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Tracie Lyn Huskamp holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Wichita State University with a Minor in Studio Arts. She began working as a Product Designer/Illustrator creating mass-market retail products. A number of her designs sold in retail stores such as Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Lowe's Hardware, and Walgreen Drugs, as well as being featured on the television show, Extreme Home Makeover.
In 2007, she left her corporate position to focus full-time on her own art. She shares her love of art and nature by teaching workshops at some of the most prestigious national and international art retreats/conferences and with the release of her book, Nature Inspired (Quarry Publishing). Tracie, also, debuted in 2018 an On-Line Painting/Mixed-Media Workshop through Carla Sonheim Presents, as well as began teaching at Mark Arts, a prestigious Art Foundation founded by Charles Koch.
Her mixed-media art has received national recognition. She has appeared on ABCNews.com in an Associated Press Interview, on the cover of Somerset Studio Magazine, along with feature articles in various Stampington publications, as well as Cloth,Paper,Scissors Magazine. She has contributed her art and designs to over ten books.
She is also pursuing the dream of licensing her artworks to manufacturers. Her first cotton quilting fabric line, “Nature Inspired” by Windham Fabrics, debuted in the fall of 2010 with great success. She launched two additional fabric lines, “Garden Tales” and “Our House”. Her numerous “Nature Inspired Birds” calendar lines and planners by TF Publishing delighted her ever-growing number of fans. She also debuted an exciting new line of art/craft stencil designs with Stencil Girl Products that continues to sell well, even today. And in 2014, Tracie created artworks featured in an extensive line of stationery, bath, and home gifts collection, “Janie’s Woods” by Mudlark.

 


 Marylin’s love affair with art began over 60 years ago. She began as a seamstress creating one of a kind clothing designs for friends and others, soon she evolved into making dolls and stuffed animals. Later she began to paint and work in fibers. Finally, once she retired Marylin returned to college to earn a Bachelor of Fine Art – Painting. Throughout several years she has taught classes in conjunction with her daughter-in-law, Tracie Lyn. Together they have shared their talents teaching classes at Art .and Soul, ArtFest, Art Unraveled, International Quilt-Houston, and International Quilt-Chicago and in Italy. Tracie has also taught in England and currently teaches at Mark Arts in Wichita, Kansas. Marylin has taught private adult classes at Missouri Western State College, as well as giving private lessons to children in her home.
Currently, her work is on display at Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art and Mosaic Art Galleries. She has completed consignment work in Colored Pencil, Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting and Fibers. Marylin’s work has been featured in several magazines including Cloth Paper Scissors, Belle Amore, Somerset and Quilting Arts. She participated in a collaboration with 25 other artists and their work is featured in the current issue of Quilting Arts. Her work is also included in the books 1000 Fiber Artists and Collaborative Art Journals.
Tracie Lyn and Marylin both encourage students to trust their own artistic voice. Students at all levels of experience can be successful with their creations. Each lesson is unique and are the result of both Tracie and Marylin experimenting with methodologies to insure students get the best experiences possible. Both take the privilege of teaching seriously and recognize the time students have given to them to teach their personally developed methods and artworks. Classes are taught in a step-by-step methodology, thus drawing and coloring or painting experience is not required. Color and texture along with the use of layering colors to create light and shadow bring art work in their classes. Techniques on using photos as the basis for beginning a work enable successful completion.

  

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Lorri magically transforms undyed silk fabrics, ribbons, and garments into fabulous colors using shibori, resist, vat dye and dye printing techniques. She is a self taught weaver, dyer, and clothing designer whose art has shown in numerous publications and juried shows. She is the feature designer in the summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire showcasing her vintage upcycled clothing aka as “wayward threads”.

Lorri has taught and vended at many national shows and has been published in Belle Armoire, Altered Couture, Quilting Arts, Spindle Shuttle & Dyepot, and other local and national publications.

Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who’s drawn to the imperfect, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic. She’s spent 20 years as a mixed-media artist and nationally-known instructor and has authored two jewelry-making books, filmed six instructional art DVDs, has appeared on DIY and morning television shows and has been widely published in national magazines.

In 2020 when the Covid19 pandemic hit, Jen followed the whispers of her heart and began Soul Stir Magic, where she’s an empathic intuitive, energy healer and a facilitator for women seeking to live their best lives.

