“Even when the topic isn’t appealing I attend every workshop I can. They are invariably interesting. I know I’ll meet amazing women, and I always learn something valuable. Kelly is awesome!”
Allied Arts Guild is my favorite place for daylong seminars. The spacious conference room allows us to gather in a comfortable round-table setting. I’ve noticed that the meeting space lends itself to a more active and extemporaneous teaching style… perhaps because there are more resources at my disposal (e.g., white boards and tubs full of colored pens!). Whatever the reason, our seminars here tend to be more energized and sometimes a little rambunctious.
The charming grounds (think: artists’ cottages scattered among rose gardens) and Spanish Revival architecture (dating to 1929) make Allied Arts a frequent wedding venue. During the lunch break, we typically dine together at the Blue Garden Cafe. Despite a 90-minute lunch break, the afternoon workshop often starts late because we’ve lost ourselves in conversation (and/or the dessert menu). After the workshop, I stroll the grounds because it’s where I’ve discovered some of my best-loved artists — Aida Dalati, Penelope’s Den, Joy Imai, and Maeve Grogan. (Read more about Maeve and her New York exhibit.)
Better yet: Proceeds from the Guild benefit Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. No wonder we gather here frequently.