Ahoy, Landlubbers! Well what can I say? We just wrapped up an amazing Art & Soul event in Portland!
The energy was at an all-time high and everybody seemed to embrace the spirit of play and adventure even more than usual this year.
There's just something about getting out of the house, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, putting chores on hold for a few days, and dipping your toes (and fingers, of course) in the creative waters here at our mixed media retreats!
And speaking of waters... although it wasn't necessary to make anyone walk the plank, we did have our usual round of suspects!
Who managed to stay out of and get into trouble in ways we never even thought possible! (wink).
Our Treasure Island theme for this year was absolutely infectious! From pirate themed goody bags, filled with lots of plunder and booty...
...to our guest of honor Jack Sparrow, being admired by some lovely lasses during our opening night festivities...
....to the hotel staff and our resident bartender who even joined in on the fun, creating signature drinks for the attendees. Aaarrrrgggh! Avast ye seadogs.... I'll be servin' up the grog and makin' sure no scallywags get three sheets to the wind!
A whole bunch of art was made.
We found our inner spirit.
We embraced our inner weirdness.
And we learned lots of new, interesting stuff, made kindred connections, and some really creative projects that will live on beyond our time here.
So I'd like to give a big giant thanks-so-much to all who attended! With special appreciation to my team... Marie Kennedy, Karen Rosselli, and Phoenix Sagen for helping out in every way possible so I could get some much needed behind-the-scenes stuff taken care of. My gals did a fabulous job. I can't even imagine an event without them!
And a happy welcome to Maria and Collage as our onsite store. She's always there with a smile and a fountain of knowledge about art supplies of all kinds. She had great demos and make-n-takes throughout the retreat and it added a special touch to our event.
Well, I gotta go... Minneapolis starts in a week and boy do I have stuff to get done!
Hope to see you there!