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Nope, you haven’t landed on the wrong blog site! This is what happens when creative people get together for an opening night party and have a fashion (we’re using the term very loosely here!) challenge — Project Runway style! Our brave models from left to right were Ty Schultz, Earl Zachery, and Dan Carell who are all winners in our eyes. Oh… our eyes!

The fun and frivolity was not only seeing these good sports walk the final runway for this competition, but also watching everyone in action getting made up! Do you think Ty’s hand is saying, “I surrender” or perhaps it’s more like, “help me”. Janne Robberstad looks as if she’s about to get serious with that hair spray… look out Ty!

One of the fabulous things about how Art & Soul retreats has grown over the years, is the diversity of workshops and instructors that we now have. I mean — we’ve got practically everything you can think of! And this year we had so much more…

One thing we always have are students who love what they create and are so pleased with themselves! Being surrounded by hand made prints from Liz Kettle’s Natural Beauty class — well, it’s just too much fun! It’s quite common to walk into a classroom and see recently created works of art strewn about all over the place, and the students all abuzz.

And speaking of things strewn about — ummm, uh-oh, wait! Oops you weren’t supposed to see that! Pay no attention to the woman behind that door. Okay, since you already peeked… it’s my friend Jean… and she’s getting all the glorious items together to fill your goodie bags with. Weren’t they fabulous?

Sharyn Sowell’s Letterpress 101 was an amazing education in an age-old manual printing discipline — and such a lovely one at that. Look at all these cool letters and images — how can you decide what to play with? Isn’t it funny how a lot of us mixed-media artists are drawn to the type cases, block letters and images… and now we can take a class where we get to actually use them! Fascinating.

I don’t know how she does it, but Susan Schenk’s Collage Your Pet class always ends up with amazing pieces. Can’t you just see the soulful expression on this yellow lab’s face? Adorable!

And take a look at this radiant beauty created in Jessica Acosta’s Doll Collage workshop! Simply stunning and such great detail with the shading and addition of dimensional objects. Lovely, lovely layers!

We even had a class on loom weaving with Kat Allison! Looks theraputic and fun! Another classic American craft kept alive through the mixed media art retreat. Hooray for history!

And what have we here? A wig workshop by Lana Guerra! Students totally got Wigged Out on this one. Check out Greg Clark’s cool creation in pink. I bet you could learn a lot in this class and then apply it on a smaller scale for mixed media dolls! Now that’s exciting!

And let’s not forget about our Vendor Extravaganza — always a blast! All the mixed media art supplies you could dream of (and more) all in one place! Didn’t Mary Fisher have some delicious looking fabrics? Yum!!

And now that we’re all caught up, I’d really like to say thank you so much to all our instructors for their hard work, support and dedication to Art & Soul. You are a huge part of our succes — and not only that — you are a part of our family!

A big thanks to Patti Haltom of Stamp A Dee Do Da for bringing her store to the Portland event! She did a fabulous job gathering stuff for attendees!

The Embassy Hotel continues to be the best in the world. The staff is incredible and seems to remember every one of us and our individual needs. How lucky we are to have had our event with them for over 10 years!

And Marie. Woman of Steel. We love you!

So I hope to see some of you in Virginia Beach (our rooms have balconies on the water – Wowza!) or perhaps at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV. Until then my little mixed media mavens….

Glenny
xoxo

We are so excited to announce that the theme of next year’s Art & Soul Retreats will be….

Puttin On The Ritz!

And how about this amazing logo created by the very talented Lynne Perella! Simply fabulous!

This theme brings about all kinds of cool ideas for trades, opening night party fun, embellished accessories (like top hats and canes), and of course… some interesting thoughts for our 2012 “special alterable object”. While we begin plans for 2012, we invite you to put your thinking caps on and go to town on ways to expand on this motif!

We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

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!

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!