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Well, it’s time to announce the winner of our special giveaway, from the pool of Art & Soul attendees who registered to sign up to take 4 or more daytime classes at the Portland, Oregon Retreat…

Our good friends at the Embassy who take care of us each year — Director of Sales, Jim Meyers and Director of Catering, Andrea Johnson — did the drawing for the wonderful prize of a FREE 5-night stay at The Embassy Suites in Portland. A pretty amazing package! And, so without further delay, we’d like to say….

Congratulations to our winner — Lauri Packenbush from Anchorage, Alaska!

Hooray! Good for you! You lucky duck! We hope you enjoy your Embassy Suites stay and have lots of fun while you play the days away at Art & Soul Portland this September/October.

For more information or to browse our class selection for Portland — visit our website. Registration is still open and there are plenty of workshops available!


We’d like to introduce you to our newly redesigned website. Come on over and have a look around. We’ve made some changes you might like. First and foremost there’s a more modern and sophisticated look, with a touch of Art & Soul whimsy — of course. We’ve also created easy access to the stuff you want to know! You’ll find much more information, and it’s all right at your fingertips. We’ll keep you up-to-date on all the latest news, happenings, and event dates… as well as classes, teachers, schedules and contests too! We hope you enjoy the new layout!

Oh, and P.S. While you’re there, check out all the fabulous new classes for Virginia Art & Soul — they’re up!! And registration opens soon — on June 18th! So get your favorite workshops picked out and get your keyboard fingers ready!

Well, what can I say? The Hampton Art & Soul Retreat turned out just fabulously. Everyone got to kick up their heels, had a Spring in their step, and let their creativity soar! The Garden Hat Competition was out of this world! So many entries and such an amazing level of thoughtfulness for these fun and funky creations. Leslie Brier’s entry (above) — entitled Tripping Over Daisies — won for Most Original and had everybody smiling!

We had a wonderful selection of classes and the teachers really outdid themselves. It’s becoming evident in this day and age that the people teaching are doing so because they want to share the excitement that creativity can bring to someone’s life. For example, the lovely Susan Lenart Kazmer — who now has several books, dvds, gallery exhibits, and a product line with a major craft retailer — still wants to teach people on an individual basis, and makes them all feel like mixed media superstars while she’s doing it!

And then we have those like Dan Carrel — having taught at 5 universities and colleges throughout his tenure — who feels compelled to teach people that they do have the innate abilities it takes to create a Transformational Painting! In the process — transforming their lives into ones filled with courage and creativity. I am truly honored and humbled to have instructors like these in the Art & Soul family and I thank them all profusely!

The attendees not only come to play and be free, but they come for the camaraderie of like-minded souls. They are excited to learn and it is truly evident in their finished pieces of art. It gives me great pride to see all of you walking around after class — beaming with pride over what you have accomplished! It is heartwarming to see my dream come true in each of you.

The techniques that are taught go above and beyond the limits of the imagination. For instance, take a look at this beautiful collage made in Cathy Taylor’s class — Finding Your Creative Spirits. Using pages from National Geographics Magazines and orange cleaner, she took students to new heights of creativity. Who knew?

And Vendor Night — well, Vendor Night is fun in so many ways. Ways that you wouldn’t necessarily think. For example — since no one is getting dirty, or painty, or using a belt sander, our shoppers are always dressed to the nines! Sporting their most favorite, funky fashionable wardrobes along with accessories that were just made in class or have been thoughtfully hand crafted by one of thier favorite teachers or artists. The excitement is palpable as everyone rummages for the perfect found objects, ephemera, jewelry bits and bobs, as well as original art and supplies.

At this Hampton, VA Art & Soul event, everyone was so gracious, loving and enthusiastic and the positive energy was absolutely contagious. The East Coast attendees rock! I am grateful for your continued support. The laughter, comraderie and talent that you exude is the reason that I founded this event. And I’d like to give one more huge Thank You to all of our workshop instructors as well as my trusty right-hand-chick Marie Kennedy, to Judy Gula for bringing an entire store to the Convention Center in the 11th hour, and everyone else that helped make this such a successful event.

See you next time!

We’ve got some exciting news for our Hampton, Virginia Art & Soul Retreat attendees!

You’ve asked for it… and now you’ve got it! New at this upcoming retreat (can you believe it’s basically a week away?) we will have a Hospitality Room available for all attendees! So what does that mean?

• We’ll have tables to display your fabulously creative class projects!

• Snacks and beverages will be available (because art makes you hungry and thirsty!)

• You’ll have the chance to meetup with old acquaintances and make new ones

• And plenty of seating to sit and chat away with like-minded peeps!

Find out more when you stop in to register! Can’t wait to see you all (getting excited!)….

How exciting! It’s that time of year again. Packets for the Hampton, Virginia Art & Soul retreat have gone out and many of you will be receiving a little surprise inside! But shhhhh… don’t tell anyone what it is, let’s keep it a secret from the Portland attendees!

Me and my trusty helper (my, how she’s grown!) had tons of fun preparing all your goodies for the Virginia retreat!

For those of you who’ll be getting the “alterable item” — have fun with it! This year’s theme is Into The Garden and that can dictate the direction you go with your creativity — or maybe you want to think outside the garden! Whatever you create, I know it will be spectacular. You are all so very creative. We love seeing the end results! And those results won’t be wasted, because we have some fabulous prizes this year. Read on..

For our contest, we’re going to have 4 categories:
• Most Original Design
• Most Hilarious
• Most Fitting of Theme, and
• Most Likely to Be Worn While Gardening

And… the winner of each category will receive a FREE one-day class for  Portland 2011 or Hampton 2012! So get into the garden, and get your hands dirty! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!