Monday, November 26, 2012

Sandy Made A Mess of Things...

On October 29th, the most powerful storm in about 100 years slammed into the Jersey shore. Because of the damaging winds, tidal surges, and overflowing lakes, Hurricane Sandy has caused quite a mess here in the one square mile that is Ocean Grove (but we're all okay)!

Many of the Inns, Community Centers and buildings suffered damage from the storm and will need major repairs done. . . which may take several months to complete. So, after much consideration, we have decided to cancel the event that was scheduled to take place March 22-24, 2013. 

We would like to reschedule the event — perhaps for Fall of 2013 — and we’ll keep you abreast of any new dates and info! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Creativity By-the-Sea 2013!

We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual Creativity by the Sea, taking place

March 22-24, 2013!!

After having received an overwhelming number of positive responses to our first event, we've been busy planning our second art retreat in Ocean Grove. 

So won't you join us for a weekend of inspiration that promises to provide boundless creativity and an exciting array of workshops! You'll choose from a wide selection of classes in jewelry, fabric, mixed media, collage, painting, drawing, photography, fused glass... and more! The quaint, Victorian, seashore town of Ocean Grove, NJ will provide a relaxing respite for your soul while you awaken your artistic side. With the Atlantic Ocean right at your doorstep, what better place to play and learn.

We'll be offering special rates with our Inns and Bed & Breakfasts, along with all new and exciting workshops! Our Welcome Reception Friday night was a favorite among attendees, and we'll be hosting opening night festivities again for this event! An enticing Vendor Night is also scheduled for Saturday evening where you can shop for original art and supplies. It's a great creative getaway and we hope you can make it!
Look for details on our 2013 Art Retreat Event coming soon....
 • Our list of participating Inns & B&B's with special rates
 • Vast array of exciting new workshops exploring creative techniques & mediums

Here's what attendees had to say about our 2012 Creativity By-the-Sea event this past March...

"I enjoyed the combination of stimulating our creativity and meeting people from all walks of life in a beautiful beach environment."

"It exceeded all my expectations"

"I enjoyed the entire experience, but if I had to choose one event, I would pick the Welcome Reception—everyone was so friendly and made us feel right at home"

"Had wonderful time in Ocean Grove and had great experiences in my classes."
"Enjoyed meeting you and your staff, friends, instructors, local business owners and other students [at the Welcome Reception]."
 "Had wonderful lunches in town."

"I learned to make things I didn't think I was capable of doing! All the instructors I had were very attentive and knowledgeable." 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Schedule of Events...

Friday Evening, March 22, 2013
We'll kick off Friday evening with an Opening Night Reception where you'll get to meet your instructors and other attendees. Our celebration starts at the Albatross Hotel — the oldest standing hotel in Ocean Grove — merely steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. Start the weekend off with this festive gathering from 7pm - 9pm. Admission is $10.

Saturday & Sunday, March 23-24, 2013
Saturday and Sunday will be 2 full days of classes that you choose, taught by local and nationally known instructors. Lunch is on your own and you can grab a delicious meal in the restaurants and cafés right in the heart of town. They'll have specials for the weekend and some will even be providing boxed lunches for your convenience.

Saturday Evening, March 23, 2013
Saturday night we'll have an Art Vendor Fair where you can buy art and craft supplies as well as finished works of art and jewelry from local artists and our very own teachers! Join us at the Youth Temple, from 6-9pm. This event is open to the public!

We'll be adding more events too — as many of the local businesses want to take part in showing you what a lovely town Ocean Grove is — with gallery openings, historical tours and more. So stay tuned!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Coming Soon!

We know you're excited and we're almost ready to let you in on the final details! So stay tuned for more information as we gather our lists of exciting workshops, participating hotels, bed & breakfast inns and more. If you'd like to be the first to know about the most up-to-date news on our retreat, sign up for the Yesterday's Trash Newsletter (that's my lovely daughter and art retreat advisor!) or follow this blog (click the blogger icon in the top left corner!).

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Art Vendor Fair

Creativity By-the-Sea Art Vendor Fair  
Saturday, March 23, 2013
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location Coming Soon 

Saturday night we'll have a Vendor Fair where you can buy art and craft supplies as well as finished works of art and jewelry from local artists and our very own Creativity By-the-Sea teachers! Join us from 6-9pm right in Ocean Grove. This event is open to the public! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Our 2012 Event Was A Success! See You In 2013!

Wow, what a fabulous turnout we had at our new Creativity By-the-Sea Art Retreat! Over 40 attendees took more than 75 classes... all within the one square mile of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. We got such great feedback from the attendees, instructors and innkeepers, that we're going to do it all again in 2013! So thanks to everyone who helped make this a great success. You're the best!

The weekend kicked off with a Welcome Reception for instructors, students and participating business owners. This was held on Friday evening at the Albatross Hotel. Guests from as far away as North Carolina, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Upstate NY mingled, and met their Instructors and fellow students while enjoying refreshments from our local businesses, Cheese on Main and Yvonne’s Café. Hey, the Mayor even showed up to wish us well on our "maiden voyage"!

Saturday evening a Vendors Art Fair was held at the Youth Temple. Workshop Instructors were able to offer their art work and supplies for sale to students and the public. Everyone was very pleased with the turnout and sales!

Students really enjoyed their classes and had fantastic works of art to bring home with them. For many, it was their first time in Ocean Grove and they fell in love with this quaint little Victorian town. 

We were so thrilled by our flagship event that plans are already being made for next year by students, instructors and the Chamber of Commerce! Thanks again and see you in 2013!!