Dear Sugar Art Show Supporters,
Due to reasons outside of our control the PNW Sugar Art Show is being postponed. We have been working diligently since August to get things pulled together for the best show the PNW has seen in some time. Our efforts have been successful but unfortunately we ran into unforeseen complications brought on by the initial government shut down.
The shut down delayed our organizational paperwork from being approved by the IRS and despite the re-opening, our paperwork is still pending. Our Treasurer has been diligently calling our IRS contact and he has a long backlog of filings to deal with.
The issue we ran into was that when we originally submitted our paperwork back in September we thought all was done and didn’t expect to have the IRS kick it back to us and tell us that due to the amount of money we would be giving away as an organization, and due to the charity component tied to our show, we didn’t qualify as a club and they required us to redo our paperwork and file as a 501c3 charity. At first this was disappointing as we had already done all our legal paperwork, bylaws, filed with the state, set up bank accounts etc, but when we learned we would now qualify for grants we had previously been turned down for it made jumping through additional hoops a little less painful. So we muddled through endless amounts of paperwork, had emergency meetings to redo our bylaws, hired a CPA to help with the paperwork and raced to get it back into the IRS as we were also working against financial deadlines that would significantly fund our show but those donors required we have our legal organizational paperwork in line. The next day the government shut down. We tried to be patient, but even with the government reopening our paperwork is still unapproved and we have now missed the deadline for the financial support we were counting on. Additionally, we cannot move forward with the venue because we are not recognized as an organization with out that paperwork. So we are regrouping and we have made the decision to push the show date out.
While we could move forward with a much smaller show, (if we were to get our paperwork approved soon) that’s not what we want to do. We also have observed that there is still some confusion over what organization is putting the show on. The feedback has been that people think its still the WASSA show. While the WASSA show and the people that put it on are fantastic, amazing people, we'd liked to change the perception and be recognized as a new show with a new format. The IRS setback, while extremely disappointing for our event, has also allowed us to look at things closer and make the changes we feel we need to make to ensure people understand that we are a new show.
We realize the limbo status of our paperwork could continue for some time and that the government could shut down again, as a result we are looking at dates in 2020 to ensure we do not run into any other issues. This will give us plenty of time to reapply to previous funding opiotns, sponosros/donors/grants and ensure we meet the deadlines of new grants and funding options identified. It will also allow us more time to work on the new judging program we are implementing with Nicholas Lodge, and to ensure competition rules are well thought out and organized for entrants.
Our board and members have also made the decision to look at alternate venue options outside of Everett and possibly closer to Seattle. The possibility of moving the venue may make it easier for travelers to fly in and out, as well as give visitors access to more things to do, restaurants to eat at and hotel options for their stay. It may also allow the PNW Sugar Art Show to accommodate a larger group, provide ample parking, easier move in for vendors, and take advantage of all that a city venue has to offer. We are exploring this option in an effort to better serve our attendees, vendors, instructors and allow us to attract more people due to a city location versus an industrial location.
We'd like to emphasize that we are simply changing the date and possibly the venue. The theme of the show will stay the same. The judges and teachers we spoke to have all been 100% supportive off the news and welcome the opportunity to be part of our show in 2020.
For now we have suspended ticket and vendor booth sales and have refunded those that have purchased tickets, booths and classes. Once we have a new date we will announce it and resume sales.
The goal of the PNW Sugar Artist Charity is to spread the knowledge and education of culinary arts. Having our organization as a 501c3 charity will allow us grants that will enable us to put on the best show possible and give us more funds to give away in the form of scholarship opportunities to those looking to continue their education in culinary or to begin a career in culinary with the desire for employment in the baking, pastry and confectionary art industry. As an organization we have identified the importance of giving back not just to our local community but to the industry as whole. We hope you all see the value in what it is we are trying to do for the community and industry and continue to support our show anyway you can.
PNW Sugar Artist Charity
The Sugar Art Show is pleased to have Peggy Tucker owner of the School of Cakeology teaching, demonstrating and judging. Peggy is also the owner of Cake Play, a manufacturer of Isomalt.
Peggy is internationally known, not only for her unique skills in sugar art, but also for the quality, and fun, demonstrations and classes, at which she inspires enthusiasm in everyone who attends. This reputation has opened many doors for her in the sugar world.
She is a Certified Master Sugar Artist, one of 32 in the world, and is the owner of School Of Cakeology. She specializes in teaching the art of Sugar, Cake Design, and Cake Decorating, and is an International Instructor.
She has been seen on the Food Network (Halloween Wars), Fox news, has written articles published in American Cake Decorating Magazine, Edible Artists Network Magazine, ICES Magazine, Minnesota Women Magazine and Rochester Newspapers have written many articles on her over the years.
Peggy's classes fill up quickly so be sure to sign up today! She will be teaching two isomalt classes. There first is her garden fairy followed by another class focused on flowers, ribbons and bows. She will also be doing a fun Isomalt demonstration on our main stage during the show.
Visit www.sugarartshow.com to sign up for classes and purchase show tickets.
Greetings Sugar Artists!
First of all, we want to thank the former WASSA group that hosted the Washington show in years past for all their years of service and dedication to putting on a show here in Washington state. We know the decision to no longer host the show let alone dissolve the organization was not an easy one. With that said, The PNW Sugar Artist Club is pleased to announce that we will now be hosting the "Sugar Art Show" here in Washington state!
We are dedicated to keeping sugar art alive in the great Northwest and have an amazing show planned for May of 2019. We are switching things up and are looking forward to bringing you an improved show, with vendor booths, a main stage with lots of demonstrations, live challenges, cake competition, mini hands on classes, kids activities and of course sugar art classes through out the weekend.
In 2019, we will be taking over both floors of the Angel of the Winds Convention Center in Everett, WA the weekend of May 3rd -5th 2019. The theme will be "Casino Nights" and we will have a number of Food Network celebs demonstrating, teaching and having some fun on the main stage. We will also have vendors selling all your confectionary art product needs and you don't want to miss the cake competition. More details will be rolled out in the coming weeks for vendors and those wanting to enter the cake competition along with class information and sign up options.
In the meantime, we are thrilled to announce the following instructors teaching hands on classes over the three day event. Stay tuned for more show info as it becomes available by signing up for updates! You can also visit the show website at www.sugarartshow.com.
PNW Sugar Artist Club
Certified Master Sugar Artist and Former Food Network Halloween Wars competitor Peggy Tucker, owner of the School of Cakeology & Cake Play will be demonstrating on the main stage, teaching isolmalt classes and judging our cake competition.
Kathleen Lange of Confectionary Chalet and USA Division Rep for FIPGC will be will be demonstrating on the main stage, teaching a dessert class and a Lambeth class along with judging our cake competition.
Reva Alexander-Hawk of Merci Beaucoup Cakes and winner of a ton of Food Network TV shows, will be demonstrating on the main stage, teaching buttercream classes and judging our cake competition.
Food Network Competitor and Winner of several cake shows Viki Kane of SugarKane will be demonstrating on the main stage, teaching kids and cookie classes and judging our cake competition.
Sachiko Windbiel, of Mimicafe Union will be will be demonstrating on the main stage and teaching fondant figure modeling classes.