Friday, August 08, 2008

Art in Ashland recap

I'm back from Art in Ashland and recovering from 5 days of fun and creativity that I'm finding hard to capture in words, so I have LOTS of photos to share.
The event was held at the gorgeous historic Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland, Oregon.
There was a delightful terrace area off the ball room where the workshops took place. Here is Cassondra, Michelle, myself and Hope giddy to all be together:)The first night there was an opening reception with goodie bags for us all, food, wine, shopping and creating. We were all delighted that we were about to begin a wonderful weekend together.
Cuties Pam and Amy were selling their wares.
Anahata and her mother Gina. What an amazing mother/daughter team they are!

The first day was Pam's class. I created this Autumn/Halloween journal to fill with inspiration for my favorite time of year.

I have been fortunate enough to take classes from Pam a few times a year over the past few years. She's always a wonderful teacher and inspiration.

Michelle brought tons of goodies in a gorgeous color palette.
Here she is working on a "play" page we made in class.

The second day was Amy Hanna's jewelry class. The night before Natalie did a demo for us on working with clay that turns to silver. It's so stinkin' cool. She even brought a little kiln with her. That girl thinks of everything! I made the Artsy Mama pennant below.These are the necklaces I made in Amy's class. I had never made jewelry before using wire wrapping. I found it challenging and a lot of fun. Can't wait to connect more things with this technique.

Sally Jean and Pam showcasing their necklaces from the day.
Cassondra made this gorgeous piece of art.

Here are the pals again about to get on the double decker bus to go over to the PaPaYa studios.

The PaPaYa world headquarters!! Gorgeous.



It was amazing to see Anahata's original pieces.

Kathleen and Hope hanging out at the studio. Kathleen is a designer for PaPaYa. What a dream job!
I *heart* inspiration boards.

The third day was Anahata's class. This was really challenging for me. Trying to turn off my critical "monkey mind" and play. I came up with this large canvas below.

Hope and Kathleen working on their masterpieces. The work that came out of this class was absolutely breathtaking.

Cassondra's gorgeous creation.
Dana's bright, vibrant art work.

Anahata during the show and tell at the end of the event. She is absolutely brilliant inside and out.
Natalie's wonderful canvas creation.

Romy was a doll and created such fabulous art! Jennifer's unique style was stunning.

Elisabeth did some amazing work with soft tones.

Amy made some really fun work.

We were all wowed by Christine's Marie Antoinette inspired piece.

Rebecca with her stunning piece.

The last night we had an event at the store PRIZE in downtown Ashland. We were all like kids in a candy shop. Really...check out all this old fashioned candy.

Anahata put on an unforgetable event.

Relaxing in our room on the last night. Enjoying our art, Bailey's shivers and giggles.

In other news, both of the Sweet and Sinister blogs are now full. I had a 100 person limit for each blog and was truly amazed to see them fill so quickly. Next year I will try to figure out a way to open it to everyone interested. Thanks for understanding.

Have a great weekend!

31 comments:

jenny fowler said...

how awesome kari. great photos too. they make me feel so happy for you - it was obviously a blast!

kim hesson said...

looks like you had a wonderful time! love seeing all the photos and wonderful artwork!

fran from Portland said...

How wonderful that you were able to experience our wonderful state. I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Oregon. Love them both

m i c h e l l e said...

Oh this post just makes me miss you SO much! I wish we lived closer!!! AIA truly was a magical event. Thank you so much for doing a fantastic job capturing it in pictures!

Big hugs to you, sweety...big peanut butter hugs! Ha ha ha ha!!! :-)

Lilli said...

What a lusciously long and wonderful post! Thanks for sharing with us :)

Jackie said...

I love the smiling pictures. You all are adorable! :-)
And that Halloween Journal is awesome! I want to make one too.

XOXO

Linda Crispell said...

Looks like fun, being able to create lovely thing during the daylight hours with other girls! My "studio" opens after everyone is asleep in my house. Prize looks like a wonderful store.
Thanks for all the pics.
Linda

Pamela Jane said...

So much fun to meet up with you at AIA and to see your gorgeous projects! I thought yours and my collage looked rather fine sitting next to each other at show & tell, with your lovely Bewitched and my spooky eyes :). And so sad to have returned home too late and missed the last spots in Sweet & Sinister :(.

