Upcoming Retreats

Portland OR 2018 - February 11-18, 2018

Colorado Springs 18 - May 29 - June 3, 2018

Virginia Beach 2018 - Oct 1-6, 2018

Colorado Springs 18 Registration is NOW OPEN

To begin registration for the Colorado Springs 18 retreat: click on the class that you're interested in and it will take you to the class description--scroll to the bottom and, if there's still space, it will say "Register for this class"--click on the link and it will put it in your shopping cart. Repeat the process until you have chosen all your classes and are ready to 'check out'. If a class is full, it will indicate that at the bottom of the description page, and it will not let you choose it.

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Gina Armfield


My passion is creating in all aspects of my life; finding the beauty in my everyday surroundings. I am a painter, an artist, a photographer, a mother, a wife and a woman who finds meaning and purpose through expressing myself through my art.

website - www.ginarossiarmfield.com and artblog 
www.sweetsistergina.typepad.com
 

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Doris Arndt

Known for her whimsical style, Doris Arndt has shared her love of books and other media throughout the country, teaching workshops  for over 15 years.   Her non-traditional approach and innovative bindings have earned her loyal student followings.  Her work has been seen in the Studio, Somerset Studio, The Rubber Stamper, Rubberstampmadness and in several books as well as on the Carol Duvall show and at shows nationwide.  She attended the University of Louisville and has been a freelance artist for over 30 years. She shares her home with her patient husband, three cats and a dog.  Life is good. 
http://dorisarndt.com/   Email  thphantom@aol.com

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Nicole Austin

I am a mixed media artist, designer and instructor from San Jose, CA (currently residing in Tempe, AZ) with a BA in Creative Arts. I believe that everyone has a unique style and desire to create and that we are born curious and creative. Over the years, many of us are discouraged from following our creative urges but I believe it is never too late to begin (or begin again!). I love to encourage my students to draw from their own experience when creating art and to have the courage to take chances. My art is messy, colorful, layered and fun. I have been drawn to the creative arts since I can remember. My first canvas was pretty much every surface in my grandma’s house: the walls, the books, underneath the marble coffee table in the dining room (she didn’t find out until YEARS later and it remains one of her treasured possessions!). I loved playing school and “art gallery” and my dream was to be an artist and teacher. I love the energy that my students bring to class;I love hearing their stories and guiding them through the fear and frustration and reflecting the joy they experience and cheering them on while they (re)discover their creative voice.

Website: https://www.kinueko.com

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Leslie Blackford

Nature is one of her biggest passions in life and one of the biggest inspirations in her work. It’s not uncommon to find that she has incorporated natural materials into her clay like, rocks, dirt, feathers, or the lavender she grows.

Leslie is known for her ability to express raw emotion in her work. What she feels flies out of her fingertips and becomes Leslie Art. This process is as natural to her as breathing. Polymer clay is the media that she expresses herself with.

http://themoodywoods.com/index.html

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Ruth Chandler

Ruth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity. She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan.

Ruth teaches locally from her home studio and Blue Twig Studio, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine and blog posts for Havels’ Sewing. Her work has been published in several books. She can also be found on her blog. Ruth is one of the co-authors of the best-selling book, Fabric Embellishment-the Basics and Beyond. Ruth’s newest book modern Hand Stitching is in stores now. Ruth may be contacted for nationwide classes at ruthachandler@ comcast.net.

Ruth lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak with her husband of 37 years. She has a daughter and son, both married and 6 beautiful grandchildren who are being introduced very early to all art forms.
 

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Lisa Chin

Lisa Chin has been an artist and maker of one kind or another, her entire life. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Art from the University of Utah and has explored many art forms through formal and self taught opportunities. After being introduced to fabric dyeing in 2005, she quickly became obsessed with surface design.

Lisa has been a guest on Quilting Arts TV, taught classes on Craft University, had herart published in several books and written many articles for magazines such as Quilting Arts and Modern Patchwork.

