Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dip Your Toes in the Water... at VA Beach!

Hey Virginia Beach Art & Soul'ers we've got a little treat for you at our southeastern retreat! A chance to dip your toes in the water, so to speak....

A few of our instructors have created short Mini Workshops to provide a short burst of creative fun and introduce you to their fabulous tips and techniques. The classes are 45 minutes long... they include all the supplies you'll need... and these quickie classes cost only $25!!  How cool is that? Here's a sneak peek at a few of these special offerings...


Feeling wired? Perfect! You can take Hammered Wire Rings with Ruth Greening!



Try your hand at an accessory for your hair in African Hair Pins with Debbie Rijns.



Get hammered with Erin Keck in her Creative Techniques with Metal - Texturizing workshop. 



Erin is actually teaching 4 mini classes on manipulating metal, and if you take them all, you'll have a finished bracelet at the end!

Those are just a few of the inspirational mini workshops we have to offer. So if you've ever wanted to dip your toes in the water and try out a new technique, or just fill up your time in Virginia with an extra dash of creativity... now's your chance to do it in a mini, 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 26 - October 1, 2016
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel

And... 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 www.ArtAndSoulRetreat.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Minneapolis Registration Is OPEN!


Yes, folks... a couple of birdies told me we're returning to Minneapolis, and we are so delighted to bring to you another retweet... oh, I mean retreat! And I'm just flying in to let you know that registration is now open. Woohoo!


Our newest midwest location was so well received that we're doing it again in twenty seventeen! Art & Soul will be back in Minneapolis and we've got a great lineup of mixed media workshops just ripe for the picking, taught by our very talented instructors. We've got classes in drawing, doodling, collage, assemblage, dyeing, painting, bookmaking, journaling, fabric & fiber art, sewing, dollmaking, jewelry and more!

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

We're coming up on the dog days of summer, and I know it's hot out there... so grab yourself a cool drink, turn on the air conditioning, browse our website and pick out your Minneapolis workshops. And don't forget, we've got a Special Offer for all you early birds... Sign up by October 31st and get $15 off your registration fee and $15 off each full day class! And as always, sign up for 3 or more full day (6 hour) classes and you'll receive our custom theme tote filled with all kinds of artsy goodies. Sign up today to make sure you don't miss out on any of your favorite classes!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Tale of Two Kittys...

Endangered Encaustics
We've got some meow-velous news that we'd like to share with you!

We've added Kitty Miller to our lineup of Virginia Beach Art & Soul instructors, and she'll be teaching 3 classes at our upcoming retreat! Kitty Miller is a mixed media artist that specializes in vivid portraits of animals, people and birds. She uses layers and layers of dreamy fluid acrylic paints almost like water colors and then uses them as boldly as palette paint. She's been making art since childhood, so she's had years of practice! People loved what she did so much that teaching was just a natural progression for her. We are delighted to have her in Virgina this fall. Here's what she has in store for you...

In Endangered Encaustics you'll collage, paint, and layer with tons of supplies and techniques and encaustic wax. You'll create 2 stunning pieces that are both beautiful and educational.

You'll get skills that will carry over into everything you paint in Kitty's Birds of a Feather workshop. Use book pages, papers, paint, stencils, stamps, tissue paper and more to create your base and learn the techniques to paint a realistic bird over top of your mixed media masterpiece.

One Fish, Two Fish, An Ode To Whimsey

In One Fish Two Fish, you'll experience cheerful creativity with Kitty's nod to whimsy as you jump into the underwater world of fun. Using her favorite collage and painting techniques, you'll get to create a vibrant and beautiful background and paint some fun fish and friends to inhabit it.

So be sure and check out these fun, inspirational, creative classes Kitty Miller has to offer, and peruse our entire lineup of workshops for Art & Soul Virginia Beach 2016. It's a little over 6 weeks away!!


Agnes
So that takes care of one Kitty... but what's the rest of this tale about? Well, you know how we have friends that do wonderful things because they have such big hearts. And you know how sometimes, you see what they are doing and you just wish you could help out even just a little bit, but you're not always sure how you can help or what you can do to make a difference. Then, dang-it, something happens and you know exactly how you can help and what you can do, but it wasn't something you were planning on?

Louie
Well, that's how Agnes and Louie walked right into my heart. Yup... these two adorable-beyond-belief Persians were rescued from a cat hoarder and found their forever home with yours truly. Agnes is very sweet-natured and Louie is quite the adventurous explorer (hence the name, after Lewis from Lewis & Clark). Both are a welcome addition to my house and my life. We shall see in the coming months who rescued who!

And that's how the story goes. We got Kitty and I got kitties. So I'll be seein' ya... in Virginia Beach, or at the pet store loading up on bags of food...in case you'd forgotten about my other rescues...

Wilson on the left and Victoria at the wheel

Who let the dogs out? Who, who, who, who, who? Wilson, the poodle is a craigslist rescue. A long, not so happy story that I will spare you the details of. But he is goofy and sweet and I'm thrilled to have him.  Victoria, was a rescue from a breeder. She is a national champion, but did not give them puppies - and therefore does not make them money. Lucky for me as she is a dear companion.

Enjoy the rest of the summer kids!

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.

FIVE CATEGORIES:
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.