“Life is never black and white when you dream in living color”-- Terah Cox
Stacie Florer gifted me a greeting card with this message along with a pair of her sinuously modern earrings at this year's ArtBliss. Although Stacie and I don't live anywhere near each other, when we re-connect each year at this retreat, it's as though we were sisters who koffee-klatched every day, sharing artsy gossip and new creative discoveries. That's the feeling throughout this vibrant mixed media/jewelry/metals retreat that Cindy Wimmer and Jeanette Blix have created on the outskirts of Washington, DC.
I'm an admitted tv junkie and love my sci-fi and action/adventure shows. Even now I'm watching reruns of “Game of Thrones”, in anticipation of next March's season debut. But real excitement is hard to come by these days and too often we zone out in fantasy worlds that do nothing to nurture our creative and spiritual selves.
An art retreat is about creativity and community. It's not a hermit's cell of intense work and reflection, rather a joyful getting-together of like minds and creative interests. It's a place to try new, sometimes scary, methods with the reward of seeing your skills grow and having a classroom of like-minded explorers to root you on when you think you can't do it or will never make that pesky project come together in a coherent and pleasing piece.