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The Decorative Arts Collection
The best our painters have to offer.
by Shea Szachara (March 20, 2006)
Did you know that within our industry there is a collection of historical
and contemporary works of art valued at well over six figures? A
recent appraisal of one item alone was set at approximately $35,000.
The collection is comprised of more than 1,000 items dating from the
late 1700s to the present.
The goal of the DAC Board of Trustees is to one day open a
significant museum to house the growing collection. Steps have begun
in this direction with the hiring of Andy
B. Jones as the DACís first Director. Jones has been a long
time supporter of the DAC and served as president of its board for
more than five years. Jones, a decorative painter and teacher since
his early teens, has a degree in fine art and has a wealth of
knowledge about the history of pieces in the collection. It will be
a part of his job to be "the voice" of the DAC along with
his many other duties.
In its efforts to make both the craft and painting industry as
well as the general public more aware of the collection, a series of
major exhibits began in 2002. In 2004, A Sentimental Collection
of Roses featuring nearly 100 new rose-related works was first
displayed in Kansas, then Ohio, and later traveled throughout the
following year to six of Japanís largest cities. These works are
now a part of the DAC Museumís permanent collection. Additionally,
a full color display book including 24 painting lessons was
published by the DAC and became an immediate best seller in the
The DAC sponsors an annual juried art show and competition called
the Decorative Arts Collection Awards (DACA). Entries come from
across the globe for judging by experts from the decorative painting
and fine art fields. Purchase prizes sponsored by industry
manufacturers are awarded to the chosen winners and the winning
entries become a permanent part of the collection. It is one of the
ways, through the donations of these generous corporations, that the
DAC continues to add the finest in contemporary work to its
collection. This year, the DAC is once again seeking sponsors for
this outstanding event. If you or your company is interested in
becoming a sponsor please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A recent mail campaign was launched in order to increase museum
memberships. This is a multi-level program known as Friends of
the DAC and offers the opportunity for individuals to also
become supporters. Ideally the funds raised through this effort help
to defray expenses while strengthening the depth of the collection
through major acquisitions, maintaining the current collection, and
aiding in development of programs and exhibitions that stimulate
public awareness and interest in decorative painting.
The success of the Friends program is vital to the
continued success of the mission of the DAC. Please consider
becoming a Friend today so you too may be a part of: The
mission of the Decorative Arts Collection is to promote
understanding and appreciation of decorative painting by saving
outstanding historic and contemporary examples, maintaining
exhibitions and providing educational opportunities to the public.
The goal of a permanent museum housing the finest collection of
decorative art in the world can only be reached with the financial
support of the industry and others who strongly believe that the art
form must be preserved, enjoyed, and made available now and for
future generations to come. It is the reason that the DAC exists.
Items from the collection can be viewed at the website. Visit www.decorativeartscollection.org.
You can view a portion of this collection at the Decorative Art
Collection Museum located in Wichita, KS at 393 N. McLean Blvd.
(Note: Shea is an award winning designer, author,
educator, and consultant who has been involved in the decorative
painting and crafting industries for more than twenty-five years. Begin
to Paint, Begin Now, her latest instruction book, was recently
released by Plaid.. Shea has held positions on committees and boards
of all major industry trade organizations. She is the current
secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Decorative Arts
Collection, Inc. Shea can be contacted at email@example.com.
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