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Since the mid-1990’s, Dave and I have enjoyed traveling with groups around the world. We will be leaving on our 24th International tour this September to Budapest, Vienna, Salsburg, Munich and Prague. Since I am an artist, many people think that our group trips are for artists only. This is not the case. We do take artists but non-artists are welcome as well. Our trip do not include painting on location unless otherwise listed as such. From time to time, I do present a painting workshop abroad but even then, we still tour the countryside and experience the local culture.

Our trips always have an ART slant with museums, architecture, palaces, historic churches and cathedrals on the agenda. Visits to artists studio’s such as Renoir, Monet, Cezanne and Diego Rivera are just a few we have experienced. We also include visits local artisans such as a famous Icon painter in Athens, Greece, an angora goat farm in Italy, silver smiths, potters and weavers in Mexico, tile manufacturers in Portugal, glass blowers in Venice just to mention a few!

We also like to include regional agricultural such as walnut groves and Truffle farms in France, winery and olive grove tours throughout Europe. Tasting the organic chocolate at an ancient chocolate plantation was a highlight!

We even include zip lines in Costa Rica, snorkeling and kayaking in the Bahama’s, horseback riding in Mexico and climbing to the domes of the Vatican in Rome, the Duomo in Florence, the bell tower of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

All in all, our tours are custom designed to maximize your travel experience. If you would like to receive the first notices of each tour, please send Joye and email to get in the “First Call List”
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Over the past few years, I have been contributing blog entries for the ‘Women’ magazine of Northeast Wisconsin but am now happy to maintain this blog from my website.

I have been working with Kevin and Nick from Walzak Marketing Communications in Milwaukee, WI to develop my new website. I met Kevin and Nick while they were presenting a program regarding website building for the members of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society. So, via emails and phone calls we started the process of redesigning and coordinating my website.

The main purpose for the re-do of the site was to make it possible for me to maintain it on my own. It has been quite a challenge learning how to create new listings, add paintings and pages but I will have the ability to add new events, such as exhibits, workshops and trips, much quicker than in the past.

So, check back from time to time to see what’s new and feel free to chime in on the conversation.
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2012 Fall Workshops

Just about to head out for two exciting workshops! The first will be conducted at Brevard, North Carolina. I was invited to present another workshop for the Transylvania County Arts Council. Brevard is just south of Asheville in the heart of the Smokey Mountains. Just beautiful! This will be a three day workshop.
From there, we will travel to Windsor, Connecticut for a five day workshop at The Country Artist. We have never been to this area and we are excited to learn more about it.
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TWSA CELEBRATION

Since I am the Awards Chairperson for the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, it was my pleasure to present $24,000 in awards to this years winners. Donna Jill Witty, the award judge, help me present the awards.
Jill and I are presenting Harold Allanson, from Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, with his award!
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“Stung by B’s” by Theresa Drinka

My dear author/artist friend, Theresa Drinka, has published her second book! This book is an adult storybook on how to recognize and navigate destructive behaviors from people who impact your life. You can read a portion of the book at www.stungbybs.com. I’m sure everyone will find insights into relationships and acquaintances.

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Spain Group


Many smiles on the faces of everyone on the Spain Adventure! Artists and non-artists came from all across the U.S. to participate in the Spain trip. We started in Madrid, visitng the Prado and the Royal Palace. We taking a day trip to Toledo, then continued onto Seville, visiting the amazing Alcazar. We took day trips to Cordoba to see the Mestiqua and even visited an equestrian ranch for a private performance that included a catered lunch. Continued onto Granada to visit the Alhambra and ventured south to the Costa Del Sol where we visited the Picasso Museums and ancient caves with cave drawings. We finished our travels with a relaxing stay by the sea but took a day trip to Ronda, a city perched on top of cliffs. What a diverse travel experience with a great group of people!
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May, 2011 post

ITALY GROUPS, Spring, 2011

The TWO groups traveling to Italy in the Spring could not have been more delightful! The first group, 39 people in all, began in Rome for 4 days, exploring all that Rome has to offer. We then traveled south the Sorrento where we explored the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, the Isle of Capri and Naples. Travelers from Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin enjoyed this great cultural experience. This group was a touring group with the second group being more of a painting group. The second group, 22 people, got whisked away to Tuscany to spend an entire week at the Renaissance Center just outside Siena. We painted from our beautiful location at El Chiristro as well as spent a day at a wonderful winery/hotel painting the breathtaking landscape. We took day trips to Siena, San Gimignano and Florence to explore these ancient cities. The group continued on to Rome for 3 days of fun, food and exploration! What a great experience Dave and I had with both of these great groups! We are looking forward to the Italy Reunion Party at our home in Wisconsin in July. We enjoy getting as many of the travelers together one last time to relive our wonderful experience as well as share photos and eat some great Italian food together.

Group One, April 25 to May 7, 2011
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Group Two, May 7 to May 17, 2011
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January 11, 2011
Last night I presented a watercolor demonstration for the Wickenburg Art Club at Wickenburg, AZ. The turn out was amazing with 70 plus people attending. This is a very active club with many opportunities to display art work, take workshops and enhance art in the community through outreach programs for kids and adults. I will be presenting a three day workshop starting on January 12th. I was happy to see that the workshop is filled with eager students ready to experience some new methods and techniques in watercolor.
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What a fun group at Wickenburg, Arizona. Three projects in three days and everyone did such a great job. I will present another workshop next year for this creative group.
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Feb, 2011 Post

Feb 19 -21 I presented a watercolor workshop for the Coyote Art Studio at Pebblecreek in Goodyear, AZ. This was the second time I have conducted a workshop there and enjoyed the three days of painting with the fun group. Plans are already being made for another workshop next winter.
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March, 2011 Post
I was fortunate to have had several paintings accepted into national exhibits in New York and California!
Recent Exhibits
National Watercolor Society Exhibition
May 15 to June 12, 2011, San Pedro, CA

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30th Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors
August 13 to October 2, 2011, Old Forge, NY
This painting was chosen to be part of the traveling exhibit as well.

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