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Artista Creative Safaris is the artistic branch of Manifesta Safaris, offering world premier vacations for women since 1997. The core commitment to our guests is to help them reach their full potential by providing life altering experiences. Our success comes from our attention to detail coupled with a nurturing staff, ensuring guests a seamless experience, from booking to departure.

The painting workshops are taught by accomplished abstract artists, whose teaching style is relaxing and free from judgment. The inspiring location of Carmel-by-the-Sea, was established as a bohemian artist and writers colony after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Since then, it's been the home and inspiration of greats such as Jack London and Ansel Adams. Today's Carmel has that same sense of beauty and promise.

Artista has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Sunset Magazine, Vogue Trendwatch, Artist's Sketchbook, The Artist's Magazine, and American Style Magazine.

While journalists sing our praises, our alumnae tell the real story... click here for guests reviews

 

Bev         |        Bill          |          Jackie        |         Cynthia         |         Chris          |          Annie

 

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Bev
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Bev has made a lifelong commitment to helping women to reach their full potential. "The empowerment of women would be a benefit to us all. My goal is to inspire us to accomplish what we once thought was impossible."

In 1982 , Bev co-founded one of the first snowboard companies and greatly impacted the evolution of the new sport. After decades devoting herself to the development of women's snowboarding needs, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine recognized Bev's contributions by honoring her as the "Pioneer Woman of Snowboarding". Learning to surf at the age of 44, she saw a new opportunity to promote her mission and launched Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women.

Bev's personal interest in Artista comes from her past years spent in the thriving art community of Benicia, California, and now living in Carmel-by-the-Sea. "Over the last decade, I've been slowly introduced to the local art scene which was, quite frankly, intimidating early on. Since then I've gained enlightening friendships and a much deeper appreciation for the arts. This is no surprise considering I'm easily distracted by beauty, whether it's in my garden, on a mountaintop, or . . . even wandering aimlessly through a fabric store. As a beginning artist myself, I've found great reward in exploring my own creativity. And I know, if given the opportunity, there are many women who would like to experience the same."

 

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William
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William is a well-known painter, printmaker and studio art instructor who lives and works in the art community of Benicia, California. He received his MFA from Boston University and has studied with Philip Guston and James Weeks. William has had numerous solo shows and his work is represented in galleries across the country and in private collections in the US, Canada, and Europe. With nearly two decades experience teaching painting, drawing, color, design, and printmaking at colleges and universities throughout New England and the San Francisco Bay Area, William has returned to teaching the encaustic medium.

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Cynthia
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In her thirty year career as a photographic artist and painter, Cynthia has worked and exhibied internationally, nationally and locally. As assistant director & curator of the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Ca., co-created the first international museum solely dedicated to photography, film and video. In recent years she has been a co-founder of the Creative Arts Center at the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California. She loves to share, through teaching, her current passion of mixed media and encaustic painting at ARTISTA. She exhibits her work at Gallery North in Carmel

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Jackie
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Jackie is an avid reader, writer, and fabulous cook who is most appreciated by the Artista Alumnae for her delicious culinary creations. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jackie and surfing husband Brian settled in Carmel-by-the-Sea to raise their daughter Juliet. "My greatest desire is to bring up my girl to be a kind and happy woman." Jackie understands the needs of our guests and is there throughout the safari to insure a lovely vacation for all.

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Chris
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Chris coordinates the different aspects of each safari into one fantastic experience for our guests. Bev, his long time partner and Manifesta founder, have been married and working together for over 20 years starting with the launch of Avalanche Snowboards in 1982. He applies his education and experience in graphic arts and industrial design throughout the organization. When not in the office, Chris surfs and tests restaurants throughout California and Mexico. Good gig.

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Annie
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Originally from Massachusetts, Annie was a dedicated therapy dog for Bev's dad. Bev adopted her shortly after his death in 1998. Annie currently holds the esteemed title of "Cutest Senior" awarded at the annual Carmel-by-the-Sea Reindoggie contest. She also captured the hearts of the audience by taking "Best in Show" at the screening of Best in Show, a favorite event in dog-friendly Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Any day, Annie can be found curled up on Bev's desk, precariously close to her keyboard. Whenever she needs attention, she tiptoes around the keys making her responsible for all typos on this website.

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