Thursday, July 14, 2016

Minneapolis... A Retreat On Repeat!

Felted Flower Rings by Susan Rossiter

Our new midwest location was such a happy success that we're doing it again next year! Woohoo! Yup, that's right kiddies... Art & Soul will be back in Minneapolis in 2017 and we've already got a great lineup of mixed media workshops for you taught by so many talented instructors. Here is just a sneak peek at what we have in store...

With the growing popularity of mandalas lately — and the zen that comes along with them — it's no wonder they've made their way into the mixed media world. And what better way to unwind and relax than to spend a day creating Mixed Media Mandalas  using fabric and paper with Rebekah Meier. Breathe in.... breathe out... cut and paste.... ahhhhhhh. Doesn't that feel good!

OMGoddess! Release your inner goddess while being gently guided in techniques of beading and fringe with Doris Arndt in a glorious workshop where basically everything is provided for you. Just bring your inner divinity!

What about learning this amazing technique on how to Cut, Stencil & Stitch From Scratch and create your very own multi-layered garment with Patti Calande? You'll learn about cutting fabric, stenciling, stitches, techniques, and construction, and you will gain key hands-on experience to complete this and other beautiful, heirloom hand stitched projects!

Or try your hand at metal etching and leather tooling in Erin Keck's workshop, The Shoe Cobbler's Journal. Under Erin's expert guidance, you'll construct a unique steampunk-esque journal made from shoe sole leather, learn dyeing techniques, metal etching, hinge creation and leave with a finished journal and a wealth of knowledge!

Carol Sphon's Cruising for a Rooster workshop.

And that's just a small sampling of what we have in store for you! Registration for next year's Minneapolis Retreat opens on August 1st — which isn't that far away! And we've got a Special Offer for all you early birds... Sign up by October 31st and get $15 dollars off your registration fee and $15 off each full day class!

April 26th - May 1, 2017
Crowne Plaza Aire Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

So grab yourself a drink and a snack, make sure your printer has plenty of paper and ink, and start planning your dream mixed media playcation!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Great Opportunities For Fiber & Fabric Artists!

Hello my little frenzied fiber and fabric fans! We came across some unique opportunities and wanted to pass them on to you. Fiber Art Now — one of the magazines we advertise our events in — has a bunch of ways you can get your work featured in magazines and exhibits and win some valuable prizes. So check out what they've got going on...

The Emerging Artist Showcase is an opportunity for emerging artists to get their work shown in the fall issue of Fiber Art Now. We are eager to see  the latest techniques and ideas from emerging fiber artists and show them to the world. Find out more here.   
Deadline is August 1, 2016

The 20th Biennial of Quilt National!

All artists who submit their work will receive thank-you gifts worth $75! As a thank you for submitting your work to this historic event, the Dairy Barn Arts Center & Quilt National have partnered with Fiber Art Now magazine to give:

• Free membership to the Dairy Barn Arts Center
• Discounted subscription to Fiber Art Now
• Free Eco Dye eBook Resource (Eco Dye: Traditional Dye Work through a Contemporary Lens)

Find out more about the Quilt National here. 
Deadline is September 1, 2016


Yes, Excellence in Fibers is a juried exhibition in print, but this year we're also having a full exhibition! Selected works will be shown at the New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts, from 1/25/17-3/19/17.

Wall/Floor Works | Sculptural Works | Vessel Forms/Basketry | Installation Works | Wearables

NEW FOR 2016
• Twice as many works will be selected and shown
• There will be five categories, a prize in each category ($300), and a Best in Show prize ($600)
• Selected works will be shown at the New Bedford Art Museum

Find out more about the Excellence in Fibers Exhibiiton here.
Deadline is October 1, 2016

And, Fiber Art Now has generously set up a DEEP discount on subscriptions! Click here for the New Subscriber Discount, and if you're already a subscriber, check out their Renewal Discount! And be sure and check out Art & Soul's ad while you're perusing their amazing publication.

Good luck and let us know if you get published or exhibited... we'll do a feature about you on our blog!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Virginia Beach... Wowzers! All This And More?

Liz Kettle's Magical Stitches workshop

Hello all my mixed media mavens! I hope you are enjoying the summer season and getting your art on. I just wanted to pop in and remind you to sign up for our Virginia Beach Art & Soul Retreat coming up this fall. Woot! It's jam packed with tons of exciting classes, teachers, activities, events, and lots of happy people from your soul tribe will be there. Here's just a little bit of a perspective on how grand this event will be...

Susan Lenart Kazmer demonstrates transparent layers in resin

We have 25 amazingly talented instructors, who between all of them probably have been published in more art magazines and books than we've read in our entire life! Many of our instructors have even published their own books, so you know they've got some incredible things to teach you and help expand your creative repertoire.

Mindy Lacefield's Inner Radiant Child workshop

This year in Virginia Beach, we are offering 96 unique workshops during 6 gloriously artistic days! Choose from full, half day and evening classes... it's all up to you. Choose as many or as few as you like. Choose something you're familiar with or something that's totally outside your comfort zone!

Learn Ribbed Forms of Expression with Nancy Prichard

What type of media do you like to work with? Well, we've got classes that work with metal, PMC, fabric, fiber, acrylics, watercolors, natural & found objects, paper, ephemera, clay, inks and dyes, enamels, wax, resin, tools, stencils, photos and images, and even the business side of art. Whew!

