Friday, April 8, 2016

Let's Face(book) It... We Need YOU!

Do you love Art & Soul? Are you a social media aficionado? Is marketing and promotion in your wheelhouse? Do you enjoy inspiring others? Well then... we need YOU!

We are looking for someone to join our team and take the reins of all things involving social media. You'll help create buzz about our upcoming retreats. You'll promote our teachers and classes. You'll inspire the thousands of followers we have and make them feel like part of the Art & Soul family... in real time!

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining our team as our social media expert, contact Glenny Moir at today!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Check Out Our New Look!

We've recently redesigned our website and wanted to show you around a bit! We're very excited about this new look and feel. We added big bold photos, sophisticated typefaces, easy to navigate pages, and links to everything you need to know about Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreats.

Our new muted, torn paper backgrounds lend a new level of sophistication to the look, while still being fun and playful. We sprinkled the site with artistic and professional photography and updated our descriptions to give our in-person retreats the warm and fuzzy feel they deserve.

The links to our retreats are easy to find and are accompanied by enticing images of the cities where we have our events. The accompanying information walks you through our site so you can easily find what you're looking for.

And pow! Our individual events pages have these gorgeous full-length photos, showcasing our location, as well as easily clickable links to each aspect of our retreats. Right on the event page you'll find access to the event overview, workshops, instructors, hotel, registration information, activities, class project photos, and teacher videos. Easy peasy!

So come check out our new website, and if you haven't signed up for your favorite retreat, now's a great time. Happy browsing!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Minneapolis Classes You Can't Resist (Or Can You!)

Looking for something new in mixed media? Well, here's something you really can resist! Learn how to make your own Resist Dyeing on Hand-Felted Wool with Chad Alice Hagen! The perfect base for beading, these beautiful and colorful materials can be mastered in one simple class!

Okay, so now that we've got our pun out of the way, it's time to let you know how fabulous our lineup of classes are for Minneapolis Art & Soul... and how very excited we are about this new central location! We've got over 70 individual workshops... taught by 24 extremely talented instructors... spread out over 7 days of complete and total blissed-out creative days! We've got an on-site store with absolutely everything you'll need (and want!). We have an amazing Vendor Extravaganza so you can shop your little mixed-media heart out. We've got demos, and parties, and much much more! So let's continue our braggadocio with a few more workshops to entice you...

A most egg-cellent class taught by Art & Soul veteran Jean VanBrederode, an Ode to Allie Blue. You'll get to explore solder stamping and wire work nest-making to create a beautiful bib-style necklace like this one. Unfold your creativity and witness how your personal touch and choices of materials create a one-of-a-kind piece of art to wear!

Win over friends and influence sewing machine stitches with this delightful XOXO Friendship Book workshop by Lulu Moonwood Murakami!  You'll combine appliqué, thread doodling, free-motion quilting, photo transfer, and even some drawing and watercoloring to make a textile book that the recipient will surely cherish.

Take off to another land when you explore how to make a Steampunk Airship Chime with long-time Art & Soul instructor Erin Keck. You'll get to create 9 different charms that resemble tiny vintage metal inspired flying machines from another era. They'll be attached to a hot-air-balloon-looking wire form to complete this magnificent mobile!

Spend a delightful evening embracing watercolor pencil techniques, learning easy drawing and painting styles at the same time with Helen Shafer Garcia in her Watercolor Pencil Journaling class. She'll put you at ease as she demonstrates how drawing does not have to be a serious undertaking and shows you how to play and be free in your journals!

So there you go! That's just a smattering of what we have in store for you at Art & Soul Minneapolis! It'll be here before you know it...

May 23-29, 2016
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites
Bloomington, MN

We'd love for you to join us in the fun, frivolity and creativity at our new Midwest location! For more information and to register for this event, visit our website at

Monday, January 25, 2016

If You Take 3 or More... Here's What's In Store!

Okay, okay, so we may be using Serena Barton's Ceracolor Woman to hypnotize you into signing up for another class or two (or three or four!). But we just wanted to make sure you get the picture (ha-ha), so here's what we wanted to let you know...