She’s passionate about guiding others toward their inner knowing and empowering them to live juicy, which means embodying their creativity, authenticity and joy.

Jen has a number of certifications including Reiki Master Teacher, a Blue Star Celestial Reiki Master, Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Therapeutic Art Life Coach, Spiritual Life Coach, Universal Life Minister and Angel Tarot Card reader.
 

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Lisa Agaran

Lisa Agaran is a professional Mixed Media Artist. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibits throughout Los Angeles and New Mexico. Lisa’s work has been published in Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media and Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling.
She hasa BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a Masters in Psychology.  Prior to her art career she worked as a Licensed Therapist (Inactive), Creativity Coach and Graphic Designer. Lisa also taught one of the core certification courses at the Creativity Coaching Association where she also trained under renown Creativity Coach Eric Maisel.  

Integrating both her artistic and psychology background Lisa’s worked with artists and creative professionals on their careers and creative process. From her own personal experience with the creative process, Lisa understands first hand how to work through typical challenges that arise like self-doubt, frustration and overthinking. She also understands what is required to move passed obstacles that often keep us let go of expectations and welcome accidents & mistakes to happen. This is when we are most surprised by the unexpected magic that appears in our creations. She currently teaches a variety of Mixed Media workshops and classes throughout Southern California as well as her virtual classroom. Lisa also host and leads her mixed media retreats “Awaken Your True Creativity” at various locations throughout the year. For more information about Lisa's workshops, visit TrueCreativityWithin.com. You can also view her artwork at ArtbyLisaAgaran.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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Thomas Ashman

Thomas Ashman is a mixed media artist, bookbinder, composer, and teacher, who lives and works in northern New Mexico. Drawing inspiration from his education in literature and experiences in the construction trades, Thomas developed his unique book binding technique to facilitate the use of unusual materials such as glass, sheet metal, and various types of hardware for the binding and covering of quality handmade art journals. Thomas has appeared on DIY network's "Craft Lab" (season 2) and has had work published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio and Somerset Gallery. His work received the "Curator's Pick" and "Viewer's Choice" awards at the "Queen Mab's Picnic" exhibit at the 18th Street Gallery in Bakersfield, CA., and his all-copper journal was included in the 2008 San Diego Book Arts National Juried Exhibition at the Geisel Library at UCSD. Recently, Thomas was selected as "Art Journal/Bookbinding Artisan 2011" by Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine (Jan/Feb issue). A sampling of Thomas's work is currently on display at the Sea in the Desert Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

ThomasAshmanArt@yahoo.com
www.blacksheepartist.com

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Vicki Assegued

Vicki continually explores and experiments with fiber art approaches and loves to then share her techniques with her students, supporting them to create their own unique and gorgeous art. Along with teaching national workshops at locations such as Mendocino Art Center and Sedona Arts Center, Vicki exhibits her artwork in galleries and prepares you to create pieces so you can do the same.

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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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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.  

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Jill Berry

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Clarissa Callesen

Clarissa Callesen is an international artist and instructor working in sculpture and installation art. Her chosen medium is discarded materials, found objects and textiles specifically. Her work and teaching are inspired by her choice of non-traditional materials. In choosing this medium, it is her objective to explore the margins and to find beauty and value in that which our society has discarded. Clarissa has exhibited her art throughout the US, including the Museum of Northwest Art and solo exhibitions in Seattle, WA, Bellingham, WA, and Boise, ID. 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, and North Street Collective in Willits, CA. Her work has appeared in the books “Who’s your Dada?” and “Art without Waste” and in many Somerset publications. Clarissa has been sharing her passion for creativity for 15 years teaching both nationally, internationally, and online. Her teaching style is down to earth and fun; embracing spontaneity and cherishing “mistakes” while challenging students to look at creativity in new and innovative ways.

www.clarissacallesen.com 

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Andrea is a life long maker. From an early age there has been no material
that does not inspire her curiosity.
Starting A Work of Heart in 1998 Andrea's passion for making has blossomed
into creating an online community centered around a monthly membership called
Watch.Learn.Play. where she nurtures connection in community through bite sized
mixed media art & book making lessons. When she is not making art, designing
stencils or building custom art kits, Andrea enjoys fostering kittens for her local
county animal shelter 

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Jen Cushman

Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who’s drawn to the imperfect, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic. She’s spent 20 years as a mixed-media artist and nationally-known instructor and has authored two jewelry-making books, filmed six instructional art DVDs, has appeared on DIY and morning television shows and has been widely published in national magazines.


