The Poetics of Place

• Tuesday, December 23, 2014 •
The Poetics of Place: 
A Workshop and Retreat for
Artists and Writers

April  18 - April 24, 2015
With Master Teachers:
Artist Rebecca Crowell & Poet Cecilia Woloch
At the Historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House 

Here is an opportunity for poets and visual artists to work side-by-side, sharing their perceptions of and responses to the landscape of Taos. Students will bring their varied insights into the processes of making art and share the work they create, in solitude or collaboratively, in an environment that nurtured the work of such luminaries as Georgia O’Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Ansel Adams and Martha Graham, in the very home that provided both haven and inspiration for so many, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House.

The stage for the six days will be set by artist Rebecca Crowell and poet Cecilia Woloch, who will give presentations on the history of artists and writers in Taos. Time will be devoted to exploring the town, with sketchbooks, notebooks, cameras, etc...-  a time for the students to wander alone or in a small group. 

Cecilia and Rebecca are both travelers who respond to environs outside their normal milieus to find other impressions that feed their creative work. Each has a personal connection with “the poetics of place” as significant route to tapping into source material for reflection, journaling, sketching, notations which channel into the work of the artist or writer. Read  the dialogue between Cecilia and Rebecca as they put together ideas for this Retreat with Workshops. 

Lodging is at the Historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House & adjacent Juniper House, where participants will sleep in rooms that were once occupied by art luminaries such as D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Georgia O'Keefe, John Marin Martha Graham, and Ansel Adams. Your stay includes breakfast and lunch each day in the "Big House" dining room, a Saturday night wine reception followed by dinner in the "Big House" dining room and Tuesday night dinner in the "Big House" dining room. (other evenings are open for exploring local cuisine).

Read About Mabel Dodge Luhan and the Taos Pueblo.The Mabel Dodge Luhan House      





Purchase a gift card in increments for $25 - $1,000. Click the gift card below to make your purchase that can be used towards any Cullowhee Mountain ARTS 2015 workshop or program.

Rebecca Crowell is an abstract painter represented by galleries in Santa Fe, NM; Telluride, Colorado; Atlanta, Georgia; and Dublin, Ireland.  She has had a total of five overseas artist residencies since 2001, including her most recent, a six-week Fellowship awarded at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland. She was also an artist-in-residence at AIR Serenbe in Georgia in 2013.  Her work is found in hundreds of private, public, and corporate collections nationally and internationally. She holds an MFA in Painting from Arizona State University and has had considerable teaching experience in universities and workshop classrooms. Rebecca has been teaching her original techniques in Oil and Wax Workshops since 2009 around the US and now teaches internationally as well.  Rebecca Crowell’s work has just been cited by John Seed of Huffington Post as one the 10 memorable paintings of 2014 -

Cecilia Woloch is the author of six collections of 
poems, recently Carpathia 
(BOA Editions 2009), a finalist for the Milton Kessler Award, and Tzigane, le poème 
Gitan (Scribe-l’Harmattan 2014), the French translation of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem. The text of Tsigan has also been adapted for multi-media performances in the U.S. and Europe. A novella, Sur la Route, a finalist for the Colony Collapse Prize, is forthcoming from Quale Press in 2015, along with a new collection of poems,Earth, recently awarded the Two Sylvias Press Prize for the chapbook. Other honors include The Indiana Review Prize for Poetry, The New Ohio Review Prize for Poetry, the Scott Russell Sanders Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and others. She collaborates regularly with musicians, dancers, visual artists, theatre artists and filmmakers and conducts workshops for writers across the U.S. and around the world.. The founding director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild, The Istanbul Poetry Workshop and The Paris Poetry Workshop, she has also served on the faculties of a number of graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs. She divides her time between Los Angeles, Shepherdsville (Kentucky), Paris (France) and a small village in the Carpathian Mountains of southeastern Poland. 

