, Microsoft, Pixar, Sony, THQ,  and Universal Interactive; containing iconic characters such as Crash Bandicoot, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk, Spongebob, and Lightning McQueen.  His passion for making great games has led to his involvement with high level game production; often performing multiple roles on any given title.

Todd travels and works between his studios in Southern California and Seattle.”

Jason and Todd got to talking about their work, and Jason mentioned his documentary. He asked if Todd had ever worked on scoring a film. He said, yes matter of fact he he had.

Later Jason checked out Todd’s website and was super impressed with his work. You can check it out here: https://www.toddmasten.com

Jason shared a very rough cut of the We are Family documentary with Todd and asked if he would be willing to work on it, and potentially on a score for the animation of the brand. Todd said he would be!

Jason kept running into Todd at River Trail and eventually over the next month the details got worked out. And that’s how it happened!

Announcing Acrylic University’s “ACCESS TO ART” Program

Synopsis

Many low-income, artistically gifted youth do not have access to art training, art supplies, and a nurturing artistic community. Sunnyshore Studio is partnering with Acrylic University (AU) to launch AU’s Access to Art program. Through a grant and the support of an Advocate, ten youth will receive two years of art instruction through Acrylic University’s online platform, acrylic art supplies worth $200, and inclusion in AU’s online community of artists.

Check out the introduction video to Acrylic University here:

The Need

Many young people have great artistic potential but do not have access to art instruction and supplies. Public education’s focus on the core subjects of math, English and science, and its value of athletics often means that these young people’s artistic potential is not encouraged. The cost of private art lessons and art supplies make the cultivation of young people’s artistic gifts available exclusively for the wealthy. Acrylic University aims to make access to art accessible for young people, especially youth from low income families. Access alone to art instruction and supplies is not enough. These young people need the encouragement and critique, nurture and support of a community for their artistic gifts to flourish.

The Mission

The mission of AU’s Access to Art program is to provide artistically gifted youth a two-year access to art instruction, art supplies and a supportive art community. 

The Vision

Over the next decade to raise up gifted, successful artists who share beauty with the world by providing the Art for Access Program to over 100 students.

The Program

Acrylic University believes access to art instruction, art supplies, and a supportive art community is the key to unlock the artistic potential of young people. Our program is aimed at providing this access to youth 13-22 years of age, and is especially geared towards youth from low-income families.

  1. Art Instruction: Acrylic University provides online instruction in acrylic painting from Master artist Jed Dorsey. Jed’s engaging, encouraging instruction style allows for youth to learn “over his shoulder and through his heart.” Much of what we learn is from watching someone else, learning from them. Acrylic University offers classes beginning with 101, the most basic class to more advanced classes. Because the instruction is on-line, the student can watch the lessons from his/her phone, or a computer at the library or at home.
  •  Art Supplies: Acrylic University ships a backpack with all the necessary art supplies to begin painting. See list below. It also includes a supply list for the student so that he/she can have a guide to purchase supplies in the future. It is important that all of the supplies fit in a backpack because many of these youth live transient lives, moving from apartment to apartment and they need to be able to carry their mini-art studio with them.
  • Art Community. Enrollment in AU’s Access to Art community immediately connects the artistically gifted youth into a supportive, encouraging community. This starts with an “Advocate” who knows the youth’s potential and pledges to support them in their journey. The advocate is someone who knows the student and is in their lives. It might be a parent, grandparent or guardian, or a teacher.  After filling out an application and acceptance into the program, the youth is connected to a multi-generation community of artists facilitated by a “Coach” who provides support, encouragement, and critique.   

The Process

An “Advocate” identifies a youth aged 13-22 who has artistic potential and on the application form pledges to support that youth in their journey.

