A couple of summers ago a few of my “artsy” friends and I went to Spruce Pines, NC for a four night “artist retreat.” It was a glorious four days of creating, relaxing, regrouping, and experimenting. Each of us claimed our own little nook in the cabin to set up our tools and toys, which became our personal work station where we could create when the inspiration hit. We all worked with polymer clay so we had the pasta machines, ovens, and buffers running constantly. When more meditative, we spent time observing others in the group, reading, hiking, riding horses, vegetating, eating and networking. It was a wonderful experience for all of us.
Since this first “retreat” experience, my art interests and connections have extended, including metalwork, beading, wire work, precious metal clay, cold-connections, and fiber arts. This year, in planning a summer “art retreat,” I’m blessed to include so many new and old friends that are experts and share an interest in these various mediums. I’m seeing this retreat as a meshing of mixed media skills and networking with other artists, a time to focus on whatever inspires us, an opportunity to learn and develop skills and mediums, or an environment to just “be” and enjoy the mountain views while enveloped by the artistic energy among the group.