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House, also known as Big House and St. Teresa House, was the home of artist Mabel Dodge Luhan and a haven for artists and writers.[1] The house is one of the earliest examples of Pueblo Revival style in Taos.  It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991. 
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• Friday, December 19, 2014 •

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is very excited about 2015 and the superb workshops, travel and retreat opportunities we have programmed for you in Visual Art and Creative Writing.

We are happy to be bringing back many favorite Artists and Writers, such as Painters Rebecca Crowell, Catherine Kehoe, Stuart Shils, Lisa Pressman, Printmakers Jane Nodine and Kerry Vander Meer, Ceramicist Hayne Bayless, Book artist Alice Austin, along with poets Lola Haskins and Cecilia Woloch, -to name only a few. 

We are delighted to be introducing some “new to us,” 
exceptional artists and writers. 

Author and poet Ellen Bass whose 
most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, was published in April 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Her previous books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press), named a Notable Book by the San FranciscoChronicle and Mules of Love (BOA Editions) which won the Lambda Literary Award. Ellen will be teaching the poetry workshop, “The World Split Open,” July 5 - 10.

Artist Dean Nimmer will teach “The Hundred Drawing Challenge,” June 14 - 19 

An exciting opportunity to run this visual marathon, learning new techniques and gathering loads of ideas along the way! Nimmer is the author of the newly published North Light book, “Creating Abstract Art, Ideas and Inspiration for Passionate Art-making,” a 5-star rated, best selling book on Amazon. Dean’s first successful book, Art from Intuition, (Watson-Guptill/Random House, 2008), is currently in its 6th printing. 

Book Artist Laura Wait has over 30 years of experience as an artist, bookbinder, conservator, and teacher of the book arts - Words as image play an important part in her work, acting as pattern, texture, and occasionally content.  The diverse media she uses is incorporated into unique artist books as well as paintings on panels, which are made by compilation of writings on paper layered with paint. 

I could go on with enthusiasm about each instructor we have programmed to bring your dynamic workshop experiences, but why not spend a little time and see for yourself?  Many workshops filling up quickly - this is a good time to secure your spot in the workshop/s of your choice.

You won’t want to overlook our 2015
April in New Mexico Opportunities! 

Meet with other artists and writers from around the county and enjoy one of more opportunities to immerse yourself in the art and culture of Taos, Abiquiu and/or Santa Fe, while furthering your knowledge and skills with a workshop taught by a master artist-instructor Each spot has a different program with excursions, workshop and retreat opportunities matched with carefully planned curricula – all designed to give you a memorable and transformative experience. Study with Abstract Painter Rebecca Crowell or Poet Cecilia Woloch in Taos at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. Read More …  Study with Master Printmaker, Ron Pokrasso in Santa Fe. Read More... Visit the Georgia O'Keeffe home and studio, The White Place, Ghost Ranch and the home and studios of Ceramic Sculptor Debra Fritts and Painter Frank Shelton in Abiquiu. Read More....


Join Us!

• Thursday, October 23, 2014 •


As the end of October draws near, you may noticed that you haven't heard much about the CMA October membership drive. This may send out the wrong message - that we don't need your membership support, but nothing could be further from the truth!

In fact, we need membership growth now more than ever. As we are approaching our 4th year of creating meaningful and exciting programming for 2015, it takes all our staff power and energy to do so. Non-profits are perennially understaffed and that is the case with us as we grow this young and vibrant organization. 

Many of you reading this are new to the CMA family and interested in being notified of our 2015 workshops. Did you know that members are given the first notification when we go live with our workshop offerings? Moreover, there are workshop discounts for members that you won't want to miss. These are distinct advantages as many of our workshops enroll almost immediately. 

Joining is easy! Simply click here to view our membership options and sign up today! You will not only receive the benefits of membership, but your contribution will allow us to grow the behind the scenes organization so we continue to bring to you fabulous programming in the Arts. Cullowhee Mountain Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All memberships are considered donations and are tax deductible.

Thank You for Your Membership!
Norma Hendrix, Executive Director