Creative University, Day 1 Highlights

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Three words…. Best. Year. Ever.


I can’t begin to describe how awesome this year’s group was. The size of my annual mixed media art retreat has grown each year, but this year I made a huge leap and committed to almost double the size of attendance from the previous year. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I was worried that the group would be too large, that the intimate nature of the event would disappear. I was worried for nothing… the attendees mixed and mingled, created and enjoyed.

How could you not enjoy yourself in this beautiful place?




Upon arrival, students picked up their welcome bags. I sew these myself, and they have become an annual CU tradition, although every year I threaten that it will be the last. Sewing almost 60 bags this year almost did me in. But I love giving everyone a special hand-made gift the minute they check into the event.



It takes many helping hands to bring together such a special event. I had lots of helpers, from website store set-up to welcome committee. All my volunteers received a special flower pin for recognition.


I created the flowers from the same fabric as the bags, so everything was very matchy-matchy.

Speaking of matching, the logowear for this year turned out amazing. I had a variety of offerings, a little of something for everyone. In fact, you could outfit yourself pretty much head to toe in CU apparel.


Denise Anderson Turley and myself. We’re twins!


Donna Smith, me, Nona Davenport. I am sporting the ever-popular military cap, the v-neck tee and my one-of-a-kind fur collared jacket (it’s good to be the queen). Nona is modeling the pullover hoodie and lounge pants. Look at those gams!

Coming next, day 2….

(photo credits: Melody Pugh, Nichole Lewno, Tresa Black)


Creatique Innovationz said...

CU this year was absolutely endearingly amazing! Memories to cherish and last a lifetime. It is one of the most incredible events ever. The entire experience is unbelievably remarkable. From the moment you step foot into camp, to the food (which was soooo YUMMY), to the Latte Bar, Creative Classes, Cherished time with friends alumni and new ones too. The cabins are soo comfy and such a warming retreat. It is the only one I plan each year and one that is unmatched in my personal memory event book. This year was over the top packed with so much more and sharing this is just exciting Tresa. Many blessings for all the hard work you put into this event and many thanks to the instructors, staff of the camp, helpers and more. Thank YOU sooo much.

Lori said...

Looks like so much fun. Hopefully,next year, I can join you

LVF said...

aww it looks like so much fun, I wish one day I will be able to join.

SugarGem said...

Hi Tresa I wanted to tell you I nominated you for the stylish blogger award. Thank you for all you do. You can check it out here.

Judy Applegarth said...

Can you tell me how you made the little bags, I wanted to do that for my CTMH monthly group of ladies. you can email

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