Art Lounge is my “inner retreat”

As an art gallery owner (Art n Soul on 101) I am FREQUENTLY asked the question, which art is yours?? I respond, NONE, and they continue to be curious as to why and how I started an artisans’ gallery. I strongly believe in grass-roots and community art and wanted a venue for many artists that are just beginning to go PUBLIC with their art. After 10 years of ownership and many people asking if they we offered art classes, I finally opened Art Lounge on 101 with my partner Nancy Walter.

Everyday I am so blessed to be surrounded and inspired by art. For years I have wanted to explore my “inner creativity” and Art Lounge is my “inner retreat”, a quiet guided studio to tap my creative juices. I am so eager to enroll in the Gypsy Caravan classes and many of the other upcoming classes. This year my friends, family and kids will be receiving gifts made from my hands. Perfect or imperfect a gift from the hands and heart seems to impart true LOVE!!!

Everybody is an artist… just like everyone can dance and everyone can sing… perhaps some better than others.. but let go of judgment and you will discover a great sense of creative FREEDOM!!

— Cindy Blumkin

Teachers Orientation Meeting

Friday April 29, 2016, 11 AM-1 PM

Introduction to the NEWEST, MOST FUN studio to teach art!!!

We encourage ALL of you to attend so we can explain website, scheduling, details etc. Will provide refreshments and begin the ENERGY and continue to spread the word! We look forward to meeting you all. RSVP required (so we know how many chairs we will need): (with Teacher Orientation in the subject line)

My search for Purpose, Peace and Passion…

This New Year my fortune cookie read “You will find peace, purpose and passion”.

Years ago I began a tradition of giving my family and friends a fortune cookie on New Year’s  Day. I found this tradition to be a fun, entertaining and a humorous way to predict the upcoming year. This year, my cookie was exciting and filled with hope and promise. I was searching for a place to be creative, meditative and artfully expressive. My path unexpectedly intersected with an amazing artist and graphic designer, Nancy Walter. We were distant acquaintances with a common vision; a desire for a creative teaching space. Without delay and with a big leap of faith we began the plan for Art Lounge on 101.

Life is filled with surprises!

As my fortune cookie said: PURPOSE. Meeting Nancy has been filled with purpose and our collaboration has been the formation of Art Lounge on 101.

Secondly PEACE: Nancy and I imagined an intimate, peaceful art teaching studio. Luckily, the ideal space occurred in Downtown Encinitas which is a historic community that resonates a casual, peaceful  and creative feeling.

My third word was: PASSION. Playing in the world of art and being with artful people is one of my passions. I consider myself an artistic soul, and I’ve really enjoyed taking art classes. My present desire is to be in my passion and indulge my artistic curiosity. Therefore, Art Lounge on 101 is my new home, where I can play, create and realize Purpose, Peace and Passion.

I invite all of you seeking the 3 P’s to join me in nurturing your creative souls, and to experience the gratification of your own expression and sense of creativity!!! We all have it inside, just waiting to come out!!!

Cindy Blumkin — Co-Founder

Open House: Encinitas Street Fair

Saturday April 23-24, 2016, 12-4 PM
Throughout South Highway 101
Open House at Art Lounge on 101
816 S Coast Highway 101 Encinitas 92014

Perfect opportunity to introduce people to studio and enroll them in classes and mailing list. We encourage all teachers to participate in HOSTING on either day and meet and recruit new students!!! If interested: Please respond to (with Street Fair in the subject line) and provide details of the day and hours you want to commit to. Cindy will be present all day promoting and greeting the community with you.

Gypsy Caravan: Express your Creativity!

Groove in your artistic spirit. Be guided by the Art Lounge teachers and make your own Holiday Gifts. The creative atmosphere will inspire your imagination, expand your artistic flow as you discover the JOY of making your own gifts.

Come Make Art and Play!

Choose your favorite classes and day … classes will take place from 9am to 9pm

Gypsy Caravan Classes: Saturday, October 15, 2016   

• 9:00am–12:00pm  |  Janis Reeser: Gypsy Journal

• 1:00–4:00pm  |  Linda Luisi: Pressed Flower Gift Cards and Gift Tags

• 6:00–9:00pm  |  Paige Perkins: Succulent Pumpkins

Gypsy Caravan Classes: 
Saturday, November 5, 2016: 

• 9:30am–1:00pm  | Amanda Letscher: Indigo Fabric Dyeing

• 2:00–5:00pm  |  Shawna Leslie: Vintage Jewelry Workshop

• 6:00–9:00pm  |  Paige Perkins: Succulent Hanging Dish

Gypsy Caravan Classes: Saturday, December 3, 2016   

• 10:00am–1:00pm  |  A Big Surprise

• 2:00–5:00pm  |  Tami Zohar: Nuno-Felt Scarf Design

• 6:00–9:00pm  |  Diane Ziegler: Mosaic Picture Frames

Sign up today!

Shop hand-crafted… gift from the heart!

We are excited to announce our first ever Holiday Bazaar!

Sunday December 11, 2016, 12-4:30PM

All items in our pop-up-shop will be handmade by local artists and they are working feverishly to get their hand-crafted goods ready to sell at our first annual Art Lounge Holiday Bazaar.

We believe gifts have a special and unique feeling when made by the hands of artisans. Our Holiday Bazaar will feature lots of gift-giving treasures, all priced at $200 or less. The selection will include jewelry, felted-silk scarves, greeting cards, mosaic picture frames, paintings, handmade books, succulents and lots, lots more!!

