You won't see much of Tom around the studios. He's a "behind the scenes" kind of guy.
You will find him hard at work in his office at The After Midnight Stamp store. Just a few steps away from the main house, the After Midnight building gives Tom a perfect private sanctuary. He will be holding down the fort for the on line business during the retreat.
Luckily for us, one of his hobbies is cooking up some great meals. He BBQs ribs and turns out dinners from the grill like a pro.
A fan of Mexican/Southwest cooking, he has some wonderful recipes in store for us.
He will cater to your sweet tooth with homebaked cakes too.
"Hey- Tom, have you thought about putting out a cookbook for your guests?"
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When Linda isn't hard at work getting orders out to customers, attending conventions and finding new products for us, she loves roaming about and exploring the countryside around their new Sonoita home. A true 'desert rat', she revels in the beauty that surrounds her. From the delicate wild flowers to the fascinating rocks and cactus, she cherishes it all. She has even made friends with the alpacas down the road.
She is a great hiking partner.
Linda has taught classes in paper making and other paper arts for many years.
She is a certified level II instructor for PMC.
Her teaching style is very laid back. She believes in allowing her students to express their own artistic choices in their work.
Jeni is a senior design team member for Altered Arts magazine, design team member for Krafty Lady Art Moulds and Spellbinders, instructor for Art Unraveled and many other teaching venues.
This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to get personalized attention from one of the areas outstanding artist/teacher.
"I’m a mix media artist who feels everything and anything makes a great canvas for my artwork. Making art is my form of meditation, which keeps me sane. I enjoy making jewelry, altered books, collages, cards and scrapbooks. My favorite artistic mediums are paint, inks, words, trash (recycled treasures), stamps, photos, clay, fiber – OK, I guess I’ve never met an art supply I didn’t like." ~ Jeni Calkins
"Jeni is one of the most versatile and talented artists I've met. I always enjoy studio time spent with her. She is so inspirational- and FUN!" ~ Zeb
Lynda Abare is an accomplished artist in a variety of media including altered art, bead weaving, calligraphy, handmade books/journals, photography, and metal embossing. In 2005, Lynda was certified by MercArt USA in "Repujado", the fine art of metal embossing. The last few years Lynda has taken her love for metal and the paper arts "on the road", enjoying traveling and teaching.
“I love working with metal! Pewter, copper, brass and yes, even aluminum. My desire is to create artwork that can be handled, perused, enjoyed... Beautiful AND functional." ~ Lynda Abare
Zeborah's art background had been mainly in traditional mediums, primarily graphite and colored pencil work, digital artwork and website building.
She will be giving some pointers on digital photography for artists. Both for displaying on the internet and for printing to use in your work.
She has dabbled in everything from pottery to weaving and a lot in between.
Once she discovered the world of mixed medium art, she felt she had found her true calling.
"I love experimenting and discovering new applications for all of my favorite art supplies and tools. I love trying out anything new and different. Sharing techniques and methods is a joy for me. I get totally energized working with other artists. " ~ Zeb
"I am an innovative Mixed Media Artist from Arizona. I have taught art seminars throughout the country since 1980. My working studio is based in the Gaslight District of Glendale, Arizona.
I like producing intuitive complex surfaces, with transparent veils of paint and opaque shapes scribbled with marks and symbols that may not survive the finish.
Because of my explorative nature, my creativity is in a constant state of flux, encouraging my students and self to “play", thus producing inventive art projects and art jewelry."
We are thrilled to announce that Bonnie Gibson will again be teaching for us at the 4th Annual Gourd Art Retreat, Apr 12th through the 17th, 2012 at the Midnight Art Ranch.
"I am a self taught artisan. I prefer this term over "artist" because to me it denotes a person who works with items that can be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Since I was a child, I was captivated by working with my hands and creating things. I took art classes in high school, but I always felt more comfortable with 3 dimensional creations instead of the traditional paintings and drawings.
About 8 years ago, I discovered gourds, and it was an immediate addiction! Here was a craft that combined many of the skills that I had developed over the years."
Maria Dellos started her teaching career with Rubberstamping in the 80’s and then found gourds in 2001. For those of you that don’t know Maria, she has brought incredible knowledge of products with intense color to the gourd world using Stewart Superior Ink Dyes and Terra Bella Products. Maria has taken all of her experience and knowledge from the Rubber stamp world and applied it to gourd art. The Stewart Superior Inks and their products are also responsible for permanent rich color that replaces the use of leather dye offering the promise of archival safe, acid free and fade resistant finishes on the gourds. As a result of this dynamic coloring process, you get a fantastic finish along with the convenience and affordability as a bonus.
Lyle Rayfield is an award-winning metal clay artist and Senior Instructor for Art Clay World. She is also a Rio Rewards PMC Certified Artisan. After many years of various artistic hobbies, Lyle discovered the world of metal clay and expanded her love of teaching into the metal clay community. She currently teaches classes on a regular basis at her home in Tucson, AZ, as well as through the local community college. “I enjoy igniting a spark of creativity in my students by introducing them to new worlds of possibility available through the use of metal clay.” Lyle has taught at several metal clay venues, including the Metal Clay World Conference and Glass Craft and Bead Expo. Her work was honored at the 2006 and 2008 Art Clay World North American Design Competitions. Lyle is the current Art Clay Society AZ Chapter coordinator.
I do not have formal training or a degree in art; but I always found myself drawn to art classes and different art forms. What started out as making simple cards for myself, led to collage art and working with different mediums. This opened the door for my first book, “Collage Lost and Found”. My second book “Bent, Bound, and Stitched” came out spring of 2008. I currently teach classes, sell my jewelry and other handmade objects at specialty boutiques. I have a line of rubberstamps available at Stampotique Originals located in Phoenix. My work has been featured in, “Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap”, by Bernie Berlin. Somerset Studios, “Holiday and Celebrations, Volume One 2007”, “Paper Crafts, October 2007”, “The Art of Collage Jewelry”, by Janette Schuster, “Stampers’ Sampler”, Aug/Sep 2008, and “Belle Jewelry”, Fall 2008 I have appeared on a variety of TV shows including 3 episodes of DIY Craft Lab. I have also taught classes at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, AZ.