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Andrea Beitzel was born and raised in Mechanicsburg, PA. Her love of land, particularly her grandparents farm, led her to start her own dried flower business at the age of 17. Now, many years later, Andrea professionally grows over 15 acres of flowers and herbs that she harvests by hand and dries in large barns. She specializes in Wreath making and other creative projects using these organically grow and naturally dried 'everlasting' beauties. She teaches classes at local venues and offers home parties for any event imaginable, helping people create one of a kind pieces for years of enjoyment.
Jenny describes her style of painting with acrylics as “magical realism,” where she uses the process of intuitively building up layers and then coaxing out a concept either through discovery or deliberate placement, as one where she celebrates the essence and not just the likeness of her subjects. She believes that it is by putting one’s personal and meaningful intersections with a concept onto the canvas that a painting transforms from décor to a true work of art.
Jenny was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States in 1974 and grew up in Bakersfield, California. She is author and packager of numerous art and crafting books and considered a leader in the world of art and craft publishing. She is former Editor-in-Chief and Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company’s Somerset Studio and its sister publications.
Jenny is head of Studio Crescendoh in Santa Ana, California where she teaches painting and fiber arts and shows her work in a gallery setting. The studio also hosts visiting artists who teach painting and mixed media.
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.
I am a self-taught mixed-media artist, High School Art Educator, and native Texan. The first half of my life was filled with music - playing piano, singing, directing - creating color and emotion with notes and rhythms. Then the sounds began to fade and melodies became more difficult to hear; I had to face the fact that being a musician was no longer a part of my future. However, I was lucky and very stubborn. Life is nothing without passion and in that search for meaning, I discovered a previously unknown talent that excites me even more than music!
Color and texture make me happy and fill my paintings with joy. But, bottom line for me? Creating art MUST be fun; it must be satisfying; it must be fulfilling. I came to visual arts so late in life that I don’t have time to waste doing things I hate or that bore me. I don’t want to think, I want to DO and let my hands and imagination work together to make something beautiful. I just want to pretend I am in Kindergarten where everything is bright and new and exciting (plus, lots and lots of finger painting) and NO rules!
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.)
Laura O’Neil Kirby is a mixed media/assemblage artist living in Carmel Indiana. Art has been an important part of her life since childhood. Her art reflects whimsy, curiosity, freedom and healing. She believes that art can be made from just about anything, especially the discarded. A self-professed technology simpleton, she does not maintain a website and is not a blogg-ess . She would simply rather spend her time making art. She has taught mixed media to both children and adults for the past 10 years. Her art has been sold and shops throughout the Midwest.
Amy Oestreicher is an Audie award-nominated playwright, performer, and multidisciplinary creator. A singer, librettist, and visual artist, she dedicates her work to celebrating untold stories, and the detours in life that can spark connection and transform communities. Amy overcame a decade of trauma to become a sought-after PTSD specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, international keynote speaker, RAINN representative, and disability advocate. She has given three TEDx Talks on transforming trauma through creativity, and has shared her story on NBC, CBS, ABC, and contributed to over 70 publications on the arts and community transformation. Amy has toured her musical, Gutless & Grateful, to over 200 venues from 54 Below to Barrington Stage Company since its 2012 NYC debut, and premiered her multimedia musical, Passageways (original lyrics, music, book and mixed media artwork) at HERE Arts Center with the release of her memoir, My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful. Her plays have been published in various anthologies, and performed across the country for immigration festivals, academic projects, and Sexual Assault Prevention Month. She is founder of "LoveMyDetour," a campaign creating seminars, workshops, curriculum, books, music, and performances designed to entertain, educate, and engage on the intersection of arts and social justice, is part of the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military. Learn more at www.amyoes.com.
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.
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.
Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads, and opened Grand River Bead Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but has been known to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva has authored two books on jewelry design: "Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry" and "Cool Copper Cuffs".
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.
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.