Monday, December 8, 2014

Our artful, joyous journey is in the past but our memories of San Miguel de Allende will forever stay with us. Dream on and hold on to those memories! We loved having you stay with us, create with us, and best of all, share laughter and friendships with us. 
Happy Holidays! 

   


















Thursday, October 9, 2014

Count down to San Miguel de Allende workshop

 The sights and sounds of San Miguel De Allende are
never tiring and we will be there soon.
Gather your art supplies, passports and sense of adventure
because the workshop is only a few weeks away.
See you soon. Your instructors,
Lynn Leahy, Laurie Mika,  Helen Shafer Garcia , Jane LaFazio  and our manager; Leslie Harris.






Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our Totem de Vida published!





Just had our final meeting before we head off on our wonderful workshop in San Miguel de Allende for Day of the Dead.  We were so excited to see this year's project featured in Cloth Paper Scissors. If you haven't already received your copy, I would hurry out to Barnes and Noble and pick up a copy. The folks at CPS did a fantastic job of photographing our Totem de Vida, capturing the vibrant colors of Mexico! Here we are at our meeting with our project and magazine article proudly displayed!
The 4 Amigas-Jane, Helen, Lynn and Laurie (Leslie our trusty coordinator was taking the pic!)



It was a grueling meeting ironing out all the details! Just joking....our meetings are at a yummy coffee shop and are usually 3 hours in length...and they involve a lot of laughing! But we do work too!
Ironing out the final details


Here is a little glimpse of our project which we were all obviously excited to photograph, hence the dualing I-Pads!  See you soon!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dia de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende




La Calaca is an annual festival born in San Miguel de Allende, MX, that is integrated into the vibrant Mexican celebration of life and death known as ‘Día de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead). La Calaca seeks to foster culture of participation that honors, promotes and explores the traditions and themes of Día de Muertos. In 2014 La Calaca will be held October 30 - November 2.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy 2014

It is hard to believe that it is already February ,2014.
 Jane LaFazio, Helen Shafer Garcia, Laurie Mika and Lynn Leahy are so excited about their upcoming Day of the Dead workshop, Totem De Vida.
With the holidays behind us we forge ahead in the planning process of our workshop to make this the best teaching, art and travel experience possible.
San Miguel De Allende is full of color and inspiration at every turn and the folk art example in this photo is just a small sample.
It is The Tree of Life, sculpted from clay.
You will see many such fabulous pieces as you walk the city.
The colors in this piece are typical of the vibrancy that makes San Miguel a feast for the eyes and one of the many reasons we continue coming back.
Lynn Leahy,Laurie Mika, Jane LaFazio, Helen Shafer Garcia



Monday, December 2, 2013

Totem de Vida 2014

Super news! We are sold out for Totem de Vida 2014!
 but you can still sign up to be put on the waiting list



 Contact Leslie to sign up 



Friday, November 22, 2013

We are almost sold out! Thank you to everyone for responding so quickly,


Giant puppets during one of the many parades.
San Miguel de Allende is a feast for the senses
during Dia De Los Muertos.
Some photos from 2012 show that there were characters lurking around every corner during the evening festivities. Hmmmm...some faces you may recognize.
The giant puppets, dancing in the streets,were
a particular favorite. 
The workshops were fabulous during the day and it spilled over into the evening with teachers and our students enjoying the local people,food, music and festivities.
We can hardly wait for next year to teach some exciting art techniques for our Totem De Vida, meet new students and of course catch up with those that are returning. We are so pleased at how quickly everyone
responded. We couldn't do this without you.
Jane LaFazio,Laurie Mika,Helen Shafer Garcia,Lynn Leahy
Laurie Mika trying to scare the locals (it didn't work).
Helen Shafer Garcia looking quite relaxed.
Up close and personal with a giant puppet. They were awesome!
Fabulous artwork from one of our students during the workshop.
More giant puppets...yes, Lynn Leahy loved the puppets.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos in Esocndido, California
photo by Jane LaFazio
Dia de los Muertos is a beautiful celebration full of stunning images and soothing ritual. These photos are from the recent Day of the Dead in Escondido, California. You can imagine how beautiful it is in San Miguel de Allende! There are only 4 spots left for our mixed media art retreat, Totem de Vida, in 2014 held in San Miguel. 
Dia de Los Muertos in Esocndido, California
photo by Jane LaFazio

Dia de Los Muertos in Esocndido, California
photo by Jane LaFazio

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tesoro Boxes

Our  Cubes for Totem de Vida have arrived and are ready to store for our trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico next year! 



Helen's Dad, Don Shafer, is in charge of creating the Boxes for our retreat. He's 93 years young and enjoys designing and building wooden objects. This is his workshop filled with treasures. 


 Don has always been inventive and knows how to re-use and save. Note the bands used to hold the boxes together. Can you tell what they are? :) 





Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Totem de Vida-Totem of Life

 Registration is now open for our next retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

We are very excited to present

              Totem de Vida - Totem of Life
October 28 - November 5 2014
a celebration of life during Dia de los Muertos


we gathered together and created this amazing Totem assemblage with creative energy and love. We can't wait to share our teachings with you next year! 


 Lynn Leahy, Helen Shafer Garcia Jane LaFazio....and our 4th Tesoro del Corazon gal,Laurie Mika...not shown... out on a camping road trip...


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Workshop,San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014

Well, we are almost ready to post the photo's and open registration for
our workshop that will take place during the Day of the Dead festival  in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, October 28th to November 5th, 2014.
We have created another artful project that incorporates our mutual talents to
teach and share in this fabulous location. It will be revealed soon.
In the mean time; happy creating,
Jane LaFazio, Lynn LeahyLaurie Mika, Helen Shafer Garcia




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