Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Virginia Beach... Faces, Flowers, Fire, Fingers, Friendships & So Much More!


Let's face it... the Virginia Beach Art & Soul event is always an amazing time in a breathtaking location with lots of happy, adventurous, artistic souls!


This retreat is flowered with all different kinds of folk, of all ages, from all walks of life, who love taking time out of their busy lives to treat themselves to some well-deserved play time.


I mean, really... our attendees are full of fire! It takes a certain type of soul to know how important it is to keep learning and growing by adding new, creative experiences to their lives. Okay, I'm getting choked up now...


Because to get to be the purveyor of such things makes me feel all warm and gooey inside. Like this lovely enamel pendant must've felt as it was being forged in Jean Van Brederode's workshop. But seriously, in this day and age, to be able to bring people together in common interest and that interest is treating themselves to a good time... well, I'm so very lucky. It touches me to my very core.


Like Neil Diamond sings... Hands, touching hands, reaching out, touching me, touching you! That describes what we do here at Art & Soul. Many hands together make up what we do, from our staff, the planning of it all, the execution, the hotel personnel, the students, the teachers... everybody! We all have a hand in creating this marvelous event, where we use our hands to make things... even rings to put on our fingers.


And the friendships forged at our events, well I can't even begin to tell you how many have been started at this very location. Because when you gather these kind of artistic souls together, it just can't be helped. And these friendships last a lifetime.


So whether you like to get your hands dirty, or keep them clean... we had workshops for that. Fun with fabric, playing with clay, drawing from scratch, molding, folding, sewing, gluing... so much for your hands to do!



There aren't too many in-person retreats left that allow you to show up with real live teachers, in real live classrooms (with lots of plastic covering the floors, LOL), inside a gorgeous hotel, with a view of the beach, and I'm just so ecstatic that Art & Soul is still a part of that movement. Maybe we can move more people out from behind their computers and get back into the real world, huh?


At Virginia Beach, there's always magic that happens. It's in the air! Maybe it's the salt air, which gently blows through the sliding glass doors of our oceanfront rooms? But in addition to our own event, this time we were witness to all kinds of enchantment...


Like the beach wedding that took place right outside our hotel on the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay!


Or the multitudes of frolicking dolphins we encountered swimming our way!


And although sometimes the ones we leave at home may get a little mopey... while we get to play and have fun... it's all worth the time we invest in ourselves. Don't you agree?!

So from the bottom of my heArt, thank you all for such a wonderful retreat! I look forward to seeing you next year!

Hugs,
Glenny
xoxo

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Last Call for Virginia Art & Soul!

Make rusty patterns on fabric and stitch designs with Liz Kettle

OhMyGosh! Can you believe that Virginia Beach Art & Soul is a little more than 3 weeks away? Where did the summer go? I hope you had a blast with friends and family, barbeques and bike rides, swimming and sunning. And maybe you even snuck in a bit of creativity when you had the time.

Which brings me to why I'm here... I just wanted to remind you that our Virginia Beach event is right around the corner, and this will be your last chance to get some of your favorite classes before registration closes. There's still lots of amazing workshops to choose from, in all your favorite mixed media categories, including... collage, assemblage, drawing, painting, journaling, book making, jewelry, fabric & fiber arts, dolls, and sooooo much more! Here's just a sampling of what's still available...


Want to make your mixed media dreams come true? How about a book that doesn't require any sewing? Well, you heard it here first folks! That's right, Janice Richie is hosting a Red Rosin No-Sew Binding Book workshop. Working with red rosin paper (that construction peeps put on the floor when they paint your house), you'll splash, paint, stamp, stencil, mark, and doodle your way to create the cover and pages of your own personal book.



Journal Fodder Junkies of the World, Unite! Nope, that's not just a rah-rah for Eric Scott's creative visual journaling class, it's actually the title. In this workshop, he'll focus on engaging the blank page, using writing and text, layering materials and concepts, and incorporating personal imagery. Learn how to embrace this tool for self-exploration and reflection and turn your journals in to an art form for expression!


Many Art & Soul'ers are Over The Moon when they come to one of our retreats... and you can be too when you take Jean Van Brederode's class of the same name! From scratch you'll create a geode-like moonscape enameled pendant necklace that's out of this world! Each student will learn basic torch enameling, metal-working skills, cold-connecting and soldering techniques. No previous enameling experience is necessary!


