Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ain't She A Doll... One Of Our Own!

I was so excited to hear that our very own Graphic Designer, Michelle Bernard, had recently begun concentrating on her Art Dolls — and that more than 15 of them were accepted for two different exhibits at Torche' Galerie! She even sold 3 of her dolls at the first Opening Night! How awesome is that?

Michelle is no stranger to Art & Soul, having attended our event for years, taught a couple of opening night classes, and then became our Graphic Designer — creating ads, logos, marketing material, and the like to promote our retreat.

She's dabbled in collage, assemblage, journaling, painting, bookmaking, jewelry, dolls, and lots of other mixed media stuff! And, by her own admission, much of her artwork today was inspired by classes she took at Art & Soul! Oh, yes... such a proud Mama I am.



And it wasn't that Michelle didn't enjoy dabbling in collage, assemblage, journaling, painting, bookmaking, jewelry, dolls, and lots of other mixed media stuff! But this year she wanted to focus on one main genre of creativity. And Art Dolls allowed her to utilize her sculpting, painting, fabric, craft, jewelry and mixed media expertise — all on one piece!

Her little folk art characters have a modern twist and are sometimes a bit twisted (Michelle says that's a compliment!). I just love their facial expressions. And I know that a lot of heart and soul went into these. I've seen Michelle at work during the retreats. Her brain is always thinking of new and clever ways to do things, but at the same time letting her true style emerge. Sheesh, am I gushing or what?

To see more of Michelle's Art Dolls, you can check out her Artist's Page on the Torche' Galerie website. And you can also see more of her mixed media creations on her website YesterdaysTrashArt.com. As for her Graphic Design work? Well, you can just open up an issue of Somerset Studio or Where Women Create, among others, to find her handiwork on the glossy pages of our favorite publications!


So congratulations, Michelle. We're so proud of you. It's been an amazing journey getting to know you, seeing you grow creatively at our retreats, and to see where it's taken you! Bravo my dear!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Private Creative Getaway! October 12-16, 2014


Dog chewing on your art supplies? Kids screaming? Husband wanting to know what's all this stuff on the dining room table? Well, perhaps you'd like to join us for a unique artistic experience on the Oregon Coast. A time to get away with your art supplies, breathe the ocean air and mingle with friends. At this special retreat, it's not about taking classes. It's about offering you a creative space... for you to bring unfinished projects or new inspirations. We'll create among like-minded souls, gleaning new "techniques" from our arty friends and experience "demos" in the spontaneity of the moment. Food "magically" appears — you leave our work stations as it arrives and either return to your spots, take a walk on the beach, go to town, or just hang out. The time is yours to enjoy.


We will be staying at the luxurious Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City, OR. Oregon's only resort hotel built right on the beach. Each of the Inn's 120 oceanfront rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows offering unobstructed ocean views. Most rooms have balconies and many have full kitchens. Miles of sandy beach and tide pools are just an elevator ride away. 
Beach Haven Art Retreat Getaway Includes: 
4 nights ocean front lodging
12 delicious meals 
Your personal creative space for 4 days
Printers and a copier will be available, as well as many art supplies to share
 
Single Bedroom - $875
Dbl Occupancy Studio - $675 each person
Dbl Occupancy Suite - $800 each person

For information and registration, e-mail glennymoir@gmail.com   Space is limited to 25 people. So sign up early!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Award Winning Instructor at Art & Soul!

Meet Judy Porter! She's our newest instructor, a Diamond Award Industry Choice Winner... and she's teaching at Art & Soul Virginia Beach this Fall, as well as our Kansas City and Portland venues next Spring.

Judy lives out in the sticks with cows, several barn cats, a big farm dog name Barkley and a little art mascot PomPoo named Doodles. Oh and a wonderful hubby of 32 years. He won't like being mentioned after the dogs.

For 28 years she has worked professionally as a caricature artist. Eight years ago she took her portrait, caricature work into 3D  polymer clay doing commissioned work — ball jointed dolls.  Her work has been published in several trade magazines, one book, plus she was commissioned for a 50 doll exclusive for a doll convention.

She continues to do event caricatures for several entertainment agencies along with her  doll sculpting. Judy says.. "My love for all things art began in my earliest memories and continues to be happiest moments. Nothing gives me more joy than to bring someone happiness through art."


Her doll Annie, (pictured above) just won the prestigious Diamond Award Industry Choice Winner. The doll is a 17 inch ball jointed doll sculpted by the artist in polymer clay then cast in resin.  Awards are presented by Dolls Magazine judged by professionals in the doll industry.  Each joint is sculpted to create a doll with 16 points of articulation.  Congratulations Judy.  We are so proud of what you have accomplished.


You have an incredible opportunity to take a class from this very talented artist.  Join Judy at any one of our three events.  Her classes include a kit that has EVERYTHING you need.  What could be better??!!  The only thing you'll need to bring is your imagination!


Woodland Whimsies
Judy Porter

Sculpt your own fairy, elf or troll in polymer clay. Learn to sculpt the head, hands and feet , attach it to a wire armature to make your little creature pose in several ways. The body is needle sculpted adding torn fabric, steampunk or other embellishments. You'll use glass eyes to give your little creature it's life like sparkle. There will be lots of goodies provided to make your little forest fantasy creature unique.

