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Lisa Bebi

Lisa Bebi, since a small child, has loved two things: looking through snapshots in her family album and painting as expression. For over three decades, the San Diego native has married these two things together, and her work has received international awards and recognition for its content, style, and color. Lisa received her BA in fine arts from SDSU, where she developed as a colorist, straddling representation with abstraction. Daughter of a journalist, Lisa always finds ways to tell the untold story she sees in snapshots. “I love the authenticity of the snapshot. It’s a single moment in time but by painting it I can extend that moment, revel in it and bring to life characters and scenarios that I fancy. Working this way gives me enormous pleasure.” She extracts the “behind, the behind” using innovative techniques and finesse. Over the course of her life she has received awards, accolades, and endorsements. She has been a longtime contributor to many international mixed-media magazines and several books; has taught in artist residencies locally and internationally; is a Golden Paints educator; and is often a local juror.  


Dennis & Connie Brady

Dennis and Connie Brady create together and team-teach gourd art classes throughout the Southwest USA. As educators, the Bradys have many years of experience creating and teaching gourd designs that inspire their students to go beyond expected results to create a personalized art creation in which the student artists take pride!
When creating, the couple pass the gourd back and forth between them, each adding their own interpretation to the piece. They like to celebrate the natural shape and coloration of the gourd, ensuring that each design has a portion of the natural gourd featured.
Connie recently retired after 20 years an art coordinator for a large school district. She directed an art history program for 24 elementary schools, based upon cultural and historical art. Dennis is an accomplished artist with willow furniture and gourds displayed in locations throughout the USA.


Clarissa Callesen

Clarissa Callesen is a former Rodeo Princess that left behind her cowboy boots and tiara for the wild adventure of life as an artist. She has been fortunate enough to work all of her adult life as a self-employed artist. Clarissa is inspired by small details and evidence of time, religious imagery and symbolism, rusty things and peeling paint. She is a compulsive collector of life’s flotsam and jetsam and is doing her best to live a passionate authentic creative life. She has exhibited her art throughout Western Washington including solo exhibitions in Seattle, WA, Bellingham, WA, and Boise, ID. Callesen is represented by i.e. Gallery in Edison, WA. She was an artist in residence at Playa Artist Program in Summer Lake, OR, Brush Creek Foundation in Saratoga, WY, and Surel’s Place in Boise, ID. She has taught nationally at conferences and residencies for 10 years. Her work has appeared in numerous Somerset magazines and in the books “Who’s your Dada?” and “Art without Waste”. Callesen recently completed a large fiber installation for the Museum of Northwest Art. You can explore more of her work at www.clarissacallesen


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@

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.


Micah Goguen

Micah Goguen grew up in Central Georgia and obtained his Bachelors in Art and Art History and his Masters in Art Therapy from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. Micah focuses primarily on bringing art to the community and using art as a form of communication for those struggling to understand and cope with life situations.
Goguen produces work while teaching art to both adults and children. He also volunteers time at the local community center and works with adults in alcohol and substance recovery as well as uprooted and traumatized children. Using mural work, art for entertainment and art therapy for healing, Goguen collaborates with school systems, local shops, and non-profits to help unify and most importantly “spread a message”. The overall vision is to focus and rededicate back to a buy local, shop local mentality that strengthens community through unity and purpose.


Leighanna Light

Leighanna Light is an art instructor, thingmaker, bookmaker and figurative assemblage artist. Her background is in fine arts and photography, and she has been teaching art workshops for the past 15 years. Leighanna is represented by galleries & museums across the country and her work has been published in numerous books & magazines. “I love to create, to hunt for things to create with & to share my creativity with others. It’s what I live for, it’s my oxygen.” Leighanna grew up in a small town in upstate NY and has spent most of the past 20 years in New Mexico. She currently resides in Taos NM with her best friends Thomas & Lily.



Roxanne Lingle

Roxanne Lingle is a mixed media artist with a flair for fun and excitement as a teacher. She has taught for many years and has enjoyed being an instructor, not only in Colorado, but in Minnesota and Florida as well. Her work can be seen in several art galleries and unique boutiques in the area. Roxanne loves the variety mixed media has to offer. She comes alive in helping others find their “ah ha” moments and is an encourager by nature. Roxanne creates from the heart and believes art has the amazing ability to touch another person , right down to their soul. She is so excited to be a part of the fabulous Art and Soul Retreat!


