Art Retreat on the Prairie

Monday, October 9 – Friday, October 13, 2017

We are switching things up a bit this fall and heading back to The Prairie where it all began!

We will be hosting a Vivi Magoo LTD style event featuring Anne Mitchell. The goal for this three-day design intensive workshop is to enable students to hone and expand the skills they already possess, learn new techniques, and conceptualize new ways of using these skills to transform their ideas into reality. We will focus on logically working through the steps of formulating an idea, creating the cartoon for the design, then transforming it into a distinctive and refined finished piece. Worlds of creative possibilities for combining metals with various materials will be unleashed as we focus on skill-building and fine craftsmanship in an open, fun and engaging atmosphere.

Event Details

The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell
5808 Wagner Road
Round Top, Texas

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Registration is open!

Class Details

Frequently Asked Questions

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Cancellations prior to August 28, 2017 will incur a $150 processing fee.

Cancellations received on or after August 28, 2017 are non-refundable.

In the very rare event of an emergency or unavoidable natural disaster or act of God, a class may be cancelled. In this situation, all fees will be reimbursed.

I hereby release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue Solem’s Classic Interiors LLC (hereinafter referred to as releasees), its officers, employees, agents, and volunteers of any and all liability, claims, demands, causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, injury, or death, that may be sustained by me. this waiver applies to the duration of my involvement with the retreat held by the releasee.

I will also agree to defend, indemnify and hold Solem’s Classic Interiors, LLC, its officials, employees, agents, and volunteers harmless from any liabilities, claims, injuries, damages, losses, lawsuits, judgements, and expenses associated with the acts or failure to act by me for the full duration of the retreat.

It is my express intent that the waiver and hold harmless provisions of this agreement shall survive my death and apply to all my agents, successors and assigns, heirs, and personal representatives.

Both parties agree to apply the laws of the state of Arizona and enter into binding arbitration if a dispute were to arise.

If any portion of this agreement is deemed unlawful or unenforceable then only that portion will be stricken and the remainder of the provisions will remain in force.


four nights of lodging
(semi-private room*)

four hearty, country breakfasts

three filling lunches

four delicious dinners

happy hours

open studio each evening

nightly presentations by Anne

signature treats and Vivi Magoo goodies

transportation and kit fees are extra

This Vivi Magoo LTD retreat is located in Round Top, Texas, situated at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill country. It’s about a 2-hour drive from Houston, and about a 90-minute drive from Austin. If you are flying, we recommend that you fly into Austin. It’s easier to get to Round Top from Austin than from Houston.

Round Top is a friendly small town in Texas, said to have received its current name from “the house with the round top”–an early stagecoach stand. We checked with the Round Top Chamber of Commerce, and they said that one of their people just recently went door-to-door and counted 90 residents. We believe there are at least triple that number of longhorn steer living in the town. It’s a beautifully sublime location to host an equally quaint and inspiring retreat such as ours.

The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell includes 46 acres of idyllic, peaceful landscape and has 5 buildings, including the original farmhouse dating back to the mid-1800’s, where guests can enjoy their stay. Be sure to check out the following video of the property here!

You may choose to ship your things ahead of time to Round Top. Here is the address for The Prairie. Make sure to put your name on your boxes so we know where to direct them when they are delivered. We would appreciate it if you would time delivery one day prior to the start of your first class.

The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell
c/o Vivi Magoo and (your name)
5808 Wagner Road
Round Top, Texas 78954

  • Three Days of Classes beginning each day at 9:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm
  • Lunch Break from noon until 1:00 pm
  • Happy Hour from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm
  • Dinner each evening beginning at 6:00 pm
  • Nightly presentations by Anne Mitchell
  • Open studio
  • Each participant should optimally have an intermediate level of experience with fine silver fusing and basic metal smith techniques. Students should be comfortable using a hand-held butane torch, and have a basic understanding of the tools on a metal smith’s workbench such as various hammers, the bench block, jeweler’s saw and a variety of texturing tools.
    Do you need to be an expert jewelry designer to take this series of classes? Not at all; Anne is exceptional at meeting her students at their individual level.And, with only fourteen students, the amount of personal attention she can give her students is going to be awesome!

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