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  • August Lake Logan Retreat + Workshops





    6 Day, 5 Night all inclusive 
    at Beautiful Lake Logan Retreat Center, 
    Canton, North Carolina.


    Pamela Caughey: Painter, Oil/Cold Wax, 
    Mixed Media Artist
    (This workshop is now wait-listed)

    Leisa Rich: Sculptor and 
    Experimental Textile Artist

    Barbara Tyroler: Photographer, 
    Community Arts Activist, Educator

    August 14 - 19, 2017
    Cost –  $1,650 – all inclusive 

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



    Come to the Lake where 300 acres of wilderness becomes your studio.
    Take one workshop with either of our stellar instructors, but enjoy collaborative sessions where
    you will receiv
    e the benefit of instruction and experimentation with both teachers. 

    Retreat-Workshop Schedule

    “I am absolutely thrilled 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 the opportunity to expand your ideas with exposure to new ideas and mediums, gleaned during collaborative sessions with the other instructors.   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 unlimited to create, reflect and rest.”    ~ Norma Hendrix, executive director                                                      ______________________________________________________________________________
    Workshop with Pamela Caughey
    "Powerful Design, Personal Color in Cold Wax/Oil "
    S kill Level: Open to All

    (This workshop is now wait-listed)

    Join Pamela Caughey for this workshop  for artists working with cold wax medium and oils, who have a basic understanding of how to create texture and layers in this medium, but want to explore the next step - how to create a powerful composition using dynamic color and powerful design . Each student will be encouraged to express their personal voice through a better understanding of what they love most in their art. Students will learn how to mix and apply a wide range of color, grays, and glazes differing in value, temperature and saturation through fun and explorative exercises. Through demonstrations, presentations, and working one on one, each student will learn how to strengthen their compositions by understanding what makes strong design. Students will create both small studies and larger works to explore key concepts.  With this information, each student will be able to approach a painting at any stage of development and understand the “when” and “how” to pull their paintings together to a satisfying conclusion. We will also discuss the importance of an experimental approach and risk taking during the creative process. Most workshop time will be devoted to painting, with helpful demos and presentations to better understand key concepts presented. There will also be time for individual critique and discussion of each student’s personal artistic goals and progress.   

    Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983. After moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she began a serious study of art, and in 2010 received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana School of Art. She works in many media, with special interest in cold wax/oil, encaustic, mixed media and acrylic. Her work is in the permanent collection of several museums and public buildings nationally and internationally and her work appears in the newly published book by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations”. After teaching foundations courses at the University of Montana, Bitterroot College, Montana, she is now a full-time studio artist and teaches workshops from her Hamilton, Montana studio and around the country.  

    "Organic and Inorganic: Nature Explorations With Textiles"
    Skill level: All levels from crafter to professional, painter to sculptor,   
    wearable artist to theatrical set designer 
    Join Leisa Rich for this dynamic, exploratory, 5-day textiles-based workshop. This is a great opportunity to learn several 2-D and 3-D processes and apply them to a variety of interesting materials. Transform fabric in a myriad of ways through solar dyeing, nature explorations, outdoor photography, color applications, heat, and stitch.

    The week kicks off with solar resist dye processes on cotton and silk. We’ll have several items on hand to use to help create the patterns the natural light and sun will print on the surface, and we’ll also take a meandering walk to see what the stunning surroundings provide us with too. Getting inspired by the textures inherent to nature, we will consider them for our later designs.

    We’ll also draw on transparencies from photographs taken during those explorations and use them as the base for designs that will translate to the surface. Along with Barbara Tyroler’s class we will have an o pportunity to make photographically inspired sun prints on various substrates, experimenting with surface texture, collage, and collaborative exercises.   

    Further embellishments  using paintable dyes, and mono-printing, will build up an intriguing, richly colored  and  patterned surface, for continuing explorations. There will be an introduction to Fosshape, an amazing and versatile low-melt polyester material that can transform from soft to hard or from two dimensional to three dimensional forms. We will hand paint it with dyes, layer it in collage applications, heat press it and add it to our earlier explorations. 

