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The very first art retreat I produced was held at the Oregon Coast in 2000.   I called it “Art at Heart“.   The premise was simple  — come and play with stamps for a weekend.  Rubber stamps were HOT and most of us had just discovered our hidden artist.   We had an absolute ball and strong relationships were formed.   As the years progressed, Art & Soul took the center stage and it became more difficult to find separate “play time”.   I hear about special gatherings here and there, and find myself longing for uninterrupted time with friends.  So I decided to bring Art at Heart back and open it on line.   The date is November 6-11, 2010

Held in Lincoln City, OR, this retreat is like no other. Instead of daily workshops lead by an instructor – you play and create for three full days on your own. Each person will set up their workstation and it will remain place the entire weekend. No packing up supplies at the end of the day. In fact – you can work into the wee hours of the night if you choose — or – if you are a morning person, you can begin at the crack of dawn. There are no parameters, timelines or rules. Our meeting space looks out over the magnificent Pacific Ocean ….the view is spectacular. 

Inn at Spanish Head

Spontaneous demos, sharing of ideas and lots of laughter are the norm for the retreat. Our food magically appears! We put down the glue stick or paint, wash our hands and devour the great food prepared by the Inn’s award winning Chef. 

Lincoln City has a fabulous book store, some antique/junque shops and other businesses worth exploring. Someone is always ready to take an adventure and enjoy the area. 

Your registration includes:
• Ocean front accommodation for 4 nights
• Set up your workstation for 3 full days–don’t move
• Incredible Meals
 Snacks upon arrival Sun night; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Mon, Tue, Wed)
• No Set Schedules – well, except for FOOD
• Friendships galore
• Limited to 30 participants
• All arrangements handled for you  

The rooms are relaxing and luxurious.  All info and registration is on the website.  Space is very limited  — join us!!  

 One Bedroom Suite  –            single $1085  dbl  $735 

Studio –                                    single $860    dbl  $625 


One Bed Unit –                        single $820    dbl   $600 



Its SPRING and our rain has turned from freezing cold to just damp and miserable.  Abby and I painted birdhouses at Collage last week and then Abs made a spring display.

Welcome Spring


This vase was given to my mother when I was born.  I love daffodils!OLD vase

Have to share some additional photos from Vegas!  We did have a great time  — and YES — we will return.  So hang onto your hats gang  — its just a matter of getting things figured out. 

Jeni Horne in a class with Lisa Kaus

Jeni was also a first time vendor with fabulous pieces!  Stay tuned  — she may be a new instructor!!

Finishing touches by Lisa!

Nothing better than having your instructor add that special something!

Fabulous tiara made by Z

Sally Jean’s ladies did it again!  The work from the classes was amazing!

Sally Jean and Susan Bezek

Jerry Buckler wearing a finished piece from Susan Lenart Kazmer's class

Who said men don’t attend our events????  We loved visiting with Jerry and watching him create!

And for fun  — there was one particular restaurant/lounge that offered 1/2 price drinks in the evening.  We visited there a number of times.  I found this warning taped to a chair  — apparently the writer had been helping themselves to the cocktails——


I’ve been working to confirm 2011 locations this entire week.  It takes FOREVER and makes me nuts.  But as you know, it doesn’t take much to push me over the edge;  I seem to teeter there often.   An analyst would probably have a lot to say about that!  But mostly, I have no patience.  When I have made a decision, I want it finalized immediately.  And I can’t WAIT to share….. some fun new places!! 

Went to the barn for some healing time with the horses.

Working Boots

Spring is in the air and they know it.  All are most alert and frisky.  Now if only our weather would cooperate.  We are fortunate that we did not have the devastating snow storms that blanketed most of the country.  But we have rain; and it makes mud.  The horses are one big mud ball.  Derek calls them “mud dogs”.  

Jacob is 25 yrs old and still going strong.  He was a champion in his day  — and now lives a life of leisure with lots of love and attention.  He begs like a dog — and eats anything you are putting in your mouth.  He loves tomatoes.

Ab & Jake sharing a sandwich

This is  terrible photo that I took with my phone.  But look how sweet.  That is Cookie, our assistant trainer at the barn.  She is leading Jacob around the arena so that he gets his necessary exercise.

Going for a stroll

Pearl is getting tacked up so that she can begin learning how to pull a cart.  Again, our assistant trainer is right there ready to do her part.  Cookie is a typical Boarder Collie, only instead of sheep to herd, she has horses.  She seems to intuitively know which horses are the “needy” ones and stays close.

Pearl getting harnessed

OK  — break is over and it is back to the computer!  I am trying to gather photos of the incredible “decorated items” the Las Vegas group created.  They were simply AMAZING!!  I may as well just tell what the doo dad is for this year as some of you may already have seen some photos.  Here is a photo of one taken by Jean Van Brederode


As we leave the glitz of Las Vegas  — we turn our focus to our east coast home in Virginia.  Three new instructors were introduced to the Art & Soul family in Las Vegas and are also teaching in Hampton.  Ty and Marcia Schultz have a most unique class and teach fun techniques in all of their classes.  I especially loved Something to Crow about  — and was blown away by the creativity of their students.   They are teaching the Crow, Moldmaking 101 and Big Birdz — dont miss this opportunity to do something totally different! 

A crow in progress


Playful crows!

Next is Julie Haymaker Thompson… what a delight.   Both for Julie AND her classes.  Take a look at this one.  Who can resist?

Walking Rusty

And THEN — just to make things more complicated for you  — Leighanna Light had designed a new class just for Hampton and we decided to offer it in the Portland lineup.  WELL  — that class sold out in the first day!  So, Hampton  — here is your chance to take a hot class — The Construction of an Art Book

The Construction of an Art Book

Ty, Marcia and Julie are new “stars” on the rise.  Take their classes now as I guarantee that they will be first sold outs in the future as their reputations spread. 

Many other fabulous classes have space as well  — check out: Melanie Testa, Jane Wynn, The O’Briens, Diana Trout, Tory Brokenshire, LK Ludwig.  And dont hesitate to email me about sold out classes  — you just never know if we have a special spot just waiting for you!