In 2020 when the Covid19 pandemic hit, Jen followed the whispers of her heart and began Soul Stir Magic, where she’s an empathic intuitive, energy healer and a facilitator for women seeking to live their best lives.


She’s passionate about guiding others toward their inner knowing and empowering them to live juicy, which means embodying their creativity, authenticity and joy.
Jen has a number of certifications including Reiki Master Teacher, a Blue Star Celestial Reiki Master, Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Therapeutic Art Life Coach, Spiritual Life Coach, Universal Life Minister and Angel Tarot Card reader.

 

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Laura is a lifelong creative who has always thought outside the box…but believes in keeping the box to make something with it! Her education and corporate work in Interior design and architecture contributes to her style in book making and 3D constructed projects. Her nearly life long sewing skills lead to a long time business in quilt design and teaching as well as doll and teddy bear making. She left corporate interior architecture work in 2000 when her youngest child was born. In 2009, when dealing with health issues with her kids, she moved to paper crafting for its easier portability. She quickly fell in love with bookmaking and put her architecture skills to use designing and creating 3D buildings from chipboard and paper. Also known as “Following the Paper Trail” on social media, she was a pioneer in the early days of live streamed teaching. The kids who used to interrupt and show pets during live streams are now grown and in college.
She puts her skills learned from formal art classes in college, her curiosity for all sorts of mediums, and her innovative book making skills to good use to create fun and interactive books and journals that look complicated but are easy to construct.
Laura grew up in Alaska and currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband, fur babies and those two college age kids.
 

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Donna Downey

My work is evolutionary, an ever changing palette of colors in constant motion. As a painter, I find the process of applying paint to canvas a bit sexy. Intimately developing a relationship to the movement across the surface and losing myself in the strokes of color the brush leaves behind.

Because my art takes root in its color, I begin placing the colors like a map intuitively allowing the composition to reveal itself. The paintings develop in response to the energy created and it is as meditative as it is necessary to my personal connection to my art. I love a challenge of switching between media and it is not unusual to find me varying my canvas size from 6” to 6'.
To learn more visit donnadowney.com
 

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Rochelle Gaukel

Rochelle has always loved art – it has been a way to express herself and her style. Her road to creating jewelry began 12 years ago where she attended a chandelier class in Cortona, Italy. From that point on she fell in love with the art of soldering and jewelry making. It truly has been the best journey of her life meeting so many wonderful people, learning new things, and opening many doors to new opportunities. 

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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. He 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, Micah 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.
 

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Ruth Greening

Art is such an amazing gift. Whether we enjoy looking at it or participate in creating it. I have always had some form of artistic influence in my life in so many forms. Entertaining, cake decorating, wire wrapping, Precious Metal Clay and now Silversmith work.
I love learning from so many wonderful artists and creating works of wearable art, but the best is teaching someone else how to create their own artistic voice. Seeing that “AW HA!” moment when it all comes together
I look forward to working with you and seeing what inspiring pieces you have tucked inside your heart and challenging you to let it shine!


 

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Tina Haller

Tina Basich-Haller is a renaissance woman. Among the most influential pioneers in snowboarding 1985-2005, she is an ambassador to the sport. In the process she has been instrumental in putting women's snowboarding on the map and has helped spearhead women’s growing involvement not only in snowboarding, but in action sports as well.

Tina downshifted her snowboarding career in 2005 to focus 100% on her artistic creativity. After opening her gift shop ‘My Favorite Things’ (www.GlitterGirlStudio.com) in 2005 selling her handmade creations in Nevada City, California, she soon realized she wanted to share her designs with other shops. Her wholesale gift line was designed over the next few years and now with over 1800 items in the line she ships to over 1000 accounts in the USA.

