I spent the last four days at the Art is You retreat in Stamford, Connecticut. This is an event that serves up energy and creativity in spades every single year. And 2014 was no exception. I encourage every artist out there to experience a retreat but I realize that not everybody can. Thanks to the Internet, I can bring a bit of the retreat to you!
Salliane McClelland and Ellen Legare make it all happen. Here they are wearing just a few of the items that the attendees from all the 2014 AIY retreats have made and brought to share.
Every day starts out with a different event called the Morning Motivator.
Of course the art workshops are a big part of the retreat. This year I taught one class called iWitness to a very talented, creative and fun group of people.
Here are some of the books and pages that they created.
There is also a vending event called the Art Trunk.
I had a table there and here is one corner.
I also couldn't resist some of the offerings.
An extra special moment for me was when I got to reunite with many of the people that I traveled with in Australia just over a month ago as part of the Art is You Mixed Media Roadshow.
Happily several people showed me artwork that they created with my stencils. Here Mona Groban used my Inside Out stencil on one of her beautiful items of clothing made from recycled textiles.
Pamala Young used my Past Present Future stencil to create the cover of a journal that she is sending to our active military personnel through the Journals for Heroes project founded by Edie Malin.
The best part of the retreat for me is connecting with the people who are there as instructors and as attendees. There is nothing like being surrounded by your peeps!
I was not able to get photos of every member of the Art is You family but I did manage to get a whole bunch. Talk about an all star crew!
Kari McKnight Holbrook
Already looking forward to Art is You 2015, when they will be celebrating their tenth year!