  • The youth applies to the Access to Art Program. The application includes the signature of the Advocate. After acceptance into the program, the youth is placed on the waiting list for an Access to Art Program Grant (see below).  
  • After receiving the Access to Art Grant, AU (1) ships the backpack of art supplies to the Advocate who gets them to the student, (2) registers them for the online instruction portal, and (3) connects them to the online art community.
  • At this point the youth is considered a member of Acrylic University and welcomed to participate in all of the programs of AU including submission of art to the annual juried Acess to Art (online) Art show (see below).
  • After the youth graduates from the two year Art Access program of Acrylic University. They can choose to (1) continue in Acrylic University by paying the regular fee, (2) apply for being a AU “coach” and receive the AU instruction as their reimbursement for being a coach.  

Online Art Show

Entering artwork in a show, having your art juried, selling and shipping artwork, and paying a gallery commission are vital steps to grow and to be affirmed as an artist. In Partnership with Sunnyshore Studio, AU provides an online Art Art Show where Access to Art Students can showcase and sell their artworks. A 10% commission on student’s artwork that is sold will be taken to cover administrative and promotional costs of the online art show. Advocates play an important role in this art show by promoting their student’s artwork via social media and with their network of friends, and by helping walk the student through the shipping of artwork that is sold (if shipping is required).

Program Cost and Access Grant

The cost of providing access for one youth in Acrylic University is $350. We are looking for generous supporters who want to help youth have access to art. If you are interested in supporting a youth in the Access to Art program contact Jason Dorsey (see information at the bottom of this link). You can pay for all, or part, of a student’s access to art. The cost is broken down in this way:

  1. $100 = Art for Access “Student Rate” for online instruction
  2. $200 = Mini-Studio Supplies (backpack, easel, brushes, paint, etc.)
  3. $50 = Shipping and Handling of art supplies.
  4. $350 = Access Grant for one Student

The Pilot

In Partnership with Sunnyshore Studio, Acrylic University is launching the pilot Access to Art Program in October, 2019. Jason Dorsey, Artistic Director of Sunnyshore Studio will be working with advocates to identify ten artistically gifted youth. After the youth have are accepted into the Access program, they will be eligible to receive the Access Scholarship. In October 2019, Jed Dorsey will have a solo art show at Sunnyshore Studio. Sunnyshore Studio is donating 5% of the commission and Jed and Renae Dorsey are donating 5% to raise Access Grants to fund the ten students. In the fall of 2020 show, artworks by the students who are a part of the Access Program will be showcased in an online Art Show.

Advocate Commitment

Advocates are vital for AU’s Access to Art Program. They serve in three important ways.

  1. First, the Advocate identifies a gifted young artist (age 13-22) and works with them to complete and turn in an Access to Art Application.
  2. Second, once the student receives a grant, AU ships the backpack and art supplies to the youth. The Advocate ensures that the youth receives the art supplies.
  3. Third, the Advocate supports the student as they showcase their work on the online Art Show including (1) sharing the student’s participation in the online show via social media and with his/her network of friends, and (2) helping youth ship artwork to purchaser if this is required.   

The Timeline

August 15, 2019: Applications Due

September 1, 2019: Art Access Pilot Program Members Announced

October 2019: Jed Dorsey Art Show and Art Access Fund-Raiser

November 1, 2019: Pilot Program Begins

October 2020: Paintings of Access to Art Pilot Program Members online Art show

Art Supplies

The following art supplies will be provided for Access to Art Students along with a backpack to carry them in.

  • 23 Canvases
  • 9 Tubes of Paint (warms and cools of primary colors, plus gray, white and black)
  • Paint box (for holding paint)
  • Palette (Masterson Sta-Wet Palette – mini version)
  • Set of 10 brushes
  • Sketchbook  
  • Set of 6 pencils with sharpener
  • Tabletop Easel
  • Spray Bottle
  • Masking Tape
  • Value Finder

Note: Students and advocates will need to provide water buckets for cleaning brushes, and paper towels (or rags). Hair dryer and hydrogen peroxide are optional (used for helping Sta-Wet Palette stay fresher for longer).

Applying to AU’s “Access to Art” Program

We are only taking 10 students in the pilot Access to Art Program.

  • Applications must be post-marked by August 15, 2019 (or e-mailed by August 15)
  • Applications will be evaluated in the order in which they arrive.
  • Youth who are not admitted into the pilot program will be placed on a waiting list.

