Wednesday, September 17, 2014

VIRGINIA... V is for...

Well folks, our Virginia Beach Art & Soul Retreat is just around the corner! So I thought we could regale you with a little VIRGINIA word play, and at the same time let you know why we love this venue so much. Here we go...

V is for the Vast array of workshops we have to offer.

From playing with paper, fabric, fiber, clay, metal and any vintage object you can think of, we've got something to delight every mixed media maven out there!

I is for our amazing Instructors.

Hand picked by our staff, our classes are taught by the most amazing people at the top of their industry. Several of our instructors have published books, won awards, appear in galleries, and sell their finished goods because their work is the best in the business and because they're in such high demand!

R is for Relaxing and Recharging at our Retreat.

Okay, so there's only one R, but these three go together like peas in a pod. Not only do you get to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but you get to recharge your creative batteries at our mixed media art retreat! And let's not forget that this venue is right on the beach, with an oceanfront view from every room. Now that's relaxing!

G is for Guidance.

You're not in this alone. Your desire to explore new avenues of art and expand your creativity is all you need to bring to Art & Soul. Our teachers, our staff, our shop owners and other attendees will hold your hand the entire way. There's nothing to fear but not stepping out of your comfort zone!

I is for Innovative.

Our workshops showcase some of the most unique techniques and wow-factor projects. From collage to jewelry, art dolls to book making, and everything in-between, the art you'll make while you're here will impress everyone... including yourself!

N is for New.

Each year we have new workshops, several new instructors, new projects, new attendees, new themes, new goodies in our stores, and new old stuff (and new new stuff) for you to sift through at our Vendor Extravaganza. There are so many new opportunities at each event, every year, that you'll never run out of new stuff to learn or do!

I is for... another I? That's 3! Let's make this I for Imagination.

Because that's what you get to use when you come to Art & Soul! Combine like-minded people, supplies galore, interesting mixed media tools, and inspirational instructors... and you cannot help but set your imagination in motion! So put on your thinking crown, and come join us!

A is for Activities.

There is never a dull moment at Art & Soul! In fact, there's very little time for not being creative. There's eating and showers and such, but otherwise, we'll keep you busy! We've got an opening night party. We have day classes and night classes. We've got an on-site store open every day. An incredible Vendor Night with original art and items to re-purpose for sale. We've got contests. And giveaways. And demos. And places to create in your spare time. We even have some impromptu gatherings and have been known to host a pajama party or two! Oh, and that gorgeous beach to walk on any time of night or day.

So whatever your delight, and no matter how you spell it, VIRGINIA Art & Soul will light up your creativity and fill up your soul. We've got so much to offer, won't you come join us? For information and registration, visit us at

September 29 - October 5, 2014
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel

See you there! It's only a couple weeks away!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

From Beads & Baubles to Metal Masterpieces! Jewelry Artist Eva Sherman...

Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters, but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads and opened Grand River Beads in Cleveland, OH. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching. She has discovered an affinity for designing jewelry with wire and metals and prefers to create in an organic and unstructured style. Her work is absolutely gorgeous!

We are very lucky to have Eva teaching 6 classes at our 2014 Virginia Beach Art & Soul Retreat — taking place this September 29 - October 5! The projects she has in store for you are pretty amazing. With her thoughtful instruction, she'll take you through from beginning to end as you create a piece of jewelry with unique techniques that will give your piece that wow factor! Check out what she has lined up...

VA154 Cool Copper Cuffs 101 - Mon. Eve - Sept. 29  

 VA152 Fold Forming 101 - Tues. Morning - Sept. 30 

 VA153 Rosette Cuff & Bangle - Tues. Afternoon - Sept. 30

 VA156 Cool Copper Cuffs 102 - Tues. Eve - Sept. 30    

 VA155 Eye of the Storm - Weds. Morning - Oct. 1  

VA157 The Margarita Cuff - Weds. Eve  - Oct. 1
And if that weren't enough, Eva will also be teaching 6 classes at our 2015 Portland Art & Soul Retreat! Her organic style and clever techniques will have you gasping at your very own creations by the end of class. So check out her workshops and sign up today! You won't be disappointed.

For more information on Art & Soul's Mixed Media Retreats, visit us at

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Delightfully Creative Julie Thompson...

If you've never taken an Art & Soul workshop with Julie Thompson... well... you should! If you have taken one of her classes, then you know what a sweet, nurturing soul she is. Her whimsical take on art... and life... make her a joy to learn from.

Julie attended Kendall School of Design and got a degree in illustration she then moved to Kansas City and worked for Hallmark Cards as a greeting card designer for 10 years . Wanting to live in the southwest she left Hallmark and moved to Santa Fe she continued to freelance illustrate for the next 12 years. But during that time period she shared her living between California, New Mexico and Maui. While in California she attended California College of Arts and studied fine metalsmithing and ceramics. After 22 years of illustration she switched to mixed media, selling  her work and teaching around the country. She now lives in Bisbee a small mining town In southern Arizona where she owns small art boutique named Blissbee where she sells her finished art, mixed media supplies and teaches classes.    