Trish McKinney

Trish McKinney, is a national and international award winning artist who loves to tell a story through her paintings. She is a Signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, was published as the featured artist/author of an article in Art Journaling Magazine and won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. Trish describes herself as a Teacher, Painter, Dreamer, Believer, and Artist. One of her favorite quotes is “Instructions for living a [creative] life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” Mary Oliver. Trish loves to inspire students to do these 3 things.


Carol Nelson

Carol Nelson is a Colorado contemporary mixed media painter, juror and art instructor. She has been teaching workshops around the United States for over 10 years. She has been a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA), and a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and has been recognized with many competitive awards by national art magazines and organizations. She is credentialed with the Golden Artist Educator program sponsored by Golden Artist Colors.
Her work has evolved over the years from representational to more abstract in style. Her abstract work is full of vibrant color and unusual textures. She often uses metals, metal foils, and metal leaf in her work. Her process involves applying layers of color and texture to create an intricate and complex statement. In addition to private instruction in her Colorado studio, Carol teaches many workshops annually around the United States.
Carol’s work is featured in her two gallery books, Geologic Abstracts, and 100 Portraits. Her instructional video, “New Approaches to Mixed Media Materials,” has received fabulous reviews and is available through Bluprint (formerly Craftsy.) To see a preview of her video, click here:
Please see more of her work on her website,


Vinda Robison

I have dabbled in art and design since I was a young girl. I made my own clothing for years, often without a pattern, and in 1990 I made my first quilt. In 1994, I created my first art quilt. I’m drawn to the peaceful and calming feeling I get when I paint a plain white piece of fabric, adding colors or manipulating it using various techniques to bring the fabric to life. In addition to taking realistic images and making them fit my vision, I enjoy creating my own fantasy characters and creatures.
I have won several awards for my art quilts, many of which have been on national tours. I started working with acrylic paints for my first “Flight” aluminum butterfly (an annual Colorado Springs-based fundraising project) in 2014. Also in 2014, I started doodling based on the Zentangle art format, which allowed me to discover my own teaching technique: VinDoodles. Using ink and pencil, I create images filled in with whimsical patterns and designs, as I let my imagination go wherever it leads me. I have won awards in judged shows for many of my VinDoodle pieces. I love teaching, learning, and creating new treasures, expressing my art on paper, fabric, in quilts, and VinDoodle renderings.

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Anni Schwabe



With an ‘I can make that’ attitude, Anni is self-taught in many facets of art.
Among them are fiber arts, book binding, beading, painting and lots of experimenting. It is thru all that experimenting that ideas are constantly being born. This is Anni’s 7th year teaching workshops at Art and Soul.
Anni and her husband live in the Chicago suburbs. They have two grown children. This is Anni’s 29th year volunteering with a beloved 34-year-old Red-tailed hawk, and a wee Screech owl. After hand feeding these beautiful birds, she hikes 4+ miles of wooded trail. Nature and conservation play a huge role in her daily life and is often depicted in her art work.


Helen  Shafer Garcia


Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media, book arts, ceramics artist and award winning illustrator. Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous international resorts and magazines for more than 30 years. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. Her works and articles have been published in Southwest Art, Cloth, Paper, Scissors, San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles, and Studios Magazines. Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in illustration and ceramics. She is a signature member of San Diego Watercolor Society and teaches watercolor and mixed media workshops internationally and across the US.


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Donna Watson

Donna is an award winning mixed media collage painter who has traveled extensively around the U.S. and Canada as a juror and popular workshop instructor. Her works have been accepted into numerous juried national and international exhibitions and she has received many awards. She has signature memberships in both the American and National Watercolor societies. Her works have been widely published in art magazines like American Artist and The Artist’s Magazine and books including MASTERS COLLAGE: Major Works by Leading Artists, and THE PULSE OF MIXED MEDIA by Seth Apter. Through her love for collage, Donna has been exploring her Japanese heritage. She considers her two trips to Japan as a pilgrimage to search for deeper meaning in her work.
Her works can be found at the Seattle Art Museum sales gallery, Lucia Douglas Gallery and Matzke Fine Art. 


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