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!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Portland Art & Soul... Just Around the Corner!

I just can't believe that in less than 2 weeks, we'll all be in Portland, Oregon for our next Art & Soul retreat! This winter had many of us trapped indoors by phenomenal snowfalls and frigid temperatures, so what a great time to get out of the house for creative inspiration... Hallelujah!

March 2-8, 2015
Portland, Oregon

In addition to the wonderful workshops and instructors we have scheduled,  we've got a pretty amazing lineup of events to entertain and stretch the imagination of our attendees. Check out what's going on...

Sunday, March 1st
Opening Night Party
Sunday Eve 6:00pm - 8:00pm

At our Opening Night Party, you'll get to meet-and-greet and make-and-take! Our talented instructors will be there to mix and mingle and chat with our attendees. Patti Calande of Hand Stitching & Embellishing will be the featured demo artist, showcasing the Alabama Chainin Way. In addition, the very talented Susan Schenk, Liz Kettle, and Judy Gula will be having surprise demos throughout the evening. This opening night celebration is definitely worth coming early for!

Wednesday, March 4th
Book Signing with Cathy Taylor
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Be among the first to get a personalized copy of Cathy's new book Pigments of Your Imagination!... an entire full-color publication on the many creative uses of Alcohol Inks for your projects. Jam-packed with tips and techniques, Cathy will be signing copies just for you!

Saturday, March 7th
Vendor Extravaganza
Saturday Eve 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The vendor event is free to registered attendees and is open to the public for a fee of $10 at the door. We will have all kinds of mixed-media vendors, offering finished artwork, art supplies, vintage findings, fabrics, jewelry, collage items, assemblage... something for everyone! So please join us!

Make-n-Take Schedule
We will have various instructors and companies throughout the event, live and in-person to teach you easy projects and interesting techniques. Be sure to look for:

Monday, March 2nd 
Jean Van Brederode demonstrates Making Wire Clasps

Wednesday, March 4th 
Kari Foteff demos Gelli Plate Mono Printing on
Strathmore Artist Papers using Golden Acrylic Paints
Cathy Taylor will be demonstrating techniques from Pigments of Your Imagination
during her book signing

Thursday, March 5th
Doris Arndt demonstrates making a File Folder Book
Jill Berry on ColourArte products:
Twinkling H2Os and Silk Acrylic Glazes

Friday, March 6th
Jill Berry on ColourArte products: 
Twinkling H2Os and Silk Acrylic Glazes
Erin Keck shows how to make Faux Tintypes

So, as you can see, there's tons of fun stuff to do at our Portland event outside of the amazing workshops we have to offer. And we've been known to have a few creative binging late night pop-up parties here and there, so bring your best jammies! You never know!

For more information on our Portland Art & Soul Retreat, visit us at today!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Just Added to Our Portland Roster!

We are so very pleased to announce the addition of Margaret Aden — an extremely talented jewelry artist and metalworker — to our Portland Art & Soul Retreat! She's got some really awesome classes that we just had to add to our lineup. And... most of them don't even require you to bring supplies! How great is that?

As a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and former Naval Officer, Margaret traveled extensively and draws upon many cultural influences when creating her funky, modern designs. Currently, she is exploring textures achieved by weaving and traditional silversmith techniques, along with the creation of unique patinas. Her passion for rocks, fossils and found objects permeates her work. Check out the beautiful projects she has in store for you...

Open Back Bezels
Have you ever had a really strangely shaped item you want to set? Well you can solve that conundrum in this innovative class where you'll learn the Open Back Bezel technique. Inspired by a trip to Italy and the fantastic pottery shards to be found along the Amalfi Coast—this style of setting was born from a quest to allow the unique nature of these focal pieces to shine through—on both sides. You'll get to create several settings to really get the feel for the technique. All materials and tools will be available in class, students do not have to bring a single item with them!

Woven Wire Basket
In this workshop, you will learn the basic construction of woven wire baskets. Multiple wire armatures or single large gauge armatures will be chosen. You'll get to change wire colors, gauges and even incorporate fiber as you choose. Finish your creation with plain ends or Margaret's Sea Anemone ends... both will be demonstrated in class, as well as baskets with a base and those without. No supplies to bring!

Open Back Bezel & Tapered Woven Cuff
Break two rules in one class: open back bezel and weaving into a taper. What!?! The innovative Open Back Bezel technique will have you rethinking the standard bezel along with what can and cannot be captured in a setting. In addition, you get to break the Golden Weaving Rule—Thou shalt not weave into a taper. The simple and elegant lines of this cuff creates a stunning look on the wrist. Alas, Margaret will share the secret of its construction so you too can partake of the bounty of this beauty. If you are ready to work with Fire and Wire, then we'll see you in class! Kits are in copper and include written directions. All tools and supplies for the class are supplied in the kit and by the instructor. Your carry on will thank you!

Portland Art & Soul
March 2-8, 2015
Sheraton Airport Hotel
Portland, Oregon

It's not to late to sign up for Portland 2015 Art & Soul, but don't delay, our retreat is just around the corner. For more information on our flagship retreat and all of our events, visit our website today!

