Morey Curtis Dunbar has had a life
long love affair with creative wall finishes. Starting at 4, armed with a
pastry brush and a jar of petroleum jelly, she attempted her first
"wall finish." Over the years, Morey continued to paint anything that
anyone would let her.
While studying Environmental Design
at Syracuse University's School Of Human Development, a single course
in historic restoration and renovation ended up determining Morey's
future career. Students were asked to create a cohesive plan of
historical inspired glass, wall, floor, and fabric treatments.
Experiments with different materials to create a variety of effects
ignited a passion for decorative treatments for all surfaces.
Starting with furniture in a small
gallery in Chicago and private work for friends and family, a new
business was launched. Morey's first large client came as a result of
working for Norco Art Products, in Chicago. Morey's ability to execute
decorative finishes on architectural reproductions prompted a customer
to ask if she could create unique treatments for a condo on Chicago's
Gold Coast. Morey exceeded the client's expectations, including an
Italian Café Scene on a set of bi-fold doors that was created entirely
out of hand made papers.
In 17 years, Morey Curtis Dunbar
has had the good fortune to work with throughout the country. Her client
list has included Susan Aurinko, owner/art director of FLATFILE
Galleries, statesman Joseph Cari, radio personality Kent Voss and
Chicago's famous Italian Village. Morey's work can be seen in Chicago
Home Magazine and the Crate and Barrel catalogue. She has studied with
decorative painting industry leaders as Pierre Finkelstein, Kathy
Carroll, Nicola Virgini, and Jacek Prowinski.
As the co-founder of FLATFILE
Foundation, Morey established this organization to continue art
education in underprivileged youth and struggling young artists. She is
a member of SALI, a national painting organization for the
continuation of decorative arts, a local member of the Heartland
Chapter of SALI, a founding member and president of The Atrium Online,
the professional online pending chapter of SALI, and a member of the
Women's Board of Heartland Alliance For Human Needs And Human Rights.