April 15, 16, & 17, 2016
Cynthia Rutledge will be the guest instructor at the April 2016 retreat. The annual out-of-town retreat is scheduled for April 15, 16, & 17 at the Cedar Crest Lodge Bed & Breakfast. Attendance at the retreat will be based on the Retreat Lottery Drawing. You must be a participate in the lottery if you wish to attend the retreat. The Lottery will take place at the October 9, 2015 membership meeting.
Please review the Retreat Lottery Information on this website. You must follow the Lottery rules to participate.
Retreat Projects: Projects Will be selected by a vote of retreat participants.
Cost – Apx $140 - $215 per person (Price varies as to number of people in room), plus $110 registration fee and additional cost of kits/supplies. Instruction and all meals are included at Cedar Crest Lodge.
About Cynthia Rutledge
Her work has been exhibited in national and international shows and has appeared in Nicolette Stessin's Beaded Amulet Purses, Carol Taylor's Creative Bead Jewelry, and Carol Wilcox Wells' Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches.
"My attraction to 3-dimensional shapes has created a fascination for me throughout my life and has fueled my creative spirit. My choice of beadwork as a primary medium has followed that same fascination. As my beadwork has evolved, my work seems to always lean towards the building of shapes and forms that are functional and wearable.
The choice to use beads as my medium was primarily influenced by my love of color. Beads reflect and absorb light, hold shape and dimension, and in so doing, offer chameleon-like qualities. It is not always the end result that is the most important to me, however. The process of working with beads and thread is meditative and calming, which allows time for reflection. Engineering each piece is always a challenge that thrills me, as well as giving me the power to make the decisions that need to be made for each piece. The more I experience the wonderful qualities of beadwork, the more I realize my relationship with beads will always be one of learning, experiencing and sharing.
The decision to teach grew from my personal desire to share my love of beads and all the wonderful things that can be created with them. The commitment that I have to teaching stems from my desire to share the knowledge I have gained while developing my own skills in this medium. Ultimately, my mission is to help to keep this art form alive and well."