Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A New Year - A New Brick and Mortar Studio for ReMe Retreats in 2017!

2017 is ushering in so many wonderful happenings at ReMe.  And we're looking forward to sharing each and every one of them with you.  The first of these is uber-exciting news for us.  On February 1st, ReMe Retreats we'll be moving into our very own brick and mortar studio location here in Vass, North Carolina!
  • This means that ReMe will have a real-grown-up-formal-retreat-company-commercial-style-studio-and office at 127 Main Street, Vass, NC 28394.  (Yay!)
  • This means that Jodi Ohl and Jean Skipper will have new studio homes in the location too.  (Yay! Yay!)
  • This means that that our space will more than double, and we'll be working year-round on new classes, new collaborative projects, and new ReMe Experiences  for YOU,  (Yay!  Yay!  Yay!)
The new ReMe Retreat's Studios will be located just next door to Creative Studios NC. This will allow us continue to work closely with Jan McClay and her team, and they'll continue to host our larger scale classes and ReMe Experiences here in The Sandhills.  Jan will continue to represent Jodi and Jean's work, and she'll be able to expand her classroom and gallery presence as a result of the move too.   

Indeed it's good news all around for us, and we hope that you're excited about it too.  We'll share more details and photos with you as things progress.

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In the mean time... if you have any handy tips for smoothly and efficiently packing and moving two wildly creative and overstuffed artists' studios... 
or if you have suggestions for the things that we should consider as we're setting up our new digs... please provide us with your best words of advice below in the comments.  

We really mean it!  

In fact, on February 11th at noon, we'll use a random number generator to select a winner for a surprise package from us to you.  What will be in it?  We'll be as surprised by that as you will!  And you can be sure that we'll include a wealth of the abundance that we'll surely discover during our move too.

More of your thoughts are a good thing. So to keep things interesting, we'll ask you to leave up to one comment per day.  


Sharing our post on any social media site will also get an extra entry too.  Just be sure to leave a separate comment below that contains a link for your share.

Thanks for playing!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Celebrating Jodi Ohl and “Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink”

The Cover of "Abstracts In Acrylic and Ink"
At the core of ReMe Retreats is our belief that our dreams are always within reach, and that they’re definitely worth pursuing.  With this in mind we take special pleasure today in celebrating the success of one of our own. 

Jodi Ohl’s accomplishments are many.  She’s built a body of work that’s known for its distinctive texture, bold color combinations, and whimsical abstract compositions.  She’s been published in more than thirty international publications.  She’s contributed to five Mixed Media Books.  Her work is represented by regional galleries in North Carolina and throughout the East Coast.  She’s a popular mixed media art teacher online and in person.  And she co-owns ReMe Retreats with Jean Skipper.  While working diligently on all of these facets of her work, Jodi has just seen one of her biggest, wildest, and most audacious dreams come true.  Her very first book has been published, and it’s receiving rave reviews!

“Abstracts in Acrylics and Ink” is by far, Ohl’s biggest career accomplishment to date.  It debuted in late December, and the first official launch party to celebrate Jodi and her book is being held this Friday, January 6th, from 6:00 until 8:00, at Swank Coffee and Handmade Market in Downtown Southern Pines.

Please join us to celebrate Jodi, preview her book, view her original artwork, and nibble and sip the night away!   Jodi will also discuss her artistic process and sign book copies during this free event. 

Swank Coffee and Handmade Market, located at 232 Broad Street in Southern Pines.  In addition to a full menu of freshly brewed beverages, Swank features a wide variety of regional artwork.  Questions about Friday’s event may be addressed by calling Swank at 910-692-8068, and advanced copies of Ohl’s book may also be reserved by calling this number.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

ReMe-The Sandhills! Just a few spaces left!

UPDATE---Just a few spaces left, come join us by
registering today!


You asked for it, and we delivered!  We're proud to announce that our newest ReMe Retreat will be held right here in The Sandhills of North Carolina.

