Sunday, May 23, 2010

Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine . . . along with some creating

I've just returned from a weekend retreat with members of the Portland Art Collective. The last time I attended one of their retreats it was back in October and I was attending as a guest. Well, the May retreat is for members only and I was there as a member. We arrived on Friday afternoon and from that point on it was non-stop laughter, creating, and way too much eating. The retreat is held at Menucha, a conference center about 25 minutes east of Portland in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. The lovely Menucha grounds (and their labyrinth, which I walked during a rain break on Saturday afternoon):

I spent most of my retreat time preparing to make 16 journals that I plan to sell at the PAC's annual Open Doors holiday show and sale, which is held the first weekend in December. I didn't get my journals assembled, but man, did I ever get the components prepared and ready!

On Saturday afternoon we held our annual garage sale, which is basically a time for everyone to clean out their unused art supplies, books, and art magazine, bring them to the retreat, and dump them onto tables and the floor. It was supposed to have been a trunk sale, but the weather didn't cooperate, so we just moved it indoors. At the appointed time, everyone began shopping. When it was over, we just paid what we thought our goodies were worth with the money going into the PAC Open Doors show fund. Here's the shopping frenzy:

And finally, a peek into the Greenhouse, the space we used for creating (and a look at some of the projects we were working on).

It was a great weekend!

1 comment:

Seth said...

I don't know which I like better...the nature shots or the piles of treasures of the tabel! Okay...both.