SDA-WA Member Activities January


Cheri Kopp, Wishing Well, 2016, paperboard product packaging.

Collage Class with Cheri Kopp

Make It & Take It: Quick Collage
Port Townsend School of the Arts
Friday, January 19, 2018
6–9 p.m.

Join SDA-North Peninsula member Cheri Kopp for a fun, festive, creative evening. Share a light meal, libations and music while you combine bits from paperboard packaging (and those vintage postcards) to create small, personalized collages. Scissors, tape and sewn accents – it couldn’t be easier. All materials, supplies and tools provided. Cheri Kopp is a visual artist working in fiber and all manner of cast-off materials. Contact Cheri with questions, at Learn more and register here.

Port Townsend School of the Arts
Building 306, Fort Worden Campus
Port Townsend

Cheri Kopp, Be Mine? 2017, paperboard product packaging and vintage postcard



Northwind Arts Center Juror’s Award recipient Pat Herkal, Oscar Fox.

SDA-NP members at Northwind Arts Center Show

Northwind Arts Center’s 16th Annual Small Expressions exhibit in Port Townsend celebrates art no more than 15 inches in any direction. It represents all sorts of media, including jewelry. Juror Marie Weichman, an educator at Olympic College, ceramic and installation artist, chose work of four SDA-Peninsula artists to be included in the show – Pat Herkal, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Janice Speck and Cathie Wier. Herkal’s fiber bead embroidered sculpture Oscar Fox received the Juror’s Award. The show hangs until December 30.

New Kitsap Regional Group

We had 12 surface design artists at our first meeting on December 5, with lots of ideas and enthusiasm shared.

Our second meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 2 from 11 a.m–1 p.m. at BARN Fiber Arts Studio on Bainbridge (8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110).

Agenda: Show and tell so we can become acquainted with each other’s work. Please bring a piece of your recent work or a work in progress. We will display them on tables and take time to walk around and talk with each other about our pieces.

Roles and Responsibilities: We agreed at the last meeting that we would have a program committee of three people rotating every six months. Other potential roles: exhibits, communications and ??. Think about what role you would like to play in the group.

Resource/Idea Sharing: Compile a list of potential field trips, guest speakers, projects and topics of interest for our meetings. Please bring a list ready to share with the group.

Please contact Roberta Nelson ( or Tonnie Wolfe ( for more information.

2018 SDA-WA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to connect with other artists and expand your world in 2018? SDA-WA is looking for a Membership Rep and a Finance Rep. The Membership Rep uses macros in Microsoft Excel to sort the Washington members list, emails new members and notifies members when their memberships are expiring. The position would be a good fit for someone who likes to work with data in Microsoft Excel. The Finance Rep works with the SDA Treasurer Sarah Bush to balance the SDA-WA budget, and handles funding requests and art show sales. The position would be a good fit for someone who likes to work with numbers.

Contact Communications Rep Francesca Penchant ( for more info about these volunteer positions!

Social Media Intern Position

Social Media Intern Wanted!


Jumpstart your social media career while networking with experienced artists.  The Surface Design Association in Washington State (SDA-WA) seeks a motivated and creative Social Media Intern, with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter experience . We’re looking for a creative communicator who would love to design/ execute a plan to promote our art event  You’ll be exposed to artists who show nationally and internationally and learn the inner workings of curating and mounting an art exhibit.  The internship position may run four to six months and you may be based anywhere in WA.

twitterSDA-WA is planning the first ever traveling exhibition of surface designers’ work in the US.  This will be a widely publicized and exciting display of textile-oriented artwork.  The exhibition will be held at four venues around the State: Richland, Redmond, Port Townsend and Everett.

For more information:


The Social Media Intern will help with various aspects of communication, marketing and outreach, including:


  • Assisting with social media messaging on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest;
  • Designing social media strategy around promoting both the call for art and the exhibition.
  • On occasion, documenting and posting/blogging about special projects and events;
  • Supporting public relations projects by researching and engaging media contacts across the state, working with the Marketing Communications Director to identify and pursue media opportunities, finding new ways to tell stories and raise the interest in artists in the Surface Design Association.


  • Valuable insights into the nonprofit arts communication arena
  • Exposure to the ins and outs of marketing, PR, and community management
  • Opportunity to develop a social media strategy and execute the plan
  • Creative work colleagues
  • Exposure to Washington State arts and artists
  • Exposure to the international parent Surface Design Association
  • One-year membership in the Surface Design Association


instagram-logoSkills and Requirements


  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of social media– Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel; familiarity with Go To Meeting/ FaceTime/ Skype
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • An interest in non-profit communications, art, or arts administration
  • Attention to detail
  • Photoshop, video editing, and design skills a plus
  • Ability to commit to at least four months of part time work

Our interns will receive invaluable experience working on a project of wide scope, professional mentorship, and building a network of contacts in the art arena.  Interns will also receive a free one-year membership to the Surface Design Association.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé and a professional reference to with the subject line SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN. If you have a web presence, please supply a url or link.

While the position will remain open until filled, preference will be given to applications received before February 12, 2016.