We are happy to announce that we will be hosting another workshop at Maison Conti in October 2018 with assemblage artist, Gail Rieke. This will be her sixth intimate workshop in our atelier.
I first met Gail at a course at the San Fransisco Center for the book in 2001. She was leading a workshop called The Artist as Traveler. I still have notes from her slide show which I find myself referring to from time to time. She opened my mind and heart to new ways of expressing my experiences of being in the world. I found her to be one of the most inspiring instructors I have ever had the privilege of studying with.
I didn't forget her. When we moved to Maison Conti, with its large sunny studio and a place for a few art enthusiasts to stay, I proposed to her that she come and give a course here. Much to my delight, she was game, and the rest, as they say, is history. After four visits with her in France (and one to Portugal!) I count her as one of my dearest friends as well as a significant mentor. Working with her for a few days always gives me months and months of creative energy.
The first year she came, in 2011, we had one lively workshop with people from France, England, South Africa and the U.S. Staying, working and taking meals together made for a wonderful intimacy, productivity and good humor. In 2013 and 2015 the demand for space was so high that Gail gave two workshops over two consecutive weeks.
The workshop next October will be a bit longer and include a "field trip" to a location as yet to be determined, either in the Perche or in the Loire Valley. We will have lots of time together in the studio to develop a unique piece of art with Gail's creative spirit to guide us. There will only be this one workshop available in 2018.
We already have several participants registered for this workshop and since we have a limited number of spaces to offer, we can accommodate just two more.
For more information or to register, please visit our website.