CFCAF 2015: MASSAGING THE INNER ARTIST

13 02 2015

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Creating under pressure can often be stressful.  But I realize each year as we begin Cabin Fever, that attending for some is their get-away, a time for relaxing and allowing their inner artist (many are doctors, nurses, IT people with a lot of daily pressure) to come out to play and be massaged.

We had an exciting first day of Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015 and the rooms were abuzz!  And, goody bags overflowing – but it’s just the beginning.  We have 6 more days of immersing ourselves into our art and absorbing what we can from the over-abundance of creative talent.

Nan Roche, Marie Segal, and Eugena Topina were our first instructors up and they didn’t disappoint.  Today, Nan and Marie come back for their collaborative workshop on Bauhaus design, the Mitchell sisters bring on their engineering and design expertise, Robert Dancik shows us how concrete is not just for sidewalks any more and Christi Friesen shares how to dramatically adorn ourselves.

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Tonight also begins the first of two nights of our newly added mini-workshops which are open to public registration.  Maureen Carlson, Anke Humpert, and Mags Bonham join us for tonight.  Cost is $35 and you can register onsite. Can not wait!

 

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CFCAF 2015: MAUREEN CARLSON TO RECEIVE AWARD

2 02 2015

Maureen has been working with polymer for decades and chances are, one of the first face or foot molds you used were one of her designs.  If you’ve ever visited her studio, Maureen Carlson Center for Creative Arts in Jordan, MN, you’d see just how spirited she is – even down to the real faerie door in the tree by the creek!

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We are honored to present this year’s Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award to Maureen.  She has blazed the trail for many of us and created inspiration all around.  Her spirited work and thoughtful creative process has helped many focus on what’s important – just living.

If you are interested in attending or would like to send a congratulatory note, please email Kathryn at cabinfeverclayfestival@yahoo.com or leave a comment below.





CFCAF 2015: FEB 12-18, RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A GIFT TO YOURSELF -YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS

1 01 2015

Happy New Year to you all!  Now that the holidays are over and the New Year has begun, it’s time to give your creative spirit a gift.  Join us for this one-of-a-kind event, now in it’s 8th year.

 Take advantage of an opportunity to fill your days with classes from a choice of 16 different instructors (Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Ann and Karen Mitchell, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters) and make new friends.  Take away skills and techniques to improve your work and develop a style all your own.

There are two things that set this even apart from any other:

First, CFCAF has the largest number of polymer instructors gathered in one location.  You have your choice of which classes you want to attend and have a 24-hour room to work in while not in class.  There is also an opportunity to show and sell your work to your peers.  Attendees of Cabin Fever range from novice to professional artists, some who have been attending since year one.

Second, the auction at CFCAF has each year benefited one or more charities including American Cancer Society, CERF, and Wounded Warriors Fund.  This year will be no different.

So, what are you waiting for?  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS  and register today.

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CFCAF 2015: IT’S A ME-TREAT, MUCH MORE THAN ANY RETREAT

23 11 2014
KETZEL - SCARABS

KETZEL – SCARABS

KETZEL - FAUX DRIFTWOOD

KETZEL – FAUX DRIFTWOOD

Just a little reminder to those thinking about attending Cabin Fever – this not a retreat – it’s a well-deserved ME-TREAT for yourself.  There are many retreats sponsored by polymer guilds around the country, but CFCAF is not that.  It is an opportunity to connect with friends, old and new, and treat yourself to a few days of learning from some of the best and brightest in the community.  Reaffirm your reasons for doing what you do.  CFCAF is the ONLY International event on the East Coast where you can choose from nearly 24 workshops and over one dozen instructors.  Yes, there are plenty of guild retreats out there, but only at Cabin Fever will you get the brightest and the best all in one location!

Randee Ketzel’s book, “Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception“, co-written with Kim Schlinke, has been one of the top sellers in craft books on Amazon.com.  Randee will be teaching one full-day workshop on faux driftwood, and another 4-hour workshop on polymer scarabs.  Don’t miss your chance to learn from Randee at CFCAF:

click here for the registration form and workshop descriptions.

As registration for Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest continues, I’d like to remind potential attendees of several things.  Maureen Carlson will be the honoree for 2015…help us honor her contributions over the last 2 decades.  We have instructors and attendees who come from across the country and over the seas…it’s not just a local event. Our supporters are many and are very generous so don’t miss out.





