Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Let's Play on the Bay!

Art & Soul Virginia Beach... ahhhh... what can we say? Talk about creative inspiration! What better to inspire your creativity and need for a relaxing getaway with like-minded souls, than with Mother Nature herself!

All of our venues are special in their own way, but along the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the views are gorgeous from sunup to sundown...

And everywhere in-between! Every room at the Virginia Beach Resort has a view of the shoreline.

And each one has gorgeous full-length windows that let in the sunlight... just begging you to pull out that class project and play some more!

The classrooms are spacious enough to spread out and enjoy your workshops!

And at the end of the day, the waves are calling to your little toesies.

And did we mention the comfortable rooms, the amazing restaurant and bar, and the friendly staff who puts up with our creative messes and treats us like royalty?

September 28 - October 4, 2015
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel

So come join us for an amazingly inspiring mixed media art retreat, in an amazingly inspiring location. Let's play on the bay! For more information and to register for our Virginia event, visit our website www.ArtAndSoulRetreat.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Help Us Find Our 2016 Theme! We Want Your Suggestions!

Puttin On The Ritz, 2012

We're deep in the middle of our 2015 retreats, but it's never too early to start contemplating what theme to do for next year's events! We usually unveil our choice — along with a spectacular logo — a few months before the start of the actual season. Just to get you excited and thinking about how you can play around with the theme for trades, book swaps, fashion, accessories and more. Even many of our teachers will submit classes for the year that have the theme incorporated into the project. Such fun!

So we want you to come up some ideas for us, and we're going to pick from your suggestions!

What makes a good theme? Well, lets see... I'll start by sharing with you some of the ways we'll use that theme...
Rock & Roll, 2009

• the Art & Soul logo for that year
• on tee shirts, aprons and such
• our program/your class passes
• for contests
• decorations and signage
• the opening night party

How else does our theme get used?
• for trades
• book swaps
• dressing up
• journaling fun
• demos
• midnight pajama parties
• on-site store DIY
• class projects

....and so much more!

So what else makes a good theme? It's something that can be utilized in all these ways. It's fun and interesting. It's inspirational for our mixed media crowd. It conjures up multiple ideas at the same time. And the images that would make you think of the theme are plentiful.

Into the Garden, 2011
Some of our past themes include Flights of Fancy, Orient Express, On Safari, Into the Garden, Wonderland, Rock and Roll, Cirque du Soul, and a few others that go way back. But now we want your ideas.

So go ahead... tell us what you'd like to see as our theme for 2016. I know that you'll come up with some great ideas! There will probably be so many imaginative ones that we may even use your suggestions for 2017... and 2018... and 2019... and 2020....

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Teacher Spotlight... Helen Garcia!

This is just one of Helen Garcia's amazing projects from the amazing workshops she'll be teaching at our Kansas City, MO Art & Soul Retreat! We got to experience this class — Crinkly Iridescent Vestiges Quilt — in Portland and it was... amazing!  This paper quilt is loaded with colorful crinkly textures. The paint and ink flowed into the crevices giving the papers a wonderful aged look. Students got to experiment with this special watermedia batik-like technique on Masa rice paper. They used an acrylic ink technique to make marks and paint with watercolor, letting the colors blend and fuse together naturally. Simply stunning!

Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media artist and award winning illustrator. Her whimsical style shows a love for living creatively with a studio filled to the brim with found objects! She’s currently working with watercolor, pastel and mixed media creating contemporary images on paper along with a series of Icon folklore triptychs with wood, watermedia and found object construction.

For the past 20 years, Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous International resorts and magazines. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts and currently teaches college level Watercolor and Acrylic painting, Book Arts, and Pastel.

Here's a sneak peek of what Helen will be teaching at our 2015 Kansas City retreat, which is just around the corner I might add!

Tuesday Evening, April 28

Wednesday Evening, April 29

Thursday, April 30

Friday, May 1

Such colorful and graphic workshops Helen has to offer! So why not come play with us and make something beautiful?

