Sunday, March 25, 2018

Exploring Cold Wax and Oil Painting : A Mini Retreat of Fun and Creative Adventure!

ReMe Presents-Exploring Cold Wax and Oil Workshop

Hello everyone!  This year has been a whirlwind for Jean and Jodi as they have moved studios,  grown their event hosting from 2 to 4 workshops & retreats,  added on a 'home' for the ReMe Sandhills event, and perhaps even bigger news for Jean-she's opened a gallery & studio space right next to the ReMe studio called "ARTworks Vass"  (be sure to like the gallery page on Facebook if you haven't all ready!

The  latest ReMe mini retreat was recently held at ARTworks Vass,  "Exploring Cold Wax and Oil Painting" with  (Jodi Ohl) at the helm as the instructor, and Jean holding down the hospitality end of the mini retreat  throughout the weekend.

And what a weekend it was!  We started off the event with an arty party/show opening,  featuring Jodi's new collection of cold wax paintings entitled "Serendipity".   Tons of visitors stopped into the shop to mingle with fellow art lovers and students, as our ReMe co-owner, Jodi Ohl, discussed her new work and processes.    With students traveling in from around the country to take part in this contemporary process of using cold wax with oil painting, you could almost feel the excitement in the air the night before the  weekend of creative exploration!

After learning the basics of what cold wax painting entails,   the students began working on various substrates that would develop over the 3 days of scraping, scratching, painting, and layering!  We were all amazed that with the same instructions, how different each and every painting turned out!

Eating, drinking, painting, and being merry--what more could anyone want?  To be sure, all the students and instructor walked away with a treasure trove of information to explore even further after we parted ways on Monday.

If you missed out on this mini retreat and are interested in cold wax and oil painting, rumor has it that Jodi will be teaching an introductory course online entitled  "Abstracts in Cold Wax and Oil Painting" at the end of the summer.  She is gathering up student names and emails that have expressed interest and want to potentially join in  the online course. If that person is YOU, be sure to sign up by clicking HERE.  *Students on this list will be first to know about having early early bird specials, plus benefit from some product and or class giveaways*

Our next major retreat for ReMe will be our flagship event in Ocracoke the first week in May.  While it is sold out (our May event is very small and sells out each year BUT in the event someone cancels and you'd like to be on our waiting list, please email us at

We hope you will continue to visit us and and partake in all that ReMe and ARTworks Vass has to offer both online and in person!   Thank you for your support and patronage!   YOU are why ReMe continues to grow and evolve, and YOU are why we love our jobs more than you will ever know :)

Until next time,

Jean and Jodi
Along with the ReMe Team

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A New Home for ReMe - The Sandhills - October 2017

Early registration is now open for
ReMe - The Sandhills - October 2017!  


And we're happy to annouce📣

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that due to popular demand

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We have a new house to call Home for ReMe - The Sandhills - 2017! 🤗🏡🌲
  • This house is all that we could have imagined for our perfect home in The Sandhills.  
  • It's located in the Historic District in Downtown Pinehurst, North Carolina.
  • It's within walking distance of The Village and its shops and restaurants.
  • It's within a twenty minute drive of our studio classroom.
  • There's an outdoor garden and yard area that's beyond beautiful.
  • There's a cozy living room and fireplace for informal gatherings.
  • There are several dining areas and other gathering places.
  • There's also a pool table, a dart board, a hot tub, and so much more!
The only downside to this property is that there will be room to house just ten guests, plus your ReMe Hosts, Jean Skipper and Jodi Ohl.

We'll be offering two different ReMe Retreat Reservation Options next year as a result.  The first will include lodging in The ReMe House, and the second will be offered for guests who wish to coordinate their own lodging.

Rooms in The House will be filled as reservations for them are received.  If informal communal gatherings are a priority in your ReMe Retreat Experience, we encourage you to reserve early to be sure that space is available.

You'll find photos of the house and more information about it here...

You'll find our reservation page here...

(Please note that both "First Time Guest" and "Alumni" payment buttons are available.)

And you'll find the first draft of our week-at-a-glance-schedule here... 

In the mean time... we'd love to hear from you.
If you've stayed under the same room with us at a previous ReMe Retreat, 
what were your favorite parts of the experience?  

If you've not stayed under the sane roof with us yet at ReMe,
what would you anticipate most eagerly?

Please provide us with your thoughts below in the comments.

We really mean it!  

In fact, on March 28th 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 we promise that it will be good.

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 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.

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    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?

Why The Sandhills

Where will we be staying?

When should I arrive and depart?  What will we be doing? What’s included?

What classes will be offered?  What will be included in the classes?

I need to know EVERTHING!  Where are the Frequently Asked Questions?

Where are the photos from previous ReMe Retreats?

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.

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!
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.