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SO WHAT IS DECORATIVE PAINTING??
If you think of Tole painting, folk art and one stroke painting you have an idea of our foundation. My favorite current definition is art that is meant to be taught. This means that what we do is often indistinguishable from "fine"art. Your finished piece is still an original; the design is probably just not one-of-a kind. The methods and techniques involved in teaching are varied and the mediums cover the spectrum. Our chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters strives to meet the varied interests of our members. We bring in (or recruit from our members) teachers in acrylic, water color, oils (regular, heat set and water soluble), colored pencil and whatever else we can think of. Check out our newsletters and Event photo page to see some examples of the types of things we paint.
Anyone can do decorative painting!!!! Yes, it may take a little patience.... and practice always helps; but you do not have to be "artistic". You do not have to be able to "draw" (although isn't that how you learned to write your name at an early age?). A typical project consists of a line drawing design and step by step instructions that cover materials and technique. Whimsical or realistic, there is something for everyone. We welcome newbies and experienced artists.
Our mission is to teach and to learn.
As Amended November 2017 (underlined sections denote changes)
1. Membership dues shall be determined annually by the board (for the following year) and shall be made payable by check to the Flower City Decorative Artists of New York. Dues are due by November 30th delinquent after December 31st. A renewal form will be in the October and November newsletters. You must have your National membership number on the renewal form. We must have this to make sure our records are up to date for the annual report in January. For members joining after June, dues may be prorated as determined by the board, and a renewal form with National membership number on it must be submitted as well.
2. (a) The financial records for the chapter shall be kept on a calendar basis, from January 1st through December 31st
(b) The chair of each committee or event that handles money (i.e., luncheon, seminar, etc.) shall submit a report to the current treasurer within 1 month of completion of the event.
3. Business meetings of the chapter shall be held no less than four (4) times annually.
4. Chapter members who teach an all-day seminar for which they are compensated will be required to fulfill one of the following requirements during the calendar year of their seminar:
a. Teach or demo at a monthly meeting
b. Be a current board member
c. Either chair or serve as an active member on a committee
5. Every member is equally eligible to attend seminars. Members will have priority for sign-up upon payment received. Non-members may then sign up if there are any openings. All members in good standing are eligible to receive member rates. Non-members are not eligible for member rates.
Additionally, members may earn "Chapter Dollars" to be applied towards seminar fees for doing any of the following:
a. Contribute to the chapter fundraiser (as defined by the Board each year).
b. Chair a committee or event
c. Take a position on the Board
d. Teach an after meeting project. (see Exception: BONUS Chapter Dollars, below)
The amount of the Chapter Dollars and BONUS Chapter Dollars is typically $15 but may be changed annually by board approval and vote by a quorum of members.
Chapter Dollars earned in one year are used for seminars in the following year and are not extended beyond the following year.
Exception: Extra "BONUS" Chapter Dollars may be earned by teaching an after meeting project and these Dollars may be used in the year earned and (at least) the following year.
The President or person designated by the President will keep a record of participation and tabulate Chapter Dollars eligibility and usage.
6. Excessive sign-ups
Once the seminar is filled with paid registrations, a numbered wait list will be taken.
7. Registration for the chapter seminars will require payment in full at the time of registration and is generally nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend a seminar, you must contact the First Vice President ASAP. If your spot can be filled by another person you may be eligible for a refund.
8. The 1st Vice President shall collect seminar fees for the chapter. Seminar teachers are responsible for collecting their own materials reimbursements.
9. A stipend of $200 is available to Officers of the Chapter for the purpose of attending the Leadership Conference, Chapters Meeting and Annual Meeting at the National Convention of SDP. An officer may receive this stipend more than once. Eligibility for the stipend shall follow the following sequence: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer; however, an officer who has not used the stipend takes priority. The maximum amount of $200 will cover the cost of registration, fees for Leadership Conference and/or Chapters meeting, lodging, food and travel, but not classes. Attending Officer shall be required to teach a project to chapter members within a year after using the stipend, and no teaching fee shall be paid. Attending officer shall also be required to report to the chapter, either at a meeting or via newsletter article, on information obtained at the meetings they attended.
10. Selling by individuals or display of sale materials shall not take place during the business and program portion of the meeting.
11. These standing rules may be amended by a majority of the voters at any meeting wherein there is a quorum.