See you soon!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tons and Tons (and Tons) of Techniques!

Our adorable and extremely talented instructor Sandra Duran Wilson has some fantastic classes this year at our 2015 Portland Art & Soul Retreat! She's a master of techniques. She'll show you how to create texture and patterns that accentuate and elevate your collages and paintings. Her love of exploration and experimentation comes from a background in science and experimentation. She grew up in a family of both scientists and artists. As a child she trained with her great aunt Santa Duran, a well known Texas landscape artist, and she spent time looking through her fathers microscope and would then paint what she saw. She holds both Fine Art and Science degrees from the University of NM. Her work is in corporate, private and civic collections, including the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Sandra has created a few sneak peek videos for the classes she'll be offering this March. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then these videos are worth, like... a million! Take a look-see below for what's in store and click on the titles for information about each class.

How to Master The Mediums...

Instant Gratification Transfers...

All Cracked Up...

I bet your wheels are turning now! I know mine are. All those amazing techniques make me want to explore all three classes! And having Sandra Duran Wilson as your guide is like having your best art friend inviting you over to come play! Her excitement is contagious. In her own words...

“I love to play with paint and collage. I call myself an abstract collage painter. I find inspiration in music, math, sounds, colors and my surroundings. I teach in order to share what I am always pushing myself to learn. Transfers and collage add a new dimension and textural layer to my art. I incorporate printmaking, collage and transfers into as many as 20 layers in a painting. I find it exciting to collaborate and share creativity. The world needs more art and inspiration. If I can help someone along the way to find the joy that I do in the everyday creative process, then my day is complete”.

So come play with Sandra at Portland Art & Soul, March 2-8, 2015. Your art will never be the same again!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Up... Up... and Away... Our 2015 Logo Revealed!

We are so very tickled to bring you our new Art & Soul
theme and logo for 2015... 

Flights of Fancy!

The idea came about last year when a few instructors and attendees gathered after class and had a little brainstorming session. The thought behind it was a kind of Jules Verne inspired hot air balloon look. Jules Verne was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. You may remember him for his incredible stories including Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days.

The incredibly amazing vintage-meets-steampunk artwork was created by our very own Art & Soul Instructor Leslie Brier. Well-known for her inventive mixed media art, Leslie has a knack for combining Victorian style objects with futuristic overtones. We knew in a heartbeat, she'd be the perfect artist to create this year's logo. And... you can experience some of Leslie's talent in person.... she'll be teaching at our Portland retreat as well as our Virginia Beach event.

So put on your thinking caps my little mixed-media mavens! I can't wait to see what imaginative things you come up with for trades, swaps, themed clothing and oodles of ephemera to bring along to our Art & Soul Retreats this year. Up... Up... and Away!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pigments of Your Imagination... A New Book by Cathy Taylor!

We are so excited to announce... or brag, really... about one of our very own Art & Soul instructors, Cathy Taylor. She recently published a gorgeous book on the many ways to create using Alcohol Inks entitled Pigments of Your Imagination. How adorable is that title!

Besides being a popular and talented workshop instructor, Cathy is an award-winning mixed-media artist and one very creative soul. Her artwork is a celebration of the patterns, textures, and color found in the the natural environment. Cathy is known for her ability to interpret a subject in a variety of styles. From her colorful detailed alphabetical designs, to her whimsical collages and multi-dimensional abstracts, Cathy's work is represented in museums, nature centers and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Some of Cathy's work is licensed for use on clothing, textiles, and gift items. She is also a signature member of both the National Collage Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists. She's one talented lady!

Here's what her publisher, Schiffer, has to say about this amazing compilation of unique techniques...

"Discover magic! Join the vibrant, prismatic world of luminous alcohol inks. Mercurial, versatile, inexpensive, and wildly colorful, alcohol inks are one of the newest mediums to hit the art community. Pigments of Your Imagination is your essential guide for working with alcohol inks, from choosing which inks to use for each project to learning how to maximize your artistic potential with a wide variety of fascinating techniques. Using an assortment of materials and tools, learn how to work on a variety of surfaces, including paper, glass, metal, fabric and plastic. Find inspiration for your own masterpieces in the step-by-step demos and guest artist gallery. from the beginning craftsperson to the professional artist, Pigments of Your Imagination offers a broad insight into the expansive world of alcohol inks. Explore the limits of your artistic ingenuity with alcohol inks. Jump Start your creativity!"

We're so very proud of Cathy and this new publication, which will be available this March. For information on the book or to pre-order a copy, you can visit the Schiffer Books website, or

If you're interested in taking a workshop with Cathy in-person, she'll be teaching multiple classes at our Portland Art & Soul event, at our Kansas City retreat, and at the Virginia Beach venue for 2015. So reserve a copy of her book and check out the unique workshops she has to offer!

Congratulations, Cathy Taylor!

© 2015 photo by Schiffer Publishing