Returned last week from teaching in Minneapolis at Art is You and had a wonderful time in this great city. My sister, Leslie, accompanied me as my trusty Sherpa while hubby David sat this one out! We spent the first day and a half exploring….
Very yummy Italian food…hit the spot. Next I scored the last two seats together at the famed Guthrie Theater for a performance of To kill A Mockingbird. The theater is amazing and we really enjoyed the riverfront area. Still seems so strange that it is the Mississippi River that runs through there!
One of our favorite downtown sights….this incredible mural that was just completed in July. Hard to grasp just how huge it is!I am happy to report that the craft brew industry is alive and well in Minneapolis….though they really got rained on!
The next morning we headed in our first Uber ride to MIA-the Minneapolis Institute of Art and this did not disappoint and best of all it was FREE!!! ( I had been to The Walker before so didn’t hit that this time around)
After the museum stop, we headed to the Global Market for an ethnic lunch and shopping.
The next day it was off to work! My first class was Coloring on Clay. I love this class because it is a process class where we spend all day creating super cool tiles that students can later put together to create a mosaic or anything they want! It is a very meditative class as well….just like coloring in a coloring book!
Each morning at the retreat begins with a morning motivator session before class begins. This gets everyone up and moving and put into a creative mindset. Friday morning Rachel gave a talk about her creative journey…..notice the Kewpie doll centerpieces!
Friday’s class was up next and it was the first time that I taught my Embedded Tin Hearts class. These rusty ol’ hearts that I brought back from San Miguel de Allende were transformed into gorgeous, embellished jewel-like beauties!
Loved watching how so many personalities came out in these hearts.
While I was teaching this class, my sister, Leslie, took Sunny Carvalho’s class and look what she created….so cool! Very proud of my sis who thinks she can’t “do art” but we know better!
Friday night culminated with the always anticipated vendor show. I found quite a few jewelry goodies to embed into clay!
Jane LaFazio doing a little shopping and vending and Kari McKnight-Holbrook chit chatting in the background. Way in the background Stencil Girl was vending my border stencils amongst many others! Fun to see them officially displayed but not sure why I didn’t take any pics of that! hmmm….
Saturday brought about my Patron Saints class, probably the most challenging of the workshops that I taught and of course, it was also my largest class!
It was fun having the editor of my book, (Mixed Media Mosaics) Tonia Jenny in class and fun to see how different her aesthetic was. Nice work Tonia:
My last class of the retreat was Triptychs-Crafted by Hand. This is a class where we no longer need the wood triptych because instead of working on a wood base, here we create a triptych totally out of clay! Hard to tell they are all clay….they look like metal and wood. They all did beautiful work!
Super nice class of triptychs and triptych-makers!
On Sunday, the final day, Les took a class with Kim Geiser and learned how to make some lovely polymer pendants. Wish I had some pics to share but I was in the mad dash to get my room cleaned all up so the hotel could get their room back and I had a very special dinner date!! I know Les enjoyed Kim’s class and said how fun it was to learn new techniques in polymer clay…so much to know!
On our last night in Minneapolis, we met up with my long time friend and fellow mosaic artist, Sharra Frank. We had a fantastic evening catching up. She is a real dynamo in the mosaic world and teaches some incredible mosaic classes both in person and online. And she is a heck of a nice young woman who is balancing creating a thriving art business and raising a young family. Kudos to her!
All in all it was a super time in Minneapolis…thanks to Sal and Ellen for putting on such a nice retreat and my sister, Leslie, for all her help. But most of all, thanks to the many lovely ladies who joined me in my workshops! I so appreciate it! xoxoxo