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Happy Hour Art

Thursday September 7th 4pm - 6pm  

Thursday evening from 4-6 we will get to know one another and rev up our creative juices with a few fun warm-up exercises.......no calisthenics will be required ;-) 

Please bring a small, unlined, blank book (called an art journal) if you'd like, or just use the blank scrap surfaces we will have available.


Mixed Media Collage Painting  

Friday September 8th 10am - 5pm

This class will be lead by artist Beth Melton-Seabrook

To learn more about Beth, click here 

We will be creating our own personalized versions of Ethel, Gertrude, and Hilda (The Chicken Girlies seen below) on a 16x20 stretched canvas utilizing a variety of mixed media techniques and materials.  Just a small sampling of these materials include: torn and cut papers & tissues, fabric scraps, acrylic paints, markers, oil pastels, colored pencils, glitter, rhinestones,stamps, stencils and so much more! If you have supplies that you'd like to use or contribute, feel free to bring those along.  BUT......rest assured, there will be a multitude of goodies to dig into! Your retreat fee includes instruction and all materials. No experience is necessary and LOTS of guidance will be offered.


Jewelry Enameling

Saturday September 9th 10am - 5pm

This class will be lead by jewelry artist Michelle Black

To learn more about Michelle and her work, visit her website www.confusionjewelry.com

Have you ever wanted to play with fire? Now is your chance! Have a fun and relaxing day learning basic torch fired enamel techniques.  Experiment with fusing a colorful powdered glass (enamel) on copper to make jewelry components for necklaces or earrings.  We will have finished pieces to show off at the end of the day! No experience needed.  Chain may be a small additional fee.

Weekend Schedule

Thursday September 7th

Arrive by 3:00pm to get settled in

4pm - 6pm Happy Hour Art 

6:30pm head out to dinner or feel free to visit the local grocery store and fix a meal in one of the fully eqquiped kitchens

Friday September 8th

8am - 9:30am Breakfast

10am - 12pm Mixed Media Collage Painting

12pm - 1pm Lunch

1:30pm - 5pm Mixed Media Collage Painting Continued

6pm Dinner

Saturday September 9th

8am - 9:30am Breakfast

10am - 12pm Jewelry Enameling

12pm - 1pm Lunch

1:30pm - 5pm Jewelry Enameling Continued

6pm Dinner

Sunday September 10th

9am - 10:30am Breakfast

11am - 2pm Guided Waterfall Hiking and Picnic

3pm Check Out

Details, Details, Details 
Tuition for this creativity filled retreat is only $400 !!

This includes 2 days of mixed media & jewelry instruction, all materials and supplies, continental breakfast and sandwich lunch for 3 days, guided hiking adventure & picnic to a fabulous Western North Carolina waterfall and LOADS of creative FUN!

Accommodations are priced separately

* details & photos can be found below *

Depending on which arrangement you choose, accommodations could be as low as $150 for all 3 nights! If you are participating with a friend, you may choose to share a king or queen room and split the accommodation cost.  The accommodations are split between 2 amazing mountain homes in the beautiful Sapphire Valley Resort neighborhoods of Holly Forest.

A non-refundable deposit of $125 is due when you reserve your spot with the balance due on or before August 24th.  

To reserve your spot, send an email with your specific accommodation request to:


We will send you a PayPal invoice for the entire amount including accommodations.  Feel Free to pay the full amount or just the $125 deposit.  If need be, a second PayPal invoice will be sent the week of August 21st with the balance due no later than August 24th.


Check in Thursday September 7th 3pm - 3:30PM

Stay includes Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights

Check out Sunday September 10th by 3pm

Single room at Cool Seclusion - 1 king bed - $85 per night with private bathroom

Single room at Melton Manor - 1 king bed - $85 per night with private bathroom

Single room at Cool Seclusion - 1 queen bed - $75 per night with attached hall bathroom

Single room at Melton Manor - 2 single beds trundle style - $65 per night with shared hall bathroom

Bunk style room at Melton Manor - 2 trundle beds, 4 per room - $50 per night with shared hall bathroom

Cool Seclusion
Cool Seclusion Screened Porch
this is where the creativity will happen!
Cool Seclusion view that will inspire our creativity!
Cool Seclusion Queen Room
Melton Manor Den
Melton Manor
Cool Seclusion Porch Fireplace 
Cool Seclusion Greatroom & Kitchen
Cool Seclusion King Room
Rainbow Falls just one of the options for our hiking trip!



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