Growing up with a paint brush in her hand, Tina continues to create daily with her mother and 14 year old daughter. Her latest artistic expression has been from the heart. Her daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2017 and through this ongoing experience her artwork is part of the families journey. Tina’s current work is created using her daughter’s MRI images of her curved spine. “I hope to raise awareness for scoliosis through my artwork, and show the beauty of our journey, and how much it has opened my heart.”

 

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Brooke Henry

I am a prolific maker that started at a young age. I have always had a strong desire for tactile creating. My roots are based in sewing/quilting but I quickly tackled knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, painting, doodling … basically anything I could dig my hands into! My heart now resides in mixed media art journaling. Making one of a kind handmade art journals that feature intuitive stitching with a fresh, modern feel.
 

Website: bbhenryart.com
Instagram: bbhenry_art
Email: brooke@bbhenryart.com
 

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Pamela Sue Johnson

Pamela Sue Johnson began making art 15 years ago as a hobby for relaxation. “I went to art school at my kitchen table,” jokes Pamela who has become a popular art instructor in her community. Known for her engaging style of teaching, Pamela guides her students to tap into their creative nature for inspiration.
Pamela has a focus on teaching mixed-media collage, watercolor painting and also acrylic painting.
Pamela has been featured in Somerset Studio magazine and also local media. Her classroom teaching as well as her online presence has attracted her a lively following who enjoy her free and loose style of art making. “All art tells a story,” says Pamela. “I love to inspire and empower students to find their creative voice to tell their own stories.”
Pamela lives in Vancouver, Washington. To learn more about Pamela visit her website or find her on social media where she often posts about her artful life.
www.pamelasuejohnson.com
Facebook : @pamelasuejohnson
Instagram: @pamelasuejohnson
 

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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

I adore fabric, stitching and mixing up my media with whatever I have at hand. I am even more passionate about teaching others the joy of making and enjoying the creative process. Creating is the secret sauce that makes a full life. I have been teaching since 2006 when my first book was published and my classes are designed to have fun and be experimental and make a delicious mess while unearthing our unique artistic voices. I am the creator of the Stitch Meditation Process. This process brings together mindfulness and creative experience in a daily practice that reduces stress, relaxes the body and engages the right brain. 

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Kat Kirby

Since the early 1970s, Kat has been a believer in the healing power of the arts and creative self-expression. After retiring from a 40-year career as an Expressive Arts Therapist, her passions include teaching a variety of workshops such as creating art journals, collage, handmade books, Mixed Media arts, watercolors and doodles, and more. Kat enjoys exploring and experimenting with art materials, and sharing her discoveries with her students. She hosts a free Zoom session every Tuesday through her private Facebook group, “Kat’s Clubhouse.” When she teaches, whether it be virtual or in person, her two rules are: 1) You can’t be wrong, and 2) Have fun!

https://katkirby.com/
kat4clay@gmail.com
https://www.youtube.com/c/kat4clay/videos
https://www.instagram.com/2katstudios/
https://www.facebook.com/kathryn.w.kirby/


 

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Helene Knott

Art is our universal language. From pre-historic bison scratched onto a cave wall, to the fervent expression of religious faith brushed onto a chapel ceiling; humans have been driven to leave a legacy of their hopes and dreams etched in stone, wrought in metal or wood, woven in cloth or painted on paper and canvas. It is a unique characteristic of human nature to create visual form that goes beyond function into abstract thought. No culture, past or present, has failed to leave this expression of their existence and humanity. The message can be patently obvious as an epic battle immortalized in a Medieval tapestry or as enigmatic as a legion of stone heads staring out to sea on a long deserted island. It can be as realistic as a photograph or as abstract as swathes of color. Art can be used to invoke spirits or exorcize demons. I am driven to speak with my hands, to translate my visions into a form that bridges all language barriers. My visions come from my perception of the world around me, dreams and faint remembrances of lifetimes lost in the past. I am a storyteller at heart and my quilts are my stories.
I was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula in central California, a beautiful area that served as an inspiration to set me onto a creative path for life. From a very early age I showed a keen interest in art, starting with drawing and painting and exploring different mediums for my self-expression. In the early 70's, I turned my attention to fiber and fabrics with a focus on quilting and embroidery. For the last 40 years or so, fiber and quilting has been my primary focus and passion.
In 1991, we moved to the Pacific Northwest. I began teaching fiber and quilting classes in 1999. Over the years, my work has won awards at local, regional and national shows and the recognition has served me well in promoting myself as a teacher. In 2006 I received a nomination for the ‘Teacher of the Year’ by Professional Quilter Magazine another teacher ultimately won the top award but to be nominated was an honor itself. Some of my quilts have appeared in the pages of books and the cover of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine; and I have written articles for various magazines and currently design quilt patterns. This year, I became a fabric designer for Northcott Fabrics and my first line came out in May of 2018.
In addition to art and quilting, I have a passion for gourmet cooking, books (the only place I can get into worse trouble than a fabric store), films and music.

