Art-Is-You 2013 Recap – Part 2 of 2

Here’s the second part of my Art-Is-You recap from the amazing retreat last week in Stamford.  I’m sorry but you may need a cuppa as this is really long one. Today I’m focusing on my last two days of classes.  Art-Is-You is an all inclusive retreat, and you can attend any number of days from one (okay, for starters… but not enough!) to all five.

 [Click here for Part 1 where I share how I learned to solder — what an incredible experience with Kecia & Jane!] 

This year my crafty sister Fern flew in and we attended together. We each took 4 days of classes, with only one class in common. We shared Jodi Ohl’s class… an in-depth technique class on building texture into projects.


Jodi’s a wonderful teacher, super organized and in tune with her roomful of students.  Her class was full and everyone seemed to soak up a lot. You’ll be inspired on  Jodi’s blog. I started building up the background of this painting in class:


Monday, the final day, was with Andrea Matus deMeng.  We collaged and painted a 5′ long scroll!


I loved Andrea’s teaching style, her art, her pace, everything. Andrea started class by acknowledging it was Day 5 and many of us might be on overload from all the classes before now… and that’s okay.   “Be kind to yourself” was one of the first things she said, and something I’ve not ever heard before in a class.  What a wonderful way to set the tone for the day.

There is so much of that at Art-Is-You.  Do what you want. Some like dressing for themes, some don’t, and it’s all fine. So here’s my scroll, in class last week:


And today, at home, after I’d finished the edges and added a wood dowel painted black with finials.  I’ll hang it with ribbon or fishing line, not sure which.  That’s hubby’s strong arm… lest you not think I have ‘man hands’!


Everyone’s projects were so different… we all loved them. Check out Andrea’s website for serious inspiration. I got to share a table with my pal Judy Shea, and she was a delightful partner in crime.  We met each other at last year’s Art-Is-You Retreat and have kept in close touch throughout the year.  It was great to see Judy again and to spend the day together.  Somehow we never got a shot of us together, but here’s my pal:


And here are the incredible hosts of the AIY experience: Sallianne and Ellen (center and right), along with the rocking Sue Pelletier (left). I googled to be sure I spelled Sal’s name right, as I have an Aunt Sally Anne who spells it differently.


And as sometimes Google does… it leads you to a wonderful site. I landed on a beautiful page on Pam Carriker’s site, where all these Art-Is-You gals were working together, however they could, to donate to Hurricane Sandy.

And that is really what Art-Is-You is about.

Community, uplifting, and sharing.

Dress optional.

Giggles required.

It is my total pleasure to teach there next year.


Thank you for visiting today. Come again!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Sounds like you had the best time and to get to teach yourself next year is such an honour! Jenny x

  2. That scroll is beautiful. It deserves a special place in your home. What kind of fabric did you use?

  3. Fern Edwards says:

    That scroll is soo cool – her hair makes me smile …almost as much as remembering the wonderful time I had at AIY!

  4. What a fun retreat! Can only imagine the wonderful new thing you’ve learned and tried. And not forget the artistic people you’ve met! Love all the projects you’ve made! So pretty!
    Hugs, Sandra

  5. That’s a fantastic home decor, just wonderful. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  6. Thanks for the delightful pictures and I love your scroll. I sure hope you hang it in a place of honor. !

  7. Such a wonderful experience, Marjie! The long piece is soooo amazing, it is pure Art!

  8. Wow, that is a big hanging! Love this and everyone looks so happy and this is so nice!

  9. How amazing and surely it felt a privilege to attend such a workshop(s).
    The scroll is incredible, oh my goodness what an amazing time you had.

  10. Saw Judy’s scroll today. That’s the class I wanted to be in, baaaa. Your voice comes through loud and clear. Sounds like you all had a blast! xox

  11. What a great post Marjie, everyone looks so happy! Love, love your gorgeous scroll, it really is fabulous. Hugs, Anne x

  12. Love the SCROLL so much!

  13. Wow! That scroll is amazing!!! Glad you had a good time Marjie xx

  14. Gorgeous! So fun & so original too!!

  15. Oh My I love your scroll SSOSOOOOOOOOOOOSOOOOOSOOOO MUCH !! What is it made of ?? paper ? fabric ? Canvas ? Can you tell me ? I would love to learn the “how to” ! This is so beautiful !

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Canvas, yes… but you’ll need to take Andrea DeMeng’s class for all the gorgeous details 🙂 Thanks for the visit!

  16. Your scroll is breath taking! Your post captures why I love Art Is You so much. What a way to spend a week- and next year people can spend their time with you as their teacher!

  17. Marjie, my friend. That was a fantastic day. God, the picture of me tells alot.. by the end of the day I was wiped out, my back was killing me, my hair was a mess, but you said “smile”.. and that’s what you got. I had such a great day with you. You scroll with the finial is just beautiful. I need to finish mine.

  18. Looks like an AMAZING time!! LOVING that scroll!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!! Just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Lovely to read and see more of your fabulous experiences Marjie and what a great time you had. Love your scroll, how different and original it is and I bet it was lively to share some of the time with your sister. TFS your memories.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  20. Terry Townsend says:

    So glad I got to attend this year. I took the scroll class with you. What will you be teaching next year?

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Hi, Terry. Wasn’t Andrea’s scroll class wonderful? I loved it. I can’t tell you much about next year yet but details are coming next month. It’s going to be a GREAT class ~ I promise ~ loads of techniques in an art journal project, in a fun and relaxed classroom.

  21. Wow! That looks amazing! I would love to go sometime. I took a class fron Andrea’s husband Micheal and it was amazing.
    Love your house! The scroll is pretty neat also. I love to solder, so much fun to create. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Oh Marjie I am so into the therapy journals I have been watching several and plan on doing life book 2014. Be kind to your self is so important..
    love and hugs
    susan s