This year’s Artfest was my last, since the organizers, Teesha and Tracy Moore, have decided that they are moving on to something bigger and better. As this is one of the largest art gatherings across the country, if not the biggest, we are all waiting to see how they will top this.
My first Artfest was last year and since then I have stayed in touch with a few people including Cheryl McCloud, Sunny Carvalho, Mindy Lacefield and Andrea Matus (deMeng). Cheryl and Sunny are from out of state so they flew to Portland to visit before traveling to Port Townsend for Artfest. My friend, Mary Kinney, and I drove down from Gig Harbor and met them in the Alberta District where we met a few other former Artfesters, and Michelle Allen and Janne Robberstad (all the way from Norway).
After a brief stop at Scrap, we drove to Jesse Reno and Lana Guerra’s studio.
We then traveled across the bridge to Vancouver, WA to visit Michelle in her beautiful new home and studio which I think is destined to be in Where Women Create.
I learned so much from Andrea Matus last year that I signed up again for her Collage the Translucent class and here are the treasures that I made. I really love Andrea’s approach to her art and learn a lot from her. I am quite pleased with how these turned out and since there are three layers, it is very difficult to photograph.
My second class was with Mindy Lacefield’s Expressive Color class and here is what I made in that class
I finished with Misty Mawn in her portraits class.
Some of this year’s activities included Lana performing a belly dance for us, ending with her throwing her scarf over Sunny’s shoulders and Michael DeMeng and Jesse opening Purgatorio, Pardisio at Artisans, a local gallery in Port Townsend.
I ended this monumental event by getting a speeding ticket on the way out of town just outside of Fort Worden where the local police were obviously revenue generating that night.