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!