Faux Retreat Las Vegas!

Included in your retreat price:

All classes, lodging, meals at retreat location, and pass for the National Hardware Show (pass value is $100)


May 7 - May 11

We are only allowing a limited number of students for this retreat.


Location:  Private home in Las Vegas, Nevada just 3 miles from the Strip.  Just some of the amenities include, pool, billiards, air hockey, theater room, wrap around balconies, pool.  Only 3 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.

Interchangeable Designs by sandra gonzalez

Join Sandra for a few of her favorite new “go to” finishes in Vegas!

A finish has to pass a certain criteria to become one of her new favorites…  
Sandra's favorites are easily compatible with a wide range of design styles. They lend themselves readily to modern, transitional and traditional spaces alike. They’re comfortable - not too fussy and inter-changeable. They appeal to a wide range of client taste and color palettes. They are easy to sell. They are easy to execute on multiple surfaces, such as ceilings, walls, cabinetry, and the stand alone focal wall. They have a limited number of steps, allowing the applicator to offer a quality product at a competitive price point. They are clean, fresh and fun! 

Class Focus:
Inter-changeable and “go to” designs is the class focus. You will produce some wonderful, sellable finishes for walls and cabinets, utilizing multiple product lines. This class is designed with you in mind. The goals are to expand your profits with easy to sell and executable designs. Expand your portfolios with fresh and versatile samples.   

Supplies: Trowels, frog or blue tape, chip brushes, sharpie. 
                All other supplies and materials will be provided.

If this is your first time to a “Faux Retreat” or if you are a long time “Retreater” you don’t want to miss out on “Faux Retreat 2018 Vegas”! Kathy Boyd is an excellent organizer and facilitator for the art and decorative arts industry, she goes above and beyond to create retreats to remember. This one is sure to be exceptional. Come prepared to learn, relax, rest, laugh, meet other like-minded artist, make life-long friends, have fun, be refreshed and see the sights! 

I had the good fortune to take Sandra Gonzales’ class at the ArtFusion event in Black Mountain NC. 2017. I have always wanted to be a part of her class, particularly when I watched her “demo” at the Estes Park 2016 Event. Her “demo” board quickly became one of my top finishes. Not only has she developed the BEST glaze in the biz...she is an extraordinary teacher of her craft. Organized. Detailed. Prepared. Professional. Kind and fun too! Her assistant, Darlene Swanson Hartley, added to the effectiveness of the class the two together are like watching a ballet....a well oiled machine! I’d give Sandra 10 ⭐️’s out of 5🌞
— Jayne Habicht

Retreat Schedule:

Monday: Class with Sandra

Tuesday: Class with Sandra 

Tuesday evening:  Party 

Wednesday: National Hardware Show

Thursday: Marketing your business class.

Thursday evening: Vegas Show then casino fun.

Friday: Check- out then spend the day on the Strip.

Classes, lodging and food at the retreat location are provided.  Breakfast is continental style.

The PDRA (Paint and Decorating Retailers Association) have generously given everyone at the retreat passes for the National Hardware Convention.


The first column shows the finish you will learn and the next two columns show the actual finish on a surface.  

Sandra is a wonderful teacher. I have taken a lot of classes over the years and was impressed how much Sandra taught that no other instructor has. Lots of great tricks that will save me a lot of time and money on the job.
— Beth

Instructor Bio

Sandra Gonzalez is the founding Chief Executive Officer and Art Director of
“A Work of Art!” Sandra has over thirty five years of experience as a professional artist and 27 years of teaching art. Her art background and teaching experience encompasses art history and art education, fine art, decorative art, set design, design, along with commercial and residential construction. Sandra is a member of the International Decorative Artisans League. She is currently acting Vice-President of the north Texas chapter of the International Decorative Artisan League, the Lone Star Artisans. Sandra held the office of President from 2009 to 2012 for the Lone Star Artisans League and has served as a board member since 2009. Sandra has had the distinct privilege of being a juror and judge for the Southlake, “Art in the Square”, in Southlake Texas, one of the nation’s most prestigious art exhibits.

“A Work of Art!” has been featured in Fort Worth’s Panache Magazine and also Tarrant County’s Greater Fort Worth Builders Association Kaleidoscope of Homes with award winning designs in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2011 and the Texas Hill Country Builders Association 2015. In October 2012, “A Work of Art!” became accredited with the Better Business Bureau and has since held an A+ rating. In January 2017 “A Work of Art!” received the Houzz Customer Service award for the Dallas Fort Worth area and was also featured later in 2017 on The Today’s Builder Show.

In October 2014, after two previous years of research and development, Sandra along with her youngest son Caleb Gonzalez launched a secondary company Design 7 Seven Inc. Design 7 Seven produces an acrylic glaze medium for the art and decorative industry.

In February 2014, Sandra began volunteering with Sunshine Spaces Inc., lending her artistic talents painting murals and creating decorative art for room makeovers benefiting life-long and terminally ill children. In January 2016, Sandra began serving on the board of Sunshine Space as Design Lead along with her eldest son Joshua Gonzalez.

Sandra is married to her husband of forty two years, Arturo Gonzalez. Sandra loves reading, dancing, art, cooking, her family and gardening in her spare time. 

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