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.
Jessica Kovan left) led a class in art journaling.
Charles Pompilius taught a class in portraiture, using a live model.
Colleen Wilson, right, taught silver jewelry by carving, molding and otherwise manipulating metal clay that fires overnight in a kiln.
Laura Whitesides Host taught experimental watercolor.
The lunch buffet during retreat days was another chance for everyone to get to know each other.

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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