One of the most exciting things about Art & Soul and the mixed-media community, is to see how it evolves. The talent just keeps on coming. And we are lucky to have more additions for 2011 retreats. Here are a couple that I’m sure you will enjoy learning about…

Magdalena Muldoon—born in Mexico City—grew up surrounded by fine crafts in her family business. And throughout the years, she fell in love with metal embossing, was able to study with 5 of the best teachers in Mexico, and now exhibits and does workshops all over the United States—her new home. In addition, she has been teaching and competing in many locations around the world, has appeared in numerous magazines, published the book “Metal Embossing Workshop” in 2006 (Sterling) and I was also part of Page Sage’s “Art Unscripted” DVD hosted by Carol Duval. We are so excited to have someone of such talent teaching at our Hampton Retreat in 2011. Check out her Metal Embossing Workshops both for Beginners and an Intermediate version as well!

If you have attended the Hampton retreat over the years, you may recognize Michelle Bernard. She was one of the Opening Night Class teachers for 3 years in a row—back when she used to work for Ranger Crafts. She was also an Art & Soul attendee and has been published in numerous mixed-media books and magazines. She loves working with discarded objects, flea market finds, and antique bits and baubles that others have left behind. Her unique style involves creating much of what she does from ordinary items that she already has around the house. Making due with what you have is one of her favorite approaches to art… and to life! Michelle will be teaching Do You Do VooDoo? at the Hampton Retreat this upcoming April-May.

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Have a happy and creative New Year everyone!