SAMA conference 2013

drtdgrDecember 29, 2012

Is anyone else going? I wouldn't normally because of the expense, but gosh, it's right in downtown Tacoma.

And I happen to live in - Tacoma. I signed up for the andamento class with Bonnie Fitzgerald and Andrea Taylor (I'm not familiar with two women), and am on standby for the landscape class with Laura Rendlen.

I'm excited and wonder if anyone has attended them in the past and what their experience was. Susan

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drtdgr

Well, gosh, I guess I'm the only one here. It is pricey, even without airfare and hotel. But, heck, it's a once in a lifetime event for me.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 5:02PM
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silvamae

Hey drtdgr, I'm here. I won't be going but I sure would like to. I hope you go. It was in Austin recently (2 years ago? 1 year ago?) but I didn't go because I felt it was too pricey for me, even though I live here, and I've regretted it ever since. If it ever comes back to Austin, I'm going for sure!!!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 8:26PM
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drtdgr

Well, I will be sure to take a lot of photos and share my experience! There will be so much to absorb.

I hope it will lead to more ambitious projects. Everyone has to start somewhere. Susan

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 10:45PM
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nicethyme

I have lots of friends in SAMA and from all the posts and pics over the years I will say you won't be disappointed. Things I think are a definitely do - volunteer to help in a class - you can get all the info for FREE! and definitely sign up for the mosaic marathon which always looks to be a BLAST! Don't miss any breakfast meets and evenings out, this isan excellent chance to hang out with some wonderful ppl

    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 4:00PM
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becky_ia

Susan, I will be attending...This will be my sixth conference. And each and everyone has been well worth the expense. I always say, my life was never the same after attending the first one in Mesa. Been to San Diego, Chicago, Austin, Lexington and now Tacoma. I have met so many wonderful and talented people.

Things to do especially if it is your first. Volunteer as much as you can. My first conference, I didn't know a soul. I volunteered for so much and it was the best. You really get to meet new people and can see how it all works. The classes are great, yes, expensive, but fun. The mosaic marathon is so awesome...you must do and doesn't cost anything but your talent and time. And once you register, remember to tell them you are a first timer. There is a group that will make you feel comfortable. Going to the vendor marketplace is worth the trip alone. You will see all the latest and newest things that are on the market, and you don't have to pay postage to get them. Be sure to buy tickets for the raffle...they have great prizes.

So rest assured...it will be worth it. Maybe we can even meet!

becky

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 12:26AM
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drtdgr

Thanks for the info! I was feeling a little intimidated, being relatively new to the mosaic world.

I will definitely sign up for the mosaic marathon.

It would be fun to meet someone from this forum!

Susan

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 7:16AM
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nicethyme

Susan, promise to post pics for us! Does anyone know who is leading the marathon this year... thats always my favorite thing to watch (from afar)

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 12:26PM
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becky_ia

Susan, when it gets closer to April, email me and we can exchange cell phone numbers, or we can schedule a time to meet. I would like that!

Mosaic Marathon is headed up by Mark Brody and Lynn Adamo this year. If you'd like to see a picture of the mosaic, check out this link:
http://www.americanmosaics.org/wp/index.php/?page_id=3138

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 12:03AM
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nicethyme

ooh cool! thanks for that link Becky

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 12:37PM
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drtdgr

Thanks, Becky, I will do that! Susan

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 7:27AM
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Calamity_J

WOW! I wonder if I should be bugging my girls here to go...Squirrelly Canadian and Klinger...hmmm...ROAD TRIP!!!!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 3:49PM
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drtdgr

I always wondered who Klinger was - and Squirrely Canadian?

Please send them. I must meet them. Susan

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 8:08PM
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texaswild

I was just wondering yesterday why I haven't seen SQUIRRELY on Flickr lately. Y'all three w/have a terrific trip, CALAM.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 4:39AM
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nicethyme

She's on Facebook, Calamity are you friended to her there?

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 9:37AM
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Calamity_J

Yes, I am, I will contact them and see if they will make a special guest appearance here on Garden Web! heh heh!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 12:19PM
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squirrellycanadian

Hi Guys! Yes I'm going!! I'm all registered, I'm taking the Mosaicing with Beads by Sharra Frank. And the tour of the Spectrum glass factory. Can't wait!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 9:37PM
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drtdgr

Yay! I'm excited to meet more of the people here! Susan

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 9:47AM
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squirrellycanadian

I used to post here all the time, then a lot of people went to Flickr, now everyone is on Facebook. It's so hard to keep up to it all so I just use facebook. There are a lot of wonderful mosaic artists there and a lot are going to SAMA. I hope Clamaity and Klinger go too! Let's all meet up! You can find me on fb.. Shirley Fralick

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 11:06AM
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klinger

I'm going to encourage Janie to go, but I just can't make it.I would love to and it's close to us too. However I've got a holiday booked for the end of the month and time and finances just don't work for another get away so soon after.You guys have FUN!
Cindy

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:42AM
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deannad

I heard a rumor that SAMA 2014 will be held in Houston. Does anyone know if that is true?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 5:28PM
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nicethyme

Its been confirmed for Houston, yes

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 5:01PM
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