We’re thrilled to be able to provide you with a ReMe Experience in our own hometown, and we’re also ecstatic to report that Vass is just an easy one hour’s drive from the airport in Raleigh.

We’ve developed a new website that focuses on this ReMe Retreat, and you’ll find it at http://www.remeretreats.com/.    If you’re ready to browse, please proceed to this site and navigate using the menu and drop-down options at the top of each page.  If you just can’t wait to see the details that are most important to you, please use the links that follow:


How can I save my space?  
http://www.remeretreats.com/register-now-for-reme---the-sandhills.html

Why The Sandhills
http://www.remeretreats.com/reme-sandhills.html

Where will we be staying? 
http://www.remeretreats.com/lodging-and-travel1.html

When should I arrive and depart?  What will we be doing? What’s included? 
http://www.remeretreats.com/reme-sandhills-schedule-at-a-glance.html

What classes will be offered?  What will be included in the classes?
http://www.remeretreats.com/going-for-grid-abstract-class.html
http://www.remeretreats.com/when-hearts-take-flight-class.html
http://www.remeretreats.com/sketch-and-etch-class.html

I need to know EVERTHING!  Where are the Frequently Asked Questions?
http://www.remeretreats.com/frequently-asked-questions.html

Where are the photos from previous ReMe Retreats? 
http://www.remeretreats.com/photo-gallery.html


Thank you so much for all of your love, support, and patience as we orchestrated plans for ReMe – The Sandhills– 2016.  We’re confident that this event will live up to the high expectations that you have for our ReMe Retreats, and we’re hoping to see you soon, here in The Sandhills.


Friday, June 10, 2016

ReMe-The Sandhills A Tour around Moore County


A couple of weeks ago we announced our newest retreat location for the ReMe as "The Sandhills" of NC.  Where is exactly the Sandhills and what does this area offer you might be asking?   

Officially (according to Wikipedia) the term "Sandhills" comes from the topography of this area dating back approximately 20 million years ago:




art by jodi ohl



The Sandhills is a region in the interior of the U.S. states of North Carolina and South Carolina. It is a strip of ancient beach dunes which generally divides the Piedmont from the coastal plain, and is the evidence of a former coastline when the ocean level was higher, or the land lower. The beach deposits were formed principally during the Miocene Epoch, about 20 million years ago. Typical beach fossils are found along the front edges. The coastal plain is terraced from other ocean levels, but none appear to have been so long-lasting, so as to build up dunes of this size.


Moore County is the official 'home' of ReMe. Our area is probably best known for its pristine golf courses  (including the majestic Pinehurst #2 course which has hosted the men's and women's US Open several times),  but you will also find quaint small town life nestled amidst the long leaf pine trees.    The area is rich in the arts, with hundreds of artists, musicians, writers, and crafter's calling The Sandhills home as well.  


art by jodi ohl
You can travel many of the side roads off the beaten path and find stellar homes nestled in between lush landscapes, bringing you back in time when properties had personality and not cut from from the same 'cookie cutter.

art by jodi ohl

Churches dot the community and tie the neighborhoods, families and communities together.


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We have several hotels but there are also a variety of Bed and Breakfasts to visit for tea or a cozy weekend stay.



In the heart of downtown Southern Pines you can find a variety of locally owned businesses touting unique goods, handmade items, even olive oils and fine cheese.

Of course there is the iconic Sunrise Theater that is a nostalgic favorite for many.  Grab a glass of wine at the box office concession stand and enjoy a Oscar winner film after grabbing dinner at one of our eclectic dining choices


During ReMe-The Sandhills, we not only immerse you into several days of artistic endeavors, we will treat our guest to evenings around The Sandhills with many extra surprises in store for our guests.

We are hoping you join us for this one of a kind retreat experience this fall,  we are anxiously waiting your arrival down here in the heart of North Carolina! We know you will fall in love with The Sandhills and enjoy every minute of your ReMe Experience.

To find out more about ReMe and ReMe-The Sandhills, visit  our website by clicking HERE.  

***Spaces are about halfway filled up so we encourage you to register soon to claim your space!  If you sign up before July 1st, we can offer up to a 4 payment plan!



