Art in the Garden

Nature :: Creativity :: Community

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The ART of Living

What could you learn about yourself through ART? Step away from busy-ness and stress to find out. The creative process is a powerful resource and mirror that builds resilience, empathy-- even fosters leadership and trust. Think of Art in the Garden like a life and learning plein-air picnic! From April to October we meet the last Saturday of each month to learn and enjoy the simplicities of life through creativity, community and cuisine! Join us!


Your outdoor watercolor class is guided by process artist and integrative leadership coach, Annelies M. Gentile of Conduit for Change. The experience is followed by a light-n-tasty vegetarian farm-to-table picnic lunch straight from one of Raleigh's best kept secrets, the Well Fed Community Garden also owned by Irregardless Cafe. See what's new in the garden, meet new faces and create with us! All levels of experience and ages are welcome!
  • $38 Guided watercolor class, supplies and lunch are included
  • 1321 Athens Drive Raleigh, NC 27606 at the Wellfed Community Garden

Taken this class before? Take it again! Deepen your learning or paint solo into the garden, then join us for lunch and our "art show" for the MoMA. ;)

Unplug from your busy life and breathe. Connect with yourself, each other and the natural world. Walk away refreshed, rejuvenated and well-fed from the inside-out! Art in the Garden is where life and learning merge with nature and creativity. Learn basic painting techniques while you also learn about the creative process and how it relates to life, stress-reduction and resiliency. Experience all this plus you'll enjoy a tasty lunch, bring home a bouquet of fresh flowers and a handmade painting by YOU!


* In the event of unexpected rain, Art in the Garden will be held under the carport. NO refunds.

JOIN US! Includes class, supplies & lunch $38

This link will take you to Eventbright to purchase your ticket.

Seasoned artists & curious creatives welcome!

A little (or a lot) intimidated by creativity? Don't be, just come as you are. Allow the magic of the moment to take you on a journey that will feed your heart and soul!

  • Watercolor kit is provided or bring your own favorite creativity supplies
  • Have an iPad?? Try digital painting!! Personally, I LOVE drawing on my iPad and highly suggest exploring this if you're into digital media. It's portable, non-polluting and super easy! Give digital painting a try! You'll need to download a drawing or painting application before you show up. I use a free app called Bamboo Paper. I suggest this app, as it's really easy to use. A stylus brush, if you prefer (I got my Sensu brush from Jerry's Artarama and love it!
  • Don't forget your personal creature comforts! ... hat, sunscreen, water and bug spray
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About Annelies, the Process Artist

Annelies has been inspiring people through creativity for over 25 years and considers herself a Process Artist. Her education includes master's degree in coaching, graduate studies in transformative leadership, conflict resolution/peacebuilding, creative process and around-the-world learning from traveling to most US states and 22 countries and counting!


Talents abound, she's worked with varied mediums from copper to photography, to plaster and paint, and to hair and make-up on Broadway. Her art is as dynamic and inspiring as Annelies herself and has been featured in multiple gallery shows and businesses including the Fearrington Village, Visual Art Exchange, Bickett Gallery, Neomonde, Tasca Brava and the UAE Embassy. Her most recent painting series, called Fractal Touchables, is only painted live and when dry, is used to help her clients (professionals, businesses & non-profits) to problem-solve from a creative perspective. It was last shown on Fayetteville Street's Express Library and used for a resiliency training for Wake County Employees. Her art has evolved as she has throughout the years. Feel free to view her creative breadth from her personal website (that needs updating!) HERE.


Today, Annelies' art-making is more about helping people process life verses creating a product. She helps them realize that creativity can be a powerful tool for processing life and to problem-solve. It's a sneaky "vegetable" benefit to learning from Annelies!


Annelies is also the author of From Chaos to Calm :: Leading Change From the Inside Out and an ICF certified coach, speaker, facilitator and CEO of Conduit for Change.


She lives in Raleigh with her sweetie Greg Whitt of Drum for Change . Her favorite daily medicine is nature and her secret-sauce to success is compassion.

Contact Annelies

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