Today is the day I get to unleash my exciting news! It is time to marry 17 years of culinary trips to Mexico with my artistic passion and admiration for two exceptional artists, Judy Wise and Katie Kendrick. Internationally recognized and published artists, Judy and Katie have criss-crossed the country teaching workshops and teaching online, sharing their knowledge, experience and methods for creating mixed media art. They both are multi-faceted artists using a variety of mediums to create their unique styles including encaustic wax, plaster, fabric, printing techniques, and whatever else intrigues them. They are joyous, generous teachers who inspire.
We are so excited to share that we are offering Paint Oaxaca in Oaxaca, Mexico September 6-14, 2014. Oaxaca is a beautiful city filled with breathtaking beauty, people, architecture, food (moles, lots of them), and most importantly, art. Especially the art we will make with Judy and Katie.
There will be an introduction to Oaxacan arts and crafts with former gallery owner, Mary Jane Gagnier, author of Oaxaca Celebrations.
We will see the famous black pottery and visit the nearby village where the colorful albreijes or wooden carvings are made with a demonstration on how they use natural ingredients for painting, including the cochineal bug from the Opuntia cactus or nopales. We have warned the cochineal farm where we will visit, that you will want to buy some of this unique and fabulous powder for your paintings.
There will be four full days of classes with Judy and Katie with little surprises thrown in here and there, and yes, one may include chocolate. Judy is preparing a fabulous class with a guest artist on painting ex-votos on tin. You won’t want to miss this, our guest artist is fabulous!
Katie is designing painting classes that will incorporate interpreting Mexican artists and a treasure hunt at the huge Abastos Mercado. And they have more surprises for us as we Paint Oaxaca. More in-depth descriptions of their classes will be forthcoming later in December.
We can’t be in Oaxaca without experiencing the food. There will be two classes, one with Pastry Chef Ana Elena Martinez from Puebla and one at Susana Trilling’s Season of My Heart cooking school. You can read more here.
On the way to Susana’s we will stop at the beautiful Centro de Las Artes de San Agustín (CASA) where you will want to apply for an artist’s sabbatical, and down the hill we will visit the Arte Papel in Vista Hermosa La Fabrica de Papal where you can buy colorful handmade paper, necklaces and earrings, all made from paper.
Now meet our friend, Emilia Arroyo Cabrera.
Isn’t she beautiful? She is the matriarch of the Cabrera family with whom we will be staying in Oaxaca at their beautiful B& B.
You can see more information here. Her daughter, Pilar is a chef and runs their cooking school and restaurant, La Olla, and she will prepare our meals. Most breakfasts and lunches will be on site at Bugambilias.
A welcoming fiesta is planned on the rooftop, and four dinners, including a final meal at Orijen, one of the most sought after reservations in Oaxaca.
You will also meet Rene, Emilia’s son who will be with us as a tour guide and his wife, Adriana helps run the three B&B’s. It’s truly a family run business.
And here is where Emilia offers the temazcal that purifies your mind, body and spirit. She is an extraordinary healer. You can sign up for this service and/or a massage. For more information and images go here.
We hope you can join us for this extraordinary opportunity to
Paint Oaxaca with Katie Kendrick and Judy Wise.
The trip costs $2,980 based on double occupancy
- Includes 8 night’s accommodation at Casa de las Bugambilias
- Welcoming fiesta
- Painting and creating with Katie and Judy
- Guest artist lesson
- Eight breakfasts, Five lunches with Chef Pilar Cabrera and her staff
- Four dinners
- Farewell Dinner at coveted restaurant in Oaxaca with special menu planned for us
- Two cooking classes with two women chefs
- Market tour
- Visits to artisans
- Visit to museum and paper store
- Art supplies
- Transportation within Oaxaca
- Time to explore Oaxaca and its many artful offerings
- Opportunity to sign up for massages and/or a temazcal
- A new art tribe
Excludes airfare to/from Oaxaca and taxi to/from airport (approximatley 250 pesos)
The trip will be limited to 14 participants and there are just a couple of single rooms so register early if you want one. A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is due now with the remaining payment due May 1. Installments can be made for the remaining balance.
This is an opportunity to experience the marvels of Oaxaca with two extraordinary artists. We hope you can join us and won’t this make a great holiday gift to yourself?! Contact Kathie for more information or to register.