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Upcoming Art Shows

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Aug 22, 2022 to Aug 25, 2022 - Permission to Paint Expressively Series (Session 2)

    image002 (1)Permission to Paint Expressively Series   Session 2 

    August 22-25, 2022 

    Join Ellie Harold for “Expressive Painting: Making Your  Marks.”  With a focus on intuitive mark-making, this workshop is designed to facilitate a fuller expression of your deepest and most essential artist Self. Content, process and lightly structured exercises give you permission to create the art that wants to be made by you in the safe space of Ellie’s studio and the fresh air and cool light of northern Michigan near Sleeping Bear Dunes. You’ll return home with a specific art “care plan” to assure support for “Making Your  Marks” in the world. Details and registration at





  • Sep 5, 2022 to Sep 9, 2022 - Creating Dynamitic Abstracts

    _DSC0331 2Want to create great abstracts but not sure where to start and how do you know when the abstract painting is done?

    Your knowledge of color and design plays a big part in creating an abstract that will stand out from all the others.   It is also important to understand how shapes provide strength to your painting and how your edges add sensuality.  So, how do you put it all together and come out with a painting that is selected for major shows, and sells?

    Design: What is considered a strong design? How to create a design that is exciting.
    Color: When it comes to color what colors are best and which colors speak to the viewer?
    Are there specialized ways to apply your paint to get the “look” you are searching for?
    How do you get an inner glow in your abstracts?
    What importance do “Quiet Colors” play in an abstract?
    Shape: Are all shapes equal?
    What are support shapes?
    How do you connect shapes to make them interesting?
    Edges: How do you do to make edges sensual?

    This workshop/retreat will cover the above subjects giving you the ability and power to take your art to a higher level.

    Date for this workshop/retreat is September 5 – 9, 2022 in Taos, New Mexico.



  • Sep 19, 2022 to Sep 23, 2022 - Abstracting Flowers with Personality
    _DSC0240Ever wish you had the courage to create beautiful abstract florals with striking design and beautiful color? Now is your chance to open that wish box and let it become a reality.

    In this five-day workshop/retreat you will immerse yourself in learning how to create loose, beautiful, contemporary floral paintings.

    Flowers that show their strength while exhibiting their exquisite color that is both delicate and vulnerable. All this done in an abstract way.

    You will leave this workshop/retreat with a new found confidence in your art and yourself as an artist.

  • Oct 17, 2022 to Oct 23, 2022 - Uncorking Your Creative Core: Paint, Write & Walk in Mexico

    CDLN 6Uncorking Your Creative Core: Paint, Write & Walk in Mexico

    October 17 – 23, 2022

    San Miguel de Allende

    Painting Mentor – Amit Janco: Artist, Author, Labyrinth Designer, Founder of Heartshops and Retreat on Your Feet (Creativity and Walking Retreats)

    Join this 7-day journey through self-expression to unleash your bottled-up creativity, with a brush in hand – and openness in your heart. Calling non-artists too! Each day, you’ll stand up to paint; yes, you’ll be painting on your feet, and moving about – thereby activating the brain, the body and ALL senses. No need to come with a plan; watch the colors and brushstrokes come alive; and see the magic and mysteries unfold, as you greet your square of paper anew, every day. Our accommodations and studio are in an enchanting former bordello, just a stone’s throw away from San Miguel’s historic center, with its gardens, cobblestoned alleys and marvelous colonial architecture. Inspiration abounds!

    Details at

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