About Us

The first California Chapter was formed in March 1973 under the name of Northern California Tole and Decorative Art Association and with the guidance of Micky Lynch, to provide a showplace for members to display their new-found talents. We became an affiliated chapter of the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters (now know as SDP) in 1975. We renamed our chapter in 2001 to better reflect our goals and a broader interest of decorative art. We are now known as Northern California Decorative Artists (NCDA).

At the end of 2022, the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) dissolved. NCDA responded to this event by setting themselves up as an individual painting group with no association to an international organization. 

NATIONAL TOLE MONTH: In the month of October we celebrate National Tole Week, during which time the local chapter promotes awareness of our art form by hosting displays for hand-painted items from our members in the local libraries.

NEWSLETTER: Tole and Tell: The newsletter is published bi-monthly and distributed to members via email.  Email
info@NorthernCaliforniaDecorativeArtists.com for a membership application.

STATE AND COUNTY FAIRS: NCDA is an official monetary sponsor of Alameda County Fair Tole and Decorative Painting Division. The event is usually held in June/July. All painters may submit their art for jury and judging. Members are invited to spend a day at the fair demonstrating our techniques to the public and inviting them to join out chapter.

MEMORY BOX PROJECT: Hand-painted memory boxes are given to grieving parents so that they have something to take home from the hospital to help remember their child. The memory box program, started in 1998, is in place at decorative painter’s groups across the country. Since its inception, more than 113, 000 boxes have been given to parents nationwide. Local efforts have supported hospitals throughout California. ype your paragraph here.

President – Donna Singer      
1st Vice Pres – Penny Partch  
2nd Vice Pres – Cheryl Robertson    
Secretary – Cheryl Branin
Treasurer – Beckie Underwood  


Auditor – Zee Forsberg     
Newsletter Editor – Peggy Kramer 

Advertising & Marketing – Open
Community Outreach & Education – Peggy Kramer
Donations – Penny Partch
Fairs – Mary Robertson
Hospitality – Zee Forsberg
Membership – Cheryl Robertson 
Programs & Seminars – Donna Singer
Sunshine – Penny Partch & Corina Baber

Raffles and Auctions – Corina Baber
Website & Facebook – Beckie Underwood