Artfest Rising March 30-April 3, 2016

Well gang…I won’t go into all the magical and amazing workings of the universe which led me to do a complete 180 and consider planning a somewhat large event again…just suffice it to say that the stars aligned and it felt like it was happening, even before I said YES.

This new version of Artfest will happen next spring once again at the amazingly beautiful, Fort Worden State Park.  Like past Artfests, it will start on a Wednesday night and end on Sunday morning.  We are excited to launch a brand new agenda for this event.  It will include evening gatherings and lots of classes; 6 to be exact (instead of 3 in the past).  You will get 2 teachers a day, 3 hours for each with a 2 hour lunch break in between.

Tracy and I have our team already picked out for this first one: 3 Men and 3 Women!  Michael DeMeng and his wife Andrea Matus DeMeng, Jesse Reno, Orly Avineri, Tracy Moore and Me.  We will each teach you our unique styles and techniques involving drawing, painting, collaging, lettering, mixed media, methods, and more all on the pages of a large journal.  When you go home, the journal will be filled with juicy art, your own essence, and tons of good energy from a weekend with friends, both old and new.

Fort Worden has had new management for the past 3 years (just after the last Artfest in 2012 happened) and we saw some great changes on our recent visit; like a staffed reception in the main dining hall that is open from 7am-midnight.  This will be a huge bonus for those of you who experienced the fun of locking your keys in your room at past Artfests (lol…) and of course many other things you might need help with.  The fort just recently got rid of the old food management company in favor of a well known chef who specializes in local cuisine.  I’ve only heard raves about him so far so I’m excited to be able to add gourmet food to the list of Artfest plus’s.

While at the fort, Tracy and I were overwhelmed yet again with the beauty and energy that surrounds that place.  That was our final criteria…We had to feel in our gut that it was the right thing to do and knew if we visited the fort, it would be black and white, one way or the other.  Not only were we convinced but we were practically jumping out of our skins with excitement and hope!  Port Townsend has been on a couple of national lists recently as being in the top 10 best small towns in America to visit and a stroll through town reminded us why.

I’m going to keep this event to 144 people to start.  I may expand to a bigger event in the future, but we did receive numerous requests for a bit smaller event and we concur it is a good idea.

This is just the initial information for you right now.  Full information and registration details will be available in August with registration starting around the first of September.

We hope to see you there!

Teesha and Tracy

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Me? I am mad about creating on the pages of my journal, I believe in following your passions, I spend time in the company of trees, I love my man, boast about our 2 grown daughters, and sing when no one is around. I drive fast cars too. Read More


  1. Gwen Delmore
    June 20, 2015

    this could not have come at a better time!! thank you, teesha and tracy!!!!!!!

  2. Carina Karlsson
    June 20, 2015

    Wowie Zowie is all I can say right now!

  3. Kim Seistrup
    June 20, 2015

    Grinning from ear to ear!!!

  4. Lori Wostl
    June 20, 2015

    My heart is pounding with excitement! Praying to all the powers that be that I can make it! Thank you!

  5. Julie 1/2 Acre
    June 20, 2015

    Artfest! So wonderful. So happy. I want to learn web design too! Bring the whole family! 🙂

  6. Glenda Hoagland
    June 20, 2015

    I am so happy, and have major decisions to make this summer. I hope I get a chance to be one of the 120 participants. That is a really good and manageable number. Much more personal. I love the Fort and the area. Thank you for this potential opportunity.

  7. Lorrie
    June 20, 2015

    Absolutely marvelous!! Some of my favorite instructors in a most magical place. I learned about art journaling here at PLAY, and look forward to returning.

  8. Tina Abbott
    June 20, 2015

    So so excited!!! Really wonderful.

  9. Heidi
    June 20, 2015

    OMG!!!! I am so in!…. I can’t wait….. I hope I can be one of the 120!

  10. e j brown
    June 20, 2015

    OMG…I never got the chance to go to any of the Artfest and always felt I missed out! Now here’s a second chance…most excited….thank you!!

