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We’re still celebrating the new year and that means savings for you! For the next few months, we will feature an instructor and the classes they will be teaching at upcoming events. During that period only, if you sign up for one of their classes you will receive a 20% discount on the total cost of the class. This is a great opportunity to try a new instructor, delve into a technique that might appeal to you, or just venture out of that “comfortable art” box. Register for the class online, as usual, and we will credit your account, accordingly. Our current featured instructor is Jill Berry. Jill is teaching two classes in Virginia.

Deadline for registration is Friday, January 29th. Available for new class registration only. Not acceptable to transfer from previously registered class in order to receive discount.

Magical Midnight Stories

Jill Berry

Jill is a mixed-media artist, teacher, and mom in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains who makes lots of books, paintings and other story-telling structures. Born and raised in California, she also spent a year of graduate studies in Italy, where she learned to see a bigger picture of both art and the world in general. She focuses her work on text, color and social issues, and it often involves maps, symbols, houses, housewives, and the mystique of charisma. It can be seen in Letter Arts Review, Somerset Studio, In Flight, Cloth, Paper Scissors, Interactive Workshop: Mixed Media in Motion by Kim Rae Nugent, and the upcoming issue of Art Journaling. Her handmade books are in the permanent collections of the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Denver Public Library. Her paintings and artist’s books have been shown in national invitational and juried shows and can be found in public and private collections across the country. She has taught at three universities in Colorado and various other institutions nationally and feels that art is necessary and accessible to everyone.

More Magical Midnight Stories

Dream Houses

More Dream Houses

I’m really excited about our Portland lineup for 2010. We have some new and exciting instructors offering fabulous classes. Info will be online TOMORROW!!!  YAY.

 As a teaser, here is a list of our 2010 Portland Team: 

Acosta, Adams, Adams, Alexander, Ashman, Bagley, Barton, Bezek, Brokenshire, Bunkers, Campbell, Cox, Dancik, Davis, Duhamel, French & Allison, Grass, Haymaker, Holtzman, Kendrick, Kendrick, Krzyzewski, Lee, Light, Lo Bue, Logan, Ludwig, Manley, Mattson, Meier, Merritt, MichelNeubauer, Newbold, O’Briens, Otero, Portscheller, Reno, Salley, Salley, Schenk, Schultz, Slaugher & Steven,Testa, Wise, Wolfer, Woodhouse.

If you haven’t heard, we’re celebrating the new year with an Art & Soul sale. Each week, for the next few months, we will feature an instructor and the classes they will be teaching at upcoming events. During that week only, if you sign up for one of their classes you will receive a 20% discount on the total cost of the class. This is a great opportunity to try a new instructor, delve into a technique that might appeal to you, or just venture out of that “comfortable art” box. Register for the class online, as usual, and we will credit your account, accordingly. This week our featured instructor is Thomas Ashman. A returning instructor, Thomas is teaching two journal making classes in Vegas.

Deadline for registration is Friday, January 8th. Available for new class registration only. Not acceptable to transfer from previously registered class in order to receive discount.

Tiny Glass And Copper Journal

Thomas Ashman

Thomas Ashman is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Northern Utah. Drawing inspiration from his background in literature and experiences in the construction trades, Thomas developed his unique bookbinding technique to facilitate the use of unusual materials such as glass, sheet metal, and various types of hardware for the binding and covering of books. Thomas has appeared on DIY network’s “Craft Lab” and has been published in Somerset Studio Magazine and Somerset Gallery. His work received the Curator’s Pick and Viewer’s Choice awards at the “Queen Mab’s Picnic” exhibition at the18th Street Gallery in Bakersfield, California, and his all-copper journal was selected to be part of the “Second National San Diego Book Arts Juried Show” at the Geisel Library at UCSD. Thomas teaches classes at several studios around the country as well as national art retreats. Currently, in addition to always attempting new and varied applications of his book binding, Thomas is dabbling in doll making and sculpture, and is working on an instructional book of techniques and projects.

Glass And Copper Journal