Friday, December 23, 2011

Feliz Navidad!

corazon stamp
artwork by Jane LaFazio
Tesoro del  Corazon! Treasures of the heart. 
corazon stamp
Feliz Navidad from us to you!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Book of offerings

Project for our Oct 2012 retreat

Project for our Oct 2012 retreat

Project for our Oct 2012 retreat
We are soo excited about our art project for our 2012 retreat! Details and more photos here.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011


Yummy paste paper and bookbinding. Just one of the 4 fabulous workshops at our Libro de Ofrendas mixed media art retreat in October 2012. Details here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

A city full of color and life!

San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende is a colorful city everyday of the year, but during Dia de los Muertos, it's especially vibrant! (Our art retreat is planned for 2012 during Dia de los Muertos.)
San Miguel de Allende 

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Make your own Papier Mache Skull

Papier Mache Skulls
Next year, we'll be celebrating Dia de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende! Meanwhile, get in the spirit this year by making your own papier mache skulls with this tutorial.
We'll we posting information for our 2012 retreat here.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Powerful images everywhere

San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel is full of color and unexpected beauty.
San Miguel de Allende
Catholicism is everywhere, and fills the town with ritual, icons, and sculpture.
San Miguel de Allende
(photos by Laurie Mika)
San Miguel de Allende
We usually fly to San Miguel from the United States to Leon. Then take private transport to San Miguel. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

day of the dead traditions...

Dia de los Muertos Maize
artwork by Jane LaFazio
Do you know about the traditions and symbolism of Dia de los Muertos? Click here to find a nice info sheet on Day of the Dead, and here for info on the ofrenda's or altars. Both documents from from this great website

Friday, September 2, 2011

Planning Planning!

Jane LaFazio, Helen Shafer Garcia, Laurie Mika and Lynn Leahy at our September 1 meeting
 We four artists met this week to discuss, create and plan our progressive art project for our Dia de los Muertos retreat in October 2012. We'll be finalizing the price within the next month and then be ready to open the art retreat for registration.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dia de los Muertos

recycled circles dia
Art by Jane LaFazio

Laura Mika, Helen Shafer Garcia, Lynn Leahy, Diane Uke and I (Jane LaFazio)  are meeting early next month to plan next year's retreat to San Miguel de Allende. We'll share details as soon as we know them!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


It wasn't until I traveled to Mexico that I realized how much I love Mariachi music. These three gentlemen serenaded us at our farewell dinner earlier this year. And there's always a Mariachi band in the town square!

Monday, August 1, 2011

San Miguel de Allende

There's color and creativity everywhere in San Miguel. (photo by Lynn Leahy)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

San Miguel ~ in April 2011

I love looking at the photos from our last retreat in San Miguel, in April 2011. Our next will be October 26-November 4, 2012, and in the same gorgeous location, same great food, and I'm guessing similar wonderful participants!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

San Miguel for Dia de los Muertos

michelle maczka photo dia de los muertos
This gorgeous photo was taken by Michelle Maczka during Dia de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende. You'll recognize the Parroquia  in the main town square. We are looking forward to our next art retreat in San Miguel October 2012 during the Dia de los Muertos festivities.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

from our 2011 retreat

San Miguel de Allende 2011

san miguel de allende 2011

san miguel de allende 2011
During our April 2011 Tesoro del Corazon retreat, the jardin (town square) was full of people observing Palm Sunday. 
San Miguel de Allende 2011
There was also a wonderful community procession (parade) that day.  
photos by Laurie Mika.