  11. alex castro ferreira
    June 21, 2015

    I am so excited. I miss Artfest so much had the chance to come 2 years and it remains one of the best moments in my life. i remember the classes with Misty Mawn, Nina Bagley remember the rooms the smell the bonfire taking home(i live in portugal) some stones and sand as memories. Most of all i will come home full of good vibes new friends feeling how the universe is friendly feeling so happy. THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN AGAIN. do you know when exactly so i can ask my company the dates for holidays?

  12. Pam beauchesne
    June 21, 2015


  13. Michelle McCosh
    June 21, 2015

    AMAZING news, can’t wait to hear the details!

  14. Kelly
    June 21, 2015

    I am so happy for you both that this is happening so beautifully. Artfest was a magical thing, and if you both feel that it is rising, then I just know the result will be a special thing.

  15. Debrah Fosket
    June 21, 2015

    Yes! This sounds great Teesha. Have been missing Port Townsend and the creativity at your ArtFests. This is really good news. Thank you

  16. Michele Attaway
    June 21, 2015

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  17. Cathy norris
    June 21, 2015

    Already packing!

  18. Stephanie Arildson
    June 21, 2015

    Ahhhh! Yes – this makes me so happy. I have to be one of the 120, it just must be so. We were waiting for a table at the Pancake Corral this morning when I saw this and I gasped so loudly the whole place went silent. I said “omg, I know what I want for my birthday (august 31st)!!” and my husband AND one of my twins AT THE SAME TIME said “is it artfest?”

  19. Jill Hejl
    June 21, 2015

    I have always dreamed of going to Artfest! I’m starting to visualize the reality right now!

  20. Dianne Trautmann
    June 21, 2015

    I’m ready to write the check. I will be there.

  21. Lorna Sommer
    June 21, 2015

    I was just talking to friends about how much I missed artfest! I’m starting to save money today in the hope I’m one of the 120 attendees!

  22. Elaine Madtid
    June 21, 2015

    Sounds wonderful, I would love to be there.

  23. MaryAnn Ready
    June 21, 2015

    OK, Kids! What a sweet thought to go to sleep with now. Put me down. Sign me up. Let us know more………Mucho Thanks!!!

  24. Joyce Resnik
    June 22, 2015

    An opportunity to revisit The ART FEST experience thrills me. The possibilities Port Townsend provides makes my head swim. Can hardly wait for details . Something good to look forward to.

  25. Linda Abbott
    June 22, 2015

    woot! woot! Doing the happy dance!!! Already dreaming of being there!

  26. Mary Mouat
    June 22, 2015

    I echo the other comments – YEAH!!!!

  27. Tammy McGee
    June 22, 2015

    Oh please oh please let me and my pals be some of the VERY BLESSED 120!!! Thank you Teesha and Tracey!!! Already so excited!!

  28. Brian Kasstle
    June 22, 2015

    Where do we sign up? Take my $$$!!!!

  29. Linda Meza
    June 23, 2015

    Hey, Bri, I know how to take cuts. Already started my Artfest “fund.” Count me in Teesha and Tracy.

  30. sally peters
    June 23, 2015

    Oh Teesha, this is great. I went to your very first event , the MARS thing and the first ArtFest with the bus trip, and various ones in between. Love Fort Warden and Seattle.

  31. Q. Q. Kachoo
    June 24, 2015

    This is VERY exciting news! I hope I’ll be able to make it!

  32. Lorraine Gee
    June 24, 2015

    OMGosh! A wonderful Rising!! Sad it will only be for 144 people.. that will add up FAST! I hope I am one of them!!!

    May the Universe continue to shine on ArtFest!! ‘-)


  33. Chris
    June 24, 2015

    Dear Tracy and Teesha; I am aware that last time, during the only artfest I was lucky enough to attend, I probably rubbed everyone the wrong way at times. Notably, perhaps, that time when I insisted on singing ‘IT’S YOUR THING! DO WHATCHA WANNA DO!’ while piling other people’s pineapple chunks onto my lunch plate. Also, someone in one of our workshops asked me if I ever wore anything other than safari hats and cowboy boots with Hawaiian-print gaucho vests and Bermuda shorts. (I said, only when it’s rainy out.) This was my first indication that I should have read the Artfest welcome kit more closely. And trying to French braid everyone’s hair while standing in any given line may have been a violation of personal space. Especially Theo’s. However, all of this aside, I think that in the past three years I’ve learned something. I’ve learned that, upon reflection, no matter how sweet the biggest deer in the deer family may appear, it’s best not to introduce it to a game of HORSE on the basketball court. Live and learn. Anyway, I assure you, I will be on my best behavior, should I be so fortunate to be among your chosen few. If you wish, I can provide a notarized statement to that affect. Sincerely, Chris

