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The Society of Decorative Painters Convention/Show

Fun? How about dancing in the aisles?

by Shea Szachara and CLN (June 19, 2006)

The Society of Decorative Painters held its 34th annual convention in Nashville earlier this month. Once again the quality of the painting and teaching was only outdone by the enthusiasm of the attendees.

Numbers. The convention included more than 200 classes and more than 1,500 SDP members attended. With walk-in traffic the total crowd was estimated at 3,000. The hotel room block was sold out, so no hotel penalties needed to be paid unlike the last four years. There are now 315 local SDP chapters.

Elections. Officers were elected for the year 2006-2007: Darla Foreman, President; Jill Fitzhenry, President Elect; Linda Biedermann, Secretary; Jo Lutness, Treasurer; and Ann Johnson, Past President ... At-large board members: Sheila Rouse, Barbara Jenkins, Judy Westegaard, Lina Hoffman Ferrara, Cheri Rol, and Doxie Keller ... The nominating committee is Ann Kingslan, Shirley Nan Ruchong, and Susan Vivoli.

New Programs. Treasure Boxes are painted boxes filled with creative products that eventually be presented to sick children in all 22 Shriner hospitals in the U.S. The Shriners band from Nashville played prior to the annual meeting and there was dancing in the aisles!

The other new program, Chapter Market Place, featured various chapters selling hand-painted gifts, cards, etc. The price of entry was a donation for breast cancer research and more than $2,500 was raised.

DAC. The Decorative Arts Collection had a three-booth display that included outstanding examples from its museum in Wichita, a display of entries from its annual juried competition known as the DAC Awards, and a sales area of consignment pieces from leading decorative artists. Four winners share in the $3,000 business-sponsored prize money and the winning entries become part of the museum's permanent collection.

For more info on SDP, visit www.decorativepainters.org or call 316-269-9300. For more on DAC, email Executive Director Andy Jones at andyjones@decorativeartscollection.org or call 404-627-3662. The website is www.decorativeartscollection.org.

(To read previous Scene & Heard entries, click on the titles in the right-hand column.)

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