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    RECON For Arizona Gathering???

    It's Official!!! ARTzona is locked in for
    Friday, January 20 - Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012
    @ the Country Inn & Suites, East Mesa, Arizona!!!!

    OPEN TO ALL AFA FRIENDS who might have a need to thaw out a little in January and create some art while you're at it! And if you don't need to thaw out this winter, but just want to come for the fun and the food, (Triple D territory BABY!!!) then that is fine by us too!!!

    There are currently 15 rooms blocked for our ARTzona Event.
    Please call the hotel and put a room in your name as soon as possible.
    Regular rooms (2 queens or 1 King/can sleep up to 4 people) = $119.00 per night
    Suites (2 queens or 1 King with a seperate living area with a hide-a-bed couch/sleeps up to 6) = $129.00 per night.
    To make reservations just call: 480-0641-8000 and tell them it's for the ARTzona Group.
    For more information about the Location, just follow this link to Country Inn & Suites.

    Once you have reserved a room, please let me know in the thread or in a PM. I'd like to keep a head count so if we need more rooms I can reserve them ASAP. Plus, if you will be wanting/needing to share rooms to lower the expense, then that will help with the official head count too.

    AIRPORT & SHUTTLE INFORMATION: There is the Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa. They are a smaller airport and Allegiant Air flies through there. They fly to and from smaller locations but I also think they are cheaper for many flights if you are lucky enough to have them fly near you. Rumor has it that they do tack on various fees, so be sure to check the details before booking.

    Otherwise the next best airport to fly to would be Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Real easy to get to and from, and the Super Shuttle can pick you up and take you to and from the airport and hotel for reasonably cheap. So I was told. You will want to confirm this for yourself.

    WHAT TO BRING:
    - Your favorite art supplies (if you are flying, pack your scissors in your checked baggage and leave your aerosols at home.)
    - Art to trade (ATCs, Chunkies, Gothic Arches, Postcards, Journal Pages, Backgrounds etc.)
    - Goodie bags to share. These can be anything artsy related. Here are just some ideas: (ephemera, precut ATCs or inchies, unmounted rubber stamps, random scrap or handmade papers, domino to alter, other stuff to alter, fibers, used stamps, gel pens, printed images, mini stamp pads, colored pencil, punchinella, etc.)
    - Any art/craft supplies you no longer have a use for can go on the "Take It or Leave It" table. I've already been contacted by one very generous AFAer who is sending a box of gems that she no longer needs.
    - Create A Signature Artist Card and make prints to trade and share! Design a Self-Portrait or a creative interpretation of yourself on the front, and on the back include fun details about yourself. You can use any categories you like, here’s what I had on the back of mine for the OLG this past August. But feel free to be a creative with the backs as you like.
    Location: Mesa, Arizona
    Favorite Medium: anything & everything
    Personality: Mama Bear
    Strengths: My Faith & My Family
    Weaknesses: hot tea, wine, & dirty jokes
    Addictions: kisses from my kids, spooning my hubby, & art supplies
    WebSites/Blogs:


    TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
    Thursday (Early Birds) ~ Scottsdale Artwalk 7 - 9 PM in Scottsdale, AZ.
    Friday ~ Art room opens at 3 PM. Meet & Greet, drop off art supplies to room, trade art. Group dinner either at a resaurant or pizza delivery. Art as late as we want.
    Saturday ~ Art room opens at 8 AM (If you are an early riser, it shouldn't be a problem to get in a work quietly if you wish) Art and demos during the day. Possible field trip Mesa Swap meet to visit the Gadget Buy! Dinner at a restaurant or pizza delivery. Art until we can't see straight.
    Sunday ~ Room opens at 8 AM, Art and Mimosa's in the morning. We have to be out of the room by Noon. Then a hike at Usery Park and field trip to Goldfield Ghost town.

    This list will be modified as we get closer to the event. Be sure to come back and check this page frequently.

    Demonstrations:
    Encaustics - BigToeStudio
    Zetti & or blending with Copics - HotMamaRama
    TBA



    Those who are interested thus far include, but not limited to:

    People coming for SURE!!!

