Once again we had an incredible time at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, NV for our annual Las Vegas retreat. The hotel is amazing in its grandeur and pomp, but look out when Art & Soulers take it over! Woohoo!
A great big thanks — and a round of hearty applause — for all the instructors who gave us such fabulous classes. I am always in awe of your creativity and the projects you come up with for workshops. And guess what? So are the students! Those beaming smiles they have at the end of class are simply priceless. And speaking of students, we had a ton of new attendees at this venue! You have just dipped your toes into the Art & Soul pool — but now you are family! We hope to see you again soon.
Hooray! for Deb and Blue Twig Studio! It was great to have you and your goodies in our onsite store for Vegas! The fun thing about perusing your wares is that no attendee can do it just once. Multiple visits are the norm — you know, just in case you missed something. There's always something else you need! I hope you enjoyed your initiation Deb! We enjoyed having you.
Oh, Marie — my trusty sidekick. The Shirley to my Laverne. The Betty to my Wilma. The Ethel to my Lucy. What would I do without you and your amazing ability to be everywhere at once? Your constant enthusiasm and boundless energy raise Art & Soul to a whole new level. I thank you from the bottom of my mixed-media heart!
I must say that the June heat in Vegas (yes, it's a dry heat!) is not fit for man or beast! Which is why it's the perfect time to stay indoors and make some creatures of your own — like this one from Ty and Marcia Schultz' Big Birdz class!
Oh, wait! We interrupt this blog post for the one beast who I think does like the Vegas Summer Heat! We found him in the courtyard and he was really interested in taking a class.
There were so many wonderful classes to take in a variety of media. Here's one of our long time Art & Soulers Ann, just starting her project in Serena Barton's Wabi Sabi class. Look at all those yummy wax colors!
And everybody's projects turned out so beautifully!
An interesting thing about Art & Soul is that sometimes the teachers turn into students! Like one of our favorite instructors Liz Kettle, who came to Vegas to have fun as a birthday celebration for herself.
And you know what's even more amazing? When those projects turn into gifts for moi. It actually happens quite often, and if you've ever seen me in the moment I receive such a selfless gesture, I get all choked up and blubbery. Because I'm the lucky one!