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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.
Leslie Brier is a mixed media artist and freelance graphic designer. She loves to hunt through thrift stores and salvage yards to find items that have been cast off because they are no longer considered beautiful or useful, and give them a new identity. She has a degree in fine arts, and exhibits extensively in Virginia. She has had articles published in Cloth Paper Scissors and Amy Powers’ Inspired Ideas magazine. Her work has also been shown in Somerset Studio’s popular Halloween Issue. Leslie lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband and two children. Visit her blog: www.brierdesignstudio.blogspot.com.
Daniel Essig creates wood-covered art books and book-based sculptures. Using a fourth-century binding known as Ethiopian-style Coptic, he creates mixed-media book structures that incorporate unusual woods, handmade paper, found objects, fossils, and mica. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he has a studio at the Grovewood Gallery.
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.)
Linda Lenart McNulty loves to create encaustic workshops that are deeply soothing to all the senses, and believes the wax itself is a transformative substance. In her workshops, she shows the students how to coax incredible beauty out of the wax and into their work, guiding each and every student into the unfolding their inherent giftings.
Her workshops focus on the primitive beauty of beeswax, treesap and pigment, and the way wax, amber and color connect us to our work and to ourselves.
Traditional and unique encaustic techniques are tucked away, back to back, in her unusual workshops. Techniques that include pouring, layering, casting, color mixing and bezeling, are part of her encaustic teaching repetoire as well as digging, scratching, smoothing, patching, scraping and veiling with pigments and metal leaf.
It is her joyful quest to take these unique encaustic workshops on the road, so that students can discover encaustic play for themselves.
She invites you to join her in her playful passion for everything waxy.
Come visit LuminousEncaustics.com, or email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist, silversmith and designer of 23 years.
After Art school, I realized that I needed personal experience from the world to be able to put forth and create a significant and relevant body of work. At my core, My work is based on travel and exploring other cultures. While traveling, I studied and observed unusual practices of cultures around the world, including my own. Through time, I obtained a deep understanding of Talismans and relics and found this subject relevant in all cultures. I discovered hidden meaning behind most artifacts and ancient adornment through symbolisms, embedded prayers and geometric shape. Now, I create my own version of powerful Talismans, Symbolism and Relics expressed through my work and can be worn for qualities embedded such as,protection, strength, abundance and love.
I also did ethnographic repair in the Chicago area on West African beadwork and adornment. East Indian Naga jewelry and Thailand components and jewelry. My job was to repair or rebuild a historical piece of jewelry or fiber. I had the opportunity to witness up close the construction of ancient pieces, how pieces were built and what would last through time as a connections as well as witnessing Innovative use of materials and their significant meanings.
Through a lot of travel and exploration I built my vocabulary of my own symbolism and Talismans through jewelry and adornment for the sake of building.
Early on, I began a jewelry commercial company in the fashion field and find I am recently going back to my roots. I am landing back in the fashion field where my work won an award during 2018 Milan fashion week Artistar event with Italian Vogue accessories. I have been in many markets including museum exhibits, education, American Craft Council and SNAG. My work is considered innovative and expressive. I build in culture, history and beauty into adornment.
Other interests include education where I wrote two books for the jewelry industry both Amazon best sellers. The first, MAKING CONNECTIONS- a handbook of cold joins, which was self published and won awards. The second is RESIN ALCHEMY, a 10 year body of work of my personal resin exploration and inventions.
Through the years and educationally, I have had the honor of teaching many different types of people including, women, men, children, artists, laymen and professionals.
I consider myself a teacher of the creative process. My objective for teaching is to open one up to the creative process and push one beyond one's normal expectations. This in turn will open up to new ideas infinite possibilities and allow one the freedom to create and explore in a safe space. If you allow this process in my classroom, you will go home fresh and full of ideas to expand your work, whether it be accounting or jewelry.
Spent bullets, shredded currency, egg shells, tea bags, leaf skeletons, vintage postage, subtle messages and handmade papers; these are just some of the materials you'll find when you look closely at Susan Rossiter's abstract paintings.
Susan's influence and inspiration is constantly evolving. Each year she chooses an area or direction of focus. Recently she has become enamored with Mid Century Modern colors and patterns. There is also a mix of Arté Povera and detailed obscurity to her recent abstract work.
Susan was a Fine Art major at Millersville University and continues to budget time and money each year to enhance her creative education. She feels there is always something new to learn and areas to grow artistically. As a result, Susan has extended experience in printmaking, fine art metals, design, fiber arts, sculpture, assemblage and encaustics. She enjoys the excitement of new processes and materials and It's fascinating to see how she incorporates all of these areas back into her specialization; Mixed Media Painting.
