Cooking, Chalk Painting, TSCR & Misc. Instructors














Bambi Porter’s business:GypsyCowgirl Kitchen was born out of the passion for simple, delicious and healthy food.  She loves going out to the garden to pick fresh fruit and vegetables. She adores the fact that nature writes the daily menu at her house. It makes he feel good to know that she is serving  family and friends food that is grown without all of the yucky pesticides. At times her garden would produce so much that she could hardly consume or give it away fast enough. Thus her love of pickling, canning and preserving was born. Over the past 20 years or so she has canned fruits and vegetables of many kinds. Pickling fruits and vegetables is definitEly her favorite.  Each time she gives a jar of pickled peppers or carrots…she always gets a returned empty jar and the request for a refill!

Bambi is the only (non-county employee) certified Master Food Preserver in Stanislaus County
She hopes to see you at one of the upcoming Figamarole scheduled workshops.  She looks forward to sharing the age old mysteries of home preservation!













Lauren was raised in Turlock and is the founder of Turlock’s Charming Old French Trading Co.  When relocating back to Turlock she ventured into creating her own business for herself using her varied and extensive 20 year career in the LA Entertainment Industry designing, creating and producing campaigns and events for others.  “Visual mediums are important to me.  I am drawn to color, shape, design and texture, whether it’s in a photograph or a piece of furniture.  I like everything to tell a story.  That is the key to a long-lasting relationship with your home environment.”  Lauren’s Father, a well-known contemporary artist Martin Camarata, exhibiting locally and internationally, has an influence on Lauren also.  “Art has always played an integral role for me in design because scale, color and composition are the building blocks to a successful outcome.”

Now focused on transforming furniture, one piece at a time, Lauren has used her own home as the blueprint for floor-to-ceiling Chalk Paint makeovers.  Having moved into a home badly needing some TLC, she was looking for an easier way than stripping, sanding, sanding, priming and painting–twice.  “There had to be an easier way.”  That holy grail led to Annie’s website in late 2010 and a love affair began.  “It’s all about the paint.  There’s just nothing else like it.  It really is ‘the best paint in the world’,”.




JANICE (STORY) THOMASON,   “Taste, Sip, Create, Repeat”  (TSCR)

Creating “ART” can mean many things and I have dabbled in a number of different ways to create.  I have worked with a variety of media and have enjoyed most and focused on many.   Creating has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and I would like to share my passion with you.
TSCR classes will be “no stress” classes served with light appetizers that we will “TASTE”
accompanied by complimentary Wine “SIP” (for those artists that are 21 or over)
The classes will be simple with easy to follow instruction and will require your participation to “CREATE” your own masterpieces. Each month we will offer new classes that we hope you will also attend “REPEAT”.

Items we create will include:
Paintings on canvas, jars, bottles, wood, metal, we will work with succulents, repurpose old items into new, we may work with clay, dough, glass, we will definitely make candy for the holidays, and other seasonal items as well. The possibilities of our creations are without any boundaries!
I look forward to making new friends, nourishing relationships with my old forever friends and spending time with family members too.
Each class will be YOUR class focused on you…… but, each class will also make my
“Dreams come True”!



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