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  • 2019 October Lake Logan Retreat- Kruger, Liberti Workshops





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

    October 27 - November 1, 2019
    Cost –  $1,975 – inclusive: Tuition, Lodging, Meals,
    Workshop, all other programs 


    Judith Kruger: “ECO-Draw-Paint: Large-Scale Mindful Abstraction with Natural Pigments” (NEW FOR 2019)

    (materials fee: $175 includes specialty pigments
    and materials from Japan, and studio support supplies)

    Chris Liberti: Perceptual Painting
    "Strength in Foundation: Color, 
    Value, Composition & Surface"

    materials fee: $35 includes gamsol, liquin,
    liquin oleopasto, and studio support supplies)

    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 Judith Kruger 

    “ECO-Draw-Paint: Large-Scale Mindful Abstraction with Natural Pigments” (NEW FOR 2019)

    “This workshop was conceived during my 2018 Lake Logan experience. The environment was so remarkably inspiring and meditative: such a deep place to create and introspect. I knew that in 2019, this workshop would have to embrace its beauty from within." Judith Kruger

    Natural pigments have the powerful ability to mimic the splendor of nature when suspended in plant and animal-based binders. Remarkable visceral surfaces can be achieved through intensive layering processes that can rarely occur with traditional art mediums. In this ecological drawing/painting workshop, we will cover methods of expressive abstraction stemming from a spirit-mind-emotion connection, using the physicality of our bodies, while responding to our natural surrounding and collaborating with it as art material. We will work on both paper and panels with water-based paints and inks made from natural earth, plant and metallic pigments. Our supports will be sized and gessoed according to the instructor’s recipes that address levels of absorbency and viscosity in which to build subsequent layers. A limited palette and large-scale format will propel students to focus freely on unrestricted elements of design and composition. A variety of techniques and exercises will be introduced to elicit depth and growth on many levels. Our main goal of the week will be to create mindful, abstract work that successfully balances intention with chance and harmony with tension.
    Note: this is for new students as well as being a perfect level 2 class for those who have taken the Abstract Alchemy workshop.

    Judith Kruger is a visual artist whose paintings, prints and mixed media works address Human-Environment connectivity. She is recognized internationally for her advocacy of historic, natural painting materials and historic, ecological processes. private, public and corporate collections, which include Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, SCAD, Hong Kong, Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY, Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Pittsburgh, PA and Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT. Kruger holds a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of recent professional development grants from the Target Foundation and Mass MoCA’s Assets for Artists program. Her studio is located in an old hosiery mill, 125 miles north of New York City, at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.


    Workshop with Chris Liberti
    "Strength in Foundation"


    Color, value, composition and surface: the foundations of painting cannot be ignored. They will give us a deeper foothold of our craft and the confidence in proceeding towards our own individual artistic ends. 

    We will be working from life using still life, and our surroundings during this 4-1/2 day painting workshop. We’ll explore what excites us about painting and how we can visually and technically interpret that in to our work. There will be exercises in value and color relationships enabling us to become acutely aware of what we are seeing and feeling. I’ll facilitate how we can consciously and with confidence make color and value decisions from each painting’s conception. I’ll discuss and demonstrate various paint application methods intended to help maintain visual interest, allowing the painting to stay “open” from start to finish. There will be an emphasis on allowing our intuitions and curiosities lead the way, but that color, value and form will be the building blocks towards capturing those individual conceptions. I will encourage and support each of you to work towards your own perceptions. This will be a one on one experience catered to your own interests.

    Chris Liberti was born in Buffalo, New York (1974), and studied Fine Arts/Painting & UrbanPlanningat Buffalo State College where he earned his BS. He studied with the painter Jim Phalen, formerly a student of Bay Area painter, Paul Wonner. He was employed as a decorative painter and muralist in New York City from 1999-2007, working on projects such as the Russian Tea Room and Waldorf Astoria. His work has been presented in group and solo shows throughout the U.S in California, New York, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. His work is collected by private and corporate collectors both nationally and internationally. He maintains a studio and resides with his wife and two daughters in Charlotte, North Carolina.


    Chris was recently featured as a guest on the Savvy Painter podcast, you can listen here to find out more about the artist -


    Lab Fee - $35 includes studio support materials.


    • 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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