If you would like to apply for the pilot Access to Art program, please request an application by sending your name and e-mail address to Jason Dorsey. You can contact him via phone at 317.209.6768 or e-mail: j.dorsey23@gmail.com.

22K Raised For New Roof!

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled that $22,000 was raised to replace the cedar shake roof on Dad and Mom’s home through the auction of Jack Dorsey original art! A composition roof with underlayment, plywood sheeting, and tear off will cost 13K. A metal roof with underlayment, plywood sheeting and tear off will cost 19K. With the 15K matching grant we hit our goal!

We could not have done this without the overwhelming support of Jack and Ann’s family, friends, patrons and collectors. We are so thankful for you! Here are some of the highlights of the “Jack Dorsey ‘Raise the Roof’ Silent Art Auction.

Rich C. got the ball rolling

One of Dad’s dear friends and golf buddies got the ball rolling. He purchased #110, “Foothills”, not for the “take home price” of $200 but for the remarkable sum of $2,500 because, as he put it, “I want to see you get that new roof, Jack!” Rich’s purchase got us off to a great start. We’re so thankful for his support.

Thomas Dodgson kicks the ball forward

In researching the installation of the original cedar shake roof in 1984, we noted that many of Jack’s nephews had helped out. One of them, Thomas, Tom or “T.S.” as he is known by the family, was away from home at the time and not able to help.

However, this time around Tom said that he wanted to help. And he did, in a big way. He bought two at “take home now” price and bid on TEN MORE. Tom was outbid on many of these ten, so he came back and bid on four more paintings. He ended up with quite a few paintings, and really helped get the ball rolling.

I love many of the paintings TS chose, but this one in particular, “White as Snow” is really special!

Arnold Palmer Painting Bid

Jack is a big golfer and the painting above with Arnold Palmer and colleagues at a big golf tournament is a prize and joy painting of Dad’s. He likes to tell how it took him 100+ hours to paint all the people! Deidre, a recent friend and collector of Dorsey artwork bid on that painting.

By June 15th, The opening Saturday we were 1/3 of the way to reaching our goal!

Big BBQ and Concert

On the second Saturday, June 22, Sunnyshore Studio held a big, free BBQ and Blue Grass Concert by The Day Brothers.

Special Thanks to the Day Brothers

It was great to have David, Daniel and John Day and two other band members in concert. Their Bluegrass music is fun and engaging. More importantly, as nephews of Jack Dorsey it was extra special to have them!

At the end of the night we did a quick sum of the painting purchases and bids and were able to celebrate that we were now over 15K. We had hit our goal and still had one week left!

Last Big Push

The last week was crazy. Lots of bids on paintings, and new paintings being bid on. Somehow Jenny Dorsey kept track of it all, and hosted the show with her usual poise and grace!

22K Raised!

And in the end, when all was tallied up, $22,000 had been raised. Again, thanks to all Dad’s family, friends, collectors and patrons. Without you this would not have happened. We weren’t able to keep up with all the painting sales and pictures. But here’s a few!

Second Annual Work Party at Jack and Ann Dorsey’s Home on Saturday, July 13th.

On Saturday, July 13th, Jason Dorsey is organizing the second annual work party at his parent’s home on Camano Island, WA (2772 SE Camano Drive). Work will begin at 9:00am. We’ll break for lunch and wrap work up around 2:00pm. After this whoever wants to stay is invited to an afternoon playing on a beautiful Camano Beach (2:30-5:00pm) and BBQ dinner at Sunnyshore Studio (2803 S.E. Camano Drive).

You can come for any part of the day you would like!

Last July, Jason Dorsey held the first big work party. A great crew helped out. We split and stacked wood for the winter, dug out and filled a drainage ditch, cleaned the shake roof, weeded the flower garden, pulled ivy and lots of other stuff.

Here are some photos from last year.

Afterward working we played at Inverson Beach, making a huge raft.

If you plan to attend the work party let Jason know (j.dorsey23@gmail.com) so that he can plan food accordingly!

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