Independent Jewish Synagogue in Asheville, NC

Beringer Artist Retreat


July 10, 2023 - July 13, 2023    
All Day

Event Type


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 explorations!

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.

Workshop Details

DATES: Monday, July 10—Thursday, July 13, 2023 • 9:30am—4:30pm

REGISTRATION: 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 administrative 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 synagogue.

For questions regarding this workshop, please call organizer, Sally Gooze 828-772-0222.