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Ruth Greening

Having a lifelong love of art, Ruth has a diverse background that includes air-brush, Australian cake decorating, stone sculpture, lapidary arts, and fine wire wrap settings.
Ruth is self-taught and enjoys learning from renowned teachers by attending classes taught in a wide variety of jewelry art disciplines.
Her introduction to PMC in 2000 was a dream come true - to be able to work in silver with a true freedom in design. As a Senior Instructor for PMC Connection since 2004 she has taught across the states and internationally. To Ruth the best reward is being able to share and enable others to create their own works of wearable art.
 

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Pamela Hawkins has been devoted to art and education for most of her life. She first was exposed to Decorative painting and mixed media back in the 70’s and quickly grew to love Teaching as much as creating itself. She was often more interested in the techniques of a design than the project itself. Driven to explore all the how-to’s, she loves stenciling, stampwork, fibers, textiles, metal work, leather, resin, beading, embroidery and the manipulation of it all.

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With a continuous specialty in rib construction and sculptural basketry, my range of work has developed over the years to also include jewelry, metals and mixed materials. I teach my techniques and designs at fiber conferences, bead societies and guilds , basket guilds, state and international conferences.
I have had my projects and work published in publications, including, Beadwork, Bead and Button, Art Jewelry, Shuttle Spindle, Quilting Arts, and several others. I have written three books through Lark/Sterling publishers; Heat color set and fire, Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop: Combining Sheet, Clay, Mesh, Wire & More, Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet, and Fabulous Woven Jewelry.

I own a gallery in Wabash Indiana, called Gallery 64. It is a creative space that offers a variety of classes including, jewelry, creative arts, cooking and more. 

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Erin Keck

An Assemblage Artist residing in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Erin Keck's artwork results from re purposing found discarded objects. She loves to breathe new life into castaways from yesteryear. Erin's artwork is shown and sold in three prestigious art galleries in Pa. The 2nd Floor in Mechanicsburg, Pa, Village Artisans Gallery in Boiling Springs, Pa, and Perry County Council Of The Arts in Newport, Pa. She has been a Featured Artist in two of the galleries with Private Showings. Recently Erin's work has been published in the book, “1000 Steampunk Creations” by Grymm. Seven of her pieces were chosen for this book. She has taught community craft classes on a monthly basis from 2007 – 2010, and has taught classes at the Charmed I'm Sure Studio owned by friend and colleague and fellow Art & Soul instructor, Jean Van Brederode. Erin has lectured at the Central Pa. Bead and Jewelry Society, and has also taught private classes in her home studio. She has attended Art & Soul retreats for the past three years, and values the inspiration and knowledge that she has received from the Art & Soul instructors.You can see more of Erin's artwork at www.EKCreations.etsy.com. (be sure to view her sold items.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTIJ8s-ppB0&sns=em

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Liz Kettle

Liz Kettle is a fabric and mixed media artist with a passion for teaching others the joy of making art and enjoying the creative process. Liz began her explorations in fabric by following a traditional approach to quilting. After filling her tool box with the skills needed for success in the traditional arena she began to delve into the world of art quilting and discovered a world of freedom and fun in mixed media. Liz’s eclectic work is influenced by her beautiful surroundings in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, her love of vintage textiles and history. She incorporates layers and found objects to tell stories of the land and people. When she isn’t creating visual art, Liz writes about creativity and the creative process. Her articles appeared regularly in Quilter’s Home Magazine. Liz is co-author of Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. Liz lives in Colorado with her very supportive husband and is the mother of three amazing sons who are just beginning their own journeys.  lizkettle@gmail.com
textileevolution.com

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Kelly Kilmer

Kelly T.M. Kilmer is a mixed media book artist living in Southern California. A New England native who studied on her own and at Mass College of Art, she believes that there is an artist in each and every one of us. Kelly’s classes are designed specifically to bring that artist out. Her work has appeared in several books and magazines. Kelly’s art is in the home of several private collectors and has also been sold in various galleries across the U.S. Kelly has been teaching mixed media workshops every weekend for over seventeen years now in the U.S. and abroad.

