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Venetian Sunset
Hosts Souheir & John Rawlings
still life
Burano canal

Art & Soul in Venice

Emerging Program member


Join us for an incredibly beautiful Artist Residency in Venice, Italy! April 2018.

Art&Soul is a collaborative labor of love by John and Souheir Rawlings. They will be your hosts and guides for the entire Artist Residency Program in Venice, Italy. They have many years of experience working with Emerging and Experienced Artists alike, sharing their love of the creative process and the passion for cultural learning. They are available to assist participants with individual Artistic Pursuits...offering gentle guidance, art instruction, lectures, critiques to those who seek a more "structured" approach to the residency.

However, they understand and support the Artist's need to create in a less-formal setting, and can provide access to basic services, destinations to create or wander, in a perhaps more independent atmosphere as well. This is a time for creative expression, and it is the goal of Art&Soul to meet the needs of all who choose to participate. All artists--emerging and established alike--are encouraged to contact us with question and to receive an application form. This residency is condusive mostly to 2 dimensional artists, however special arrangements for other types of art may be arranged, please feel free to ask, and we will try and assist and accommodate as best as we can!


Venice, lagoon islands, surrounding areas in the Veneto: Italy

Come join us in the ancient and mysterious city of Venice. Travel to the great centers of the Italian Renaissance to linger over magnificent works of art, music and architecture. During your time in Venice and surrounding areas, you will be introduced to the local Art & Cultural history while gathering inspiration to create your own works of art. Guidance and support will always be provided as desired--we are there for you in our desire to provide artistic opportunities for those seeking a creative learning experience in this beautiful part of Italy!

Date of Residency: April 1-April 30 2018
Cost of Residency: $2,400 (USD)

What is included? Please read below:

John & Souheir will meet and assist each Artist at Marco Polo airport, or at bus/train station in Venice

Private water taxi to and from the airport/station and apartments

Upon arrival, artists will find the apartment stocked with food and items enough for the first day

A&S(Art&Soul) is available 24 hours a day…via telephone/text/email

All apartment costs…WIFI, utilities included, washing machines in each apartment. Based on double occupancy, private bedroom, shared bathroom.

Special “resident” public transport pass (enables unlimited use of water buses for entire stay in Venice)

Guided tours throughout the city and countryside

Group Exhibition in Venice

Some museum, gallery and church entrance fees

Guided visit to Art Stores for supply purchases

Train travel costs on day trips to some cities in the Veneto

Weekly ‘festas’ at Souheir and John’s apartment which include food and beverages

Special cooking class with Italian chef followed by group meal

Sketchbook making workshop, leatherbound with fabriano paper

End of program final dinner at local trattoria


John Rawlings:

London-born and Australian-raised, John has been exposed to cultures all over the world. After graduating from the University of Guanajuato in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, he taught college art & history classes for the next 35 years in the Western United States. In 2014 John was awarded the status of Professor Emeritus for his outstanding career in higher education. He has spent much time in Italy, has lived there twice for extended periods of time, and has lead over 15 tours/residencies to the country. In 2006, he received global recognition at the International Biennale in Egypt, where his art was displayed in the world-renowned exhibition. His paintings and sculptures communicate his connection to the land and his surroundings. By incorporating found objects with natural materials, he conveys a deep connection between his life and art.

John was named the 2014 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Faculty Member of the Year for the North American Westen Region. John was one of only five Professors recognized with the ACCT award from more than 1,200 colleges in the United States and Canada. For the past twenty years he has been leading Art Programs in Italy, introducing hundreds to its wonders.

Souheir Rawlings is a certified teacher with over 30 years of experience. Her credentials come from Pacific Oaks College--a premier teacher's college emphasizing multi-cultural education. She has certifications in Expressive Arts Education and degrees in Human Development. Her art studies began in Florence Italy at Studio Art Centers International. Souheir's passion for learning combined with her artistic explorations led her to further her work in Expressive Art Therapy. She has received awards for her portraiture and has worked under the guidance of renowned Artists from Tuscany. She has a great deal of experience coordinating tours and residencies, assisting artists in their creative endeavors, and is proficient in the Italian language.

For further inquiries, please call John at (406) 249-9061 or Souheir (406) 250-8821.

Feel free to email us at any time at:

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” –Giuseppe Verdi

More about your hosts....

John and Souheir Rawlings of Art&Soul Artist Residencies, with their extensive backgrounds in Education, Art & History, combined with their love of travel and culture, present a powerful mix of teaching and life-long learning. They have a profound commitment to quality in all their offerings, both as Guides and Artists. It is the combination of their insatiable curiosity and their desire to share with others that help to make their work so meaningful–to themselves and those who join them in their Artistic Adventures around the World.

John & Souheir spend their summer months in Northern Montana, where they have a home and studios in the woods near Glacier National Park. Recently, they have been asked to host Winter Artist Retreats in the deserts of New Mexico. When they are not creating in these two magnificent places of natural beauty, they travel and lead tours and residencies in Italy where they immerse themselves in the arts and culture. Their “Sojourns” throughout the Italian landscape are exceptional…filled with writing, painting, and viewing the splendor of La Dolce Vita!


Art&Soul draws upon a great deal of experience and knows that this Artistic Adventure is unique in almost every way. It allows a relationship with a city and region that will fill your memories forever. We are confident that it will be a wonderful, life-changing experience, filling each participant with an abundance of art and culture in a supportive and creative program.

For more information about applying to the Spring Residency in Venice, please contact your hosts at Art&Soul.


Venice: Italy

Venice, Italy Artist Residency April 2018 Art&Soul draws upon a great deal of experience and knows that this Artistic Adventure in Venice, Italy is unique in almost every way. It allows a relationship with a city and region that will fill your memories forever. We are confident that it will be a wonderful, life-changing experience, filling each participant with an abundance of art and culture in a supportive and creative program.

Contact Information

2555 KM Ranch Rd.
Whitefish, Montana 59937
United States