Where to stay in Round Top

Barb Solemaccommodations, Art Retreat on the Prairie

“Wherever we travel, the wonderful people we meet become our family.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita Round Top is a quaint and charming community set in the middle of Texas longhorn country. We return here year-after-year because it provides the calm, quiet inspiration where we all need to escape once in a while. One of the best parts of hosting our … Read More

Meals and Gatherings

Barb SolemArt Retreat on the Prairie, General Information

Vivi Magoo students enjoy gatherings and visit the best restaurants in Round Top, enjoying BBQ, pie, and occasionally a glass of wine while attending Art Retreat on the Prairie. In addition to our wonderful classes, we offer our students the opportunity to attend cocktail hours, meals, and socials. Some events are hosted by us, such as the gathering that kicks off … Read More

Grateful HeARTS

Barb Solem2017, Grateful HeARTS

Vivi Magoo has enjoyed many successes over the past five years, and we feel blessed to be able to do what we do with and for our wonderful family of students and instructors. We felt the calling this year to undertake a philanthropic project, giving back something to the Tucson community in which we serve and to those who may be … Read More

Question – Gem Show – Wholesale License

Barb Solem2017, Shopping

Question I have my business license for the state of Wa. W/ my UBI number is that good enough to get into the gem shows? Thank you,  K.O. Reply Yes, your WA state business license will work for all of the wholesale tents in Tucson. You can pre-register for many of them right now. JOGS, G&LW, To Bead True Blue, … Read More

Thank You, Prima!

Barb SolemArt Retreat by the Beach, News, Vivi Magoo Presents Art Retreats and Other Inspirations

Prima Marketing is an established leader in the scrapbooking and crafting industries. They have awesome lines of art supplies including paints, stamps, tags, trims, embellishments, resin blanks and so much more. Their design team provides excellent inspiration, and their free online tutorials are very helpful! If you get a chance, go check out their website. We are fortunate to enjoy a wonderful partnership … Read More

Where to Shop in Tucson

Barb Solem2017, Art Retreat in the Desert, Shopping, The Desert - 2022

Question I am headed to Tucson for the show and had reached out to one of your instructors to ask if she had suggestions on where to go for mixed media/found objects/assemblage supplies.  She directed me to you and now I think I will need to sign up for some Art Retreat in the Desert classes while I am there!  I … Read More

Meet Ann Hammes

Barb SolemArt Retreat by the Beach, Shopping, Vivi Magoo Presents Art Retreats and Other Inspirations


Do you know Ann Hammes? Many of you do! And, those of you who don’t will have a chance to meet her during our retreat; she’s a friend to students and shoppers alike. Ann has a beautiful store, Femmage, located in the Historic Arsenal in Benicia, California,  where she showcases original works from local artists, vintage furniture and gifts. Femmage … Read More