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Welcome to all who are interested in checking out our chapter. We are one of the oldest chapters of SDP starting in 1975. We hosted a national convention in 1980. Our aim is to educate our members in the many forms of decorative art. We look forward to greeting any and all new members and visitors.

Rocky Mountain Hi Artists

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Need Painting Supplies?
Painting books, wood pieces and brushes from Peggy Miller, CDA's collection will be available at her home 1281 S. York Street, (Washington Park East area) Denver, 11:00 to 2:30 PM, SATURDAY, February 16th. She passed away several years ago and her daughter, Katie Barker is offering this wonderful collection of painting items for anyone who would like them. She will have  things organized so you can see what all is available. There will not be any prices but if you'd like to make a donation it is up to you but not necessary. A number of larger wood items are also included.

Peggy was a beautiful oil painter who originally learned to paint with our Chapter before moving to California for some years before returning to Denver.  This is a very generous offer by Katie Barker in her Mother's memory. 

If you want to contact Katie prior to February 16th, check with me for her phone number as she does not have email at this time.  This is a great opportunity to get wonderful painting pieces so encourage your painting friends to come!

Elissa McAlear,  303.421.8714



Rocky Mountain Hi Artists - Aurora Colorado

Linda Bierman was a dear friend and student; an avid painter, a member and board member of the Rocky Mountain Hi chapter here in Denver, Colorado and the life of the party everywhere she went.

She was a very outspoken and a tirelessly active member right up until she and her husband moved to their dream home in the country, in Illinois, a year or so ago. Linda was our Ways and Means chair for a few years and was always trying to come up with new ideas, both to raise funds for our chapter and to interest new people in joining SDP and our chapter, or just interest new people in learning to paint.

She was fun, funny and never met a stranger. Linda was always signing up for a class or telling me what a great class she'd just taken. She was a regular attendee of the Las Vegas convention, and was recently at the OKC convention last October and talked about us meeting at the Wichita conference in May.

Linda loved trying any and all mediums and was a very prolific painter. She'd pick out a dozen of her favorite paintings every year and have them made into calendars to gift to friends at Christmas.

The party ended December 27, when our dear Linda passed away. All her friends here in Colorado are heartbroken and we'll miss her terribly.

Ginny Sparlin


Read this very nice article about the newest Vesterheim's Gold MedalistLouise Bath.
Elissa asked permission for us to use it on our website. Our past member Jean Klein,
who passed away recently, is menionted in this article.
Read and/or download here


A bit of information on the history of SDP and DAC
(National Museum of Decorative Painting)

In 1972, Priscilla Hauser founded the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP). There were 22 people at the first meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Originally, this organization was called the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters (NSTDP) and was primarily for painting teachers. In fact, instead of the certification title we know today as MDA (Master Decorative Artist), the original designation was MDT (Master Decorative Teacher). The mission of the Society was to "raise and maintain a national level of high quality in teaching tole and decorative painting; stimulate interest in the appreciation for the art of tole and decorative painting; act as a central dissemination point for information concerning activities in the field of tole and decorative painting".  SDP still strives to fulfill the original goals, although now on an international level. Under IRS guidelines, SDP is recognized as a "not for profit" corporation, designated as 501(c) (6).

Ten years later, in 1982, SDP had grown to 17,000 members--What an accomplishment!! Based on a membership survey and the recommendations of a Task Force and the SDP Board of Directors, the bylaws underwent major changes. To quote President Mary Lou Garrison, "The response to the recommendations from this Board proves that the Society is truly a group willing to look to the future, meet the challenges and, best of all, work together to further the goals of the Society".

It was in 1982 that a new corporation was formed, the Decorative Arts Collection Incorporated (DAC). It was the goal of the DAC to collect and preserve outstanding examples of historic and contemporary decorative art, to maintain a museum collection, and to educate. The DAC was renamed The National Museum of Decorative Painting and eventually moved to Atlanta, GA.  After several years of trying to maintain the museum it finally closed in 2018 and the former National Museum of Decorative Painting has now been moved to the SDP offices in Wichita, Kansas, and is on display there.

You can belong (as either a business or individual member) to the Society of Decorative Painters by paying your membership dues each year. You can join any or all of the more than 280 chapters; you can vote for the Society's officers and Board  of Directors; you can serve on a committee or task force; you can volunteer at the annual SDP conference; you can register and take classes at the annual conference; you can participate in the Certification Program; you can enroll in the Teacher Development Program: you can use the "members only " section of the Society's website. Look for SDP and local chapters on Facebook. 


Our NEW meeting place is at the
Garden Plaza of Aurora
14221 E. Evans Ave.
Aurora, Colorado 80014

General Meeting at 6:30 PM
Third Monday of the month
In the Multi-Purpose Room

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