Last week I jetted off to Kansas City, MO for Art and Soul. Turns out the retreat was actually in a tiny little suburb of Kansas City called Excelsior Springs. I fell in love with this tiny town and its quirky charm. I may even sign up to teach there again next year!
Then we made our way to the hotel. Now to be honest, driving in we seriously thought we were headed to nowhereland. Because this town is kinda tiny, and deserted. But then we drove up to this:
Okay, so maybe the black and white photo makes it creepier than it really is. It was built originally in 1888. But this is the 3rd version. 2 fires and one renovation later it is supposedly burn proof. It is gorgeous. I'd so go back. The city was very rich in history. Briefly I'll just say that the pioneers coming across the state didn't particularly like the area due to the muddy waters. The story goes that a gentleman in the area had a daughter inflicted with some terrible skin disease. He put her in the water and it healed her. So you can imagine the stories of healing reached far and wide! People came from all over for the healing waters. They had public bath houses and a public water bar. There were photos literally of rooms filled with tubs and people in them trying to get "healed". Eventually it was proved that although the waters had good stuff in them, they were not healers. And the town became what it is now. BTW, isn't it ironic that I went to a city that was once known for healing waters when I'm not feeling so swell? yeah....creepy. It was a very sweet city with amazing homes. I'd loved to have seen in one.
Here are some of the finished pieces:
On Friday I had the day wide open. Normally I take a class, but this time around I saw there was a spa in the hotel and decided to spend that mola on me instead. So I spent 2 hours relaxing here in the Grotto:
So next I'll be in Art and Soul Virgina Beach. In two weeks actually!! Hoping for warm weather. I love art retreats!!