EphemeraFEST 2012 was what I had anticipated and MORE! Other attendees had stopped in throughout the day but Angelica managed to have her husband snap this group picture before the day was done. Front: Kim Rae Nugent, Mel Kolstad, and Darryl. Back Row: Kristi Fredrick, Pamela Talmadge, Angelica Suarez, Vanessa Karin Johanning and Kim Geiser. Since many of us had just met for the first time we spent a lot of time just getting acquainted. We shared ideas, techniques, preferred products and stories.
Our hostess, Kim Geiser of Persimmons Studio was gracious enough to provide the venue for free. I actually am surprised that more people didn’t take advantage of this gift.
Mel Kolstad our resident Ephemeraologist was also in attendance and enlightened several people on what Ephemera actually is. Mel and other artists brought ephemera to share. There was a table set up with plenty of free fodder for the ephemera enthusiast. Check out her informative blog here and her post about EphemeraFEST here.
Kim Geiser also had an ample amount of ephemera, jewelry, and findings for sale. I managed to limit myself to the above photos. I have already begun an assemblage using one of them.
I met Vanessa Karin Johanning for the first time. She brought color and joy to the event. Check out her blog here. There is even a sneak peak to her article in Country Women here. Here yard is beautiful!
We also celebrated Kim Geiser’s new line of stamps brought by Angelica and Jorge Suarez of Market Street Stamps. Having seen the stamps in person at EphemeraFEST, I can attest first hand that they are AWESOME! Congratulations Kim on your fun, happy and inspiring stamp line!
I really could just go on and on about what a wonderful experience it was and the special people that I met. I didn't have time to collect all of their information but here's a link to Kristi Frederick's inspirational blog called Blue Sky Notes here.
My wish for all artists, aspiring and seasoned, is for you to attend an art retreat. The experience will ignite a creative spark that will flicker for years to come.