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Well, it’s that time again —  organizing, sorting, packing, and getting ready for Las Vegas Art & Soul. Woohoo. So very excited looking forward to seeing all my favorite instructors, meeting tons of new ones — and of course all you giddy students. There’s nothing like exploring mixed media art to rejuvenate the soul and kick start your own personal creative journey. And how about the location? Simply inspiring in itself!

So if you’re frantically deciding how on earth you are going to pack all those supplies in your suitcase(s), or what you can wear to still look pretty but don’t mind getting dirty in, or you’re just making sure you’ve got enough gas in the car and music for the ride… we can’t wait to see you!

And remember, you can always sign up for classes last minute in-person… the vendor night (Sunday February 27th) is open to everyone (even non-attendees for a small admission)… and there is plenty of fun to be had by all. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… baby!

Las Vegas Art & Soul Retreat
February 27th – Vendor Night
February 28th – March 3rd – workshops
Green Valley Ranch Resort
for more info and available classes visit our website

Hope to see you there!



Well, hello there and thanks for stopping by our Blog Hop. Here you’ll find some of the spectacular workshop instructors we have lined up for Portland Art & Soul this upcoming September-October. Below you’ll find links to their profiles, classes, as well as their personal blogs. So grab a glass of something… and maybe a snack… settle in… and enjoy browsing!

Jane Davies
Jane is teaching Scribble Collage and Scribble Paint – explore your uninhibited, playful side!
Explore the blog behind her collage journeys!

Ingrid Dijkers
Ingrid will be teaching Instructional Guide For Going Over The Edge, An Octopus’s Garden – A Steampunk Inspired Journal, and Through The Rabbit Hole – creative  journaling like you’ve never seen it before!
Visit her blog and you’ll definitely get inspired.

Elizabeth Kettle
Liz will be teaching Anthology Of Memories In Fabric & Stitch, Delectable Cloth, and Silk Dreams – pure fabric goodness!
Check out her blog to see more of  her own personal artistic journey.

Kari McKnight-Holbrook
The “Backporch Artessa” will be teaching Green Art Goodness, A Fluid Romance, and Happy Bird Sings, a Clay-Covered Journal – fresh approaches and tons of techniques!
Explore the many facets of Kari on her delightful blog.

Karen O’Brien
Karen will be teaching Block Party – make your own version of “vending” art on wood!
Check out Karen’s blog for mixed media inspiration and more.

Janne Robberstad
Janne is teaching Fabric Portraits and Machine Embroidered Birds — amazing!
Visit her blog for more behind the scenes.

Stephanie Rubiano
Steph is teaching Bedazzling Butterfly Boxes, Over The Edge, Marvelous Mica ATCs, and House Of Cards —mixed media madness!
Check out her blog for more thinking “outside the box”.

Marcia Schultz
Marcia (along with husband Ty) will be teaching Big Birdz, All About Resins, Big Bloomz, and Metal Steampunk & Milagro – to make the extraodinary out of the ordinary!
Visit Marcia’s blog to get inspired in many mixed media ways.

Well, thanks for stopping by our little blog hop and I hope you enjoyed this cross-section of talented artists that will be teaching this Fall at the Portland, Oregon Art & Soul Retreat. Visit our website for even more Portland instructors and classes!

Well, how exciting is this? The Embassy Suites in Portland is gifting Art & Soul with a FREE 5-night stay at their beautiful hotel. So, if you are going to Portland Art & Soul — or even entertaining the idea of going — you may have a chance to win this amazing package!

So, by now you’re probably asking… well… how can I win this valuable prize? All you have to do is sign up to take 4 or more daytime classes at the Portland, Oregon Art & Soul… and you’re in! That’s it. Come to play and maybe stay at no pay! And don’t worry, if you’ve already registered — you’re already entered.

The winner will be announced on June 1st, so go ahead and sign up today — for your chance to win!

For more information or to browse our class selection for Portland — visit our website.


Maybe you were thinking about it. Perhaps you got all excited when registration opened up, but wanted to wait until it got closer. Or quite possibly it just slipped your mind and now your saying, oh my goodness… I’d better pick out classes…like… now! And you are so lucky, because there are several Workshops that still have a spaces available. Less than 3 weeks away, the Las Vegas Art & Soul Retreat has the best of everything — jewelry, painting, journaling, mixed media, dolls, collage, assemblage, and much much more! So get your creative juices flowing, and remember… What happens in Vegas… stays in Vegas!

Las Vegas Art & Soul
Green Valley Ranch Resort
Henderson, NV 89052
February 28 – March 3
Vendor Show, Sunday Feb. 27th

For more information, visit the Art & Soul website and take a chance on some available Workshops!

Wow! My first visit to the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show was quite an adventure! It is amazing to see how much the genre of Mixed Media has made its way into the craft industry over the past several years. Which is one of the reasons I wanted to attend the show — to find lots of goodies for all you wonderful students!

While at the show, you cannot help but run into an Art & Soul Workshop Instructor… or two… or three… or more! One of our longtime Jewelry Artists — Susan Lenart Kazmer — was there with her very own booth! It was totally abuzz with artists and shopowners who have followed the progress of Susan’s company — Objects And Elements — as well as those who couldn’t wait to find out about her amazing products. She has absolutely gorgeous pendants, findings, kits, resin, books, dvds, and so much more. Everything a mixed media jewelry artist could possibly want.

And here is Susan with Jen Cushman — who will be teaching at Art & Soul for the first time this year along with Barbe Saint John. Both are members of Susan’s Jewelry Design Team. Jen is the author of a new book about Ice Resin (just out at this show!) — one of the many fabulous products from Objects And Elements. And to top that off, it was published under their own new publishing division! Wow!

The rest of the show was abundance of exhibitors including craft manufacturers (rubber stamps, ink, papers, tools), publishing companies (all of your favorite books from your favorite mixed media artists – and TONS of new ones!), art companies (like fine art papers, art supplies, paints and such), sewing, fabric, beads, baubles, ephemera, embellishments and a whole section for new exhibitors (from what I understand — there’s plenty of newbies every year!). In addition there were a plethora of workshops, contests, make-and-takes, demonstrations, and even some “rallys” around a huge amount of new products and accessories. Whew! It’s enough to make your head spin. So many amazing supplies — so little time.

All-in-all, CHA was a total blast. I learned a lot and know much more about the craft industry as it pertains to Mixed Media and how relationships with these groups can benefit Art & Soul!

Glenny xoxo