Kitty Miller and her class Endangered Encaustics

And if that didn't seem like enough of a variety, here are the types of projects you'll be making with all that stuff... You can try your hand at jewelry, collage, assemblage, dollmaking, sculpture, home decor items, clothing, quilting, sewing, stitching, painting, journaling, bookmaking, symbolism, encaustics, cold connections, soldering and brazing, stamping, image transfers, and how to sell your art online! Whew, again!

Ruth Chandler helps you Wrap It Up with a custom carryall

And if that wasn't enough, we've got an Opening Night Party, impromptu pajama parties, our mixed media Vendor Night shopping extravaganza, trades, swaps, demos, play stations, an on-site store and much, much more!!

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! Then sign up today!

I hope you'll come join us this Fall for our Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreat. We'd be so happy to have you. It's time for a creative playcation... you deserve it.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Happiness is a Retreat in Minneapolis!

Well, our Minneapolis Art & Soul event was fabulous! The attendees exceeded our expectations and we exceeded theirs. And if I had to choose one word to describe our first Minneapolis retreat, happy would be the one that makes it to the top of the list! We had happy students...

...who loved their classes and enjoyed time away from home and the craft studio (or dining room table!) to delve into their artistic selves, create something new, and have fun in the process!

The extremely talented Carol Spohn in her Watercolor Workshop.
We had happy teachers! And I must say it takes a special group of people to teach. People who love watching people learn new things and enjoy the process of seeing their students shine.

Mindy Lacefield teaching students how to paint like their 7-year old selves.
Our instructors are just such people... with big beautiful hearts, and we are so lucky to have them as a part of our Art & Soul family. That makes me happy!

Happy colors! Man, oh, man... were there some fantastically colorful student projects at this event. Just look at all these yummy scraps of fabric from Liz Kettle's Voyage to India class.

And the drippy goodness of colorful Alcohol Inks used to make these stunning designs in Kathy Taylor's workshop.

And, well, it wouldn't be Art & Soul if Doris Arndt didn't give everyone the bird in her class of the same name. Now if that ain't colorful, I don't know what is!

Happy pattern-making! We had so many opportunities at the Minneapolis retreat to create pieces and parts to use in projects and to use pieces and parts to create new projects! Like these decorative components made in Caidtlin Dundon's Translucent Triptych workshop.

Some folks enjoyed making patterns on metal that would be turned into wonderful new pieces of jewelry in Jean VanBrederode's Manipulating Metal class.

And speaking of metal... can you believe all these deliciously rusty metal parts....

...made these amazing patterned fabrics in Chad Alice Hagen's Resist Dyeing workshop?

And just look at these pretty patterned examples of fabric made using torn collaged papers in Suzi Dennis' class. The ladies in this class were in the zone!

Happy shoppers! Our on-site store, Blue Twig Studio, had everything a mixed media maven could possibly want... and more! Not only did Deb bring everything and the kitchen sink, but she made shopping for class supplies — before and during the event — so much easier for our attendees.

Our Vendor Night pop up art and supply shopping event was a veritable cabinet of curiosities with a most important ingredient... curiosity seekers! With original mixed media artwork from our very own teachers to one-of-a kind bits and bobs, and lots of fun goodies and supplies to use in our next project... it was an enchanted evening all-around!

Well, what can we say except the I's have it (or... the eyes have it!), our first Minneapolis event was a smashing success! Tons and tons of thank you's to Marie, Karen, Liz and Deb who worked their hearts out before, during and after this event. And a big thanks to our amazingly talented instructors and all of you who joined us in this new location! Thanks to everyone... WE WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR! May 3rd-8th. Mark your calendars! We made lots of connections with lots of key people in all facets of this event that will allow us to enhance your experience even further for 2017! Woot! Woot!

Glenny xoxo

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hurry...Hurry...Step Right Up! To Minneapolis!

OMG! Our Minneapolis Art & Soul Retreat starts in less than one week!! But it's not too late to join us in our newest location. We want to make a huge SPLASH so invite your friends and family to come be a part of the Art & Soul tribe. Our retreats will empower you at the soul level and fill your days with creativity and friendship.

And don't worry about having to shop all over in order to hunt down the supplies for those last minute classes you want to take... Deb at Blue Twig Studio can provide pretty much everything you could possibly need. Email her your lists and she can have your supplies ready and waiting when you arrive. How cool is that!

So go ahead... 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! 
Bloomington, MN

We are over the moon about this new location, and we're super excited to see YOU there!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Portland Classes Are Up!

Doris Arndt, The Wee Potion Book Necklace

We are so very excited to let you know that classes for Art & Soul Portland 2017 next Spring are now online. Yay! 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 Pop-up Art Bazaar for all your hard to find knick knacks and amazing original art, and so much more!

Jenny Doh, Free Motion Stitched & Watercolored Art Dolls

We've put a preview of our classes online... you can check them out here. Whether you're into collage, assemblage, journaling, drawing, bookmaking, painting, sewing, sculpting, jewelry, dolls, or you just want to stretch your creative imagination and try something new... well, we've got lots to choose from!

Kelly Kilmer, Serenity Bundles

Registration goes live on May 15th and we have a very special EARLY BIRD OFFER for you! If you sign up by July 30, 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!

Portland Art & Soul
April 3-9, 2016
Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel

So grab a beverage and a snack, then visit our website and get all the juicy details about our Portland Event... our gracious host Hotel... the creative Workshops we have to offer... and our fabulous Instructors.

Happy browsing!