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