A stitch in time may save nine, but you'll have plenty of both as you spend two relaxing evenings learning Modern Hand Stitching with Ruth Chandler! Leave the stress and rules and perfection at home and work on a fabric stitch book that you will want to add to as you discover new fibers and threads. And everything you need is included in your kit when you arrive to class. What could be more fun than just coming in, sitting down and stitching with other artists without having to gather all the supplies and prepare anything?


Feel like a mixed media wild child? Then Kate Thompson's class, Children of the Wild is for you! Working with vintage children's photos you will learn all kinds of unique techniques using watercolors, gesso, linseed oil and oil bars on watercolor paper and vintage ledger paper. You'll get to create a painting and a story to go along with it, in this heartfelt workshop.



Are you a fan of witches, ghosts, zombies, Frankenstein and anything Tim Burton? Then join Mindy Lacefield for her favorite holiday and make Halloween Ornaments to share with family and friends (just kidding, we know you'll want to keep them for yourself!). She'll teach you how to create creepy cute characters from scratch and guide you through the process with an air of fun and whimsy.

October 2-8, 2017
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel

As you can see, it's shaping up to be an amazing event! So don't delay, register today! Time is running out and you definitely won't want to miss spending early October on the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay. So visit our website for more information on our Virginia Beach Event... our relaxing beachfront Hotel... the creative Workshops we have to offer... and our fabulous Instructors. Sign up today and give yourself the playtime you deserve!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Brazing Bold... With Susan Lenart Kazmer


Well, if it weren't hard enough to choose which Susan Lenart Kazmer workshop to take at our Portland 2018 Art & Soul event, we've gone and added another amazing class to our roster... Brazing Bold - Resin & Silver Talismans Jewelry.

In this afternoon workshop, you'll get to hand-forge a silver bezel, learning practical metalworking skills in brazing, filing, sanding and finishing. Then, you'll get to build up multiple layers of resin, using interesting techniques and applications for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, mark-making and surface coloring. And even in that abridged description, we're literally not even scratching the surface!

Whether you are new to jewelry-making, or it's already part of your creative world, you won't even need to bring or invest in too many supplies because Susan will graciously be supplying bricks to braze on, torches, extra butane, soldering material, a flexible shaft, drill bits, sandpaper, and she'll even have extra tools in the classroom. Susan is all about helping you learn in the easiest and most fun way possible!

Portland 2018 Art & Soul
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm

So go ahead and check out this latest addition to Susan's classes. And if you haven't taken a look at all our offerings for Portland Art & Soul, you can see them all out on our website.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Last Chance for Portland Early Bird Pricing!


We know the one about how the early bird catches the worm... but how about the one where the early bird catches the best Art & Soul classes, taught by their favorite instructors, and at a special discount, but only available through this Friday, June 30th?!


Well, we just wanted to give a little reminder about how you can save $15-$20 on all full-day classes and $10 off your registration fee! That's just $135-$140 for daytime workshops and $40 to register. When June ends class prices will be at their regular price of $150-$160 and registration will be $50. We love to encourage you to make your selections early as classes fill up quickly, but hey... we'd love for you to save a little dough so you can buy more supplies too!

 
February 11-18, 2018
Portland Airport Sheridan Hotel

Did you know that Art & Soul is the longest running mixed media art retreat in the United States, and we're still going strong for a reason. There's nothing like being amongst like-minded souls, learning new techniques, creating amazing things, and making memories that last a lifetime. So, check out our Portand offerings, register today, and save yourself a bit of hard-earned cash! You can look through our workshops in 3 ways... by workshop dates, your favorite instructors, and by photos of all our example projects. Once you register, don't forget to make your hotel reservations too. The Sheraton has given us an unbeatable rate that includes lots of extras. Can't wait to see which classes you pick!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Get Out From Behind Your Computer & Come Make Art With Us in Virginia Beach!


In this modern day and age of the interwebs, it's easy to take advantage of the creative offerings available that allow you to participate in the convenience of your own home. But there's nothing like being amongst your tribe of like-minded souls, having a teacher right in front of you to answer questions as they arise, walking around a classroom to see what others are doing, rummaging through mixed media treasures with your hands, and actually LOL'ing because you're having so much fun, feeling light and playful since all the distractions of home have fallen away.

