The people we meet…

//The people we meet…

The people we meet…

A wise person once said that our lives are made worthwhile by the people we meet and the books we read. I have not read as much as I would have like this year but I have met some pretty awesome people!

I traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico in April 2013 for an Art Retreat (my first!) -making leaps outside the creative comfort zone learning from the talented Tesoro Del Corazon group of Laurie Mika, Lynn Leahy, Helen Shafer Garcia, Jane LaFazio and brilliant manager Leslie. I completed a beautiful art quilt project and loved meeting so many ladies from all over the world including Norway and Alaska! Each one of us had a different reason for being at this retreat and for some of these courageous women it was a celebration of life and a “reward” for making it through cancer treatment. We so often get caught up in our own little lives with our own insignificant problems and forget that there is a whole world out there of people daily fighting tough battles-I know that now. I did not only find my elusive “mojo” during this trip but also gained an appreciation for the generous sharing of ideas (and supplies : ) and for the positive, feel good creative environment set by these fabulous teachers. I came away from this retreat enriched and inspired… and a few months later still “processing”

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An invite from Lynn and Laurie gave me an opportunity to go ” international” and teach a metal art workshop in San Diego, California in July at the lovely Encinitas studio of Norma Yuskos.

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The Journal cover Samples-in pewter and aluminum

The Journal cover Samples-in pewter and aluminum

We worked until the cows came home...

We worked until the cows came home…

Watching paint dry...

Watching paint dry…

Norma' Studio inauguration plaque made by Laurie Mika

Norma’ Studio inauguration plaque made by Laurie Mika

Glenda finished in a flash.

Glenda finished in a flash.

Some of the awesome art in Norma's magic garden...

Some of the awesome art in Norma’s magic garden…

The gong and Norma calling order..

The gong and Norma calling order..

The studio porch

The studio porch

The San Diego group-out comes the wine!

The San Diego group-out comes the wine!

The sunset-a beautiful end to a great day...

The sunset-a beautiful end to a great day…

What a great experience! Norma’s garden is a magical work of art and the studio a teacher’s heaven! If after 12 years I ever needed confirmation that I was “doing the right thing” by teaching I got it on this trip. Again I met a fantastic group of passionate creative people and like usual learned a thing or two. I am so grateful for this craft that allows me to travel and enrich my live with the people I meet along the way…”and I think to myself, what a wonderful world” .

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