So There will be Room for Something New to Show Up!
For the past 8 years we, Lorri and Lori, have eaten, slept and breathed Art Camp for Women. We have laughed, learned, met wonderful and talented women from all over North America, learned some more and laughed some more. And if we were younger we would probably keep going for another couple of years.
Between the slow economic recovery, the inconvenience and cost of air travel and the advance of our technology overall, it doesn’t bode well for the timely growth of our small art retreat venue. While we are not losing money; neither one of us could buy our own groceries on what we are making at Art Camp. And we don’t shop at Whole Foods. In plain English, at this rate by the time we could live off of Art Camp for Women we would be in nursing homes.
That is the stopping part – the almost sad part.
The something new part:
Lori Wostl says: First I want to say how enormously satisfying it has been to work closely with another woman as a business partner. Lorri Flint and I have had to invent doing business in a way that two very strong personalities could be expressed and thrive. We have an extraordinary and unprecedented relationship that could be a new model for doing business. We will continue our friendship with hiking and art days. And I, Lori W. will be continuing with Art Camp for Women in whatever form that will take.
I have two kids in their 30s and two kids entering their teens (my grandkids) at home. This gives me the rather random lifestyle that fits for blogging, art journaling and running an art service business online. My husband is retired and we will be adventuring more freely.
Lorri Flint says: It has been an incredibly fulfilling 8 years creating with all of the women who have come to Camp; as Campers and as Instructors. I’ve learned a tremendous amount about websites and photoshop and the details of running a successful retreat. The saddest part for me is that I will not be working with my business partner, Lori. We are very good together, have lots of laughs and will remain friends and have art days together instead.
My husband and I have two sons (one out of college and one almost out of college) and we are looking at buying a franchise to operate together. We’re ready for something new and together we have the energy to build a business that can take us into retirement…whatever that word means! I’m also looking forward to doing more of my own art.
Thank you for caring and for your support – in whatever form it has taken – over the years. We especially want to thank the women including the instructors we have gotten to know through one or more Art Camp sessions. Each of you holds a special place in our hearts.