Faux Retreat Event

A thank you to this industry 2 day event September 26 - 27.

Free classes with Olivier, owner of Color Atelier, Sheri Zeman, instructor and distributor of Faux Effects products, class using San Marco products and much more.

Lodging is $65 a night at Stronghold. The Heritage Building has been reserved for us for the 25th & 26th, but if you want a spooky experience, you are welcome to reserve a bed in the castle. You can view lodging for Stronghold facility by going to their website. There are also other places to stay in the town of Oregon. If you need accommodations for the evening of the 27th, please contact Stronghold and inquire about their availability.

When: September 26 - 27 The first class will start at 10am on the 26th in consideration of those that may be driving in that morning.

Where: Stronghold Castle & Retreat Center in Oregon, Illinois

65 miles W of Chicago airport

What to bring!

Prime 6 - 8 styrene boards with white water based primer. I would recommend size 16 x 20 if you are flying. .020mil


  • Trowel for smooth plasters.

  • Trowel for semi-smooth plasters

  • Lime Paint Brush or flat tip box brush 4 or 5 inch

  • Bamboo or wavy trowel if you have one.

  • 2 or 3 chip brushes

  • Softening brush or Neon Leon

  • Stencil brush

  • If driving you may want to also pack a hair dryer to speed up the drying time of sample boards.

  • We will be having a bonfire on Thursday evening so pack for possible chilly weather.


Olivier Garnier - Plasters and lime paint

Color Atelier will be teaching some finishes using their beautiful lime paint and plasters. Including a technique that resembles polished plaster.), limestone plaster and polished plaster. You will see demonstration of Taldelakt, which is used in wet areas such as showers, and outdoor areas. Time permitting, you will get to use products on an actual wall.

Sheri Zeman . Faux Design Studio and Loft101 Stencils

Everyone is going to learn and take home this beautiful finish, as well as watch some cool demonstrations. Sheri will also have a lot of her Loft101 Stencils on hand at a special discounted price.


Stronghold Castle

Stronghold is a four-season Camp & Retreat Center overlooking the Rock River. The Center offers a unique Tudor style Castle, modern retreat building, cabins, and a central dining facility all situated on 360 acres of woodland, meadows, and prairie. The Center offers varied and flexible environments for day use as well as overnight accommodations. The beds are in the process of being replaced and the current ones are not great.

Stronghold Castle was also the location for the debut of Re.Vive. 20 Decorative Finishers, artists and contractors came together to restore/remodel their conference room. On the job training at its finest!