Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Art Is You Stamford Connecticut 2014

    Back from Art Is you - two weeks now- sorry it has taken me so long to post, but the last day I was there, I came down with a bad cold which over last week  turned into bronchitis. So hopefully on the mend, I have to share, a slew of photos and some of my thoughts and memories of Stamford,Connecticut Art Is You-2014...
           Grab and cuppa and sit tight- photos galore to follow!

                             Day 1 Wednesday
   After dropping Chum off at Cape Cod with my brother and sis in law's on Tuesday, Wednesday morn,we headed for our supposed to be 3 hour trip to Stamford....the traffic was surely a rival of Ca., Boston and NYC-
Connecticut from the road
Stamford-Main St- straight ahead!!
Arrived at destination!
 Six hours later and a bit discombobulated- we arrived at our hotel- The Sheraton- which was fabulous!  
And packing?
 Hey, It was my first time here and I was here for 5 days!
and lets face it...
                            a girl can never have too  many art supplies!! 

          The first evening Wednesday, I spent organizing my class supplies so I could just get up and  roll the next morn. 

                              Day 2 Thursday 

Thursday morning I met my online friend Kay Wallace in person at the breakfast buffet and we chatted it up as though we had known one another forever!   I won't mention the oatmeal incident though- ooops! teehee

                     YAY! excited to start our first class with Seth Apter!
 Our class was called I Witness- and we were the last class to take this with Seth as he retired it after us- lucky us!
Here,classmate and friend Kay, is deep in the creative process!   
                 can't you just feel those creative cogs churning?!!
        Oh the new colors that I learned about from Seth- gorgeous!!   ...and we were the first to learn of and be able to purchase Seth's new line of stencils- The Urban Collection(inside and outside) available through StencilGirl!! 
                                             Again, lucky us!!
 Seth truly is a wonderful teacher with quite a sense of humor- he had us all begin the class with the drawing of a pig...for the record, my pig's tail was squiggly and long! teeheehee
 The colors and mediums were all over the place in our classroom and the creative energy was high! Seth is a super teacher  with a most genuine personality and so very talented-if you ever get the chance- make sure to take a class with him!
                                      What a cast of talent!
   Here my friend,Seth and I just could not get the right pose together- 
                                  so we just kept trying!
          Thank you Seth- A fabulous teacher, inspiration and class! 

I'm sure you are wondering where my pieces are...hold tight- I'll show them at the end of the week...being sick, I haven't even finished unpacking yet! ")

                                              Day 3 Friday
     Friday morning motivator with
 Ricë Freeman-Zachery 
and Lisa Lichtenfels
       Lisa shared with us about her art and creativity and how her dolls speak to her and to help her create them-aka muse?
        You really should check out this link for Lisa- her dolls are utterly amazing!!


         and now to Friday's first class
 starring~ Jessica Sporn
                        quick hellos and...we dove right in-
                          task master that she is! teeheehee
 Jessica would demo and explain and leave us to our creative selves all the time meandering and offering support and encouragement to everyone! Jessica had so much to share!
                            Our class with Jessica  was called
                                         Sky's The Limit
                            gorgeous skyline created by Jessica
                    Here is my friend Kay Wallace again!
                  Lucky us to be in two classes together!!

                                     Hi Marjie Kemper!!! 
You know a teacher is awesome when another awesome teacher/artist, Marjie, takes her class!!
 Everyone had their own color palette and design and the pieces were beautiful!

 This is only my beginning collage- nothing like I had envisioned ,but isn't that the way it happens?!
                     Jess and I sharing some friend photo time
              Our class photo, minus a few who scooted early- and Kay hiding on the side!
            A wonderful group of gals , all with beautiful canvases!
                           Thank you so much sweet Jessica!!!

                      DAY 3 - Friday Evening
                                   class with Kecia Deveney

For those of you who are not familiar with Kecia, she is a mixed media/assemblage artist who brings her love of vintage found treasures to the table of soldering to create beautiful and whimsical pieces of jewelry....                 
                    and that's just the beginning of her talent...
 check out Kecia's blog  Lemoncholy's flight of fancy  for more of her artistry!                                                                                        
                                Our class with Kecia was called 
                                  Soldered Tintype Pendant
 I have to tell you that I had never soldered before and the amount of knowledge I learned in this 2 hour class was,well, wow! I felt very confident going up to use the iron and explore this medium,because of Kecia's direct and straight to the point teaching. - I look forward to purchasing my own equipment and exploring this avenue more!
 Guiding every step of the way- with Kecia expressing her favorite and most useful words...SLOW DOWN!

