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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!)….

If you’ve ever attended one of the Art & Soul Retreats — or have talked to someone who has — you know what a life-changing event it can be. Now, we’re not trying to be conceited here — LOL! — it’s just the response we get year after year! People who have the courage to go outside their comfort zone. Those who love to be creative, but maybe have never tried it in a mixed media atmosphere. There are the ones who have dabbled and want to dabble more. And then there are those who love the camaraderie of others who are just as enthusiastic (a.k.a. a little nutty) about being creative as they are.

Art & Soul is a place where you are welcomed by all and it’s a safe haven to let go, be yourself, and explore something new. We’d love to hear about your favorite Art & Soul experience! So leave us a comment… and thanks for sharing!

That’s right! Art & Soul has its own Yahoo Group. It’s a place where our community of teachers, attendees and creatives can chat about the various events, share ideas, post photos, and exchange information! You can even check out the Files section for information about the different venues, and to see photos of past events. So whether you have signed up for an event, or just wanted to see what it’s all about… why don’t you join the Art & Soul Yahoo Group today!