History of Nature Coast Decorative Artists
by Doris Trudeau
We started with three painting buddies, Cam Loveland, Diane Jensen and Doris Trudeau at our kitchen tables and eventually saw the possibility of a chapter in Spring Hill. With our heads, talents, a car and phone, we called friends and had our first meeting in Doris' home in March 1993. This meeting formulated ideas and a new chapter was on its way.
We started out in 1993 as the "Decorative Artists of West Central Florida," in our third year we changed to "Nature Coast Decorative Artists." In 1996 we received our affiliation with the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters at the Nashville convention.
In 1993 Doris Trudeau was the first president of DAWCF. She looked for a hall where we could meet monthly with next to nothing to pay for rental. She finally found the Weeki Wachee Senior Citizen's Center. It's been a great meeting place for all of us.
We started a newsletter and sent press releases to the newspapers and libraries and soon the painters and would-be painters came. We have grown to over 60 members who meet to share their painting and their lives.
- We have had great leadership from past presidents
Jan Bittner (part year)
Virginia Hughes (part year)
Ev Dye (part year)
Each year we do a Philanthropic project for the community. We have painted angel Christmas tree ornaments and large aprons for the Angelus House; participated in International Day at a Hernando County Elementary School where we told the children about the beginning of folk art in this country and helped them color a folk art design; painted ceramic vases for resale by Hospice; painted birdhouses for Habitat for Humanity; painted canvas tote bags for a Shelter for Women, painted memory boxes for parents of babies who have passed away, painted hats for cancer survivors, filled cookie cans and bags for soldiers overseas and Christmas ornaments for Parade of Trees. We have painted Treasure Boxes for children in Shriner Hospitals. We helped the W,W.S.C. with bingo prizes for their Monthly Bingo. Last year we helped put a face lift on the Habitat for Humanity Re-store by adding colorful logos and painting a mural to represent a Habitat House. In 2014 we helped sponsor the WWSC first Open House.
We come together to have fun sharing our knowledge of painting in many forms, every year we have displayed our art form at local libraries and at each meeting our "Show and Tell" time helps members see and understand what others have accomplished with their painting . It gives us confidence to show what we can do and gives ideas and incentives to the other members to recognize what they can do in the future with time and practice.
We have a library of videos and patterns, plus books of photos of past projects.NCDA Meets 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.,(or later) the first Saturday of the month, January through November at the Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens' Clubhouse* in Spring Hill Florida. In December we enjoy a Christmas party. Most monthly meetings consist of the following:- business meeting - raffle - members project display - tips and demonstration- painting a class project
You are welcome to join us!
President Linda Duff
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