Her current passions are spending time with her family, reading, collecting (and using) paper, tape and pens, watching films (especially classic Hollywood, foreign, independent and animation), journaling and frequenting used bookstores. Kelly is always exploring new ways to create and how to better herself as an artist.
EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
http://www.KellyKilmer.blogspot.com/
 

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Heather Kindt

 Art journaling and mixed media art took over my life six years ago. I had been a card-maker before that for about 4 years. However, I did not grow up with a crayon always in my hand. I did well in math and science and was told I am left-brained. That made me content with a heathy respect for art, especially Impressionism.
As life changed, so did I. When health interfered with my plans, I found creativity to fill a space that was empty. I really enjoy getting others involved with creating because it has made me so happy. That is why I am thrilled to be able to teach with Art and Soul.
My experience over the last six years has been attending quality workshops, taking online classes, attending trade shows, local classes, participating in design teams--currently Canvas Corp Brands (includes Tattered Angels and 7 Gypsies), stencil design, and publishing over a dozen articles with Stampington & Co.-- Art Journaling,
Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Memories, and others.
My husband and I have a son and live in West Des Moines, Iowa. I grew up in several parts of the country and have enjoyed some travel. These experiences, studying the Humanities in school, and my many teachers have helped me develop my artistic style. My mom who is a quilter has influenced my use of colors.
Please also check out my writing on the connection between creating and the body on gelpress.com in the Art of Well Being.
 

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Susan Lenart-Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry. 

Susan’s work includes building talismans, prayer boxes, amulets and magic for the fashion, museum, gallery and commercial world for over 20 years.

Early on in her career, Susan built a handmade and commercial line of jewelry for 
Henry Bendell, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, as well as various independent and upscale boutiques. She recently built the successful commercial line of components called Industrial Chic. 

Susan’s work has been in numerous traveling exhibits including the Smithsonian Museum and the Art Institute of New York. She is the author of Resin Alchemy, which was on Amazon’s 2013 best seller list. It includes a pioneering ten-year body of work combining metal and ICE Resin®, a jeweler’s grade resin she developed and brought to market. Susan authored her first book Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists in 2008. 

Susan’s innovative new work can be seen in the March 2014 issue of U.S. ELLE magazine as she re-enters the fashion world and on the runway in New York and on her website at susanlenartkazmer.com. 

 

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Anna Marie Oke

I have been creating since childhood .. but have been Nursing for 38 years and had recently retired.. my passion for art has taken me to teach all over the United States and Canada.. trade shows and travel teach jobs! I am a mixed media artist and a Pebeo Product specialist and love creating and mixing acrylics ..oils..papers..fabric and just about anything...
I live in Newfoundland Canada where I have my own studio but spend my time traveling around to teach others my style.
 

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Deb  Prewitt

Deb Prewitt is a Mixed Media Artist and CZT (certified Zentangle® teacher). She lives in beautiful Colorado, where Mother Nature inspires her on a daily basis. She has always loved art in its many various forms. Over the years she has dabbled in many types and styles of art. Deb knows that all art media are wonderful and you can always learn something that will be useful somewhere else in your life/art. She owns Blue Twig Studio, a mixed media art supply shop and teaching studio. She believes in the power of art and creativity to change a life. If we all create/play just a little bit more, we will be happier people. Which means our families will be happier, and our communities will be happier, and thus the world will be a better place to live in. She has been teaching art for 5 years and absolutely loves seeing the magic of what students create in her joy/play filled classes. 

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Lisa Renner

Lisa Renner is a mixed-media artist who enjoys making art on many levels. Her interests include bookmaking, encaustic, jewelry and working with polymer clay, particularly creating figurative sculpture. She teaches workshops nationally and enjoys sharing her techniques and creations with others.

Her work has been featured in publications such as Art Doll Quarterly and Somerset Studios. She has been published in several books, including: The International Contemporary Artists, Volume V, which featured her Talisman Wizards, and Incite: Dreams Realized, The Best of Mixed Media by Northlight Books, featuring her Polymer Pod dolls.

Lisa is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association, and the International Encaustic Association.

One of her handmade Faux-Ivory polymer clay books is part of the permanent exhibit at The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.

lisarenner@tx.rr.com

www.lisarenner.com

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Janice Richie

I’ve always done something artistic. I’ve done Macramé, stained glass, sewed all my clothes, knitted, crocheted, needlepoint, embroidery, and even combined several for my own type of “mixed media”. Art helps me keep my sanity and gives me such satisfaction. Through the years I’ve found making jewelry and books to be my two biggest obsessions. I love to teach, and in particular, book making.

