Workshops

buttonGreetings to our new followers and retreat enthusiasts! We’re so excited to announce the details of our next retreat, September 3-7, 2018.

Click on each teacher’s name below for detailed information about her workshop. 

Here’s a quick overview of the perks and highlights:

  • Limit of 12 students per workshop.
  • Everything takes place in Tallac Center. This complex, the newest and largest at Zephyr, has nice lighting and fantastic lake views from the classrooms, sleeping rooms, and dining room.
  • Restrooms and dining room in close proximity to the classrooms and sleeping rooms. There’s an elevator to go from the first floor to the second.
  • If it rains, you won’t get wet (everything is covered).
  • A fabulous quilt shop, Fabric Chicks, will be on the premises again (day and hours to be decided).
  • Special diets can be accommodated.
  • An on-site massage therapist will be available for chair massages (several lengths to choose from).

Click on the Registration Form near the top of this page for details. In addition to the four workshops, you’ll have the option to choose Open Studio, where you bring your own projects. You’ll still be part of the group, and enjoy all the activities.

Here’s what you’ll get in your retreat package:

  • A single, double, or triple room, with private bath. See the reg form for fees.
  • All meals
  • The workshop and teacher of your choice
  • Evening entertainment
  • Show-and-tell every day
  • Giveaways
  • Hours and hours of creativity and fun!
  • For questions about the workshops, contact the teacher of your choice (our individual email addresses are on the About Us page). Or write to us at  InfoArtisticAlchemy@gmail.com.

Plan to arrive at Zephyr at 5:00 on the first day. Details to come.

Click on each teacher’s name below for detailed information about her workshop. 

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A Long Weekend at High Altitudes

by Sandra Bruce

A quick hello and a few pics from my latest jaunt coming up!

This is the time of year that the 4 of us in Artistic Alchemy start getting into gear for our Zephyr workshop in September. My class is full now, and I’m starting to grid the photos for my students who will be making wonderful Matrix creations. I have 2 international students, and 2 from the East Coast this year. I’m getting excited to meet the newbies and greet people from past years too! I believe there are a few spaces left, in Jane and Heidi’s classes, they are wonderful teachers with so much to share, so don’t hesitate to sign up with one of them.

I taught a couple of weeks ago in Monument, Colorado, south of Denver near Colorado Springs with the Palmer Divide Guild. I have not meet a more enthusiastic bunch in this small but talented group of ladies. Thanks to them for a wonderful time!

Afterwards I stayed the weekend to visit with a friend of over 40 years that I have not seen in a long time. Over the long weekend we went to a street fair, met with friends, and had a great trip to both the Denver Art Museum (fabulous) and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden. What a wonderful collection of quilts. They had a special exhibit of Hollis Chatelain’s work, which unfortunately we were not allowed to photograph. It was named “Stories of West Africa”, and contained amazing images from Africa with very intense quilting. In the main hall is a collection of quilts from artists all over the country, including 2 made by good friends of mine who have been influences and inspirations to me: Therese May and Wendy Hill. I photographed theirs and a couple other of my favorites in the exhibit.

First, Therese May’s “Basket”, 1981. As the information on the wall stated, (on the off-chance that you do not know,) Therese is recognized as a guiding light in the art quilting world and began making art quilts in 1965. I love how Therese focuses on transformational healing, exploration, and creativity in the art making process. Her work is magical. I consider myself to be very lucky to have been her neighbor many years ago and would probably not be a quilter today if not for her. She is one of my favorite people in the whole world. Her website: http://www.theresemay.com
Next, a quilt by Wendy Hill, “Falling Into Liquid”, 2003. I became friends with Wendy many years ago when we lived in the same town and she belonged to my quilt guild. She has written many books for C&T Publishing, one of them about thread texturing. She asked me to make a quilt to go in her book and I was just getting out of the traditional quilt mode….permission to play with my sewing machine… what a concept it was to me! We stay in touch even though we’re in different states now, and I’m always intrigued by what she is up to quilt-wise. I was taken by something she said in the verbiage next to her quilt: “With art quilts, form takes precedence over function, but quilts as blankets are also a kind of canvas. If there is a line between art and craft, it is a difference built out of debate, not something tangible. The important thing is to do the work, just keep doing the work, and let the perspective that comes with reflection and the passage of time make sense of it all.”

Here are a few others of my favorite from the exhibit:

“Abstraction/Diffraction”, 1994, by Judith Tomlinson Trager

“Reflections #3”, 1998, by Patty Hawkins

“Tallahassee Lassie II and lll”, 1991, by Marilyn Dillard

“Desert Storm”, 1993, by Terrie Hancock Mangat

For now, I hope you are staying cool, today is the first day of summer. Keep creating!

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