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Gwen Lafleur

Gwen Lafleur is a lifelong artist, crafter, instructor, and world traveler who lives in her hometown of Herndon, Virginia with her adorable (and opinionated) dog Jake. She's been involved in arts and crafts her entire life, trying anything from drawing lessons to paper crafts and finally finding her true home as a mixed media artist. Gwen's work has been displayed in galleries and can be found in private collections around the world. It has also been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire Jewelry, and Creative Scrapbooker magazines. In addition to her studio work, Gwen is an instructor as well as a product designer and has stencils available through StencilGirl Products, a line of embossing powders and embellishments from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, embossing powders with WOW!, and rubber stamps from PaperArtsy.

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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.

 

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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.

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Heather Neilson

Heather Neilson has been teaching art classes for more than 9 years, including Art Journaling, Abstract Painting and Mixed Media Collage. Her approach is encouraging, warm and motivating. Heather’s abstract paintings and mixed media collages are included in private collections around the United States and her work is routinely included in juried solo and group shows. Heather studied at the Art Students League of New York and with several master artists. She was a digital marketer for corporations before becoming a full time artist. She received her B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University. She is a certified GOLDEN Arts Educator and Silver Brush Educator. Heather teaches art classes online, in her studio and throughout the region.

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Jacqueline Newbold

Her life journey gives Jacqueline Newbold a never-ending source of inspiration to represent gems of the world in her color-filled paintings. Her watercolor journal has become a visual diary and constant companion everywhere she travels. Using a warm and playful color palette, Jacqueline enjoys capturing a moment in time by painting the dappled sunlight on a field of lavender, or the brilliance of a tropical beach. She introduces color in the shadows and sun-drenched areas, which creates a luminous glow in her paintings. Primarily a watercolor artist, she uses her watercolor journal as a springboard for exploring creative ways to incorporate mixed media into her art and providing the bases for her larger creations.

Jacqueline is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Northwest Watercolor Society and the High Desert Art League. She teaches watercolor workshops locally, nationally as well as leading painting workshops in France and Italy. She has several articles published in the mixed-media magazine, Cloth-Paper-Scissors about creating art while on your journey. Jacqueline has partnered with Daniel Smith Art Supplies to create a watercolor traveling kit. Her self-published book, Watercolor Journeys is a helpful guide for beginning to advanced watercolor enthusiasts and her workshop DVD with Interweave has just been released: Art Journals On-The-Go: How to pack, prep, paint, and more.

Website: www.newboldart.com
Blog: http://djnewbold.blogspot.com
 

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Roxanne Padgett

Roxanne Padgett has been creating “stuff” and making “messes” since she was 4 or 5 years old using whatever materials she could find. She does the same thing today, but now it is called mixed media art “I enjoy experiencing the creative process with others and I believe that everyone is creative and not just a special few. My personal motto is “Fear No Color”.
Roxanne teaches a variety art classes for adults throughout the Bay Area and at art retreats around the country. In addition, Roxanne is the Creative Director at the Museum of Children’s Art . Roxanne’s art work has been featured in a variety of publications such as, Somerset studio, Sew Somerset, Stuffed and Green Craft. Roxanne is also the author of “Acrylics techniques in Mixed Media” Layer, Scribble, Stencil, Stamp published by North Light Books.

padgettroxanne3@gmail.com
  

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Jesse Reno

Jesse Reno is a self-taught mixed media painter. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and painting and exhibiting his works since 2000.
Jesse has amassed over 3000 paintings in the last 12 years, and has exhibited his work extensively across the US and Canada as well as France and Mexico. Jesse's work has been covered in various art publications including Juxtapoz, Artnews, Artension, dpi and Somerset Studio just to name a few. One of his largest works can be seen in Winnipeg, Canada where he was commissioned by the Province of Manitoba to create a 25 x 40 ft mural as a reminder to the cultural importance of the Native American people in the region.
 

