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This contest is open to those who are  not  currently registered for Art & Soul Portland 2011.  Each week, we will post a partial photo of one of the class samples.  Guess which class and instructor and email it to me at (don’t list on FaceBook or this blog — you want to keep it a secret!)  I will put all correct answers into a drawing.  Two people will be selected and each will  receive a free class in Portland.   The drawing will be September 15th.  (registration fees will be the responsibility of the winner).
Here is #1

Contest #1


I’ve never been one to post philosophical thoughts on my blog or Facebook, but  cant help myself today.  We just came out of a full moon phase; a time that I ordinarily spend viewing the heavens and questioning our “being”.  The late summer and early fall are beautiful in the evenings; calm and pleasant.  But this time, forces have seemed out of control  — and not in a good way.   Has anyone else fallen into a series of bad circumstances?  I am fine, but have been surrounded by  tragedies and small disasters that have left me at a loss for words.  One thing after another has been piled on friends and acquaintances until you wonder just how much more they are expected to handle. 
Has there been a shift in the planets?  What causes so many things to spiral downward at all at once? 
I’m the original Pollyana  — I want everyone and everything to mesh, get along, be content and happy.  No unpleasantries; no discord. 
So lets start today with no more.  No more car accidents.  No more unexplained illnesses.  No more broken bodies.  No more financial woes.  No more squabbles.  NO MORE.
We will enjoy the ride; even if it is a roller coaster or a merry go round.  The ride can be harrowing or mundane — but we are living.  And I want to LIVE.


I know, I know! It seems like we just posted the 2012 Las Vegas classes for your perusal (because we did!) So hopefully, you’ve scoured your favorite workshops, looked through the talented list of instructors, and fallen in love with some of those example projects featuring so many amazingly creative pieces! And now it’s time to choose.

You’ll the information for the Vegas, June 14-18, 2012 event on our Art & Soul website now! So pick your lucky numbers, place your bets, and let those creative wheels start spinning… Woohoo!

Jewelry artist Melissa Cable has been creating for over 10 years. She has taught at bead stores and shows around the country, such as the Bead and Button Show, Bead Expo and the Puget Sound Bead Festival. Her work has been published in magazines including BeadStyle, Stringing, Bead and Button’s Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads and in the book A Beaders Stash.

Her current body of work uses Roberts Real Faux Bone(TM), an innovative artist material with infinite possibilities. But most of all she has a passion for creating and teaching projects that allow her students to learn important skills while walking away with a fun, finished project.

Check out what Melissa will be teaching this year at the Portland Art & Soul event…

Daffodil Ring – an evening class where you can discover how to incorporate Faux Bone into your jewelry making techniques. It’s an innovative material that will bring a new level of creativity and flexibility to your pieces. You will leave with one finished ring and have materials for another to make at home.

Rippled Bangle -in this full day class, you’ll learn to texture, color and manipulate Faux Bone strips on a custom jig and use metal and Faux Bone sheet to create a bangle bracelet. You’ll also get to use epoxy clay and pigment powders to embellish the flower focal piece. Leave with a finished bracelet as well as a quality jig to use for future projects.

Tangled Vine – another all-day class where you will discover how to texture, color and manipulate fine strands of Faux Bone on a custom jig to create a stunning cuff that you can customize in many ways. You’ll leave with a uniquely stunning bracelet as well as a quality wooden jig to use for future projects.

And for those of you thinking of attending the Vegas Art & Soul Retreat next year, you’ll definitely want to check out Melissa’s workshops that were just listed yesterday!! She’ll be teaching jewelry-making classes that allow you to make jewelry using Faux Bone, metalworking, wirewrapping, and more. Be sure and check out her Basket Bezel Flower Cuff, this whimsical Dogwood Charm Necklace, a very unique Engraved Tapestry Cuff, and her innovative Faux Bone Geode.

Isn’t her jewelry just fabulous? We think so! For more information on Art & Soul Retreats, workshops and instructors… visit our website.

Do you feel lucky? Well, we certainly do… being the hosts of another Las Vegas-based Art & Soul Retreat! We’re diligently working behind-the-scenes to get all the amazing workshops, teachers and project photos up onto the website for your perusal.

You can look forward to fabulous classes from your favorite teachers like… Sally Jean Alexander, Lisa Kaus, Sherry Haab and Robert Dancik… as well as some of the newest, cutting edge mixed-media artists on the planet (yes, they’re coming from all over the world)! So mark your calendars… fill your printers with ink and plenty of paper… get that Do Not Disturb sign ready… and get excited!

Classes and instructors for the Vegas, June 14-18, 2012 Event will be listed on the Art & Soul website next Wednesday, August 10th. Happy browsing!

P.S. There’ll be plenty of time to look through all the Vegas workshops before registration begins later this year. So no worries!