Beringer Artist Retreat – Fabric Explorations

July 10, 2023 @ 9:30 am – July 13, 2023 @ 4:30 pm


An Independent Jewish Community

invites you to participate in our 2023 Artist in Residence Workshop


With Suzie Beringer
Asheville, North Carolina

July 10 – 13, 2023

Have you always wanted to create on fabric, but didn’t know where or how to
begin? This workshop will take away those mysteries and you will see what
exciting possibilities designing on fabric can bring.

Beth Israel is excited to announce Fabric Explorations, an
opportunity to explore and learn with Suzie Beringer,
working to combine strong, simple illustrations and
abstractions to be enhanced with accents and textures of
lettering, all on fabric! Suzie is a freelance letter artist with
over 30 years calligraphic experience and a degree in
Commercial Art. If you’ve worked on fabric before, you
know how adaptable and forgiving it can be. If you haven’t
worked with fabric, you will be surprised and delighted in
its characteristics as a substrate. Strong layout and design
will go a long way and whether you are familiar with
lettering or not, the enhancements we learn will surely add an element of depth to your
A good quality muslin acts as a tightly knit canvas, priming itself with each layer. Using
this as our base, the focus on this workshop will be on surface design. Suzie will guide us
in preparing an effective design whether pictorial or abstract. Calligraphic experience is
not necessary, but our works will also be layered with lettering as we learn to balance
with the colors and movement in our layouts while adding a delicate sense of depth and
texture. Lettering can range from your own journaling script, to a simple mono line, a
textured effect or any other hand you may want to incorporate!
Suzie will share with you many different finished samples that were done on fabric to
help inspire you. This workshop will enable you to dive in with confidence and walk
away with enough tools in your pocket to continue that play.

Suzie Beringer is a lettering artist who makes her home in the Pacific
Northwest. With a degree in commercial art with a life-time passion for
calligraphy, she is constantly exploring new possibilities and pushing
herself creatively. Her work has been published in Letter Arts Review as
well as other publications. As a teacher she loves to share her passion for
mark making and design with others. As an artist Suzie loves the
challenge and discovery that lettering on different surfaces brings. It has
been said, that if something around her doesn’t move quickly enough it
may end up with letters on it! You can see more of her work on
Instagram: penstrokedesignstudio


CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL is Asheville’s only independent egalitarian Jewish community. More
than 100 years old, we’re rediscovering ourselves every day. We love pot-lucks, swapping stories and kids
in the sanctuary. We share Shabbat lunch together and discuss Torah around a campfire and at breweries.
Sometimes we sing off key. We learn and laugh together, celebrate and care for each other
LOCATION: Congregation Beth Israel • 229 Murdock Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804
DATES: Monday, July 10—Thursday, July 13, 2023 • 9:30am—4:30pm
Early Bird registration by May 1 , 2023: $375 (this includes supplies fee).
Registration fee from May 30 to June 30 is $425.
Mail check payable to:
Congregation Beth Israel (CBI)
229 Murdock Ave.
Asheville, NC 28804
Please include Name, address, email, cell phone.
OR, Follow this handy link for online payment:

For registration questions, call the CBI office 828-252-0660, or email
A vegetarian lunch will be provided daily. (No meat can be brought into synagogue).
Coffee, tea, and water are provided throughout each day.
This workshop is limited to 20 participants.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made prior to May 15 are refundable, less a $36 adminis-
trative charge. Cancellations made up until June 15th are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations made

after June 15th are non-refundable, however the registration can be transferred to a donation to the
For questions regarding this workshop, please call organizer, Sally Gooze 828-772-0222.

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