Retreat Workshops

photo courtesy of Dario Calmese

Artwives: A Mama and Godmama Talk About Support Structures, Creating Visibility, and Strategies for Challenging Patriarchal Oppression 

“Artwives” is a candid conversation Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol about femme comradery, integrating motherhood into the professional art space, and creating visibility in an industry that is historically run by cis-Men. Using a conversational Q + A format, Jasmine and Rebecca will discuss their journey from starting their own businesses to merging those ventures into one non-profit space dedicated to art x social activism. They will also discuss how their visions shifted after Rebecca became a mom, and how they reoriented their business to accommodate motherhood, and create inclusive spaces for other artist/creative moms through programs like the Feminist Incubator, and the Summer Story Lab at PES. Within this conversation, they will explore ways to create structures of care for each other as they wear many professional and personal hats, and what it means to have a little girl (Adele Rae) in the mix who they both love to pieces. This final aspect will lead to a conversation around creating safe and intersectionally aware spaces in the art world for the future daughters, mothers, and sisters through the dismantelling of White Supremacist, Capitalist, Patriarchial structures. 

Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol have been friends since 2008, and business partners (also known as Artwives) since 2012. One October 24th, 2018, they became godmama and mama respectively, when Rebecca’s daughter, Adele Rae, was born. Jasmine Wahi is the Founder and Co-Director of Project for Empty Space in Newark (NJ), and the Holly Block Social Justice Curator at The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City. She is also a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, and a TEDx Speaker. Rebecca Pauline Jampol is the Co-Director of Project for Empty Space, Newark (NJ), the Curator of the Four Corners Public Arts in Newark (NJ), and a faculty member at Rutgers Newark. Adele Rae Haze is a very rambunctious toddler- one years old going on fourteen.   


Artist Talk with LaToya Hobbs

LaToya M. Hobbs is an artist, wife, and mother of two from Little Rock, AR who is currently living and working in Baltimore, MD. She received her BA in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. LaToya’s work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty, cultural identity, and womanhood as they relate to women of the African Diaspora. She creates a fluid and symbiotic relationship between her printmaking and painting practice producing works that are marked by texture, color and bold patterns. Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibits in locations such as the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL, the Community Folk Arts Center in Syracuse, NY, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL and the Sophia Wananmaker Galleries in San Jose, Costa Rica among others. LaToya’s work has also been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Her work is housed in private and public collections such as the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art,
the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the National Art Gallery of Namibia. Other accomplishments include a 2019 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, a 2019 Artist Travel Grant awarded by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore, a 2020 Artist in Residence award at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA and she was the winner of the 2020 Jane and Walter Sondhiem Artscape Prize. Additionally, LaToya devotes her time to teaching and inspiring young artists as a Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and she is a founding member of Black Women of Print, a collective whose vision is to make visible the narratives and works of Black women printmakers, past, present and for the future.

The Everyday, Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 70″ X 76″ , 2020
photo courtesy Ariston Jacks

Artist Talk with Joey Fauerso

Joey Fauerso is an artist and Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. Her work consists mostly of painting, video, installation and performance addressing issues of gender, humor and family. Recently her work has been included in exhibitions at MASSMoCA, the Drawing Center in New York, Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Fauerso has been the recipient of multiple grants and residencies, including The Open Sessions residency at The Drawing Center in New York and a recent 3-month residency at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. She lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas

Joey Fauerso- You Destroy Every Special Thing I Make, installation and 4-channel video, dimensions vary, video 10:00, 2019

So You’re Interested in Writing or Creating a Book? with Marissa Huber and Heather Kirtland

Marissa Huber and Heather Kirtland of the recently published “The Motherhood of Art” and founders of Carve Out Time for Art will share behind the scenes and lessons learned on their 5 year journey to turn the big dream of a book into reality as a passion project.
In this presentation, Marissa and Heather will share their own journey, so you can benefit from their lessons learned and use it for your own goals.
Discussion topics will focus on Idea Development, Communicating to Others to Get a Yes!, Book Proposal & Market Research, Proposal Examples, Why they chose Traditional Publishing vs Self-Publishing, and Finding your Audience Early in the Process. By the end of the presentation, you should have a good understanding of avenues you can take and apply to your own project or book idea, and feel encouraged to go for it!


Nostalgic Soft Sculpture Workshop with Mindy Wittock

Create a one of a kind nostalgic soft sculpture using your own domestic textiles in this 90 minute workshop with artist Mindy Sue Wittock. You will be introduced to a range of stitching techniques and learn how to turn a flat piece of fabric into a three-dimensional shape. As you build your piece you will respond to forms as they emerge and learn how to piece them together to build a unique sculpture. Super fun! This workshop is suitable for people with little or no sewing experience!   

Mindy Sue Wittock is an artist and mother who works out of her home
studio in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. She makes soft sculpture that
explores the intersection of childhood memory and nostalgia. Wittock has an MFA from Arizona State University with a concentration in fibers. She has previously worked as an associate lecturer of art at the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Wittock has an extensive exhibition record and has taught many textile-based workshops. She survives on coffee and enjoys watching vintage television shows, listening to 80’s music, and going on adventures with her husband, daughter, and pup.

Empowerment, Equality and Self Care with Liezel Strauss

Women have been silenced for so long, things are changing but standing our ground and finding our voice can be exhausting. With nearly 20 years experience as an entrepreneur and working with artists for over a decade art and equality activist Liezel Strauss knows what it takes to stay true to your values while claiming your space in this world. We are the most difficult person to deal with in our own lives if we don’t have a healthy relationship with our minds or practice self care on an ongoing basis. Self care is self preservation, it is empowering. It helps emotional stability and can prevent physical illness. As so many of us wear different hats and fulfill multiple roles, artist, mother, business owner, and now covid teachers, the juggle is real and burnout can feel very close at any given time. Liezel will walk us through her tips and tricks for staying centered and empowered while finding your voice.  Join us in this 45minutes to learn some techniques to kickstart your empowering self care practice. 

Honoring Failure and its Essential Relationship to Ourselves and Our Creativity with Isadora Stowe

In this workshop, we will look at reasons and methods to embrace failure and its essential relationship to ourselves and creativity. Failure is an even more vital tool in this new pandemic age to move through fear, ignite courage and empower our creativity and innovation. In our new intensified multifaceted roles as caregivers and artists, tools to process challenges that require risk and multiple attempts can be energizing experiences with thoughtful reflection. We will dive into recognizing our own strengths and creative connections in order to further embolden our artistic practices.