Thursday, April 19, 2012

April After Artfest!



April 19, 2012..how is that possible?  I was just packing for Artfest a few days ago!  These photos are of our home away from home at Fort Worden, The Madrona 277~!  We had a huge amount of space, a fantastic view and best of all is that it was a wonderful place to meet friends and make new ones!  Prior to Artfest several of us met in Seattle to become real life friends, not just facebook/skype friends.  Carlanda Brown Williamson came from Boulder City, NV, Jodi Kincaid from the Portland, OR area, Lyn (Livvie)
Tivenan from the UK, moi from NC.  Our very first night we had the best ever slumber party.  On Monday night we met more fabulous artist friends at the Black Bottle, Pam Holderman, Ronna, Frannie DiLeo, Jenny Wentworth, Matilda Bee, I hope I'm not leaving anyone out...









On Monday we had a fabulous breakfast at Lola's and then explored Pike's Place and International District.  On Tues we took the Ferry over to Bainbridge.  Of course we had to stop and explore the cute town of Winslow!

Eventually we made our way to Port Townsend and did more exploring and EATING!  The food was sooooooo good!!
ARTFEST was everything and more than I had heard.  It's creative, it's magical..it's, it's, it's..hard to explain if you weren't there.  The very first day..I dropped my bags in my room and went to check out the upstairs..who's standing there chatting in the Madrona kitchen..OMG..Danielle Daniel and Mindy Lacefield.  I'm sure I was standing there dumbfounded it took me so off guard!  Meeting so many people that I had known for a long time in online workshops, meeting so many of the fabulous teachers, taking workshops...sitting around discussing our adventures at the end of the day. Our housemates were a wonderful mix of talented artists and amazing women.  Ilene Heyman Harris, Megan Thompson, Janna Sammons and her adorable sister in law Betsy, Jaci Swarts, Ronna Perry Currier, Pam Holderman, Elene Nosyreva, Danielle Daniel, Francesca DiLeo, Lyn Tiverten, Carlanda Williamson,  Jodi Kincaid and me!
.  The ocean view every morning.  It was all good!!  I took three workshops and loved each one of them..Stephanie Lee, Mary Beth Shaw and Misty Mawn.  They're all such great teachers, so generous and so talented!

And for our last night..are you ready for this???  It was Carlanda Brown Williamson's birthday and we had a surprise birthday party for her at the Madrona. (yes she was 29)   Livvie had asked Misty if she would come to the party and she said YES!!  Wait..it gets better!!  Livvie had also arranged for us to purchase one of Misty's paintings for Carlanda's birthday.  Misty was so generous!!  Wait..it gets better!!  So it's the last night of Artfest, we're having a surprise party...want the guest line up???  Misty Mawn, Katie Kendrick, Judy Wise, Stephanie Lee, Kecia Deveney, Danielle Daniel, Juliette Crane, John Hammond, Keli McKinley Hansen, Pam Kirshenbaum, Carrie TuTu Clayton
 and of course all of the wonderful housemates of the Madrona!!  So the best part of Carlanda's birthday was that we all got to make more new and fabulous friends.
The entire trip was a dream come true from beginning to end, meeting lovely, talented, warm friends, spending time with like minded women, laughing, making art, eating, sight seeing, shopping..sigh...re-entry was difficult.  Much more difficult than I expected it to be.
Here are a few of the photos from the trip..lots more in my albums on Facebook.










My plan was to do a short quick post about ARTFEST...how do you do that?  Actually I did keep it short.  :-D   Thank you to everyone that helped make this such a wonderful trip!!  And I apologize for anyone I left or who's name I misspelled.  I love you all and thank you for sharing your experience with me.
Vendors night..did I mention Vendors night??  I met the sweet and talented Sunny Carvalho and Carla Sonheim just to name a couple.   So much talent in one room and I got to see and touch so much artwork that I had only seen photos of.  Send money!!  :-)





Since I've been home..this should be a whole new post so I'll keep it super short.  I had and got over my first case of bronchitis.  I created and sold a painting.  I've signed up for some exciting workshops this fall at Random Arts in Saluda, NC.  Kecia Devaney is going to be there in October and Tracy Verdugo in November.  And maybe..keeping my fingers crossed..maybe Katie Kendrick..maybe.  So many exciting fun things happening!