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Renee Richetts

Renée Richetts (November 5, 1954) is an American artist best known for her mixed-media artist books, often created from re-purposed materials. She received her education at U.C. San Diego, where she attended an exchange program to study art history and literature in France. Examples of Richetts’ work are represented in public collections at the University of California in San Diego, and the Girl Scout Museum in New York. Her work is widely collected in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
Richetts has been teaching art to adult learners for over 30 years in the U.S. and in Europe. Her teaching style combines demos with skills application by attendees, and lots of feedback to support each attendee’s unique artistic vision. Richetts is known to be a huge fan of all things pop-culture related, and for bringing a sense of fun and generosity to all her classes.

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Debbie Rijns

An independent studio artist, Debbie was born in New York. Arriving in this country at an early age (8), South Africa quickly became her home.

A porcelain restorer by profession, Debbie has been creating from a really early age. A photo of her at age 3 painting the wall of the house with mud testifies to that talent.

Debbie offers courses and workshops in various media all over South Africa and other exotic places on an ongoing basis.

“I have been given a wonderful gift, of being able to see, design and create in a multitude of mediums. This gift gives me great personal satisfaction, and to be able to share this with others is just awesome”.

Debbie gives credit to her father for her creative streak, he once told her “Just because a tin can is a tin can, doesn`t mean it`s only a tin can….”.

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Susan Rossiter

 Professional Artist and Educator for GOLDEN Paints

This is a hard working disciplined full time artist with a full time day job. Her work can be seen at Nationwide Insurance headquarters and many businesses in and around Columbus, Ohio.
Paintings can be seen at Studios on High Gallery and Gallery Art Center in Columbus, OH and Owl & Rabbit Gallery in Burlington, NC, and at SusanRossiter.com

Susan worked her way through college at Millersville University, PA and has an extensive education in drawing, painting, printmaking, fine art metals, design, photography, art history and sculpture. Skills from multiple genres and a little art history are integrated into her workshops. Online or in-person, Susan’s classes are relaxed, fun and informative for any skill level.

Follow Susan for weekly posts and studio schnauzer puppy photos: @soozrossiter
Or on Facebook: Susan Rossiter Artist
Random questions: Susan.Rossiter@yahoo.com
 

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Susan Schenk

Collage is a wonderful way to wake up the sleeping artist within. Collages are unique individual expressions, just like the artists are. I am exploring a range of subjects without a political agenda, welcoming the technical challenge of making realistic renderings from recycled materials. I enjoy making something attractive from discards, appropriating images and putting them together in intriguing ways.  Like any artist, I am especially thrilled when my work calls to a viewer to come closer and spend some time engaged in the piece.  While my pictorial collages are best viewed from a distance, a close up inspection can reveal a very different piece of art.

 

"My goal as an artist is to let my work bring joy to the viewer."

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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.
 

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Lorri Scott

Lorri magically transforms undyed silk fabrics, ribbons, and garments into fabulous colors using shibori, resist, vat dye and dye printing techniques. She is a self taught weaver, dyer, and clothing designer whose art has shown in numerous publications and juried shows. She is the feature designer in the summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire showcasing her vintage upcycled clothing aka as “wayward threads”.

Lorri has taught and vended at many national shows and has been published in Belle Armoire, Altered Couture, Quilting Arts, Spindle Shuttle & Dyepot, and other local and national publications.