THIS is what Art & Soul is for!

And so we thought we'd share a bit more of the unique offerings we have for our Virginia Beach Retreat, to entice you into joining us in-person!

The title of this workshop with Debbie Rijns says it all. It's called Awwww Sweet, and it gives you the chance to create a silver pendant from a child's drawing. Now, really.... how sweet is that?!

Got quilt skills? Well, after this amazing class with Judy Gula, you'll have a plethora of knowledge on how to make your very own special Batik Panel Art Quilt. Overcome your quilting fears and join Judy for this informative class. And if you're traveling by air, no worries... Bernina has graciously furnished us with extra sewing machines for you to use. How cool is that?!

Mama always said if you keep making that face it's going to stay that way! Well, not in this Luscious Layered Portraits workshop with Nicole Austin. You'll create juicy layers upon layers in your art journals that form the basis of these intriguing one-of-a-kind faces. No two will be alike!

Want to light up your life... or maybe your child's bedroom? Let Leslie Blackford be your guide as you make a night light using transparent polymer clay creations. Then learn to sculpt simple animals that adorn these Creative Character Lamps. What a bright idea!

And how about trying your hand at these adorable Felted Flower Rings you can make in this evening class taught by Susan Rossiter? Now that summer is here and all the flowers are blooming, it really makes sense to create a colorful adornment that lets you enjoy them all year long

So, as you can see, we've got lots to offer in Virginia Beach, and this isn't even scratching the surface! We have an amazing group of instructors who are all artists themselves, many of them published in the pages of your favorite mixed media magazines and authors of their own how-to books. We kick off the week with an opening night party and have lots of fun events, contests and gatherings throughout the week. We've got an on-site store that'll knock your socks off, and a Vendor Extravaganza featuring peddlers with hard to find goodies from ephemera to assemblage components and amazing original art by your very own instructors! We have pop-up parties, show-and-tell, make-and-takes, a designated play area, an amazing staff, all taking place at a hotel on the beach... and there's just so much more to experience in person!

October 2-8, 2017
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel

So visit our website and get more information about our Virginia Beach Event... our relaxing beachfront Hotel... the creative Workshops we have to offer... and our fabulous Instructors! Sign up today and give yourself the playtime you deserve, amidst like-minded souls... you'll make some amazing art and lasting friendships too.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Portland Registration is Open!

Fabric Angel Book with Kate Thompson

We have lots of exciting classes for Art & Soul Portland 2018 and registration is now open! We're thrilled to offer such a unique selection of workshops for our attendees. No matter what type of mixed media art you enjoy making, or would like to learn how to make... there is something for everyone in Portland.

Make polymer clay Bird Peeps with Lisa Rinner

Want to try your hand at felting, sewing a garment, dyeing fabric, painting in watercolors, acrylics or pencils? We've got that! Interested in making books and journals out of fabric or paper, 3-dimensional assemblage, and fabulous jewelry techniques in enamel, clay, metal or resin? We have those too! How about sculpting with clay, collaging with magazine pages, or literally trying your hand at drawing, doodling, or lettering the alphabet? Well, we have workshops in all of that and so much more!

Susan Lenart Kazmer's Talisman Jewelry

Did you know that 2018 will be our 15th year in Portland! I actually started producing weekend art events in 1998, Art & Soul Retreats became a phenomenon all its own in February 2003. I hope you can join us to celebrate this milestone.

Felt the Perfect Handbag in LeBrie Rich's workshop

Registration will open May 26, 2017. We are once again offering special discounts for early registration. Classes will be $135 for one month only, until June 30, 2017. At that time, they will raise to $150. Make your selections EARLY as many classes will fill rapidly.

Discover Gel Transfers with Heather Kindt

February 11-18, 2018
Portland Airport Sheridan Hotel

This was just a little taste of what we have in store, so go ahead and grab a beverage and a snack check out our Portand offerings! You can peruse them on our website in 3 ways... by workshop dates, your favorite instructors, and by photos of all our example projects. Once you register, don't forget to make your hotel reservations too. The Sheraton has given us an unbeatable rate that includes lots of extras. Happy browsing!