Monday, August 17, 2015

Feed Your Soul (and Your Belly) in Virginia!

Boy, oh, boy... have we got a nifty offer for you!  Not only will we provide nourishment for your soul, but also for your belly! Arts and eats! A nice little treat! Some provisions while you envision!

What the heck are we talking about? Well, we've got a special deal going on right now...

When you sign up for 3 or more full-day classes, your lunch will be included on those days! How cool is that? A $15 value, your midday meals will be our treat! It's like getting a $15 credit on your class, and free food to top it off. Awesome!

So jump on the bandwagon, or hop on the buffet line and sign up for classes today, or add a class or two to qualify. Lunch is on us!

September 28 - October 4, 2015
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel

Join us for an amazingly inspiring mixed media art retreat, in an amazingly inspirational location. For more information and to register for our Virginia Beach 2015 event, visit our website

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Virginia Art & Soul'ers - Got Time for a Quickie?

But I Can't Throw My Scraps Away! with Suzi Dennis

Hey Virginia Beach attendees — and those who are contemplating attending our southeastern Art & Soul Retreat —  have we got an exciting new program for you!

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

In addition, if you sign up for one of these classes before Sept 1, 2015, you'll also receive a voucher for a free beverage of your choice.  Here's just a sampling of these special classes...

Bird Dreams with Helen Shafer Garcia

Imagery Bunting with Catherine Anderson

Heavenly Image Transfers with Ingrid Dijkers

Enameled Earring with Jean VanBrederode

Alcohol Ink Blossoms with Cathy Taylor

And that's just a few of the amazing mini workshops we have to offer. 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, jam-packed session! Check out our website for a complete listing of all our Virginia Beach quickie classes and sign up today! Space is limited.

September 28 - October 4, 2015
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel

So if you haven't signed up yet, come join us for an amazingly inspiring mixed media art retreat, in an amazingly inspiring location. For more information and to register for our Virginia Beach 2015 event, visit our website

Thursday, July 23, 2015

One Week Left... to Save on Portland 2016 Classes!

Just wanted to pop by and let you know that there's only one week left to take advantage of our Early Bird Special for 2016 Portland Art & Soul! As a sweet summer treat, we kicked off registration with an awesome sale!! If you sign up during this early bird special, Event Registration will be $35 (instead of $50) and all Full Day Classes will be $135 (instead of $150)! And I wanted to remind you that July 31st is the last day to get these special savings, so take advantage of this discount offer to make sure you get the classes and teachers that you wanted!

So check out the incredible lineup of classes we have in store for Portland 2016! With all types of mixed media disciplines like collage, assemblage, journaling, bookmaking, painting, sculpting, fabric and fiber arts, digital manipulation, jewelry and so much more... we have something for everyone!

Art & Soul Portland 2016
February 29th - March 6th

Don't delay! Sign up today! The last day to save with our Early Bird Special is July 31st!

Monday, July 13, 2015

It's Summertime, So... Be Cool!

The heat is on! Mid-Summer sun is shining brightly, and strong! So what's a girl to do to escape the heat? How about going for a hike in the beautiful Oregon nature with your granddaughter? That'll work!

Me, Abby and a friend of hers took a jaunt through the woods surrounding the amazingly gorgeous Punch Bowl Falls. Abby and friend took a dip in the crystal clear water. Doesn't that just look so refreshing? I wanted to, however....

To get into the "swimming pool" you had to jump off from the top of the waterfall!! Do you see all those rocks jutting out? So, alas... I stayed on dry land, enjoyed the shade and watched the girls play and have fun.

The entire park surrounding the falls was simply stunning... like something you would see in the movies. In fact, Punch Bowl falls is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Northwest. I can understand why. It was great to immerse myself in the gorgeous greenery and serenity of nature after a long, long winter!

And during the dog days of Summer, what else are you supposed to do? Wash your horse, of course! Here's Jack gettin' a cooling sponge bath. Mmmmm... feels so good!

Oh, and did I mention my well is broken? Nope, that's not a metaphor hinting that my creative juices have dried up. My well is actually broken! So, we've temporarily got a tank on site to provide us with clean water until we can get the repairs done. So any ideas on how to stay cool during these warm Summer months would be greatly appreciated!

What's your favorite tip for cooling off?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Brand New Location.... Art & Soul is Headed For Minneapolis!

Give 'Em The Bird - Doris Arndt

We are so very excited to announce our newest location for Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreats… drumroll, please… at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites – Mall of America! Our dream of hosting an event in the Minneapolis area has finally come true. Now you can play all day and shop til you drop, in one amazing place. 

Mindy Lacefield's - Bookboard Journal workshop

You can get a sneak peek at the workshops we're offering on our website now, and registration will begin August 15th. And, we have a special offer for those of you who sign up early! Between August 15th and November 1st, we'll have reduced pricing for full day classes and 30% off your registration fee!

Light Up My Heart Bracelet - Julie Haymaker Thompson

So check out the amazing teachers and creative classes we have to offer in our brand new Midwest location! With mixed media categories like painting, journaling, sculpting, collage, assemblage, fabric, fiber arts, art doll making, jewelry, and so much more... you'll have lots to choose from at this brand new event!

May 23-29, 2016
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites - MSP Airport - Mall of America! 

Liz Kettle's - No More Blank Pages - Visual Journaling class

So grab a drink and a tasty snack and wander around our website.... you can view our class offerings by workshop dates, talented instructors, or by project sample photos. Happy browsing!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Portland 2016 Classes Open For Registration... Today!

Laurie Mika's Sacred Tin Hearts workshop

Just a quick reminder that as of today, registration for our Portland 2016 Art & Soul Retreat is now open! A couple weeks ago we gave you a sneak peek of some amazing workshops we've got lined up and told you about our special class pricing.

Art & Soul Portland 2016
February 29th - March 6th
[special introductory sale ends August 1st]

Hopefully, you've had some time to look around, pick out your favorite classes (I know... it's hard!) and you're ready to sign up today. If you haven't gotten a chance to peruse the amazingly creative offerings we have, you can visit our website and browse by instructors, our daily schedule, or by project example photos. As always, we look forward to being your destination for creative play!