CFCAF 2015: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? INSPIRATION ABOUNDS!

10 11 2014

We, as artists, crafters, creators, draw inspiration for our art from all around us. Some of us are tactile, others more visceral. Some see lines and shapes while others see colors that inspire them.

No matter, we all draw from different places, but need that something to ignite that “creative spark.”  Each year, as I plan for Cabin Fever, I consider carefully the mix of instructors who will be teaching.  The variety of instruction offered is important – most are not coming just to learn from one instructor, but several.  What is it that draws you to their work?  How do you connect with it?

Let’s face it, we don’t all want to do just caning, or just sculpture, or just surface treatments.  So, who will inspire you this year?  Let’s begin with sculpture:

CARLSON - TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

CARLSON – TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

Maureen Carlson, with storytelling adventures and development of whimsical her characters?

DOROSHOW - GARDEN BOOK3

DOROSHOW – GARDEN BOOK3

Dayle Doroshow, with her tales of France, fields of flowers and images of simpler times?

FRIESEN - DRAMATIC ADORNMENTS

FRIESEN – DRAMATIC ADORNMENTS

Or Christi Friesen with her dramatic flowing creations and gentle waves of color?

Cabin Fever has it all – you just need to pick and choose carefully.

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CFCAF 2015: A TRADITION CONTINUES – ARE YOU IN and WILL YOU HELP??

6 11 2014

There are two things that happen each year at Cabin Fever that make it unique over any other Creative Arts event out there.  First, we honor one or more of those in our community who have paved the way for many. In 2015, we hope you will join us to help honor Maureen Carlson of WeeFolk and Maureen Carlson’s Center for the Arts in Jordan, MN as she received the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award for 2015.  Since 2009, we’ve been honoring some of these pioneers in the polymer world, those who came before many of us and tested the waters and the medium, bringing good and bad results to the forefront so the rest of us can learn from their triumphs and mistakes.  Maureen designed many of the face molds that we began using for doll-making, etc.  Maureen will be teaching a two-day workshop in addition to two 4-hour workshops.  Her creative wit and reflection as she inspires others is worth its weight in gold.  You can read more about her story in an upcoming post.

The second happening at Cabin Fever is the ability to participate in the auction which raises funds for non-profit organizations close to our heart.  In 2015, we will be raising funds for two charities that will benefit some in our own community.  The  first is the Prison Project – organized by Cynthia Tinapple, and raising funds for childhood cancer patients, including Baby Cullen, Kim Cavender’s grandson who is fighting a rare form of brain cancer.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the highlights you will be part of when you REGISTER HERE.

1. You will help us to celebrate our 8th year of bringing you not one, not two, not even three guest artists, but 17 instructors from around the country and around the world.  Yes, CFCAF has been an international event from our very first year!

2. You will have your choice of full-day workshops or half-day workshops or better yet, BOTH – the best of both worlds.  Who are the instructors?    Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015 Instructors include: Maureen Carlson, Jana Roberts Benzon, Robert Dancik, Dayle Doroshow, Christi Friesen, Lindly Haunani, Anke Humpert, Doreen Kassel, Randee Ketzel, Ann and Karen Mitchell, Melanie Muir, Kathryn Jo Ottman, Nan Roche, Marie Segal, Eugena Topina, and Teri Walters.

3. Be one of the first 50 to register and receive a commemorative canvas goody bag filled with lots of treats from suppliers and organizers.

DON’T WAIT AND BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD – REGISTER HERE NOW!





CFCAF 2015: REGISTRATION OPENS WITH A BANG!

30 10 2014
HUMPERT - GRAFFITI BRACELETS

HUMPERT – GRAFFITI BRACELETS

Ok, ok, so probably not the best idea to write and post at 4AM, but hey, I had the time just then.  Should have realized that a mistake was inevitable.  So, dates now correct and moving onward.

Registration is now officially open for Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest 2015, now in our 8th year, and boy, did we have a great start!  We had more hits than ever on our blog  for one day- nearly 900.  Pretty impressive everyone!  Thanks for the support and encouragement to keep this event going.

I also can’t say enough about the quality of instructors we’ve had over the years, from the seasoned professionals to the aspiring instructors, they have all delivered their very best for you, our audience and supporters.  This year will not disappoint.  Take a look at the offerings and email me with any questions you may have.  Don’t miss your chance to join us.

Just CLICK ON THIS LINK to take you to the registration form.

 








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