2017 Alcona Arts Retreat

Student artwork

September 7 - 10, 2017
Lost Lake Woods Club

The Alcona Arts Retreat opens each year with a party so that students can meet each other and their instructors, and catch up with friends from earlier years.
Instructor Laura Whitesides Host will lead a class in experimental watercolor this year. In this image student Peggy DiNegro works in Laura's class in 2015.
Charles Pompilius will teach a class in portraiture, using a live model.
Colleen Wilson, left, will teach how to make silver jewelry by carving, molding and otherwise manipulating metal clay that fires overnight in a kiln.
Jessica Kovan
The retreat concludes with another party, this time a cookout by the lake down the hill from the lodge where lessons are held.
Many, but not all, of the students gathered for this photo during the 2015 Alcona Arts Retreat.

7 p.m. Thursday: Wine and hors d'oeuvres party
9 a.m.- noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday: Classes meet
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday: Classes meet
1:15 p.m. Sunday: Farewell cookout by the lake

Four prominent Michigan artists and teachers led students in three-day art workshops held simultaneously in beautiful Alcona County in northeast Michigan. This retreat offered not only the teachers’ instruction, but also a chance to make new creative friends among the participants and the opportunity to celebrate the end of summer with a nearby mini-vacation.

The setting was pure Up North: a lakeside lodge with views of the forest, deer and other wildlife wandering by, a quiet and calm atmosphere perfect for creative work.

Each workshop ran for five sessions, two 3-hour sessions on both Friday and Saturday, and a final 4-hour session on Sunday morning. Other events during the weekend included the opening wine, beer and hors d’ oeuvres party on Thursday night and a farewell lakeside cookout on Sunday afternoon before it was time to head home and into autumn.

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