Decorative Artists Guild of Southwestern Ohio

The Decorative Artists Guild of Southwestern Ohio (DAGSO) was founded in 1976 by Louise Jackson, MDA, TDA. The Guild was chartered as a Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters in 1977. In 2022 the Society of Decorative Painters dissolved their organization due to financial woes. We chose to continue our guild despite the dissolution of our parent organization. The classes we offer are unique in that they are 6-hour educational projects taught each month in different mediums.

Decorative painting encompasses a wide variety of techniques and mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolor and colored pencil. Historically, this was commonly referred to as “tole painting” which is the process of painting on tin. Today’s decorative artists continue to paint on tin but have also incorporated many more surfaces including furniture, canvas, paper, porcelain, decorative wood objects and other useful objects.


Decorative Artist Guild (DAGSO) members reside in many counties in Ohio with the majority of members living in the greater Dayton area. Our members consist of all different painting skill levels. New members may join DAGSO by paying the annual dues of $30 a year (including $5.00 for postage of the newsletter) or $25 a year if one chooses to receive the newsletter via email. Dues are payable from October 1st through December 31st of the current year for the next year. Interested persons may be a guest of DAGSO for up to two meetings annually by paying the class fees.

Privileges of membership include attendance at all member meetings; the right to participate in all classes, seminars and other activities of DAGSO; a monthly newsletter; a membership name tag; and a membership handbook containing the By-Laws and Standing Rules of Membership. (Download a membership application here.)

Ways & Means:

DAGSO earns money for its treasury through monthly membership raffles, special projects and a Christmas craft show called the “Mistletoe Dreams Holiday Boutique”. The treasury is then used to conduct the normal business of the Guild, procure nationally known teachers and provide the membership with an occasional break on classes.

Philanthropic Projects:

Members of DAGSO participate in many different types of philanthropic projects each year. Members donate their time, skills, and talents to these service projects. In 2006 we painted a Fairy Tale mural for the Miamisburg Public Library. In 2010, we painted “Pay it Forward” cards for soldiers injured in the war in cooperation with the VA hospitals. We delivered these special cards to the Dayton VA Hospital. In 2013 DAGSO members donated $500 worth of paint brushes to We Care Arts, Inc. to help their clients with their painting projects. From 2014-2020 we donated $500 to We Care Arts, Inc. each year. And in 2022 we donated $200 to Horizon Pointe Church to help with their service projects.


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