    1. HotMamarama (AZ)
    2. Theresagram (AZ)
    3. JensAZ (AZ)
    4. WildHolly (OR)
    5. ShayNOLA (MD)
    6. lilbad (OR)
    7. Jennie (AZ)
    8. BigToeStudio (AZ)
    9. Dragonstarr (OR)
    10. DebbaPeot (NV)
    11. Pochadiva (CA)
    12. Kayart (CA)
    13. Helene (CA)
    14. Aznfg (AZ)
    15. Rapa (CA)
    16. Nancyjb (S. CA)
    17. Lovefroud (GA)


    Roomies at the hotel:

    1. Helene & Rapa, Nancyjb
    2. Lovefroud & Dragonstarr & ShayNOLA & DebbaPeot
    3. Pochadiva & Kayart
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    We'll have to tell Sherrie about it too!!!

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    Oh you can put me on the wildly interested list!

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    Oh... I would so love to do this! I'm interested for sure.

    I'd prolly bring my hubs though; I can't go to a warm place in the dead of our gray wet winter without him.

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    Please put me on the "interested" list! Not sure what my school/work schedule will be like in February, but would LOVE to go if I can work it out.

    By the way, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (Jan. 13th - 16th) WON'T work for me. But mid or late February would be great!
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    I'm all over it, like a second date... like a hobo on a ham sandwich... like white on rice...
    I would totally consider a trip out to AZ to see my girls!

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    Woot Woot!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shayNOLA View Post
    I'm all over it, like a second date... like a hobo on a ham sandwich... like white on rice...
    I would totally consider a trip out to AZ to see my girls!
    ROFL!!! I couldn't have said it better myself!!!

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    Oh...so tempted. Not likely that I'll be able to wrangle the time & money, but...tempted, tempted.
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    Yeah - I'm totally adding you all to the VERY interested list!!!

    And Helen, hubby's and families are allowed. You are so right.... it wouldn't be fair not to let the family have some warm sunshine in Jan. or Feb. too! Maybe I can scout out some places that have family friendly stuff nearby.

    I know when we first moved here, we stayed at this place, Country Inn and Suites I think it was called, and there were tons of great restaurants within walking distance, a HUGE Mall across the street, and not that far from some Museaums, etc.

    If we REALLY wanted to get adventurous.... Every Thursday evening in Scottsdale (About 15 - 30 minutes north of Mesa) from 7-9 pm they do an Art walk downtown. Tons of galleries, artists on site, music, vendors, food, wine, etc. I've been aching to go, and who better to go with then all my AFA peeps!! Here's a link for the Scottsdale Artwalk.

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    Also that Country Inn and Suites has conference rooms and heated pool and hot tub outside.... If we get enough people to warrent it, I'm game for renting the room out for a day or two. I probably would be able to get a group rate on rooms too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresagram View Post
    We'll have to tell Sherrie about it too!!!
    For sure. And I know there are several other AZ peeps here too. Some in Tuscon, and up over in Surprise I believe.

    Theresa - Since you know more of the other AZ folks on here, maybe you could spread the word. And we might even be able to convince some CA folks (ie. Nutty Nanners) to jaunt on over here for a day or two!

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    I will be in Lake Havasu all the month of Jan. Would not be able to come in FEb!
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    OH OH OH OH!!! We will definitely make a note of that lilbad!!!
    AND I would gladly come to Havasu in Jan. to see you and Beth!!

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    Okeedookee!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanisElain View Post
    ...By the way, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (Jan. 13th - 16th) WON'T work for me. But mid or late February would be great!
    Will make a note for this too. Would any other week(end) in January work for you Janni?

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    I personally wouldn't be able to do anything during the week, as I have little ones in school. But a Fri - Sun. sort of thing I could definitely manage.

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    I would LOVE to meet some more AFA peeps!
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    Trina - I think all other weekends in Jan/Feb are about equal (other than the MLK weekend).

    That'll be my last quarter in school (starting early January) and I don't know yet whether I'll have "live" classes (evenings and Saturdays) or "online" classes that quarter. Hopefully, all of my classes will be online because then I have a great deal of flexibilty in scheduling my school work around other events. But it's possible that I may have a Saturday class, in which case I might not be able to come. Fingers crossed here! I'd LOVE to be there!!!

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    put on the list... it will all depend on money
    but would LOVE to see you all again

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