The shopping atmosphere will be enhanced by the sound of music, face painting, card reading, a henna artist, beverages and a great ARTSY vibe!  We hope you can join us! Check back for times and details!


Holiday Bazaar!

As the Holiday season fast approaches, we are excited to announce our first ever Holiday Bazaar!

In the spirit of our Gypsy Caravan events, this special afternoon will showcase the diverse creations and offerings of our fabulous instructors… in a fun and festive setting! The Bazaar will be a hand-crafted marketplace for selling art and gift items under $200. All art mediums and styles!

Sunday, December 11, 2016
12:00-6:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate as a vendor, please send an email to with Holiday Bazaar in the subject line. We already have several artists who want to participate… so act quickly!

Whether you are selling or not, do stop by and checkout all the amazing work by your fellow artists…we are sure they will appreciate the support and you will love the amazing treasures you are sure to come away with. Holiday shopping just got a whole lot more personalized…and fun!


Gypsy Caravan: A Festival of Fun!

You are being whisked off to an exotic land, where creativity, self-discovery and color abound. Your senses are enhanced and engaged in new sights, smells and tastes. You are free to let go of your inhibitions and express your true self with limitless possibilities…

Art Lounge on 101 announces our first ever Gypsy Caravan, with 3 special dates for you to do just that!  

Each day will be filled with three different classes where you can create personalized gifts perfect for any occasion (especially Holiday gifting), or as a special treat to yourself. All three days will be different, so feel free to stop by each time… you never know what you’ll learn or who you’ll meet!

Festivities will take place from 9am to 9pm, and will also include outdoor activities that coincide with our “Gypsy Caravan” theme. We are planning on having card readers, henna artists, mandala rock painting, live music…the options are endless, so if you have have any recommendations or know of anyone interested in participating, let us know!

Choose your favorite classes and day… Come Make Art and Play!

Saturday, October 15, 2016:   
  • 9:00–12:00pm  |  Janis Reeser: Gypsy Journal
  • 1:00–4:00pm  |  Linda Luisi: Pressed Flower Gift Cards and Gift Tags
  • 6:00–9:00pm  |  A Big Surprise
Saturday, November 5, 2016:  
  • 9:00–1:00pm  | Amanda Letscher: Indigo Fabric Dyeing
  • 2:00–5:00pm  |  A Big Surprise
  • 6:00–9:00pm  |  Paige Perkins: Succulent Pumpkins
Saturday, December 3, 2016:   
  • 10:00–1:00pm  |  A Big Surprise
  • 2:00–5:00pm  |  Tami Zohar: Nuro-Felt Scarf Design
  • 6:00–9:00pm  |  Diane Ziegler: Mosaic Picture Frames


Our 6 Month Anniversary Party!

A Happening Event!  Mark Your Calendars!  Community & Creativity!

An Art Opening so fun…at Art Lounge on 101
Celebrate Our 6 Month Anniversary and Join Us for An ARTFUL Party!

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Where: Art Lounge on 101, 816 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 858-442-8666

Evening Events:

  • Art Exhibit & Sale: Nadya Migalko, Nancy Walter, Diane  Ziegler
  • Teacher Demonstrations and Interactive Art
  • Live Music and Drumming
  • Yummy Food and Beverages

Several teachers will be demonstrating their craft and engaging you in the process. You will discover the magic and gratification of being artful. It is simply amazing how a class in jewelry design, art journaling, succulent design, mosaic, watercolor and acrylic painting etc. can elevate your spirit and sense of personal gratification. Our teachers will guide you in finding your best artful self.

We also have the work of our very own Nancy Walter, Nadya Migalko and Diane Ziegler up on display for your viewing pleasure and purchasing opportunity. All  are local artists and are constantly inspired by community and the world around us. Nancy takes much of her inspiration from her travels, while Nadya is intent on currently immersing herself in everything around Encinitas and Diane makes amazing mosaic designs and wall pieces.

We hope the evening inspires you to explore and play in the world of art and creativity. Art Lounge on 101 is dedicated to providing diverse and innovative classes designed for the novice and the most experiences of artists.

Cheers! Hope to see you therre!
The Art Lounge Team

Juliana Coles in Encinitas!!!

Here’s the scoop… Juliana Coles will be teaching a mini workshop on Monday, May 23, 2016 from 6-9 PM at Art Lounge on 101. We are so excited to have her here. So for anyone interested in mixed media, visual (art) journaling or wanting to inject some major creativity in your work… sign up today. This class will fill. Details to come!

Juliana Coles, award winning fine artist, received her BFA from the Academy of Art College, San Francisco. A controversial pioneer of the Art Journaling movement, Coles developed “Extreme Visual Journaling,” an active meditation technique that accesses archetypal signs and symbols from the unconscious for transformation and healing. This process is now used by art therapists, teachers, artists and professionals the world over. Coles has written numerous workbooks on her process as well as authoring articles for such craft magazines as “Cloth, Paper, Scissors,” and “Somerset Studios.” Her journals have been featured in over 20 books including “Making Journals By Hand,” and as part of the “1000 Journals Project” her work was exhibited at the SFMOMA. In 2014 Coles published, “Ghost Pirate,” a collection of her visual journals, paintings, and mixed media figure drawings. Coles remains at the top of her field through workshops and retreats both here and abroad, revolutionary online courses, and most recently, an artist residency at the Green Olive Art Center in Morocco. Coles creates from her enchanted studio in Albuquerque, NM.

For more information visit her website.