  34. Brenda Beene Shackleford
    June 24, 2015

    O…M…G! I had to rub my eyes and blink to make sure I was reading this right. Artfest is on??!!! Thank you so much for bringing back the best art experience in the contiguous 48. I have been contemplating of late in taking a trip to Fort Worden just to soak up the vibes but now a trip to the great northwest is definitely on my schedule!!! YAY! Artfest 2016!!! Thank you, thank you , thank you:)

  35. Laurie Mika
    June 25, 2015

    Hi Teesha and Tracy…..such great news… spreading like wildfire…..shows how much you and the Artfest experience have been missed. Wishing you all the best with your latest endeavor….know it will be over the moon!

    June 28, 2015

    i’ll be there!

  37. Dion Mayes-Burnett (Bird's Wife)fu
    June 29, 2015

    Bird and I are so excited. We’ve been so bummed since the last Artfest ended and we no longer came to our favorite place to be with friends and CREATE! I screamed for 15 minutes when Bird told me Artfest was back on. We’ve already been assembling our old gang together to jump on the band wagon. We’ve missed you and Tracy and can’t wait to visit, create and have fun with one and all! Love you guys!!

  38. Jenna Rizzo
    June 30, 2015

    Wow, I love personal evolution and listening to what’s right at each moment. I desire to be there.

  39. lura brown
    July 01, 2015

    This would truly be a dream come true. So many of my favorite artists all rolled into one magical place. Wishing and hoping. xoxo

  40. Regina Portscheller
    July 01, 2015

    I will move heaven and earth to attend the “new” Artfest. I love the ambience of the area and would love to be back there again!

  41. Tammy Ham
    July 11, 2015

    VERY , VERY VERY interested, wait for SURE !!!

    • Dion Mayes-Burnett (Bird's Wife)
      July 14, 2015

      We were on the road in Colorado on vacation when we got the news and practically screamed all the way to our next destination! Our excitement at this starting back up is unbelievable. We’ve already contacted all the old gang that roomed together and are making our plans to go. This is going to be the highlight of our year and hopefully many more years to come. There just aren’t adequate words to describe the beauty, energy, creativity of the place and the joy of being with like minded artists and old and new friends.

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    August 05, 2015

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  45. Natalie
    August 17, 2015

    Teesha and Tracy,
    I am not sure i can make it this year, but i was so fortunate to have been able to attend these events twice in the past. They are always inspiring and I came away with, not only amazing projects, but the drive to keep creating. Thanks for that wonderful gift.

  46. Nicola Beeson
    September 09, 2015

    Where will you post who is going to Artfest? 🙂

  47. Jean Johnson
    December 06, 2015

    I am so excited. I was just talking to Ken (husband) this morning about Artfest and how much I miss it. I am so looking forward to it. Thanks – Jean

  48. Jean Johnson
    December 06, 2015

    Now I’m in a panic that I might not get in. OMG you guys that would be the worst. Hope – Jean Johnson

  49. Jean Johnson
    December 06, 2015

    One more thing – I am so excited – my brother is thinking of coming with me – which is so cool. So if I can I need to know how much it will be so that I can tell him. Thanks Jean Johnson

    I’d like to say this is my last note – but who knows. 😉

  50. Jean Johnson
    December 06, 2015

    Hi Tracy and Teesha – you can disregard my last zillion posts. I just went back and retread info and dares are right there. Sorry – Jean

  51. Jean Johnson
    December 06, 2015

    OK now I’m embarrassed. Just went back and rereread and it is the cost.I need – not the dates. I think I must be too excited about Artfest happening again. Sorry – Jean

  52. Jennifer Sparks
    December 31, 2015

    Ooohhh! This is good news!!! I hope you’re not full yet. Can I get more info…cost, room info, etc…

  53. Carole L'Heureux
    February 14, 2016

    I assume this is all sold out?

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