Another Art Is You Mixed Media Art Retreat has come and gone, and let me say… it was wonderful! The shot above is from the class I taught on Columbus Day, called Art Journaling Affirmations. What a wonderful group of artists attended! We're missing a few people in this shot but I think everyone's smiles give you a feel for the vibe we had in our room. I thank each of you for spending their day with me… Jo Anne, Nancy, Maria, Linda, Cathy, Eileen, Debbie, Pam, Sandy, Diane, Jessica, Kymm, and Fern.
These two lovelies are the organizers, Sal and Ellen. Attentive doesn't begin to describe how they handle the myriad details that come with putting together this awesome event. If you'd like to read more of my take on this, please check out my recaps from last year: Art Is You 2013, Part One and Art is You 2013, Part Two.
My sister Fern joined me from Indiana for the second year in a row, and I think it's safe to say she's an Art Is You junkie. After attending two workshops of her own, Fern gave up a day to help in my class (she's a lifesaver!). I was thrilled for her help, and loved having so many days/evenings together to catch up.
Speaking of siblings, two of our other sibs came for dinner one night! We were so glad they came, and lucky to have that time together.
Lunches at Art Is You are a sit-down affair. Toay I got to sit with Terry, Eileen, and Jessica. It's very much a sit-where-you-will, mix and mingle, type of affair.
And evenings often turn into casual look-see's at the lobby bar. Here are Kecia, Mary Beth, and Seth.
I had a table at the Art Trunk, which was a lot of fun. Besides the canvases and other items shown here, I had some collage kits for sale. What's left will soon be loaded into my Etsy shop.
Here's my pal Jessica Sporn during her Sky's the Limit class – it was a great class and I was so glad to be able to take one of her workshops. Jessica offers classes from her home studio, too (click on her name to get to her site).
My classsroom was nice and big – we set everyone with a nice workspace around the perimeter, and all the shared supplies were on tables in the center.
Pam worked wonders with stencils and Dylusions in class.
Maria's faux suede pages were so gorgeous!
New to me – Debbie & Diane – such fun people!
Mary, who I met at the ArtWine Retreat last May. A kindred spirit! I wish I'd taken a close-up of our aprons/badges.
One nice ice-breaker at Art is You is that people will often make a small item to swap or trade. This year the theme was charms that could be pinned to your apron/badge. I used a Sizzix hexagon die on mat board to make these, and colored them with Distress Inks before adding a trinket pin to them. Maybe another day I'll take my apron/badge apart and take pics of all the trades I received… they are a fantastic mix of charms made of paper, fabric, clay, cork, and metal.
Thanks so much for your visit today. I hope you'll pop on over to the Art is You website and get on their mailing list for future events – next year Art is You will be held in Petaluma, CA in April, in Minneapolis, MN in September, and in Stamford, CT in October.