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Artist retreats designed to make the everyday extraordinary.


With Faux Retreats scheduled for Wisconsin, North Carolina, Santa Fe and beyond, we provide the most unique, and feature packed experience for Faux Finishers, and other professionals in the decorative painting and mural community. Since 2009, our painting retreats have inspired and brought artists together to form strong networks and lasting friendships.  

Every retreat offers a variety of classes, instructors and products and the price always includes classes, food and lodging.   We love to pamper you while creating a fresh, unique and memorable experience.  We started it first!


We are already getting ready for 2016!  We are heading to Italy, Texas, Wisconsin, Missouri and the east coast!  Drop us a line if you are interested in hosting a retreat in your area.


2015 Schedule


April 28 - May 2

Ande Crenshaw - Igor Turovskiy - Rachel Downs

Contemporary cabinet finishes that sell, the proper way to use spray guns, contracts and marketing for your cabinet business.  + Epoxy and plexiglass art creations, and modern metallic wall decorative finishes.

This retreat is sold out, but we will gladly add you to the waiting list if a spot becomes vacant.  


august 25 - 29

Annie Lemarie' - Adrienne Wannamaker

Verre églomisé, gilding and decorative faux finishes are just some of what will be taught by Annie.  Adrienne will be teaching some contemporary concrete and Italian plaster finishes using lime plaster by Firmolux, Proceed and SkimStone.

Verre églomisé, from the French term meaning glass gilded, is a process in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf.



North Carolina

October 20 - 24

Sheri Zeman - Ali Kay - Viki Payne

We are blinging it up in North Carolina for this special first time retreat located at a beautiful 3 story lodge style home on Lake Norman.  But don't worry, we will still have most of the favorite amenities and traditions Faux Retreat is known for.  Including the amazing classes!


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theArt Fusion Event

November in Santa Fe

Expanding off of our 2 years of Caring With Colors Events, this year's event is in New Mexico and giving to several charitable organizations. Lots of  classes, inspiration and camaraderie at this affordable "faux" industry event.  Open to professional Decorative Artists.

If you are interested in teaching at this event or having a display booth, use the form under Contact.

Kathy are truly an amazing person!!!!! I am still in Awwwww over the Summer Retreat last week. You are such a detail oriented person and want you to know how much I appreciate all of your efforts and hard work you put into all of it. So looking forward to coming back in Sept for the Fall Retreat!!!!! See ya soon!!!
— Jan Moody 2013
I am still glowing and floating from the experience at retreat...HUGE thanks to all, especially KB- you are TOPS! and an enormous-x-infinity- The last week was full of so many blessings and joys!!! I am thrilled to have spent time with so many creatives not only in art & inspiration & emotions...but in laughter-TONS of it- (we all just gained years to our lives)...i cannot remember the last time I belly laughed to the point of my toes & nose wiggling beyond control- or maybe it was those redneck teeth?...HHhhmmm...I am humbled by the gift of spending such quality time with all of you...heart hug, xox
— Deb Drager 2012
Kathy is a dynamo with a country-wide reputation as an artist, organizer and a facilitator. I am constantly amazed at the number of projects she is involved in and even more amazed at how well they are run.
— Dean Sickler 2010 instructor