These are great little creatures to find in your inside greenery, shadow boxes or just hanging around in your kitchen window. Sit one in a doll chair, hang one from a curtain or build a little forest scene shadow box. Smiles are guaranteed!

For more information and to register for Art & Soul visit our website. We hope to see you there in-person!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lending a Helping Hand... Feeding Los Cabos Kids in Mexico

My friends, Gloria Christian and Dan Powell, graciously invited me to join them in Cabo San Lucas for a week. I had never been to Cabo, or to Mexico for that matter. All of my adventures for the past 11 years have only been related to A&S with side trips for family reunions.  This was a most thrilling opportunity; a vacation I could never have taken without them.  It was the first time I have ever been away without my computer attached to my arm. My phone didn’t work either. After the first few days of panic, I gave in and relaxed. Life actually could exist without my answering an email immediately!

While visiting, we heard of an organization called Feeding Los Cabos Kids. It struck a nerve and tugged at our heartstrings — so we immediately became involved. We drove a long way from the center of luxurious hotels filled with vacationing tourists, into the more desolate country side where communities were in desperate need of help. 

We arrived at a small one room church and worked with others to feed about 60 children one evening. I wish I could describe the innocent faces of the small children as they devoured the spaghetti that we had prepared. It was both a most humbling and gloriously enlightening experience all at once.

Several kitchens have been set up by Feeding Los Cabos Kids in the most needed communities, and are able to feed the children as much as 3 times a week. For some of them, that's their only meal of the day. The organization — started by a woman who came to Cabos and saw something beyond the luxurious hotels that drew her attention — not only brings food to these children, but love and ministry as well.


The whole experience touched my heart so much, it made me think... If only I were younger, or wealthier, or....??? I would absolutely be one of those people you see on the National Geographic Channels... working to help those less fortunate than ourselves. But for now, it's my hands to their mouths. And that's a start.

I will return to the Church one day to see those smiling cherubic faces again!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Only 4 More Days to Save... on Portland 2015!


Just wanted to pop in and remind you that there's only 4 days left to save an extra 10% off the most incredible line-up of classes for next year's Portland Art & Soul! And let me say again how excited and thrilled we are, to be able to offer such a stellar group of instructors to our amazing attendees.
So, grab a beverage and a snack (don't worry, we won't tell your boss!) and prepare to be overjoyed as you scroll through the website.

Our Early Bird Special — Save $$$
Some of these classes are going to sell out early — just like in the old days. So don't wait too long to make a choice. And to make things even more appealing, we are offering a 10% discount off of the class fees until June 15. Yup! Rolling Back again to give you the best opportunity to lock in your favorite class.  Remember, you do not have to pay in full at this time — only 1/3 of your total is due at registration. Our handy dandy payment plan makes selecting your classes a breeze. Type in the code: PDX15 at check out.

More and More Mixed Media
Our entire lineup of workshops is always pretty amazing, but we've noticed that all types of fabrics and fibers are finding their way into mixed media art these days. So we are happy to incorporate some new instructors and classes into our mainstream A&S line-up for 2015. We will have one classroom dedicated to sewing and equipped with machines so you won't even need to worry about traveling with a machine! How cool is that. 


Art & Soul Portland happens March 2-8, 2015 and we will be at The Sheraton Airport Hotel. Our lodging rate is the best EVER at $109 per night. The rate includes breakfast and an evening drink voucher.

So come check out our Portland event at ArtAndSoulRetreat.com. You can browse by workshops, instructors, or project photos. Can't wait to see which amazing classes you'll choose!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Art & Soul Kansas City 2015... Online & Open For Registration!

The Wheelers - Julie Haymaker Thompson

Oh my gosh — we have the most incredible line-up of classes for next year in Kansas City! I am excited and thrilled to be able to offer such a stellar group of instructors to our amazing attendees. So, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and prepare to be overjoyed as you scroll through the website.

The Ghost of Room 425 - Jean VanBrederode
 
Register NOW and Save $$$
Some of these classes are going to sell out early — just like in the old days. So don't wait too long to make a choice. And to make things even more appealing, we are offering a 10% discount off of the class fees until August 1, 2014. Yup! Rolling Back again to give you the best opportunity to lock in your favorite class. Remember, you do not have to pay in full at this time — only 1/3 of your total is due at registration. Our handy dandy payment plan makes selecting your classes a breeze. Type in the code: KC15 at check out.

The Shoe Cobbler's Journal - Erin Keck

Its All About Form & Texture
This event is featuring some new exciting 3D classes. All different techniques from using clay to plastics. Clocks to jewelry. The choices are fantastic. Our instructors have gone beyond "the norm" designing these for your pleasure.

Painting Papers for Whatever - Suzi Dennis

Paper, Paint, Paper, Paint
We are pleased to have several different artists joining us with varied approaches and techniques to offer with paints, paper and other substrates. Imagine taking one of each class from instructors in all of those disciplines. Just think what you could learn!


Want to find out more on our classes for Art & Soul Kansas City, MO 2015? Well then, check out our website! We've got our workshops set up several different ways for easy browsing by days of the week, by instructor, and by workshop examples! Our lodging rate is $125 and includes breakfast. So make your reservations EARLY. We will fill up!

April 27th - May 1st
The Elms Hotel & Spa
Excelsior Springs, MO

Happy browsing!