Mixed Media Art Retreat
April 27 - May 1, 2015
The Elms Hotel & Spa
Excelsior Springs, Missouri

For more information on Art & Soul or to register for any of our events, visit us at www.ArtAndSoulRetreat.com

See you soon!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Right Around the Corner... Kansas City Art & Soul!

Whew! Time sure does fly when you're thinking about attending an Art & Soul retreat. So I wanted to drop in with a friendly little reminder that registration For our Kansas City Retreat is nearing the end. With the event only about a month away, if you haven't signed up for your favorite mixed media classes... now's the time!

There are still a few spots left in some amazing workshops, with some terrific teachers! And our venue — The Elms Hotel & Spa — is out of this world. This historic hotel exudes a certain quaint and cozy charm like none other. So don't delay... our special Art & Soul hotel rates are only available until April 11th!

April 27-May1, 2015
The Elms Hotel & Spa
Excelsior Springs, MO

So stop what you're doing (we won't tell your boss!) and peruse our selection of Kansas City workshops, then sign up today! It's just the creative playcation you need, to give your creativity a kick-start for Spring! Here's a look back at last year's event. What a wonderful time we all had. Come join us for this inspirational event!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Painting A Portrait of Portland...

Wow! What a whirlwind of creativity, courage, and cameraderie we experienced at Art & Soul Portland this year. Tons of artistic attendees learning new and interesting mixed media techniques. Students pushing themselves outside their comfort zones. And so many souls of like mind coming together and forming new friendships and fostering those of years past. This is why we do these events! There aren't too many things better than having a front row seat to the innovation, ingenuity and individuality of our lovely attendees and talented instructors!

So let me paint that portrait of our Portland event for you. Our students are enamored with the genre of mixed media and well... I have to say they make a great impression!

They love to stretch and grow and build layer upon layer of creativity into their repertoire...

I see many thinking outside the box... figuratively and literally!

And we love our tools! Yes, there are paintbrushes and pens... but our mixed media retreats created generations of students that shop for their art supplies at the hardware store!

Time flies here at our events, and people really get in gear...

And sometimes our attendees have dog days... but of course it's always by choice!

And in most cases, we can just throw them a bone... and that makes them happy!

So... all-in-all everybody had a great time in Portland, made amazing stuff, and learned lots of new things. And just as that event has ended, it's time for us to ramp up for our Kansas City, MO Art & Soul retreat! Who wants to come play?

See you soon,

© photos by Ingrid Dijkers, Erin Keck, Ruth Krening, Rebekah Meier and Jean Van Brederode

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Portland Art & Soul... Special Announcement!

Students and teachers alike... you don't want to miss this!

A very timely lecture — Building a Business in the Arts — will be presented by Kenneth and Bonnie Kahn. The workshop will be jam packed with everything you need to know to present and protect yourself in today's art market.

Art & Soul Portland
Friday March 6th
Sheraton Airport Hotel

Here's what you can expect from Kenneth and Bonnie Kahn in their extremely informative workshop:

Attorney, Kenneth Kahn has over 25 years of experience practicing Law. One of his specialties is Art Law. He studied under the world’s authority on Art Law, Attorney and Professor Leonard DuBoff . Kenneth is a highly sought after lecturer and takes great pride in educating artists about their rights. His lecture will cover the following topics:

• What artists need to know about their rights when they display their art in public and private places
• Visual rights act
• Copyright Law
• Negotiating Contracts

Bonnie Kahn has over two decades of working with artists as a museum curator, gallery owner and small business advisor through the Oregon Small Business Development Center. Her lecture will cover the following topics:

• How to succeed in the business of art
• New avenues to explore marketing your art
• Steps to build a supportive client base
• How to network

This special evening presentation is a must for those who desire to take their art into the business world. This workshop is available for $90 and spaces are limited, so sign up today! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet face-to-face with experienced professionals in the law and art field at a fraction of what it would cost for a legal consultation. If you make and sell art, this is your opportunity to be in the know... now!