Sign up for 3 or more full-day classes at our Portland Art & Soul Retreat and get lots of extra goodies! Register for at least three 6-hour workshops at our Oregon Event, here's what you'll receive:

By popular demand, we're bringing back our Themed Confirmation Packets! Yup, you'll get a real, hand-bound Enchanted Forest booklet with event info, one-of-a-kind artwork, pocketed pages that house specialized class passes, bits of ephemera and more fun surprises!

How about our 2016 Themed Tote Bag, filled with tons of creative goodies? That's right — a high-quality, reusable bag that's professionally silkscreened with our 2016 Enchanted Forest logo. And, well, we don't like to name drop (or maybe we do), but with previous sponsors like Clearsnap, 7 Gypsies, Strathmore, Golden, Faber-Castell, and a whole bunch of others well known in the craft industry — you know you're bag will be brimming with creative goodness. 

Our kickoff festivities are always a good time, as you'll get to meet many of our instructors, peruse class samples and watch live demos, but you'll also get join us as we kick start the Enchanted Forest celebrations by Making Your Own Fairy House at the Opening Night Party. All the supplies will be included, and all you have to do is create and have fun.

And you get an exclusive invitation to join us for a Sip & Paint with Jane Davies on Wednesday from 5:00-6:00pm! You'll spend a fun and relaxing hour painting to music as you sip a complimentary beverage of your choice. Jane will guide you through short creative exercises as you paint intuitively, connecting with the materials in your own creative way. You will work individually, but also in pairs in groups, forming “paint conversations” and collaborations. Learn fun and easy ways to loosen up with paint! But be sure to sign up by e-mailing, as space is limited and offered only to those who have registered for 3 or more all-day classes.

February 29 - March 6, 2016
Sheraton Airport Hotel

So, if you're thinking about registering for Portland Art & Soul, sign up for 3 or more full-day workshops and get all this and more! If you've already registered for a full-day class or two, then just add a couple more to take advantage of our free offers. And if you've already registered for at least 3 full-day classes, then all this is already yours! Just remember to register for the Paint & Sip (see above) so you don't miss out. And we'll see you all in a month!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Portland Mini Workshops at Mini Prices!

Hey Portland attendees — and those who are contemplating attending our Northwest Art & Soul Retreat — have we got an exciting offering for you!

Several of our instructors have developed short sample classes so they can introduce you to their fabulous projects, tips and techniques.  The classes are less than an hour in length... most include all the supplies you'll need... and these mini workshops are only $25!!  How cool is that?

Here's just a sampling of these special classes...

Beach Shirt Mini Class with Jean VanBrederode

Love that Lettering taught by Caitlin Dundon

Create Portal Pages in Your Art Journal with Catherine Anderson

And that's just a few of the amazing mini workshops we have for you. So if you've ever wanted to try out a new technique, or see what one of our amazing instructors had to offer, now's your chance to do it in a short, creatively jam-packed session! Check out our website for a complete listing of all our Portland mini classes and sign up today! Space is limited.

February 29 - March 6, 2016
Sheraton Airport Hotel

So if you haven't signed up yet, come join us for an amazingly inspiring mixed media art retreat. For more information and to register for our Portland 2016 event, visit us at

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays To My Art & Soul Family!

It's the most wonderful time of the year... again! Although, when I think about it, when you have the ability to make new kinds of art, spread your creative wings, and try something outside your crafty comfort zone... it's the kind of wonderful you can have all year long! And having run Art & Soul for over a decade, that creative spirit is what I think about... pretty much on a daily basis.

So I just wanted to pop in... between your shopping and baking and festive preparations to wish you a Merry Christmas! I hope that you get to spend it... creatively of course... with friends, family and the ones you love most. I hope that you get lots of fun art supplies, books, and other sources of imaginative inspiration. Let's keep those creative fires burning all year long!

Happy Holidays to my entire Art & Soul Family!