Twice a year the Portland Art Collective members gather for a weekend of laughter, friendship and making and sharing our art. Last weekend was our spring gathering at Menucha in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. From Friday night through Sunday morning, we shared our stories and our art, walked paths through spring blooms and old growth forest, walked the labyrinth in meditation and sang old TV theme songs in multiple off-keyed scales...in other words, we had so, so much fun.
Forget-me-nots graced the hillsides in full bloom. Plants and trees bloomed alike, despite our winter like spring.
A moss and fern laden bench peeks out of the greenery inviting passerbys to rest among the trees.
Each day we hurried to the dining hall for delicious meals when the dinner bell sounded. Luck Judy got to ring the old brass bell to summon us for our evening meal on Saturday...
The majority of our time we spent in the "Greenhouse", where we played with every manner of art. Lorraine and Laurie delighted us with a class in how to create a hidden Belgian binding (more on the book in my next post).
Dayna had this cool collection of fun mixed media pieces to play with and create fabulous art.
And Diane created paper and began cutting out her bird ornaments that were so popular at our show last December.