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!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello! I just wanted to pop in and say Happy Thanksgiving to my favorite peeps! No matter how you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful day. I hope you are surrounded by friends and family... and good food.

And during this time of thanks, I wish to thank all of you for coming to our events, being courageous enough to leave the world behind for a few days and explore your creativity. Without all of you, we wouldn't have an Art & Soul. You may think that you're just having fun and making art while you're at our events, but you're also enabling me to continue doing something I love... put smiles on all your lovely faces!

So thank you, thank you, thank you! Have a great holiday!

Much Love,

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Virginia Beach Classes Are Up! Registration Starts This Friday!

Will you come join us next Fall for our Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreat in Virginia Beach? Yay! We're so happy to have you. As always we've got dozens of full day and evening workshops to stretch your creativity, lots of fun events, an on-site store that's to dye for, a Vendor Extravaganza for all your hard to find knick knacks and amazing original art, and so much more!

We've put a preview of our classes online... you can check them out here. Registration goes live on November 20th and we have a very special EARLY BIRD OFFER for you! If you sign up by January 1, 2016, all of your full day workshops will be $135 and your registration fee will be $35! That's a $15 savings on both! It all adds up.... or should we say... subtracts!

Virginia Beach Art & Soul
September 26 - October 1, 2016
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!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Introducing... Our 2016 Theme!

We are so very delighted to bring you our new Art & Soul
theme and logo for 2016...
In The Enchanted Forest

We always try to think of a creative theme for each year and this one just conjured up all kinds of lovely into-the-woods visuals! Evoking images from fairy tales and magic, to tiny stone cottages and friendly forest foragers, we thought you'd enjoy it too.

This whimsical woodland artwork was created by longtime Art & Soul Instructor Leslie Brier. Well-known for her inventive (and often steampunk style) mixed media art and jewelry, Leslie also has a playful side that definitely came through in this logo design.

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. I'm sure we'll be enchanted!

And in the meantime, check out the amazing selection of mixed-media classes we have to offer in 2016! With 3 inspirational locations to choose from... Portland, Minneapolis and Virginia Beach, there's an exciting retreat event near you!