Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Portland Excitement! We're Almost There!

Are you ready to get messy... be creative... learn something new... get inspired... and hang out with like-minded souls? Yeah, us too! Portland Art & Soul is literally right around the corner and my heart is skipping beats already. We've got lots of exciting activities planned for you... so here's a sneak peek to get you excited.

The Opening Night Party — sponsored by Spellbinders — will be on Sunday, September 29th from 6:00-9:00pm. Many of our instructors will be available to chat with, autograph books, and even take an up close and personal look at their class samples! Everyone will also receive tickets for a complimentary beverage and scrumptious snacks.

Every day during the event, we'll have Demos and Make-n-Takes in the hotel lobby — you can't miss us! This area will also be available for you to work on your project, visit with friends (and make some new ones!), and enjoy an evening cocktail... or two.

Wednesday evening, October 2nd, Patti Haltom from Stamp-a-dee-do-dah will have a special book Make-n-Take. This session is limited to 20 students so be sure to sign up in the office when you arrive.

Thursday evening, October 3rd, Spellbinders is sponsoring another night of Make-n-Takes and demos from 5:30-8:30pm. Come join the fun!

Friday evening, October 4th, artist and editor extraordinaire Jenny Doh will have a book signing and wine sampling event. Join her from 6:00-6:30pm (right before her Keys to Publishing workshop), for this intimate gathering.

Throughout the event, we'll have lots of giveaways and you'll finally get to see the "special objects" decorated by our wonderfully creative students for this year's On Safari theme! And maybe we'll have a few surprises for you too. You never know what impromptu get-togethers will pop up with this crowd!

And of course, our Vendor Extravaganza — Saturday, October 5th from 6:00-9:00pm — is free to registered attendees and is open to the public for only $5 at the door. We will have dozens of vendors and your favorite workshop instructors offering finished artwork as well as art supplies, vintage findings, fabrics, jewelry, collage items, assemblage — something for everyone! A no-host bar will also be available to enhance your evening. So come shop you little mixed media heart out!

We're looking forward to seeing you at our Portland event!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Let's Keep In Touch!

Want to keep up with the latest Art & Soul news? Do you want to be the first to know about new classes? Exciting opportunities? Special offers? Be among the first to register for workshops? Do you want sneak peeks of upcoming events before anyone else? Want to know who, what, when, where, why and how-to? Then you'll definitely want to join the Art & Soul Mailing List! You'll get hot-off-the-press news about all our mixed media art retreats — delivered right to your in-box. Be the first to know and sign up today!

Been to Art & Soul? New to Art & Soul but want to find out what it's all about? Then join our Yahoo Group. You'll be connected with like-minded souls who share your enthusiasm and adventure for creativity. You can share photos and stories and pose questions about upcoming retreats. Our staff and decades worth of Art & Soul'ers will be here to welcome you with open arms — even if they are filled with art supplies!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Can We Peak Your Pinterest?

We're so excited to let you know about a new feature we've added to our website class listings... a Pin It button for project photos! Now you can pin all your favorite classes to Pinterest for your own boards... and you can help us spread the love... all at the same time!

Here's how it works... when you're on the workshop description page, like the one above, simply click on a photo...

The photo will pop up as a larger image... and in the bottom left-hand corner, you'll see the Pin It button...

Click on the button to add it to your collection of pinboard interests...

And a dialog box will come up that looks like this. Underneath the photo you can add any pertinent information such as... the instructor's name, the class name, the retreat name, location and dates... and any other pertinent info like what type of workshop it is... journaling, art doll, jewelry making, painting, etc. Then just pick the Pinterest board you want to add it to (like, Classes I Want To Take!) and voila! You've got a visual reminder of all the classes you like.

If you are not yet familiar with Pinterest... you should definitely check it out and then join! With a name derived from a "pinboard" of "interests" this site lives up to and exceeds the idea of a vision board. It's the one place in this world of social media that is pure inspiration. And it's so much bigger than that cork board over your desk. You can Pin up an unlimited amount of wishes and dreams of all shapes and sizes! If you consider yourself someone who loves mixed media art and attending retreats to increase your creative skills and learn new techniques... Pinterest can be one of the most valuable tools in your art box!

Happy Pinning!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Portland 2014 Registration Is Open!

Art & Soul Portland 2014 is now live and ready for registration! We are still waiting for a few instructors to send us some class info and project photos, but we were so excited about next Spring that we just had to let you in on it!

P.S. Remember... Portland will be in APRIL next year and Virginia Beach will be in OCTOBER. We started in Portland in the Spring of 1998 — 15 years ago!— so we're getting a little nostalgic and going back to our roots.

And speaking of going back to our roots — once more we'll be rolling back class pricing!! Yup, we're doing it again.  If you register for our Portland 2014 Art & Soul before November 15, 2013, your classes will be the 2007 price of $135!!  So don't hesitate. Register today to make certain you reserve a spot in all your favorite classes. With our easy payment plan and different payment options, it makes Art & Soul the most affordable retreat for you.

Check out our website for additional information on our Portland 2014 event! You can browse by workshop instructors, class listings, or by project samples. Either way you look at it... it's going to be tough to decide! Happy browsing!

Glenny and the Crew