Time is a flying!    May 08 2013
Wow, here it is May. How did that happen? We are back from our Tesoro del Corazon mixed media art retreat in Santa Fe. We had an amazing time with 32 wonderful women from around the world joining us (yes, we had a gal from Norway!)The Inn and Spa at Loretto was as lovely as we knew it would be and with its central location, right off the plaza, it was the perfect venue. Everyone created beautiful art quilts. Pictures were posted at Tesorocorazon.blogspot.com and on my own blog at www.mikaarts.com/wordpress This spring has been jammed packed and its not letting up anytime soon. Next stop is Texas where I will be attending my niece's wedding and also teaching at Stamp Antonio once again. Will be back in So Cal just in time for CREATE mixed media art retreat in Irvine. Hope to see you on the trail someplace!

oops....    March 26 2013
So busy updating the ol blog and figuring out my Etsy store and posting to Facebook and teaching that I forgot I had a website for a second! (well more like a month!) Whew! Hard keeping up with all of these social media endeavors. I am just beginning the crazy part of the year with my teaching schedule. Just taught this past weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara. What a great class. Next up is a one day workshop at the studio of San Diego sculptor, Mary Buckman. It should be a wonderful day in a very inspiring venue. This is followed by a trip to SAMA up in Tacoma for their annual conference and exhibition which is at the Museum of Glass. (Chihuly's Museum). I am lucky enough to have gotten a piece juried into the exhibition this year. I am also teaching two of the days as well. Looking forward to seeing old mosaic buddies!

Big news!    February 20 2013
Well my big news is my blog...finally after years of sitting on the fence about having the time to blog...I jumped on the bandwagon!My hubby and son helped me put it together and I think it will be a great way to keep interested folks in the loop about where I am teaching and what I am working on. Hopefully the travel pics will also be inspiring! Just returned from a fabulous trip to Morelia which has already inspired some new work using some of the cool halos ("resplendores"-love that name in Spanish!) and monarch butterfly wings I collected there. I just wish there were more hours in a day!

Happy New Year!    January 26 2013
Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful 2013! It promises to be one of the busiest years yet with lots of teaching engagements across the country and over to France this Fall. Please check out the workshop page with new listings if you are interested in joining me for a workshop or two! I am pleased to announce that one of my mosaics, From Oz, was selected for inclusion in this year's prestigious MAI exhibition which will be held at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. I will also have a few pieces in other upcoming shows this year including an invitational exhibition in Cape Cod called Signatures. I am also submitting work for an upcoming juried exhibition of contemporary polymer clay in Minnesota. So lots of exciting times ahead in 2013! By the way, we are nearly full for our Santa Fe retreat, so if you are sitting on the fence, now is the time to jump in!

December News    December 05 2012
Here we are back in holiday mode once again. Hard to believe another year has flown by. First of all, thanks to everyone who came (and bought) at the Talmadge Art show. I am so appreciative of your support. It was great fun seeing so many familiar faces. This Saturday, December 8, is Carmel Valley Artists. It is a wonderful show filled with perfect gift giving ideas that are local and handmade. Email me for more info! I just updated my workshops to reflect the events and venues happening in 2013. Do check back as I continue to update my workshops as the dates are confirmed. We still have a few spaces left in our upcoming Santa Fe mixed media art retreat. It will be a blast! We have also decided, because of popular demand, to go back to San Miguel for Day of the Dead, 2013. Yippee! Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season and throughout the year. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Holiday Time    November 13 2012
Just recently returned from San Miguel de Allende. We had an amazing time and the artwork that was created was stellar! We are already talking about going back yet again! Things are now a bit quiet on the travel side which has given me the opportunity to get back in the studio to actually create art! Wohoo....have been having a great time getting some new work ready for the Talmadge Art Show on November 19 and then for Carmel Valley Artists on December 8th. Please email me with any questions or for information. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends, love and good food!

Fall news    October 13 2012
First off a huge thank you to the many students I had in my classes at Art is You, it was record breaking and I so appreciate your support!Petaluma and Stamford were great retreats, so much fun and so well organized. Starting to get everything ready for our Tesoro del Corazon retreat in San Miguel. In between, i have been having fun playing with molds, resin and stencils. Have lots of ideas for incorporating these techniques into a couple of projects. In November, I will be looking forward to the Talmadge Art show. Hope to see you there!

On the circuit!    September 14 2012
Busy times ahead teaching in Petaluma and Stamford. Just had a wonderful group of students in the OC at Katheryn England's charming house/studio. That was followed by a little field trip to Gilding the Lily, what a fabulous shop. I left with some beautiful trim pieces and some cool findings and rosary chain. Pretty soon it will be time for our mixed media retreat in San Miguel de Allende....yippee! We will be there for Day of the Dead, so should be a very inspiring time with lots going on in town in the way of celebrations. Lastly, we started taking sign-ups for our retreat next April in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Inn and Spa at Loretto! Now, that will be great too! For more information, email me!

Not so lazy days of summer....    August 20 2012
Just returned from teaching a two-day immersion class at Beadfest in Philadelphia. I had a wonderful and very enthusiastic group of students and they did amazing work. This past month I have been able to get quite a lot of new work done in my studio. I have had a great time experimenting with molds and casting resins and can now make my own milagros!I have also been diligently working on class proposals, coming up with a few great new ideas for classes next year. Next I'm off to teach at Katherine Englands's studio and then up to Art is You, Petaluma and Stamford. Looking forward to these workshops!

Summer is here.....    June 11 2012
So May was completely nuts...but in a good way! Just finished teaching at CREATE and had a wonderful time thanks to all of my incredible students. The vendor show was amazing too, so many thanks to all of you who attended and took home a piece of art! The summer has quickly arrived and with it our annual trip to Argentina (and Peru this time!). I also have a few teaching engagements this summer. There are a few spaces left in my Philadelphia class at Beadfest. If you have any questions, please email me. Hope you have a terrific summer. By the way, we will soon be sending out our registration form for Santa Fe, 2013!