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    Explore the World with Judy!

    During an Artistic Artifacts Travel Creative Retreat with Judy Gula, enjoy a vacation filled with art classes, tours, wonderful cuisine and more! Explore exciting international destinations as you learn new creative techniques, witness handcrafted products being manufactured in behind the scene visits to local factories and studios, partake in private tours of local historic sites, museums — and so much more! In 2022 Judy visited Italy and India; in 2023 she and Liz Kettle will return to Italy (below). A retreat to India will take place again in 2024.

    Creative Minds Summit at Artistic Artifacts, May 12-13-14, 2023 in Alexandria, VA


    Taking place at our shop in Alexandria, VA, see also our inaugural Creative Minds Summit, a 3-Day Mixed Media Retreat: Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14 — an opportunity worth traveling for! Judy will be joined by Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution, Gwen Lafleur and Libby Williamson, with three full days of mixed media classes encompassing a wide range of techniques.

    2023 Italy Creative Retreat

    In 2022, Judy was joined by Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution for the "Capturing a Sense of Place" retreat, and they are teaming up again for 2023, returning to Ischia di Castro! Artistic Artifacts works with Lewis Gautieri of Italian Cultural Tours to bring these one of a kind trips to you. Email Italian Cultural Tours to join us September 16-23, 2023!

    Our 2023 Artistic Artifacts Italian Cultural Tour price is $3,499 (airfare not included). Your fee includes the following:

    • lunch each day and select dinners through the week
    • accommodations in apartments in the city
    • morning fiber and mixed media classes — all supplies provided!
    • afternoon guided tours and sightseeing

    Contact Lewis Gautieri for assistance and personalized attention to reserve your space. Note: once you email, you will receive an automated reply that you’re on the list of interested people. You will be contacted with additional information as soon as it is available. Lewis will be happy to assist you with flight recommendations, customized tours, spouse activities, extended stay options and more.

    Mixed media art studio time and Italian tours

    Ischia di Castro, located approximately 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Rome in the northernmost area of Lazio. Rich in history, it is strategically located to many fascinating cities, historic archaeological sites such as the ancient Etruscan city of Castro, and bodies of water.

    India Creative Retreat


    Indian textiles are a riot of color, textures and motifs, materials and mediums that changes with each region, village and community. Judy plans to return to India in 2024. Artistic Artifacts works with local companies on the ground in India, with guides who are natives of the regions they cover and have been rigorously selected for standards of client servicing, local knowledge, and passion for sharing their knowledge about local culture. In addition to hand-on textile activities such as block printing, participants in our trips enjoy opportunities to see local wildlife and visit historic temples and other sites.

    Participating in block printing and other textile arts while touring India

    Email us to let us know you’re interested in receiving information on our next creative retreat experiences!