They say an event is made by the people that attend and in ArtVenture’s case, it’d be true.
Here’s the group of ladies that (minus quite a few, they either flew off home before the photo, were hiding under their table or more likely in the bar!).
Thanks to Andrea Ray for taking this pic, she always does a fabulous job.
As I look at this pic I remember a whole lot of fun times. From the ladies that watched the America’s Cup races with me in the bar, to the ladies I sat down and chatted to (some for hours!) during the weekend, to quite a few faces that were in that now infamous Saturday morning “4 weeks of December” class. They all got way more of an education than they bargained for, but as I’ve mentioned before, what happens on tour, stays on tour, right?!
Except for this:
Doubled over in tears at Louise Nelson’s antics. Not only did Louise put on some star quality classes, she kept us all entertained the whole weekend.
Here’s the more serious ‘Crew’ picture.
This is basically the same group of friends we have working with us at every retreat. I’ll never forget one of the delegates telling me that my employees were amazing. I had to let her know they weren’t employees, they were friends. Some of the best friends a girl could have. COuldn’t do it without them.
But the teachers? Trina, Louise, Janine & Rachel. I think the classes they created worked for the widest variety of people we’ve had. From mixed media, home decor, mini albums, altered books and piles and layouts.
These were some of the images from the classes.
Janine Koczwara teaching her masculine class which had ‘with flowers’ or ‘without flowers’ options! Alongside is the ‘Shabby Chic Wonderland’ class, a lot of work but very cool techniques involved.
Images from Trina’s classes, the ‘Pandora’s Box’ was an altered book, mini album and mixed media piece all in one, using the wooden icon box as a embellishment piece for the front cover. Very clever.
Teaching, Rachel styles. Gorgeous Project Life pages behind her, ‘Gather & Glue’ was a sell-out for a second time. Apparently standing on a chair to teach is the new substitution for a mic. Project Life meets Prima.
Note the apron – we made one of these for each of our crew and teachers and there was one on the prize table too. Gorgeous Prima, right there.
And then there were Louise’s classes. I’ll show you the sneaks because it’s the best way to get across to you just how stunning these classes were. As a Prima Educator very different from those around her, Louise introduced a style that floored so many people. I was told so many times just how she’d changed their whole scrapbooking style and the passion adn heart she puts into her classes was something that we all enjoyed.
I taught as well – two classes but I’ll show them in a different blog post. They were some of my favourite Prima classes in a long time.
Leaving ya with one of my other favourite pics of the weekend, this one taken when we picked up Louise & Janine from the airport on the Wednesday night. I think the people, the teachers, the friends are really what makes these retreats. This is shown in this fun pic, taken at a fish n chip shop while we waited for Louise’s newspaper wrapped NZ treat for dinner. Yea we offered to take her somewhere a little better, she really did want just fish n chips!
Janine, Louise, Nic, Lucy.
Until next time, girls. Thank you for all that you put into making the retreat so special, all of you.