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  • 2019 August Lake Logan Retreat- Dean Nimmer





    6-Day, 5-Night all inclusive
    Artist Retreat with Workshops
    At Beautiful Lake Logan Retreat Center, 
    Canton, North Carolina 

    August 11 - 16, 2019
    All Inclusive: Tuition, Lodging, Meals,
    Workshop, all other programs
    (see below) 

    Beautiful Serene Setting, Comfortable Cottages and Cabins, 3 Healthy Meals Each Day, Morning Mindfulness, Evening Presentations & Conversations, Afternoon Yoga Session,
    Massages by Appointment, A Time to Remember

    Come to Lake Logan where 300 acres of wilderness become your studio


     Leave the details of life behind and give yourself a creative retreat. Supported by the splendor of unspoiled nature, you will be given the time and serenity to refill your creative well.



    “I am delighted to consider the possibilities for this retreat + workshops. Students will be exploding with new ideas and creative concepts! During these 5 days, you will learn from your workshop instructor, but will have opportunities to expand your ideas as you get exposed to new concepts and mediums, gleaned from the interaction and conversations that take place with all participants along with after dinner presentations and conversations.  What could be better than to step out of the chaos of our overly stressed lives and be nurtured in this peaceful environment, stimulated with new teachings and given unlimited time to create, reflect and rest.”   Norma Hendrix, Executive Director, Cullowhee Arts~                                           _____________________________________________________________________________

    Workshop with Dean Nimmer 
    "Metamorphosis - Realism to Abstraction"

    Have you ever pondered the question, “What is “realistic” and what is “abstract?”

    Professor, Dean Nimmer has some answers for you. For example, you can’t eat an apple painted by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cezanne, or anyone else, without getting a month full of pigment or charcoal. You can make something look real, but it’s always an illusion, i.e. an abstraction. 
    Dean Nimmer, author of the 5-Star rated books, “Art from Intuition” and “Creating Abstract Art” has designed this practical workshop to help those who are longing to take the plunge into abstract painting but are unsure how to begin that journey. 

    The objectives for this workshop are two-fold: First we will explore ways to see nature beyond her outward appearances where many abstract ideas can be found. Second, we will employ different techniques to unlock our artistic eye and develop more intuitive, emotional and dramatic abstract compositions.Here are the steps we will take: 1 - Sketching observed subjects to see what possibilities they hold  2 - Sketching visions originating in our imagination, memories and experiences  3 - Developing, (morphing), these sketches into multifaceted mixed media drawings and paintings.

    "I will work with each of you individually to achieve your personal ambitions for painting and drawing abstractly. My core philosophy is, the only thing you can do wrong in art is not make art at all."  Dean Nimmer 

    Emeritus Professor, Dean Nimmer, is the former Chair of the Painting, Printmaking programs at Mass College of Art, where he taught from 1970 to 2004. He has exhibited his art in over 200 solo and group exhibitions across the US and in Europe, Asia, and Australia. His artworks are in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Art Museum, Smith College Art Museum, Harvard University art collection and many other museums across the country and abroad.

    Professor Nimmer was given the 2010, Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, granted by the 16,000-member College Art Association, the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award granted by the University of Wisconsin and awarded the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year honor for 2014/15, given by the Massachusetts Art Education Association. He is also listed in the current edition of Who’s Who in American Art.

    He is the author of the successful book "Art from Intuition" (Watson-Guptill/Random House, 2008), is currently in its 5th printing, and his new book, Creating Abstract Art, is available in bookstores across the country and in Europe, Japan and Australia. 

    SINGLE ROOM/BATH - $1975
    SHARED ROOM/BATH - $1875
    COMMUTER PRICE (includes lunches) - $985



    • 5 nights lodging in a charming shared cabin or cottage with private bedroom - beautifully furnished and on the lake.
    • All meals cooked by wonderful chef - healthy and delicious.
    • Hot tea and coffee any time or day
    • 24 hour access to the studios
    • Opening reception with wine and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Optional Enrichment Sessions: morning mindfulness sessions, one afternoon soft impact yoga sessions, massages by appointment, fire circle with music, canoeing, wonderful walks
    • Workshops with dedicated, inspiring artist-instructors
    • Renewal and Refreshment among other creative spirits!


    • Transportation (we will arrange Asheville airport pick-up for 3 or more students)
    • Personal Art Supplies 
    • Wireless is available only in 3 community spaces: the dining hall, the lodge and the Studios
    • Cell service is unavailable in lodging - land lines are in each cabin and can be used with a phone card


    • A full refund is made if the event is canceled or already full at the time of registration.
    • Registrations for a retreat must be accompanied by a 50% deposit.
    • Withdraws made up to 6 weeks before the Retreat will be refunded less a registration-cancellation fee of 20% of the deposit.
    • After the 6 weeks out date, there are no refunds, but your deposit may be transferred to a friend or family member or be applied to another CMA program or workshop in that same calendar year.
    • The remaining balance is due six weeks prior to the retreat, by July 1st. You will be sent an invoice two weeks prior to the final payment due date.
    • Registrations made after the 6 weeks out date must be accompanied by payment in full.
    • We highly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent in the event of a medical emergency

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