Friday, April 10, 2009

Artfest 2009!

Artfest, created by Teesha and Tracy Moore, is one of the highlights of my year. Over five hundred artists converge in Port Townsend, WA at Fort Worden for a 4 day art retreat. You meet the most wonderful, creative, generous, and spirited fellow artists. There is a gallery where you can sell 2 pieces of your work, a kick off meeting, 3 days of workshops, bonfire art journaling, vendor night, and show and tell of all the projects from the workshops. The town of Port Townsend welcomes us and we always have fun shopping and trying out new restaurants. Our group from the Central coast of California stayed in an officier's house where we gathered after class to work on our art, snack, drink tea and stay up late sharing our days' events. We all had a wonderful time and it was fun to see all the fun things created by everyone.
We are all so grateful to Teesha and Tracy and their families for putting on this incredible event every year. The teachers are amazing and there are always new and exciting processes to try out. The best part of it all is the wonderful friends you make and then see again like a big family reunion. I have a few more posts to make on ARtfest and then back to my regular posting of "stuff I like to make"....
Tracy Moore's books on display in the gallery....

Walking to our house at Fort Worden
Tracie Huskamp at vendor night...always smiling!
Two of my favorite artists and teachers...Katie Kendrick and Judy Wise....sweet souls!
Checking in at the Fort...Sukey, Syd and Sue.

Kick off meeting...the teachers lined up in front and gave a quick intro. and words of wisdom.
Glenny of Art and Soul fame, and Linda O'brien in our Dada Diaries class....
Me and Linda after class....

My bird book that I made in Linda and Opie's class
Pam's book....
Glenny's book....
Francine at work in Syd's Trophey Wife class.
Susan Halme's piece in Sy'd's class
My Junk mail book in Carla Sondheim's class
Syd working on her papers for Carla's class
Painted junk mail with gesso and water color wash for our books...
my little owl from a left handed drawing exercise in Carla's class
ARt car...
Syd and Nanci Drew in Carla's class....and Nanci's car below!