"Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows." -Henry David Thoreau


Together, Mixed Media by Lisa Kagan

There is an eagerness in the garden
as if the flowers are raising their hands
all of the blossoms have something to say
chatter of the birds, butterfly wings,
and the wind
stir up a symphonic wonder
alliums are in full bloom
whimsical puffs of purple like small balloons
spring up in the meditation garden
the rose we transplanted this fall that was tucked behind the Yew tree
seems relieved to now grow in full sun where it belongs
its pink petals begin to reveal themselves
a gentle thank-you
honeysuckle also survived its transplant last year
this year it grows in abundant glory
getting ready to shower us with its sweet scent
spring offers new beginnings
yet this season is also a bit of an ode
to the spirit of survival.
– Lisa Kagan

Jumping In

Spring invites us to jump in and pursue those projects and activities that have been germinating, but need that extra push and burst of energy to help move them into action. This spring has been an abundant time here at Family Heirloom Arts, with the start of exciting new client projects and upcoming workshops and retreats. Contact us if you are ready to bring your personal history project to fruition, and need a little help getting started. Join us for mask making at the Oregon Coast this summer, and a weekend art and writing retreat for women coming up this fall (details included below).

Masks by Lisa Kagan

Mask Making Workshops at the Oregon Coast
(June 1st& August 17th)

“There is in every human countenance either a history or a prophecy.”
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Join us for an afternoon of mask-making by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the magnificence of the Oregon Coast and the plants and animals that make their home here, we will utilize painting, drawing, collage, and printmaking techniques to decorate our masks. Participants will also have a chance to collect natural materials to incorporate into their projects. This workshop is open to people of all ages, school-age children are welcome with a participating adult. Please come wearing clothes you are comfortable making art in. No previous art experience necessary.

Dates & Times: June 1st, 4-6pm & August 17th, 4-6pm
Location: Salishan Resort, Oregon Coast, 7760 North Highway 101, Gleneden Beach, Oregon 97388
Learn more at: www.salishan.com
Costs & Registration: $20 per person. This workshop is open to the general public as well as guests staying at Salishan Resort. Pre-registration is recommended. Please contact Salishan at 541-764-3600 with questions or to register.

Evening Tides, Photograph by Lisa Kagan

Self Portrait of the Inner Landscape: Exploring Personal Mythology Through Writing and Mask Making
with Dawn Thompson & Lisa Kagan


Mask by Lisa Kagan

About the Retreat: Beyond the self we present to the world and the many roles we play in our life, dwells a larger self. How easy it can be to lose touch with this essential, natural self. How vital for our own well-being and for the good of the world that we find opportunities to return to the self that dwells within. Join us for a soulful and inspiring weekend in the beauty of the natural world in community with other women. Through writing and mask making, utilizing painting, drawing, collage, print making and collecting materials from the magnificent Oregon forest, you’ll have the chance to honor your sense of self and the many forms that you may take on during this period in your life. The weekend also offers you a chance to deeply nourish yourself with delicious meals, a quiet, beautiful retreat setting and the supportive, uplifting company of other women. No previous art or writing experience necessary.

Illumination, Photograph by Lisa Kagan

Dates: Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
Location: Alton L. Collins Conference & Retreat Center
Registration: To register, contact Dawn at: dawn@pdxwomenwriters.com or 503.568.6145. This retreat offers space for creative expression for women of all ages and backgrounds. Due to the limited number of participants we can accommodate, early registration is recommended.

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