Alcona Arts Retreats of the Past

September 5 - 8, 2019
Lost Lake Woods Club
Lincoln

The 2019 opening party featured hot and cold appetizers as well as wine and Michigan beers.

In sculptor Autumn Bildson's class, students built animals from styrofoam and other materials and decorated them in rice paper.
Plein air painting instructor Richard Jordan demonstrated for his students each morning then offered help as they painted each afternoon.
This student artwork is from Cindy Evans' class that first stained paper with tea then discovered paintings from the shapes of the stains.
Photographer Ted Fines, left, helped his students find powerful images around Alcona County, including at the abandoned train depot in Harrisville.
One of the highlights of the cookout that closes the retreat is getting to see what other students have done. This fellow came to life in Autumn Bildson's workshop.

September 6 - 9, 2018
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 led a class in experimental watercolor this year.
Colleen Wilson, left, taught how to make silver jewelry by carving, molding and otherwise manipulating metal clay that fires overnight in a kiln.
Joan Schwartz (not shown) led a class in mosaics in which each student created an individual plaque.
Student Carol Preuss shows her partially completed still life from Helen Kleczynski's pastels class.
Richard Jordan's all-media plein air class painted Beaver Lake, on the Lost Lake Woods Club property.
The retreat concluded with another party, this time a cookout by the lake down the hill from the lodge where lessons are held.

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.
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.

September 8 - 11, 2016
Lost Lake Woods Club
Lincoln

Forty-three students signed up for the four classes. Most came to the opening party Thursday night.
One of Leslie Masters' students works from a sketch on transparent plastic to get the perspective right in Masters' plein air class in all media.
Charles Pompilius, not shown here, taught a portraits class.
Jewelry teacher Colleen Wilson was back by popular demand.
Laura Whitesides Host taught a water media class including metal leaf application.
At the hayride on Friday night, students who weren't tired out yet visited the horse stable at Lost Lake Woods.
After a final session Sunday morning, the whole group had a cookout lunch in the pavilion at Badger Lake.

September 3 - 6, 2015
Lost Lake Woods Club
Lincoln

The retreat began with a wine, beer and hors 'doeuvres party in the Lost Lake Woods Club lobby.
Later Thursday evening, students of each teacher gathered to meet the teacher and others in their group.
Laura Host's printmaking class used multiple images to be cut into stencils.
Poet Jack Ridl's students read some of their work during the retreat.
Colleen Wilson, left, brought a huge number of molds, stamps and other shape-forming tools for her students.
John D. Lamb, left, is shown performing Friday night with his student Laura Frawley.
Jessica Kovan's students began the week creating sheets of painted papers to use in their mixed-media class.
Insturctors, from left, Jack Ridl, Laura Whitesides Host, Colleen Wilson, Jessica Kovan and John D. Lamb.
Most of the students posed for this group shot during the retreat. 

September 4 - 7, 2014
Lost Lake Woods Club
Lincoln

The retreat opened with a student-teacher mixer so people could get to know each other.
A popular appetizers at the opening night party were these salmon-and-cheese toasts sprinkled with fresh herbs.
Instructor Carol Yager taught a beginner watercolor class.
Jack Ridl conducted a seminar on poetry-writing.
One of Jessica Kovan's students shows some of her work from the retreat.
Anne-Marie Oomen, standing, taught a class in memoir writing.
Helen Kleczinski's students painted outdoors.
The final event was the cookout by the lake on Sunday.

September 5-8, 2013
Lost Lake Woods Club
Lincoln

The retreat opened Thursday evening with a party featuring wine and hot hors d'oeuvres.
Glen Morningstar taught a class in Contra dancing, the ancestor of the square dance.
Helen Kleczinski, seated, led a watercolor workshop.
Jack Ridl taught a class in poetry writing.
Ellie Harold took her painters outdoors.
Judi Morningstar taught a class in dulcimer.
E. Brooks Hinerman showed students how to quilt.
Carol Yager's students in watercolor visited Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.
Susan Lawless showed her photography students how to improve shots after they were taken.
High school student Sam Schopfer was part of Dan Hazlett's songwriting class.
The dance students performed for the crowd at the farewell cookout.

September 6 - 9, 2012
Lost Lake Woods Club
Lincoln

The first Alcona Arts Retreat began with a wine and cheese party.
Denise Lisiecki, seated, taught a plein air class.
Students in Helen Kleczinski's journaling class made books to hold their work.
Mary Bajz taught free-form quilting.
Tim Widener conducted a class in oil and acrylic painting.
Jim Hale taught stringed instruments.
Ted Fines took his photography students into the woods at Lost Lake Woods Club.
Performers Suzanne and Jim, third from left and far right, led their students in a closing concert.