Julie is teaching 5 workshops at our upcoming Art & Soul, Virginia Beach retreat — taking place this Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2014. Take a look at the fun and exciting projects she has in store for you!

 Objects of My Affections - Friday - Oct 3   

A Certain Hour - Fri Eve  - Oct 3

Skinny Winnie and little Minnie - Sunday - Oct 5   

 Tassels in the Air - Thur Eve - Oct 2 

Full Metal Jacket - Saturday - Oct 4  

In addition, Julie will also be teaching at our Kansas City retreat — which takes place April 27 - May 1, 2015. So check out Julie Thompson's amazing classes and take a playcation with us. You deserve it!

For more information on Art & Soul event dates, workshops and registration, visit our website at

Monday, August 18, 2014

TAP Into Your Creativity With Lesley Riley!

Lesley Riley is a longtime instructor at Art & Soul and she'll be teaching some fabulous classes at our Virginia retreat this year! She is best known for her Fragment series of small fabric collages. She's an internationally known art quilter and mixed media artist with a passion for image, color and the written word, teaching workshops in the US and internationally. Her art and articles have appeared in numerous books and publications worldwide and national juried shows. A former editor for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and the current host of Art & Soul Radio, Lesley is the author of 4 books and 3 DVDs that focus on combining fabric, image and text with innovative materials and ideas. Her TAP – Transfer Artist Paper™ - won the Most Innovative New Product award at the 2011 Craft and Hobby Association show. Lesley currently focuses her skills and attention on Artist Success, a company she created to help artists reach their full potential and personal success.

The lovely and talented Lesley Riley will be teaching 3 workshops at our Virginia Art & Soul this upcoming October, take a look at the mixed-media goodness she's offering up...

TAP Into Gelli Printing on Wood - Friday Oct. 3, 2014
Yup! Gelli Printing is all the rage... and in Lesley's innovative workshop, you'll learn how to do it on wood and fabric, as well as some pretty cool techniques with image transfers on her award winning TAP paper! Emphasis will be placed on developing contrast through color, size, pattern and space. You’ll learn how to coordinate without being all matchy-matchy and how to add that bit of pop that makes your work sing.

Window to the Soul - Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Shakespeare told us, “The eyes are the window to the soul.” If you could miraculously look through the window to your soul, what would you see? Spend a day discovering the beauty, magic and wonder that lies within. In this class you'll create a unique diptych comprised of stretched canvasses joined with a button hinge – as simple or as elaborate as your soul guides you to create.

TAP That Journal! - Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Print, TAP, TAP, print, cover, bind, write, glue, stencil, stamp, TAP, TAP, TAP, create. That’s what we’ll be doing in this wonderful journal class with Lesley's Transfer Artist Paper™. Whether you’re the constant journaler or new to the practice, this is the class for you. No experience in anything is necessary! If you already love your journal pages, you’ll love adding TAP to the mix. If you’re afraid to begin, TAP will have you dancing on the pages.

For more information and to register for Art & Soul's Virginia Beach event, visit our website,!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Register Now For Art & Soul Virginia... Don't Miss Out!

Tory Brokenshire's Clay & Wire Raven workshop

Registration for our Virginia Beach Art & Soul Retreat is nearing it's close. Well, it kinda already has closed (our deadline was August 1st)... but we wanted to give you one more opportunity to sign up so that you don't miss out! We know you've been busy with your summertime activities and we decided to extend our registration until August 25th! So, if you were going to sign up for this amazing bayside retreat... now is the time!

Margaret Aden's Fossilized Shell Cuff class

As many of you know, several of our classes are available for registration up to and during the actual event. However, most of our instructors need time to order supplies for class and they'll need to know how many people are attending, so they can gather the right amount of goodies for each workshop attendee. This is why we close registration a couple months before the actual retreat takes place.

Kari McNight's Frumpy to Fantasy workshop

At Art & Soul Virginia, you'll stay on the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay, enjoying classes all day (and night) as well as a leisurely stroll on the beach in-between. Every room has a view of the water and the serenity combined with the creativity of our event is something you do not want to miss!

The view from the hotel

Virginia Beach Resort Hotel
September 29 - October 5

For more information and registration, you can visit our website or if you have any questions, you can contact me directly at

See you there!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

In My Winner's Circle!

Introducing... Abby and Jack... a.k.a. I’m the Treasure.

My granddaugter and her show horse had their first competition in Washington state last week.  Needless to say, they were absolutely amazing and I know they will be an outstanding team as they grow and mature together.  

In three classes, they received four blue ribbons. It makes me feel so proud to see her dedication to her horse, her discipline in training and her total commitment. Not only will she go far in competition with that kind of outlook... but she'll go far in life too. Love my Abby!