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2017 Alcona Arts Retreat

Student artwork

September 7 - 10, 2017
Lost Lake Woods Club
Lincoln

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 will lead students in three-day art workshops held simultaneously in beautiful Alcona County in northeast Michigan. This retreat offers 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 is 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 runs 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 include the opening wine, beer and hors d’ oeuvres party on Thursday night, Friday and Saturday night entertainment, and a farewell lakeside cookout on Sunday afternoon before it’s time to head home and into autumn.

Click the buttons below to learn about each individual workshop, as well as to find out more about the venue, the price and how to enroll in one of the workshops, and how to get to the venue.

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