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Helen  Shafer Garcia

Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media artist and award winning illustrator. Her whimsical style shows a love for living creatively with a studio filled to the brim with found objects! She’s currently working with watercolor, pastel and mixed media creating contemporary images on paper along with a series of Icon folklore triptychs with wood, watermedia and found object construction.

For the past 20 years, Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous International resorts and magazines. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine.

Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts and currently teaches college level Watercolor and Acrylic painting, Book Arts, and Pastel.

email: henstudio@cox.net | Website: www.helenshafergarcia.com | blog: www.agavelatte.blogspot.com

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Susan Shaffer

Susan Shaffer is the owner of Joyful Arts Studio. She firmly believes art transformed her life -- allowing her to reveal herself to the world. She wants others to have this same opportunity to explore their own creativity and to find which art form they most enjoy. Susan believes we have all been created in God’s image; therefore, creativity is within each of us. Some of us just have to learn how to find it and use it. It is Susan’s goal to use Joyful Arts Studio as an instrument for sharing this joy of art discovery with others. Susan is a nationally exhibited and decorated artist. In addition to having nearly 30 years of experience as an art instructor, Susan is a former health care informatics professional, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art/Studio Art, with a concentration in Watercolor, a bachelor’s in Business Management with a concentration in Information Systems and a minor in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Wilson College.
Susan is passionate about the power behind the creative process and hopes to inspire wellness through art within each of her students.
 

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Carol Spohn

Carol’s painting journey started in 1989 when she learned to paint with acrylics during her lunch hour at the office where she worked. If not for the step-by-step process of decorative painting, she would not have been introduced to the world of painting. In 2000, Carol started painting primarily in transparent watercolor and her teaching career was launched. Carol is an Ambassador for Mission Gold Watercolor by Mijello and paints primarily with watercolor accented with multimedia.
Carol’s workshop is a perfect opportunity for the beginner painter as well as the experienced painter to learn techniques enabling them to complete successful paintings. Carol shares her step-by-step approach to painting with students of all levels. All projects include written instructions, a line drawing and a color photo. Drawing ability is not necessary, allowing the student to focus on the mechanics of painting.
The creative backgrounds in Carol’s paintings set her artwork apart from other artists. Her use of color and textures invite you into her joyful paintings. Each lesson is designed to introduce the student to a new technique or way of looking at art. Students paintings are successful when they “trust the process” of Carol’s methodical instructions. No two paintings are alike, and that is a good thing!
Like many of us, Carol works full time and therefore, takes her painting time seriously and perhaps has a greater appreciation for time spent painting. Painting is her joy and often times, her therapy. As much as she enjoys painting, Carol’s love is teaching painting to others. Carol is a popular instructor at decorative painting conventions sharing her joy of painting with watercolors and mixed media to over 500 students throughout the North America each year.
A lifetime resident of Minnesota, Carol lives in a 100+ year old house in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband Coz and their two cats, Mickey and Bailey.

 

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Jacqueline Sullivan

Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media artist and calligrapher. She has served on the faculty of several International Calligraphy Conferences. For several years she has taught classes at art retreats, conferences and colleges in the United States and Canada.

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Jean VanBrederode

I was trained as a teacher, but art has always been a part of my life. I feel fortunate to have found an art form, enameling, and also making mixed-media jewelry, that brings excitement into my life each and every day. My work is always changing, always a surprise! Having been seduced, empowered, enriched, & invigorated by metals & glass, I happily dedicate myself to creating and teaching others the joys of enameling!
My work has been featured in 500 Art Necklaces, Steampunk Magazine, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Green Craft Magazines.
When I’m not teaching workshops or hosting other instructors at Charmed I’m Sure Studio in south-central PA, I am tending to three Etsy shops – Enamel Warehouse – http://enamelwarehouse.etsy.com, Art Girls’ Tools – http://artgirlstools.etsy.com, and Charmed I’m Sure Studio - http://charmdimsur.etsy.com.
I can be contacted at javb2000@aol.com
 

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