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We’ve started a new blog. Why? Well, we recently revamped our entire website and thought we’d update the look and feel of our blog as well. We have a beautiful new look and links to our facebook and twitter pages — and more! We’ll be posting more often, having contests and giveaways, and keeping you up to date on everything Art & Soul!

So you can find us now at http://artandsoulretreats.blogspot.com  Stop by and say hi! And don’t forget to bookmark our new blog page.

Glenny
xoxo

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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

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!

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!