    Here Kecia is filling in my piece with resin- the final stage for the evening
                    Our photo op together and we called it a wrap!

                                 Thank you so much Kecia!! 
                  You are an awesome teacher and brilliant artisan!


Okay gang...this is the end of photos for today...stop back tomorrow for the continuation...hopefully I'll have my stuff unpacked and some pieces or art to share from my classes!! 


Jessica Sporn said...

It was such a joy having you in class, and sharing meals and more with you! Mwah!

Joseph Cuccurullo said...

Hello Jackie, Looks like you had a great time. Good for you" Nice to have you back. Looking forward to your new ideas, love the collage.Oh and you look good to.

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a week! Many days with art, it is so interesting and it gives You many menories and ideas to all winter.
Sorry Your cold, maybe all that smell of colors was affect to it, too.
Hope You are better, soon, and new paintings start to ariese Your mind.

Win Dinn said...

It looks as though you had a fabulous time...I'm green with envy. Lovely that you got to meet and cement your friendship with Kay, and learn from such great teachers. More green here.

Sorry that you wound up with bronchitis, though; glad to hear you're on the mend! xo

Darlene Campbell said...

Hello Art Retreat Girl! Happy you are back. Hope you get well soon. rest and make art. The photos are a I'm experiencing it with you. I love that canvas you did in Jessica Sporn's class. I imagine it is wild to interact with these artists on-line then POOF! one day you're making art with them in person. Hugs, Darlene

~*~Patty S said...

Oh what fun to see YOU and your photos of what had to be an over the top really exciting time.
Seth Apter = Lucky you and each photo of you two looks super and fun!
Being immersed in art with great teachers and classmates is really a dream come true...
looking forward to more of your adventures Jackie...
Take care and feel better soon (discombobulated is a word I am relating to at the moment as well!)

Janet Ghio said...

Looks like you had a great time--love the photo of all your art supplies!! Now I want to see what you made!!

Ruth L said...

What a fabulous time you had, lucky girl, Kay as well, and such an amazing inspirational crew around you wow, now we really need to see some of those masterpieces of yours my friend :-)

Julie Ann Lee said...

Wow! What a time you had! It just looks like the most creative fun I can imagine. I have seen Seth Apter's work on the PaperArtsy blog and some of his fantastic stencils too! Lucky you to have a class with him - and to learn soldering from Kecia! I would love to have a go at that. I can't wait to see some of the things you created. Jackie! You look so happy and full of fun in the photos! Sorry to hear about your bronchitis: I do hope you're completely recovered very soon! Julie Ann xxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh wow wow wow wow Jackie..I so enjoyed this ... what an amazing week did you have with all this great teachers and lovely art friends!
Fab... Curious about what you will show us!

Bev said...

Wow honey what a trip and so many wonderful teachers ..overload lol I remember using a soldering iron years ago ,I loved it yes you must get your photos with the teachers ,,hope you are much better now and glad your back ,I missed you ...
Hugz bev

Seth said...

Such a pleasure to finally meet you in person Jackie. You are every bit as wonderful in person as you are online. Thanks for being a part of my workshop and joining in on the fun of AIY. Leaving sick is sometimes part of the usually means you worked your creative tail off (pun intended)!

Karenliz Henderson said...

Jackie, it looks like you had a blast. I'm so jealous. I'm definately doing it next year. I can't wait to see more.

Renee said...

This was so much fun to look through, thanks for sharing it all with us! You had photos of all my favorite people, yourself included. Hugs ~ Renee

Marjie Kemper said...

Super pics! Great meeting you in person and looking forward to next year.

Kay Wallace said...

So thrilled to meet you in person, Jackie, and to spend the first two classes with you! You have a knack for capturing the energy of Art-Is-You on camera! Seth and Jessica (and Marjie) are such awesome instructors and friends! Mwah!

Edzellinni aka Linda Edkins Wyatt said...

Wow, what fun! I want to solder too! How did you hear about this retreat? I want to go next time!!!

theresa martin said...

Looks like a great time! A stellar group of teachers and awesome classes too.

Glenda Hoagland said...

EXCELLENT Post. I enjoyed attending the Art is You through your eyes. I just love Jessica Sporn and would love to meet her one day. Love the colors and texture in your collage.