Friday, March 9, 2012

Did You Find What You Were Looking For?

Wow! Well, Virginia Beach Art & Soul has just wrapped up and can I just tell you how excited, engergized and enthusiastic I was coming home from this event!! I'd like to blame this euphoria on the beach air, but truthfully it was the combination of a seaside venue, a set of amazingly talented instructors, curious and courageous attendees, the store, the staff, the hotel and everyone who had any part in this fabulous mixed media art retreat we all love so much.

You know I'm prejudiced, well... because it's my baby... So I thought I'd share just a few of the comments that have been pouring into the Yahoo Group now that we're all home and rested. Okay, mostly rested. Here are some excerpts from students and teachers, newbies and veterans alike...

"I had such a wonderful time at this year's A&S. As usual, I loved all of my classes but loved the intimacy of the new venue. I learned new stuff, met new people, reconnected with "old" people, walked on the beach, and ate fabulous food - the hotel restaurant had surprisingly good food. Am counting the days till next year!"

 "WOW, is the word that comes to mind when describing my first A&S experience. I overloaded classes (10) but what an experience. Thank u for such a great experience, if life allows I will be back!!! Looking forward to staying in touch too with all my new friends!"
"It was so wonderful being in the company of so many creative, talented and wonderful people. The energy you created was palpably positive and I was honored to be a part of the experience!" 

"Thank you all for making this event unforgettable yet again and let me  be honest ... every single time I travel to attend Art & Soul it is just getting better and better. It is worth it to travel those 28 hours (single way !) Thank you all for the wonderful classes, the wonderful shared friendships... the discussions ...Thank you for everything and I so hope to meet ya'll again in 2013. Thank you all for the warmth I received."

"Glad to here Art and Soul is coming back to Virginia Beach. This is my fourth Art and Soul in this area and feel it was the best."

"A Big THANK YOU to you, Glenny and Marie for running this top notch retreat. I have participated as a student in years past and was so thrilled to now be one of Art & Soul's Instructors. Absolutely love the students that I taught, what a talented bunch. So, I just want to say that perhaps this was the BEST Art and Soul ever (IMHO) and huge THANK YOU'S to Glenny, Marie, and Judy and her "worker-bees" and to my teachers and students for an amazing 144 hours (more or less) of artistic bliss. We are all such a great group and I firmly believe that although there are magazines, books, CD's, DVD's, and E-Books on art media, NOTHING can replace the commeradie, the great vibes, and the creative spirit that is generated with human togetherness. To all the beautiful artists who I met in my classes, the halls, and the store , I send bundles of creative blessings for the rest of the year----------until we meet again, cheers!"

"Thank you Glenny and Marie for planning such an amazing retreat. I enjoyed see old friends and making new ones. And of course the trades, which are one of my favorite parts of the retreat, were fabulous this year. Everyone asks me which class did you like best and I can't decide. All of my classes were fantastic. The hotel employees were incredibly nice and friendly... Can't wait to see everyone again next year." 

"This was my first A&S event and all I can say is AMAZING!!! I met some fun kind TALENTED people this week and I can't thank you all enough for one of the best times I've had in a long time!I told my mom that I found my tribe!!! You all understand that I should always wear a tiara!!!  PLEASE COME BACK TO VA BEACH WE NEED THIS ON THE EAST COAST!!!!! BE CREATIVE!"

Well, folks... this is why I do what I do. These events foster such a palpable, happy vibe, a sense of comaraderie, and push us all to the heights of creativity. I can't wait until the next one! And I invite you to join us.... so you can find what you were looking for.

Stay tuned as we follow up with more photos and good times from our Virginia Beach event. In the meantime, check out our Las Vegas retreat... it's right around the corner!!

~Glenny xoxo


  1. As this was my 3rd And S VA I have to say that this venue and the more intimate feel of the hotel, the friendliness of the staff, the store run by my dear friend Judy and all of your hard work- this was HANDS DOWN the best!!!
    Chad Alice Hagan's class was amazing and I would love to see more classes with her- perhaps a book class using her felts. She is an Outstanding teacher!! I am working on some proposals but teaching on not I will be back to art and Soul VA!!!
    Bravo to both you and Marie!!!!

  2. Thanks Elizabeth, it was a pleasure to have you join us yet again!! I agree, this had to be one of the best Art & Soul's yet. Here's to many, many, many more... cheers!


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