Wednesday, February 3, 2010

PCCMM Retreat = Polymer Clay + Everything Else!

I am very proud to write about this because it has been a labor of love from the start. Four polymer clay/mixed media artists –Anne Bowers, Mona Kissel, Heidi Spicer, and I are the founding “mothers” who formed the annual Polymer Clay Collaborative & Mixed Media Retreat at Shepherd University in beautiful Shepherdstown, WV. This year it is scheduled for July 19 - 25, 2010.

The weeklong retreat is open to the public and offers a workspace, daily demos, and numerous optional workshops taught by art instructors from California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington. Registration is open now until June 1, 2010. For more details such as pricing, photos, and workshop descriptions, take a look at the retreat website

The polymer clay community and most artists in general know the value of retreats. The uniqueness of this retreat over other polymer clay retreats around the country is the inclusion of mixed media. The other unique feature of this retreat is the inclusion of optional workshops. You can choose to work at your art and UFO's in the workroom, take workshops, or do both, it’s your option, it’s your week to relax, to make art, and to make friends. We make it easy for you! Just show up!

And Shepherdstown is the best! A most excellent artsy bohemian atmosphere with the coolest shops to explore on the quaintly tree-lined streets—jewelry, clothing, shoes, art, bakery, coffee shops, restaurants...oh, stop me now!

The instructor lineup for this coming July includes Meredith Arnold, Anne Bowers, Debbie Jackson, Marie Segal, Ellen Marshall, and Meta Strick. Each instructor brings their own unique talent and it will be difficult to choose between the workshops they are offering. Every time I think I've got the right ones selected I change my mind! Three times now.

The retreat is open to everyone. Crafters and artists of any medium are encouraged to attend. Even if you are a retreat virgin, you will be hooked and sure to return year after year to this excellent event! “The people at the mixed media retreat are all incredibly talented and the variety of skills was amazing, said one participant. I wouldn’t miss this event for the world!"

Is it obvious that I’m a proud parent?

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