Art Retreat Fulfills a Long-Held Dream

posted Jun 29, 2015, 1:54 PM by Kate Studio Art
This past weekend I hosted my first art retreat in Kate Studio.  The studio has been running for almost 10 months now, and we were more than ready to show the world what we had to offer.  Our amazing group of women began their adventure with a strong cup of coffee and sculpural materials to create the most interesting flower-like creations on canvas.  Later, we spray painted them to maintain a monotone color.  That's me below spray painting one of the student's amazing sculptures.   I still get giddy when I get to spray paint.  It's weird.

After a snack of my sister and daughter's to-die-for cranberry and white chocolate scones, we dove into my specialty, fused glass jewelry.  I think everyone enjoyed slicing and dicing the glass and learning all about how to design a gorgeous piece.  Everyone did at least 3 or 4 art pieces and I loaded them in the kiln. You didn't want to be in the kiln room that day.  It was 90 degrees as it was that sunny day, and add that to the 1425 degrees I was heating the glass to, and it was one hot place to be!

I was incredibly fortunate to have artists who wanted to teach with me and offer a fun variety of classes over the weekend.  My sincere gratitude goes out to silversmith and glass artist Denise Relke of who drove down from Canada and did an incredible job showing us how to work with copper and silver, pounding, filing, scraping, drilling holes and attaching pearls and crystals to our gorgeous jewelry.   They were sooooo shiny!


On Sunday, we had a wonderful morning eating pastries and sipping mimosas as we got to know artist Phyllis Howard.  Phyllis is a local artist who is known for her multi-media paintings, sculptures and textural works.  You can get an idea how talented she is here:
Phyllis brought in the most delicious hand-made papers to collage, and had up attach two canvasses together to make these beautiful artworks.  Everyone's was AMAZING.  

It was hard to follow Phyllis, so we decided to head to beautiful Fairhaven for lunch and then get inspired at the Whatcom Art Market there.  Phyllis and I are members of the Whatcom Art Guild, and we're proud to display our art there.  I hope the ladies enjoyed seeing the more than 50 artist's works on display.

We headed back to the studio by 3pm, refilled our wine and got working on our final painting, an inspirational message.  I showed everyone some art journaling techniques, such as working with a Gelli monoprinting plate, zendoodling, photo transfer, modeling paste texture and stamping, and they just ran with it!  Some wonderful work, and I am incredibly grateful to the students and instructors for making my dream come true!  Looking forward to the next one, but first....a  little sleep.