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Lisa Agaran

Lisa Agaran is a mixed media artist, instructor and Creative Spirit Mentor. Her work has been published in Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media and Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling (North Light Books). She has a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a Masters in Psychology. Prior to her art career she worked as a licensed psychotherapist (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.
Her workshops integrate both her artistic and psychology background to help students tap into their true creativity.
Lisa believes creativity is essential to our sense of wholeness and wellbeing. Taking time to honor your creative spirit is just as essential as a good night’s rest, exercise and eating right. It refills us both spiritually and mentally.
Lisa has been teaching both in-person and virtual workshops for the last 10 years. She also host an annual retreat “Awaken the Invisible Power of Your Creativity”. For more information about Lisa and to view her artwork visit TrueCreativityWithin.com OR ArtbyLisaAgaran.com.


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.


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


Orly Avineri

Orly Avineri is a mixed media artist, a teacher, and an author. She was born and raised in Israel, ended up in Southern California after living in the Netherlands for nearly a decade. Now living in the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon she teaches workshops and retreats in intimate settings, locally, in the US, and abroad. Orly’s work’s purpose is to advance the well being of those who seek it through unique and intimate natural and man-made processes and materials. Engaging in a world that is far more expansive than her own enlivens her to no end and she hopes to invoke that feeling in others by introducing and marrying multiple media to inspire freedom of expression and a deep belief in the possibility, the power, and the beauty of change. All for the sake of a deep sense of interconnectedness to all.

Instagram: @orlyavineri
Facebook: @orlyavineri


Susan Bates Bezek

I love to create and have been teaching off and on for about 40 years. I love sharing my creations and techniques with creative people. My arts have been shown in several magazines over the years and I was a featured artist on the Carol Duvall Christmas Special. It's been about five years since teaching because of COVID and relocating from Santa Barbara to Bend, Oregon. I am looking forward to being and sharing with the smiling faces at Art and Soul once again.


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.  


Stephanie Burton

Stephanie Burton teaches Hand-Building in Ceramics & Mixed Media (drawing, painting & collage) Workshops in her peaceful unique home studio in Vancouver, WA and rents out her studio to Ceramic Artists. She has been working for Georgie’s Ceramic & Clay for 10 years as their Hand-building instructor. She sells her artwork at Clark County Open Studios,
Portland Ceramic Showcase, Chehalem Mountain Art Affair, Art in the Garden,
Tigard Grange Show and Galleries.

Stephanie is passionate about sharing her years of experience with others and you can see the joy and energy expressed in each one of her pieces as well as her student’s work. Stephanie’s Ceramic & Mixed Media Workshops are packed full of great techniques and creativity.

 For more information visit Stephanie’s website and find her on social media.

Instagram: @stephanieburtonstudios
Facebook: @stephanieburtonstudios
Georgies: https://www.georgies.com/gcc-main-classes-pdx.shtml


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 


Jen Crossley

Jen Crossley is an Australian mixed-media artist and highly sought after instructor. Her art is truly unique, incorporating found objects, vintage ephemera, etched metal, resin, and more. With a true eye for detail and the ability to see past a rusty bit of metal, Jen is able to create assemblage pieces, tiny books, and stunning jewelry from this assortment of pieces she collects.

In her own words...

“Teaching is my passion. I have been doing it now for 22 years, thirteen of which have been spent teaching mixed media techniques. eight years ago I achieved my dream of teaching in the United States, and have gone on to teach at art retreats such as the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat, Art & Soul, Artiscape, and Vivi Magoo’s Art Retreat at The Prairie. Over this time I have featured in many magazines including Somerset Studio, BelleAmore Jewelry, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Australian Stamping and Papercraft. In literature, I was featured in “The Guilded Journey” by Anne Freund and Cynthia Shaffer, and was chosen one of only three Australian artists to feature in Seth Apter’s book “The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed”.

Jen has filmed four DVD’s for Cloth Paper Scissors featuring my more popular classes.
Jen also has a range of Rubber stamps out with her unique designs I have also instructed for many additional webinars and online classes, and served on the ICE Resin design team for two years which also involved many online demonstrations of my techniques. I’ve been praised for appealing to both beginners and advanced students, giving clear and concise instructions, and making techniques look easy which in turn, provides my students with the confidence to go forward in their creative processes.”

@jenatamarkintime (Instagram)



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


Collene Friedman

The process of creating art has always fascinated me and I am constantly compelled to be making something. Since the early 1990’s, I have taken many classes and continue to try new techniques and different styles.
My work has been featured in an art gallery and juried art shows as well as local art fairs and auctions in fundraising events.
My designs include a wide variety of techniques – metal manipulation, fusing, soldering, brazing, reticulation, casting, forging, wire work, precious metal clay, polymer clay and beading – and incorporate precious and semi-precious gemstones.

I consider my art fanciful – may its uniqueness celebrate your individuality!


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. 


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!



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.
Facebook : @pamelasuejohnson
Instagram: @pamelasuejohnson


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.)


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.


Cindy Lohbeck

Equal parts human rainbow and transformative educator, Cindy Lohbeck is 100% DYEHARD! Her colorful contributions to the fiber community include an extensive line of fabric dyeing kits and innovative techniques, making her a favorite for guild events, quilt shows, retreats and quilt shop venues. Watch faces light up as she humorously brings a deep knowledge of color, dye and textiles along with and an array of unique tools, tips, and tricks to help quilters, textile artists and crafters share in the empowering experience of dyeing their own fabric. Having worked in textiles and fabric dyeing for over 40 years, Cindy’s mission is to pass her knowledge on to other artists, and helping make the world a more colorful place!


Jennifer McCracken

Jennifer McCracken is a Midwest-based enamel artist. She enjoys the vibrant colors and textures that can be produced with enameling. Enamel work has seized her imagination as it provides the opportunity to create sculptural pieces fusing glass, ceramic and wire working techniques to produce painterly wall hangings, jewelry and illustrative panels for use as decorative inlays. Many of her pieces are mixed media and are made using graphite on enamel or watercolor enamels


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.


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.


Sharnie Riley

Sharnie is an artist from New Zealand who has been creating mixed media art pieces in her home studio for a number of years. These pieces include jewellery, mosaics, assemblage, wall ornaments, papercraft - right through to garden art. Passionate about recycling/upcycling materials where possible, many of her creations are repurposed with items often destined for the landfill. She sells to the public from her home gallery ‘TRINKETZ’ and an occasional Artisan Fair.
After attending Art & Soul in Portland in 2019 as a student (and LOVING it!!), there was always the plan to come back one day – and that day is now in sight ????


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


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.


Carol Spohn

Carol’s painting journey started 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 paints primarily with watercolor accented with multimedia.
Carol’s workshop is a perfect opportunity for the beginner 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!
Carol recently retired to be a full time artist and instructor. Painting is her joy and often times, her therapy. As much as she enjoys painting, Carol’s first love is teaching painting to others. Carol is a popular instructor at community education classes in St. Paul, MN, decorative painting conventions and travel workshops throughout America, France, Italy and Canada.
A lifetime resident of Minnesota, Carol lives in a 125+ year old house in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband Coz and their two cats, Mickey and Bailey.



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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