BUT..the very best is my Grandson, Patrick's wedding is next week.  I'll have a new (official) granddaughter..his bride, Jen!!


After that it's Disney World...will I get mouse ears???  What do you think??

Thank you for visiting my LONG blog and I hope you enjoyed it enough to leave a comment and follow me.  I promise the next one will be shorter!  Maybe...

22 comments:

Janie Husband said...

looks like great times were had by all.....;-)

Liz said...

Love your blog Phyllis always so upbeat and positive and full of wonderful pics to go along with your writing!Keep up the good work..I live vicariously through your adventures!

cintac said...

It was well worth reading Pete...now theres a new name. It is so great that ye all had such a good time. And your plans sound like great fun. Congrats to your grandson.

Sooz Weissberg said...

Petie, I totally feel you!! There's no way to describe creative retreats with other women. Such joy! Such laughter! I know; I know !! And I also KNOW that re-entry thing ... it's just to wonderful to come down from. Ahh. At least we HAVE the experience! Everyone should!

Doodlebugheart said...

LOVE all around your blog. So full! Thank you for sharing. I'm bummed I didn't get to meet you! Next event! Congrats on your grandson!

Glenda Hoagland said...

Great post..thanks for sharing

lulu said...

FABULOUS POST, Petie! (Such a cute name for you, Phyllis!) I'm so happy for you that Artfest was everything you had hoped it would be. And I am definitely feeling the same about re-entry! :-)

Jodi Ohl said...

Oh wow Phyllis, it truly sounds like a magical time! It was all that and more I'm sure. You have memories and friends that will last a lifetime! I felt like I was there all week with all your pictures and little facebook posts and now living through this wonderful recap. Keep that creative fire going my friend, you are on to some very big things!!! :)))

Glenda Hoagland said...

You and I have the same background for our blog. Great Creative spirits think alike. I loved this post.

Enjoy the wedding.

carlanda brown williamson said...

what a great post. i haven't done mine yet! i was there, i experienced this firsthand with you and when i revisit moments, i still smile and sigh. what a magical, wonderful experience. and best of all, i got to meet you and share a house with you! love you phyllis. let's do it again, yes? xoxo

Kristin said...

Aww...So glad you had the 'Bestest' time! I'll try to be with you all next time round!You're one talented lady yourself Petie xo

Francesca Di Leo said...

beautiful reminder of our time at artfest. so much damn fun..... xox

Keli McKinley Hansen said...

It was the best of times! Can't wait til we can all get together again!

artlover said...

Great memories ..Thanks for sharing!
Mariette xox

adeola's studio said...

thanks for sharing such a great post!

jodi said...

Beautiful, sweet post Phyllis! The entire experience was pure magic! I had so much fun!! You have the energy of 10 women!! All faster than me! : ) Love you!!

misty said...

such beautiful, beautiful, beautiful people... how grateful i am to have met you all and been a part of the love filled celebrations! Hope we all meet up again before too long! :)
Congratulations on all the amazing things happening in your life! :)
xoxoxo

amanda said...

You have encapsulated Artfest so well. It is such a time of bonding and sharing, such a magical place!
And I just had to comment to my handwriting would be that lovely cursive. :)
So good to have met you face to face.

Petie said...

Thank you all so much! I'm so thrilled to have met you all and to have had the experience of magical Artfest. Thank you for taking your time to visit and to post! I know we'll all meet again...Happy Trails to You! xoxo

Sunny Carvalho said...

That was a great Artfest post. I think it's impossible to do a short post on such a life-altering event! I will be doing my AF post before next week. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time and I can't wait to see your work as you go forward! xoxo

Heather said...

Hi Phyllis!! How did I not know you had a blog??? I am so glad you had a wonderful time at Artfest!! I went 2 years and it is something that I will cherish forever!! I hope I get to meet you sometime in our Art travels!!
xxoo
Heather Foust

Ophelia said...

I have so enjoyed following your journey of Artfest.... You simply ROCK my dear!!! Thanks for sharing all of this. So very inspiring.