Lu said...

How much fun was this?!!!!!

Romy said...

You are too cute! It was so nice to meet you! I'll see you at the ZNE event!

angela said...

All I can say is, "WOW"!

pve design said...

everyone looks so full of JOY!
creating and sharing is truly inspiring!

Michele-thisgoodday said...

Very inspiring post...thanks for all the well-done pictures!

Whimsies Folksies said...

Wow! This event looks like it was so much fun! I'm sure you had a wonderful time. Thanks for the beautiful photos and, as always, the wonderful inspiration!
~Joann

Julie Collings said...

i was thinking about you the whole weekend. i knew it would be an unforgettable event. so happy you had such a wonderful time!
the photos from the classes and your pieces really give us peeps a bit of a looksee. thanks for such a fun post, julie

Sabii Wabii said...

This looks like it was a great weekend! Didn't I see your name on the Pleasanton list too? What a traveling summer!
Blessings,
Terisa

Robyn said...

OMG! Love this retreat I so have to go next year! Just fab stuff going on! I love the mix of mediums! Love it all!
Hugs,
Robyn

Maija said...

What a blast and you spent time with some of the most wonderful women in the world!

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Oh, all of your photos are wonderful! Thanks for allowing me to live vicariously through you! xo-Mel

Tess said...

My brown eyes have turned green from envy!!! Wonderful update, gorgeous photos, splendid artwork...
I am green!!!

dollybelle said...

Hi Kari! Loved seeing all your pix from Art in Ashland! Didn't get to chat much with you, but love you blog!
xoxo
Chritine

Karin said...

Wow, looks like you had a great time! I just wanted to let you know, I've given you an award over on my blog! Stop by and check it out! :) Take care!

iHanna said...

Wow what an event! I hope I can go to something like that someday! Isn't it difficult to create among so many talented? I'd just look over my shoulder all the time to see what the others made... :-)

LOVe your artsy mama pendant! very cool!

Cassie said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time! And what geat stuff you got to make. It seems there are a lot of workshops on the east and west coasts. I think there needs to be something for us midwestern folks! Maybe I will have to look in to that. Glad you had such a great time and thanks for sharing the pics.

Stacy/Creativemuse said...

Kari THe SWeet and Sinister blog is awesome! I love your Icon creation it's stunning!Your photos of Ashland are lovely and inviting and exciting wish I had been there! Love your sharing of all this GREAT ART! Everyone Created Beauties! YOur jewlery is awesome too what a terrific medium to try!
WOnderful!

Warmly
Stacy~Creativemuse

Gina2424 said...

Looks so fun! Your jewelry looks good! I get to hang with Michelle at A&S PDX-can't wait!

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

oooh! what fabulous pics!!the art retreat looks like it was a blast!! I just ADORE ashland! I used to go there a couple times a month. I almost moved there. Prize looks like a fabulous place! I will have to go there!! hope you have a fabulous day!! hugs!! xo Britt :-)

Cheryl said...

Wow Kari! Looks like you had an amazing time!!!

Laume said...

That's a lot of beautiful work! Your artsy mama pendant is really cool.

And, holy cow, ASHLAND!!!??? That's practically in my backyard. Well, okay, 3-1/2 hours away. But we go once or twice every year to get away, see a couple plays. Did you get to see any plays while you were there?

Did you eat at some of my favorite restaurants? Try the water in Lithia Park? See the great Paris themed shop? Find the great yarn shop? And the beautiful children's book shop next store.... so much to do even without the workshops. Is it a annual thing, open to anyone? Or was it a specific group? It sounds like something I could actually manage to attend.

Sandy Michelle said...

What fun! Those are awesome pix and the creations are gorgeous! Looks like you had a great time! I hope to go one year! Thanks for sharing the pix!

Sandy:)

dragonflydreamer said...

How wonderful that you shared your experience at "Art in Ashland" here on your blog. I loved the photos and daydreamed about some day being able to go on an adventure with other people who share my passion and learn from such talented artists. You are so very talented and I really love your blog as it is filled with such beauty yet still has such a fun feeling to it.