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!

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 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   Space is limited to 25 people. So sign up early!