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Help transform a retired classroom into a teaching studio and retreat space where adults can come to nurture their creative well-being.

VIA Artistica is an art venture in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.  Kirsten Carpentier, Pam Jacobs, Laurel Swetnam and Maggie Maggio know that making art makes us happy. Our goal is to create a space dedicated to artistic expression - a place that will allow people to expand their horizons though playing with art and sharing experiences with others. We believe creating art together can build community.

We hope to create a hands-on teaching studio and urban art retreat space where adults can rediscover art, energize their creativity, and enhance their well-being by exploring art materials and learning new skills in a friendly and encouraging environment.

We plan to renovate and transform a former Sunday School classroom into a welcoming and bright studio, and launch our VIA programs in October of this year. Our first quarter calendar will include Afternoon Art Retreats, VIA Collaborative Classes, Weekend Workshops and Open Studio Time. 

Funds from the Kickstarter project will allow us to repair and repaint the walls and build cabinetry for the supplies. In addition to refurbishing the room, we need a generous supply of high quality art materials, including paints, canvas, paper, brushes, and sculpture tools. We will also need specialty supplies for two of our educational focuses: color exploration and the promotion of polymer clay as an art form.

We invite you visit our website and ask you to support our project!                             

Where the money will go:

·        Painting the space, including repairs, equipment & paint $450

·        New and expanded cabinetry $830

·        Sculpturing tools and polymer clay materials $650

·        Canvases, paper, brushes $420

·        Acrylic Paints, oil pastels and watercolors $350

·        Administrative fees for Kickstarter  & Amazon $300

Total = $3,000

If we raise more than $3000, the additional funding will go toward environmental improvements to make the space more comfortable in all seasons.

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    PDF Handout on color by color expert Maggie Maggio and our gratitude for your support!

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    Limited edition hand-crafted multi-media "Whimsy Pins" (no two alike!) by Kirsten Carpentier and our hearty gratitude for your support!

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    Limited edition special VIA polymer clay pendent by Laurel Swetnam and our deep gratitude for your backing of our project!

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    Special VIA Artistica canvas tote-bag to carry all your art supplies as well as our everlasting gratitude for your support!

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    Signed copy of the "Life Spiral Process: A Workbook to Holistically Honor & Celebrate Your Life" by Kirsten Carpentier, MSW and our everlasting gratitude for transforming our dream of a community art studio to reality.

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    Signed copy of "Polymer Clay Color Inspirations: Techniques and Jewelry Projects for Creating Successful Palettes" by Maggie Maggio & Lindly Haunani plus PDF & Tutorial video, as well as our eternal gratitude!

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    Special edition deluxe cotton white VIA Artistica apron with two large pockets and a clean canvas on which to show that you're committed to your craft. Plus our eternal gratitude for your support of our project!

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    Exquisite limited edition VIA color wash polymer bead necklace by Maggie Maggio and our deep and everlasting gratitude for your support of our community-focused art studio!

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    Special VIA Artistica Urban Retreat for 6 people (4 hours) on a weekend in Fall of 2012 or Winter 2013. (Date TBD by mutual agreement.) A delightful creative experience for all the senses! Explore & share creativity with 5 of your friends! Includes fresh lunch, live Spanish guitar music by Laurel Swetnam, a playful artistic project creating "Spirit Dolls" & all four of us encouraging your creative experience. PLUS our eternal gratitude for your support! (Sorry, this prize isn't available to international backers.)

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    The Life Spiral Process™ (LSP) Workshop with Kirsten Carpentier, MSW for one participant in either Fall 2012 or Winter 2013. The LSP is a personal art piece & witnessed journey designed to honor & celebrate the ongoing process of living. It is particularly suited for experiencing mid-life transitions or a special birthday. Includes 6 bi-weekly sessions of 3 hours over the course of 11 weeks. Includes an hour phone call with the facilitator on the week we don't meet in person (5 calls). Includes the Life Spiral Process workbook & all art materials. This may be a group process or individualized experience depending on Backer's wishes. Plus our deep and eternal gratitude to you for transforming our space from Sunday school to Urban Art Retreat! (Sorry, this prize isn't available to international backers.)

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