    You will also have the option to learn basic free motion machine embroidery using two on-site sewing-machines provided by the instructor. Simple stitch can embellish your works with thread lines and emphasize areas of the cloth explorations. Those interested will gather outside on a beautiful day and hand embroider.  Intensive interaction with Leisa means that your own personal creative style will be encouraged, and she will assist you in tailoring the techniques learned to your artistic vision. Projects and ideas to take home can include representational – collage landscape compositions, people, or wearables, as well as conceptual – sculptural vessels, abstract sculptures or on-site installations.

    Leisa Rich is an experimental artist working in 2D, sculptural, installation and viewer interactive format. Using the detritus of society, unique methods on common materials, fiber art-based techniques including Free Motion Stitching -- a method of "painting" with thread using a sewing machine -- and 3D printing, she engages the viewer tactilely and visually. Rich holds Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Education in Art degrees and teaches in universities and arts centers around the world, and her studio at The Goat Farm, in Atlanta. She is in many books, most recently The Art of Nature, Textile Art Around the World, Mastering the Art of Embroidery, The Best of American Sculpture, and Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape, and featured in numerous magazines, on-line, and in televised interviews that include PBS. She has pieces in the permanent collections of Emory Healthcare, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Kamm Foundation, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas- Pan American and in private collections. She recently published her first children's book, Animal Alphabet Traveling Twisters.

    WORKSHOP WITH BARBARA TYROLER        "Enhancing your Creative Vision: Nature Explorations
       with The Camera" 
    Skill Level:  Intermediate and beyond (for photographers, teachers, college students, entrepreneurs, retirees)

    Join Barbara Tyroler , for a 5-day creative journey, exploring techniques and strategies to enrich your visualization skills.  Add new intensity to your work. Find sources for truly inspired imagery! Your imagination will guide the technology of camera lens. The overarching goal is to sharpen your sense of composition and design to enhance and reflect your inner vision. Tyroler will help students to consider the formalistic elements that contribute to emotion and meaning.  Themes explored will include: Intimate indoor spaces, Outdoor landscape and waterscape, environmental portraiture within interior and exterior spaces.  “During the retreat, we rise early to explore what happens when the sun  is low. If the sun escapes us for the full 5-days,  we will consider grey and luminous colors that emerge through the fog. We will also capture late evening and the light of night.

    Each day we will engage in stimulating conversations and critique sessions with the overall goals of integrating theory and technique, to increase the visual impact of your work and elevate your photographs to a deeper level of meaning

    In conjunction with Leisa Rich’s class we will have an opportunity to make photographically inspired sun prints on various substrates, experimenting with surface texture, collage, and collaborative exercises. Students may choose to integrate other art media such as painting, drawing, and collage, or continue within the discipline of photography. On Day 5 we have a final wrap up and critique, sharing our work with the group. 

    Students will work from their computers and a portable printer for direct feedback. Students will need their laptops for image viewing, critique, and discussion. All image camera and lens capture devices are accepted.


    Barbara Tyroler is an educator, photographer, and community worker. Barbara received her M.F.A. in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She served on the art faculty of the university’s College Park Campus for 10 years where she regularly taught her students about  “reflections” at the campus swimming pool. Barbara brings her years of experience as a teacher and group facilitator to the workshop critique, motivating all students to dig deeper and share their ideas in an atmosphere of trust and inspiration. She has been a guest instructor at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute since moving to North Carolina. She creates fine art semi-abstracted water portraiture for exhibition, individual clients, and families. Her commercial and advocacy work place an emphasis on site-specific creative portraiture for corporations, universities, and health-oriented non-profits. The recipient of over 35 individual and community arts grants, she received the prestigious Into the Streets Community Arts commission, a project that won her a statewide 2014 Arts and Humanities award for her work with Autism and water portraiture. Her photography resides in numerous public and private collections and may be viewed on the artist’s website.
    • 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, two afternoon soft impact yoga sessions, massages by appointment, fire circle with music, canoeing, wonderful walks
    • <Studio Support Supplies
    • 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 - 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 four month prior deadline, 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 four months 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):  $1,650
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