The food was unspeakably delicious, with TWO culinary students at our disposal, whipping up glorious meals, appetizers and desserts fresh from scratch. If homemade raspberry marshmallows are not to your taste, surely the artichoke pizza or daily baked bread would have warmed the cockles of your heart. No fancy spa could have rustled up more elegant and cheering food, and our chefs were an absolute delight. No one was ever shoo'd out of the kitchen. Read more about Chef Ellen and Emily.
What was better; the ART or the COMPANIONSHIP of like-minded women? They went together like toast and jam. We had Kristina and Debbie (our New Orleans grand dames) to keep us laughing, Pat and Karen to keep us encouraged; Crystal to amaze us with her embroidery skills; Lou to amuse us with her rapier wit, Kathy to make us smile with her constant good humor, Lola to keep us singing (who knew there were so many songs with Lola's in them?) and help us slow down to appreciate the moment, Connie to regale us with her stories, Mindy to keep us guessing and Lori & Lorri to bring us all together into an art-making posse. I so enjoyed getting to know everyone without the interference of the daily grind. We had no agenda other than to eat, converse, breathe and make art at our own pace. You can see the ACFW photos here.
If you are considering an art workshop in 2012, I urge you to put Art Camp for Women on your top pick list. You will NOT be disappointed. The only down side is having to leave on the last day :( I tried to move in, but other guests were coming and so I had to return to Michigan.
I hope you'll consider Art Camp. In the spring they will be hosting bookmaker Carol Sloan, who joins me on the Sketchbook Challenge. She will be teaching some awesome bookmaking techniques that should not be missed. Next year ACFW will be changing their format a bit and opportunities will abound for your creative enjoyment. Someone we know may be making a return for another round of crafty goodness (wink, wink, nod, nod), so be sure to check their website for updates! Cheerful good November to all!