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Joy Siragusa

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Jacqueline Sullivan

 Jacqueline Sullivan expresses her creativity through mixed-media, acrylic, and calligraphic paintings and books. Her works are unique expressions of adventure and discovery, each piece experimenting with texture, layers, color, unusual materials, calligraphic marks, and words. In addition to technical precision, personal artistic development is intrinsic to her practice. She earns her living as an artist educator as well as maintaining an active studio practice to develop personal work.
In her 30 years of teaching, Jacqueline has developed and presented many classes. She is a certified GOLDEN Artist Educator, making her a specialist on acrylic products and techniques. She is a member of the education teams for Marabu Creative, Ampersand and Silver Brush. Her workshops are multi-disciplined and given online as well as at top art retreats and for art, book arts, fiber and calligraphy guilds and conferences in the US , Canada and Europe.
Jacqueline’s work has appeared in many publications, including Astarte’s Mega-Zine, Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages, and Somerset Studio, as well as many calligraphic journals. Her work has been published in Acrylic Works 4: Captivating Color the Best of Acrylics. And Acrylic Works 6: Creative Energy, the Best of Acrylics both published by Northlight books. Her bestselling DVD, Acrylics: Textures, Layers, and Metallics, is published by Creative Catalyst Productions.
Jacqueline has a degree in graphic design, working for many years as a publication, marketing, and advertising designer. She is the recipient of top national awards for the fashion publications that she designed. She uses her knowledge of graphic design to help her students improve their paintings. She paints and lives in Cincinnati, OH.  

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Kate Thompson

Kate's experience as a fiber artist was working with fabric and fiber to create abstract 3-dimensional forms. In 2009 she started painting and hasn't stopped since. Her current work is the combination of the two disciplines. Using watercolors, acrylics, inks and pastels she paints on substrates such as layered vintage linens, fabrics, laces, plaster, paper and wood. The portrait or figure is the focal point and she works at creating images that parallel her spiritual and personal life.
She teaches art online and on location. She is as passionate about teaching as she is creating. The creative process is where all the energy is and she loves and gets energized by sharing her artistic journey.
To learn more about Kate visit her at:
www.fracturedangelics.blogspot.com
fracturedangelics.com
facebook.com/katethompsonartist
 

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Lisa Thorpe

Lisa Thorpe is a mixed media fiber artist and educator based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Her visual work is idea and story driven and often connected to words and writing. Her art is both personal and universal. Driven to pique and poke and ponder, her work invites discussion and discovery with layer upon layer of imagery and interpretation available to the viewer. As an educator she often participates in forums to explore and explain her work both in its technical process of and within the context of feminist, spiritual and environmental themes.
Over the years Lisa Thorpe has explored many mediums, currently her focus is on fabric art. Dyeing, printing and marking her own fabric as well as printing her photos on fabric, to create art quilts. She is drawn to the use of fabric and stitch as a reference to the tradition of fabric piecing and stitch as a feminine art that clothes and covers and comforts. She learned to sew from her mother and grandmother and feels deeply connected to this art form. Each piece is a combination of tradition and innovation connecting the past and future with every stitch and tug of the needle.
Lisa Thorpe has a BA in Design from University of California, Davis and a teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. She has published writings and art in About Place Journal and Cold Mountain Review and numerous technique and inspiration articles Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines. She was a featured artist on The Quilt Show in 2022 and teaches and presents at local, national and international art quilt venues. In the coming months Thorpe will be a presenter at Craft Napa, International Quilt Festival Houston and Gulf States Quilt Festival and SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Association) International Forum in Toronto and she is excited to be back at Art & Soul with Glenny Moir!
Learn more lisathorpe.com


 

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Karron Troil

Karron Troil is a fluid acrylic artist and native of Pensacola, FL. She recently retired and has been enjoying time at home with her family. Karron began her working career at the age of fifteen and retired from full-time work at fifty. Through the years, she always daydreamed about a more personal career and was drawn to art, especially abstracts. Shortly after retirement, Karron began attending various art classes and worked to grow in her craft. In 2017, she decided to become a full-time artist and is currently producing acrylic abstract art filled with vibrant colorations. Karron has spent the last several years focusing on developing skills, knowledge, and her own style of fluid painting.

Karron is an active member of Blue Morning Gallery in Pensacola, FL., and has art on display at The Prosperous Pelican in Orange Beach, AL. She also travels and displays her art in outdoor fine art festivals along the gulf coast.
 

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Dina Wakley

Dina’s colorful, expressive style is anchored by her design hallmark, the creative use of white space. Her personal, organic design aesthetic strikes a balance between “artsy” and “classic”.
Dina is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. She has been scrapbooking since 1995, stamping since 1996, and art journaling since 2004. She believes in writing yourself down, expressing yourself, and making your mark on the world. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more.
 

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Libby Williamson

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.

 

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