The areas of study and focus often become content for Susan's workshops with Art and Soul
Recent accomplishments include five large paintings commissioned by Nationwide Insurance and forty small works in progress for a collaboration between the Smithsonian and Art-O-Mat.
"I love painting and being surrounded by other creatives. I love repetition, detail, color and pattern. My favorite place is in the classroom with happy fun people and music. It's where I am most at home. Aside from painting I like to laugh, eat clean, kayak, swim, bike and run with John- the most wonderful person in the world.
Nancy’s Fancies Jewelry
Originally from Maryland, I have lived most of my adult life in Pennsylvania, where I currently reside in Shrewsbury with my husband (and biggest fan), two dogs, and two cats. Our children are all happily married and busy raising our grandchildren. In 2006 I retired after 30 years from McCormick & Company and started work in earnest on my real passion of creating jewelry. My workshop is in my home, where I also enjoy teaching my craft.
Making jewelry has been a passion of mine for years, and over time I discovered I especially loved working with sterling and fine silver and beautiful gemstones.
I’m a member of the Central Pennsylvania Bead and Jewelry Society, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the York Town Craft Guild, and a juried member of the Yellow Breeches Craft Guild.
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 4th 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 25th year volunteering with a beloved 30-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.
Eric M. Scott is one half of the Journal Fodder Junkies, and he is dedicated to helping people discover their artistic potential and cultivate their creativity. He is a mixed media artist, an educator, and an author, and he provides workshops, presentations, and seminars across North America on the visual journal and mixed media art. Eric is coauthor of the bestselling books, The Journal Junkies Workshop (2010) and Journal Fodder 365 (2012), both released by North Light Books.
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.
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.
Lynne Suprock is a creative mixed-media designer, writer, and instructor, making a difference through art. She believes through art, the opportunity for emotional or physical healing truly exists.
As a mixed media artist, Lynne uses a variety of products in her work, such as enamel, metal, clay, paint and fabric.
She has taught online, as well as at national retreats such as ART AND SOUL, ART IS YOU, BEADFEST and CREATE. She also holds events locally in her own studio. Her work can be seen extensively in Belle Armoire Magazine, Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, Jewelry Affaire Magazine, Somerset Studio Gallery Magazine, Somerset Sew, Somerset Life, and in Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Her little book necklaces were also featured in the 2013 Lark Book, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces.
She served as a 2015-2016 design team member for Amazing Casting Products, and was recently featured on the PBS show Make It Artsy, Season 3, for three episodes, which aired in the Fall of 2017.
A variety of mini tutorials can be found on Lynne’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/lsuprock . Classes, updates and other updates can also be found at www.simplyprettystuff.blogspot.com . As well, visit Lynne on Facebook, or look for some of her things for sale on Etsy, at www.etsy.com/shop/simplyprettystuff
After retiring from a 30 year career with the local school system, I dove head first into making art! I have kept a journal since I was in high school. Journaling is very therapeutic for me. As I encouraged others to journal, I often heard how they felt intimidated by a big empty journal with blank pages. My altered book journals are anything but intimidating! Filled with patterned papers, pockets, envelopes, tuck spots, small pieces of vintage papers, they simple beg to be written in! I have been creating my altered book journals for several years and folks tell me how much they love them and how they enjoy filling them with their thoughts, ideas and photos.
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.
Growing up with creative, artsy parents, Libby’s childhood was a world of fabric scraps and yarn, pins and needles, paint, Elmer’s Glue, and a whole lot of Scotch Tape. Needlework projects were always in the works. School-day afternoons were spent fashioning doll clothes from remnants, embroidering on anything that could hold a stitch, and learning the art of patchwork quilting. As an art major in college, Libby focused on the classic techniques of printmaking but still found time for knitting and fiber arts projects. Her printmaking background led to a passion in surface design on fabric which her current work reflects. Though she has constructed many a quilt with traditional quilting techniques, her current focus is in the making of art quilts using layers of hand-painted and dyed fabrics, appliquéd layers of free-motion stitched components and embedded found objects. She is a proud hoarder of all things “fiber” and thrives in a world of stitch and sew.
Libby teaches art quilting and sewing to students of all ages in her studio in Orange, CA and at destination retreats. In her world, not much can trump paint caked beneath her fingernails, needles and thread, and a bowl of vanilla ice cream.
For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.