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  • 2019 August Lake Logan Retreat- Bourne, Gruskin or Nimmer workshop





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

    August 11 - 16, 2019
    Cost –  $1,975 – inclusive: Tuition, Lodging, Meals,
    Workshop, all other programs 


    Louse Bourne: Landscape Painting
    "Color with Landscape - On Site: In the Studio"

    Materials fee: $45

    Nancy Gruskin: Perceptual Painting
    "Observation, Abstraction & Invention: Still Life and the Figure"
    Materials fee: $45

    Dean Nimmer:  Mixed Media 
    "Metamorphosis - Realism to Abstraction"

    Materials fee: $45 


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



    Come to Lake Logan where 300 acres of wilderness becomes your studio.
    Retreat-Workshop Schedule  

    “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 Louise Bourne   
    "Color with Landscape - On Site: In the Studio"

    In this workshop, you will experience the triad of: observing landscape + the painting itself + the visual interests of the painter.


    Working outdoors in the unspoiled acreage of Lake Logan, we will take advantage of its beautiful and diverse natural subjects (water, mountains, streams, a lily pond). In the studio, we will work with information and ideas gleaned outside. Here, we will also develop specific color-structure studies and apply this vocabulary to the landscape. 


    Each day’s painting journey will deal with a specific color premise, for example: The over-all color-light of a painting. Weighing saturated color to muted color.  How a color changes as it passes into a specific light.  Transition from one color-family to another. 


    As words, these concepts may sound bland, but in the language of painting, they evoke strong feeling and light – the essence of what make a painting come to life. 

    Louise Bourne’s paintings offer a visceral response to the physical world. They are deeply emotive, felt responses to the artist’s immediate surroundings.  Light,atmosphere, elements of the landscape, corners of sunny porches, the interior of the studio – wherever she turns her keen eye and probing brush, we are rewarded with paintings that reflect her deep intelligence and curiosity about the world.  Like the paintings of Fairfield Porter, Bourne’s paintings make us care about the most humble and yet most universal of subjects, our everyday lives.” Suzette McAvoy, Executive Director + Chief Curator, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

    The paintings of award-winning artist Louise Bourne have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in cultural centers and galleries, including Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville Maine; Gallery 61 in New York City; Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, ; the Greenhut Gallery in Portland, Maine; Alpers Fine Art in Andover, Massachusetts; Smith Killian Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina; Four Winds Gallery in Bristol, Rhode Island; the Aitken Bicentennial in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. In addition, her work is in public and corporate collections, including those of the Maine Medical Center in Portland; Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston; Bay Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts; and the Department of Public Safety in Houlton, Maine. Her paintings are in collections across the US, and in the UK, Canada and Hong Kong.

    Bourne teaches drawing, color and design and the University of Maine in Orono, and at Colby College. She teaches painting and drawing in private workshops.  She holds an MFA from University of Michigan School of Art and Design, and a BFA from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art).


    Workshop with Nancy Gruskin   
    "Observation, Abstraction & Inventions: Still Life and the Figure"

    Still life and the figure will be the departure point for this five-day workshop.  Students will work from direct observation, from memory, from previous work, and from external prompts.  Exercises in painting, collage, and sculpting with cardboard will focus on loosening up and on developing new approaches to subject matter and composition.  The emphasis throughout the workshop will be on experimentation and fostering individual expression.  We will end the workshop with an exhibition of our work, giving us an opportunity to learn and be inspired by the creative efforts of the group.  Artists of all skill levels are welcome.

    Nancy Gruskin 
    holds a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Connecticut College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art Histo
    ry from Boston University. Her paintings emerge from everyday experience and familiar views. She looks for beauty in the commonplace by playing with color, pattern and form.  Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, the U.K. and Australia. Her studio is located in her home, which she shares with her husband, her son and their Golden Retriever,

    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.  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:
    • Sketching observed subjects to see what possibilities they hold.
    • Sketching visions originating in our imagination, memories and experiences.
    • 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

    Dean Nimmer: Artist-Teacher-Author:  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. Dean was selected as the 2015, “Community Teacher of the Year” by the Massachusetts Art Education Association as well as winning the 2011 “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from the University of Wisconsin and the 2010, “Distinguished Teaching of Art Award”, given by the 16,000-member College Art Association.  Dean was nominated for the 2017, National Emeritus Professor of the Year Award given by the National Art Education Association. Nimmer has exhibited his art in over 200 solo and group exhibitions across the US and in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Dean’s artworks are in numerous public and private collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Art Museum, Smith College Art Museum and the New York Public Library.




    • 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. 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

    Retreat + Workshop (all inclusive):  $1,975 plus lab fee (specific to the workshop)
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