Art Bliss weekend. The third time & charms!

This past weekend was the third annual Art Bliss art and mixed media retreat, just outside DC in Northern Va. I have made it to all three – I wouldnt miss it for the world! Planned and organized by the dynamic duo of Cindy Wimmer and Jeanette Blix – this is my favorite event of its type. Its hosted on a smaller scale, resulting in a more friendly, personable atmosphere than you get at the Beadfest/convention type events. Friendships are made and renewed every year. A very supportive sharing group that I am honored to call friends. 

Art Bliss

The welcoming mascot? Can a mannequin be a mascot? 

We have a winner!

Multi faceted and extremely energetic Dawn Gallup with her door prize win. 

Book signings!

Friday night’s Meet & Greet event was complete with book signings. Erin Siegel, co-author of  “Bohemian Inspired Jewelry” chatting at her table. 

Bead Soup book signing!

Lori Anderson, the creative genius behind “Bead Soup” with Sandi Volpe. 

Kerry Bogert and me...

Uber talented Kerry Bogert of Kab’s Creative Concepts – with me… and her new book “Rustic Wrappings”. 

Kerry's beads and cabs!

Kerry’s work  – colorful and fun. 

The party has started...

Reunion time! ( Me with Sandi Volpe and Jen Judd!)

Sally Russick and I are Birthday Twins. (But she IS younger…)

ArtBliss swag bags!

Sway Bags! The Art Bliss lunch tote and the collaged art of Dawn Gallup adorning our charm swap bag!

The 3rd annual charm swap!

The charm swap! Every year, just for fun, a few of us create and swap hand crafted charms. This year’s theme was “Fall into Bliss”. Its a very cohesive offering, great minds and all that…with copper, polymer, clay and beady beauties. 

The weekend is chock full of goodness and creativity,energy and laughter;  the coffee is on at all times, it is an absolute blast. I can only speak for myself – but I am refreshed and restored when I spend time with my fellow jewelry designers and artists. So often we are alone in our studios, and while I am thankful for the connectedness that the Interwebs provides – nothing beats the real thing. I hope art retreats NEVER go out of fashion!

Oh! Classes – yes! I took two and they were great! Let me get those pictures for you, come back tomorrow!

Up next – POLYMER!

4 thoughts on “Art Bliss weekend. The third time & charms!

  1. Susan Marling says:

    It was great to finally meet you. Hope your trip home was good. I had such a fantastic weekend – great people, fun classes, creative teachers and participants. It ended too quick! Love the heart charm you made for the swap. I have the little picture on my desk this morning to remind me of all the fun. Can’t wait to use the pendants I got from you. Hope to see you again.

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    • jenny says:

      Thansk Susan! Isnt it the best weekend! Hope your re-entry into the day to day wasnt too harsh after the Bliss of the weekend! Mark your calendar for next year. Its addicting. 

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  2. Patti Vanderbloemen says:

    I am so glad that I finally met you “in the flesh”! I had a wonderful time! And, I have already created two stunning bracelets from the beads I bought at your trunk show…thank you! I look forward to meeting up with you again

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    • jenny says:

      Lovely to meet you too! Now I see your face when you are on FB – Will you post piz of your new creations? I am always curious where my pieces end up…

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