In 1995, while taking classes at Budding Artist Workshop in Toms River, New Jersey, a group of 10 decorative painting friends decided to form a local chapter of the national organization, the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP).  The SDP provided guidelines and rules for forming a steering committee to begin the years-long process towards earning affiliation with the SDP. Agreeing to conform to SDP mandates, the group elected officers, selected an original name from several ideas and held regular recorded meetings. From members submissions, a logo was selected which became part of our identity with the Jersey Shore. Regular minutes and financial reports were made to the SDP by group leaders over the course of two years. In 1997, the SDP voted to present Tole Time at the Jersey Shore with a charter, officially recognizing the group as an affiliated chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters. Traditions soon began with a Christmas party exchanging cookies and hand painted ornaments. Other traditions followed with a pot luck dinner and special ceremony for the installation of officers every January. April is Tole Time's birthday month. It is celebrated with a "Birthday Paint'n Party"  in which a weekend is spent in a painting seminar. October is National Decorative Painting Month and finds many of the members' prized pieces displayed at the local library.  The Chapter's friendly atmosphere allows for the involvement of it's members with many enriching activities. The Chapter provides it's members with quality painting projects on a monthly basis, seminars with nationally known decorative artists, educational demonstrations and displays.

​Sunshine: Corner:
Doreen Prinzo

Newsletter Editor:
Shirley Broome 

Kitt Christie 

2021 Committee Members

2021 Board Members

About Tole Time

Tole Time at the Jersey Shore was founded in April 1997.  We welcome anyone, from beginner level to experienced, who wants to learn old and new techniques, share fellowship with other painters, and meet people with similar interests.

Tole Time at the Jersey Shore is a chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters, a national non-profit organization. Tole and Decorative Painting, as defined by the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP), is a diverse art form that utilizes a variety of techniques and media to decorate functional and nonfunctional surfaces. Tole painting is the term that has been used historically for decorative painting on tin surfaces. Many styles of early American folk art painting are incorporated in today's decorative painting. Contemporary decorative painting is a teachable art form because of the systematic method that is employed. It allows for the use of either pre-drawn or freehand designs thereby assuring a high degree of success without academic training or inherent drawing ability.

Shelly McAteer 

1st Vice President (Programs):
Angie Varina

2nd Vice President (Membership):
Lillian Territo

Donna Norton​

Shirley Broome