*Watercolors of landmarks around Moore County by our very own ReMe host and instructor, Jodi Ohl.  To see more of Jodi's work, please visit her Etsy shop where she has items ranging from notecards, bookmarks, prints, original paintings and online class for sale

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When Opportunity Knocks - Jewely - ReMe - Ocracoke - May 2016

Here's a glimpse of the class creations from Jean Skipper's 'When Opportunity Knocks' class at our ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island in May 2016.  To view each individual work in its full glorious detail, please click here.

So much talent.  One's better than the next!
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Please stay tuned, as we'll be debuting our latest ReMe Retreat on 
Monday, May 23rd.  To be among the first to receive this information, 
please join our mailing list using the link on the left side of this page. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Birds Of A Feather at ReMe - Ocracoke - May 2016

Our ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island last week went by in the blink of an eye.  We gathered... we created... we laughed... we created... we sang... we created.. we ate.. we created... and then we laughed some more!  The memories that we'll carry from our time together will last a lifetime, and the artwork that we created was nothing short of amazing too.

Jodi Ohl and Jean Skipper collaborated to lead their "Birds of A Feather" class, and the results were far beyond anything that they'd expected.  We at ReMe extend a special note of gratitude to ColourArte and Paverpol USA.  We made extensive use of their lines of products in these projects and throughout our ReMe Retreat, and as always the results were outstanding.  We endorse both of these brands, and we encourage you to experiment with them in your work too.

Photos say it better than we possibly can, so please enjoy this glimpse of our finished projects.












If you'd like to see a wider of variety of photos of the magic that was this ReMe Retreat, and behind the scenes glimpses of our seaside classroom, please visit our Facebook Page by clicking this link.  New photos will be added daily throughout the next week.

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If you'd like to be our guest for your very own ReMe Experience, please stay tuned.  
We'll be making a HUGE announcement next week!  To be among the first to receive this update, please subscribe to our email list using the link on the left side of this page.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Spotlight On Our ReMe Sister - Patti Tolley Parrish!

The Wildly Talented Patti Tolley Parrish
We founded ReMe Retreats with Art and Community at our core.  With that as our foundation, one of the most wonderful and awe inspiring discoveries that we've made along the way has been in learning about the remarkable women who have joined us as guests of ReMe.  We're proud to call each of them our ReMe Sisters.  

In what we hope will be the first of many such posts, today we'll shine our spotlight on one of our beloved.  Yesterday we had the extreme pleasure of attending a class taught by Patti Tolley Parrish at Creative Studios NC where Gelli Printing was the order of the day.  

Patti and her husband, Dave, have an amazing love story that brings tears of joy and laughter to our eyes each time we hear it.  She's talented, creative, witty, and kind; and she shares all of this and more in the classroom.  Patti's passionate about her subject matter, and she exhibited great patience with even the most "special" students among us.  (No.  We won't name names!)  

A few of the highlights from our time with Patti follow:


Fun in the studio with Amy Smith!
Jan McClay and Mary Wright, Artists and Instructors.
Look how clean their work space is before class!
Jean Skipper and Jodi Ohl during the first class they've ever taken together.
Yes.  I did Gelli Print all over my shirt!
Tools of The Trade
A few of our favorites from Patti's line of stencils at istencils.com..


Betty would be so proud!




At the conclusion of our Gelli Printing Class, several of the ladies continued their adventure with Patti as they created her Gelli JumpStart Journals.  Patti's original Gelli JumpStart Journals were featured in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, and they're even better in person! Gorgeous books were created by all, and I'm sure that photos will be featured on Facebook this week.
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To learn more about Patti and her work, please visit her blog (Inky Obsessions), her online store  ... her You Tube Channel, and her Facebook Page.  You'll be glad that you did!

Creative Studios NC is home to the individual studios of Jodi Ohl, Jean Skipper, and Jan McClay.  To learn more about Creative Studios and their latest class offerings and events, please visit their website and Facebook Page