Meet the Board 2023
We invite you to take a few minutes to get acquainted with our Board of Directors for this new year. These individuals volunteer their time to help build the artists community in Redmond. Directors are elected for a 2 yr term, usually commencing in January. The DCAA is always looking for good people willing to share there time and skills/talent/interests in fulfilling our mission. . If you are interested in becoming a director contact any of the current directors for a nomination form.
Mel started his career as a cabinetmaker at the age of 23, in Klamath Falls, Or. Moving to Forest Grove in 1982 he started the shop again, Pacific Design Inc was born. The demand for his custom cabinets grew exponentially as did the shop sq footage and the number of skilled employees. 36 yrs later, 25 employees and 25,000 sq ft. later, it was time to call it a day. Mel had the distinct pleasure of designing and supplying the finest cabinets imaginable to some really incredible homes in the Pacific NW and Hawaii. Retirement brought time to re-ignite his passion for art in the medium of fused glass. You can see his work at www.melarcher.com In January of 2022 Mel was voted in as chairman of Dry Canyon Arts Assoc and takes great satisfaction in seeing the Redmond artists community growing stronger.
Mel Archer, Chair
In addition to traditional book making, Kelley loves to experiment with the book as a sculptural form. Using her passion for texture and color, she imaginatively forms miniature worlds in a variety of forms. Kelley creates interesting new art forms by altering old books. Kelley also delights in inventing her own books as well as building with book board and paper. She has an unsurpassed eye for detail and narrative. She joined the DCAA Board in January of 2022 and was elected vice-chair. Because her passion is for the artists and the community, Kelley also heads up the membership. DCAA has seen the membership grow from 30 to over 130 in one year. Kelley works with the board to create systems for sustainable growth with strong communication. Her desire is to see DCAA strong, and sustainable for years to come and leave the legacy of encouragement and collaboration between -art, artist, and community. Kelley served on the Sisters Arts Association board for 5 years and currently serves in a limited capacity other non-profits: Furnish Hope and New Each Morning.
Born and raised Oregonian, Terri retired from security/law enforcement after 37 yrs. She is a professional watercolor artist, instructor, lover of animals. Terri Joined the DCAA in 2018, is the current treasurer and a member of multiple art associations.
Terri Dill-Simpson, Treasurer
After 50 years in the real estate industry as an international consultant living overseas for 20 of those years, Bill took up wood carving. Using 100 year old cedar fence posts and tree snags, he creates duck decoys and carves owls of all sizes and species. He also repurposes vintage persimmon golf clubs into golf ducks and unique bottle openers for the region's golfing community. Bill and his wife, Gilda live at Eagle Crest Resort.
Place of Our Own
As the Grants Committee Chair, Josie researches grants that will be beneficial to the DCAA organization and programs. She also helps members write grant proposals. Josie has also been involved in both the grant writing and the grant awarding process with non-profits and schools. An artist herself, she is pleased to support the DCCA mission.
Jackie provides social media content and runs the Hearts 4 Art volunteer program for DCAA. Jackie has worked in software sales and sales analytics for most of her career. She received an MBA from Chapman University with a focus on organizational leadership. Jackie loves living in Redmond, painting as much as she can and working part-time with foster families. Jackie lives with her husband, their big sweet labradoodle and 2 lovable bonker cats.
Jennifer spent 35 years in healthcare working for Legacy Health System in the Portland area before retiring in 2019. She worked primarily in management as a Quality Improvement Consultant, Compliance Manager and in Project Management. Jennifer started taking art classes after she retired and likes experimenting with many different art mediums. For DCCA, she is the Chair of First Friday Art Walk.
First Friday Art Walk
Kathy is primarily a watercolor artist, but enjoys other mediums as well. She has been a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, since 2005. Kathy has had several paintings accepted in to shows in Gresham City Hall, The Art Institute of Portland, Mt. Scott Art Center and Bella Perla Art Gallery. Since moving to Central Oregon, she has had her art displayed at St. Charles Medical center of Bend, Bend Senior Center, Redmond School House Produce and a few other locations. Kathy is currently on the Board for Dry Canyon Art Association and actively looking for more ways to assist local artists and promote their work.
Lend Me Your Walls
Bill, in an earlier life, spent 40+ years as a professional photographer specializing in scenic and environmental portraiture. After retiring Bill has been able to focus on his long time passion for wood work, which has now centered on ; turned and hand finished wood bowls and hollow vessels. Bill’s work is currently available at Arome in Redmond and Hood Avenue Art in Sisters.
Joan Bertucci Sheets has always drawn and painted. At a young age she used the family walls and book pages to fill with her imagination until her mother finally bought her some butcher paper.
* Education: Painting, drawing and graphics studies with a master degree in Art teaching
* Work experience: Window Display Designer Art teacher-public, private schools including Community colleges
* Art Educator: Portland Art Museum, Docent, trainer, and project director
* Artist-in-Residence: Hired to teach drawing and painting in schools Art Event co - creator, Art on The River, successful art show for over 10 years supporting the school art programs
Dry Canyon artist and education chair
Joan Bertucci Sheets,
Katie creates fused glass pieces both functional and artistic. She also creates unique and personal jewelry and is branching out to photography. In her travels around the world, she has photographed animals and birds, which reflects her love of nature and these creatures.
Laurel offers an Orientation for new and current members to discuss what DCAA is about, what programs DCAA has to offer and how members may become involved. We share our background in the arts, share our talents, and meet other members to exchange ideas. After a career in workforce development, Laurel rekindled her passion for fused glass and its organic feel and fluidity. Laurel fires both art and float glass in her home studio and draws her inspiration from the beauty of Central Oregon and the Oregon coast. Her work can be viewed on www.GoodLifeGlassbyLaurel.com
Board advisors have skills in certain areas that are invaluable to the board and assist the board in making decisions