Art Is You Recap (2014)


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.

Sal and Ellen 2014 AIY

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.


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  1. Art Journaling ~ Every Journey Begins on October 30, 2014 at 12:01 am

    […] better organized and really ‘cleaning house’ in terms of supplies. When I got home from Art Is You I was determined to unpack with care, which prompted questions about what’s a keeper, […]

  2. Gigi on October 25, 2014 at 1:24 am

    WHAT AN AMAZING RETREAT. How could you not have fun making all those wonderful projects. I’m sure it was an unforgettable day for everyone.

  3. Seth on October 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Great review Marjie. I always love to read posts after the AIY retreat as it brings back such good memories!

  4. Anne R on October 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    This is such a lovely post Marjie, so full of happy smiling faces! Crafters really are the best and loveliest of people! Anne x

  5. Janna Gay on October 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time xx

  6. Jessica Sporn on October 23, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    It was truly a wonderful time – all the more meaningful because I got to share it with you, as friend, student and teacher. xx

  7. Jackie P Neal on October 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Lovely to meet you also Marjie! Sorry we did not have enough time to chat more! Next time! xoxo

  8. Helen Tilbury on October 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Very interesting! Sounds like a very fun time and well organized and worthwhile!!

  9. Peggy L on October 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Why can’t you have an Art Is You in Arizona, like maybe Prescott or Prescott Valley. I never hear of any of these kinds of art retreats being held in Arizona. Doesn’t seem fair.


    Peggy L

  10. Lynne Moncrieff on October 23, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Marjie, this looks so amazing. Oh I would love to be part of something so inspirational and motivational.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  11. Dawn Gold on October 23, 2014 at 1:57 am

    As an AIY junkie I Thank You for sharing your experience this year, makes me feel as though I was there, so many familiar faces


  12. Julie Tucker-Wolek on October 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Looks like an amazing time! I loveeeeeee all the photos!!!!!

  13. Astrid on October 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Great to get a little glimpse into this wonderful event! Fab photos!!

  14. Jo Murray on October 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Art Is You is just THE most fabulous fun. Great teachers!

  15. Terry on October 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    What a happy share today, Marjie! Looks like everyone had a great time and how nice you got together with your family. Hugs!

  16. Corrine on October 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    All in all a wonderful time. Love your charms and you family. Boy you all look so much alike! xox

  17. Corrie on October 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Looks like everybody had a great time !
    Corrie x