Artfest was a concept that consumed my every thought roughly 10 years ago. It was right after I went through a period of asking the universe “What am I here to do”. When the visions started unfolding, I was excited and scared a little. But I knew that until I set the wheels in motion, my thoughts would not leave me alone. So I stepped through the first door and 10 years later, all the rest of the doors have been flung wide open for me.
It is one way of knowing I am on the right path. The other way of knowing is the warmth and love that emanate from so many of the attendees year after year.
I am realizing in this day and age, this is needed for so many reasons. I feel truly blessed to get to be at the helm of such an exciting adventure that has made a difference in people’s lives. I was an artist with no training but a deep desire to help others be artists too. Thankfully I had a troupe of really great teachers and friends and family who were willing to stand behind me and all pulled together to make Artfest what it is today.
We work hard to create a nurturing event where everyone feels accepted regardless of where they are in their creative journey and also to show each person just how much capacity they have for creating.
Taking time out for yourself is one of the best things you can do in this busy, crazy world. Everyone needs time to just be in nature, play, be silent, gather ideas, commune with other artists, and get away from your everyday lives for a few days.
It allows you to refresh and pinpoint directions you want to go in your life. The whole experience of Artfest from the drive up, the beautiful Fort on the beach, the inspiring workshops, the caring teachers, the groups that form, and your fellow attendees makes it the perfect place for this to happen.