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"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
Celia Thaxter

Friday, May 29, 2009

First Thoughts of Asilomar

Just returned home yesterday afternoon after spending 4 delightful days at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA, for the Art & Soul retreat. Getting to spend all day watching demos and playing with paint, paper and canvas was a true joy! Also getting to spend it with a dear creative friend from WA was even better! Although most of the days were foggy, it was sunshine in our souls as we created art and met new friends. I will post some pictures in a day or so. Still catching up, and you know how it goes- reality hits with a vengeance once home!
Roberta Schmidt told me about an Antiques Mall in Monterey (Cannery Row). Mary Beth and I stopped there yesterday on our way back to Santa Rosa. Wow! What a find!! I could have poked around there all day! Great antiques! My favorite find was a large photo from 1918 showing a group of young girls all holding embroidery samplers. They were part of a class taught by the Salvation Army in Chicago to slum girls. Can't wait to scan it and reproduce it in smaller form to be used for projects.
I took Misty Mawn's "32 Flavors" class- lots of fun journal techniques were shown to us. Although I didn't have time to actually complete any of the demo ideas, I will be able to incorporate the ideas into other projects and journals.
I also took Stephanie Lee's "Crack It" class. What messy fun!! Really loved this class a lot. I will be writing an article for the Latest Trends July newsletter and go into more detail.

1 comment:

rscoach said...

Sounds like you had fun - I've heard the Asilomar gathering is one of the best - Reva (los angeles)