Well. Let me tell you.My dear friend and talented artist Stephanie has a cabin in the glorious north woods of Conover, Wisconsin, where she grew up.
Just a few miles south of the Michigan border (Upper Peninsula), this spot is wild and beautiful and has become my favorite place for a quiet art retreat in nature and worth the effort to get there. In mid-Sept the temperatures are mild, the mosquitoes are gone, the hordes of fishermen and women catching bass in nearby lakes have returned to their homes, and the atmosphere is tranquil and lovely.
Views from the cabin's dock in front make your eyes pop out on stems — muskrats swim across the creek, bald eagles soar overhead, deer crash across the waterway and, at night, the Milky Way dazzles (one night I woke up hearing howling wolves!). With its huge waterfront yard, this woodsy bit of heaven offers an ideal place to study and create art, explore new ideas, hang out with fellow artists, enjoy home-cooked communal feasts from a local chef that grows her own food, and quietly disappear from the big mad upside-down world.
Nearest airport: Rhinelander, WI, about a 40 min drive from cabin. My previous flights from SFO have averaged $500. Flight time is about 5 hours for me. You will need a rental car and it might be convenient to share a car with other artists.
Lodging: Maple View Resort, about a 10-min drive (or less) from cabin. Click on the link for photos. Jerry at Maple View is offering artists lodging at the cabins for $45/night per person. Yep. Not a typo. That gets you a private room (most cabins are 2-3 bedroom) and a kitchen in a lovely, lakeside setting. You will take care of arranging and reserving your room; he is putting us in the newest cabins. More details to come.
Food: We will enjoy locally-sourced, home-grown garden veggies and farm-to-fork beef and chicken prepared by Mary, a marvelous local chef and caterer. The Maple View Resort cabins have small kitchens, so you will take care of your own breakfasts (Eagle River is about 15 mins away and has good grocery stores). Lunch & dinner are included, and we will enjoy an art-review happy hour (strictly BYOB).
Art: We will gather at the cabin in the mornings to learn, explore, share experiences and create. There will be a variety of lessons including drawing, watercolor and drawing with ink, working with pastels, abstract painting with acrylics, creating your own book and more. No previous art experience needed. You will bring your own supplies (list will be provided) and additional supplies will be included based on the lesson. Each participant will be required to pay a $50 materials fee. (Please note: there are no art stores there! Careful planning and packing will be essential.)
After the morning art class, artists will spend the afternoon in the quiet woods to work on the day's project. Visiting a local farm to paint or draw is optional.
In late afternoon we will gather to review our work, have a snack, and then join together for dinner. (If a rain storm comes by, the cabin will be our dry spot.)
Cost: $1425 per artist. Click here to navigate to my web page to sign up; a $425 deposit is required. Remaining balance due by Aug. 15, 2020. Deposit will not be refunded after Sept 1, 2020 if participant cancels.
Included: art class, individual instruction, lunch and dinner, happy hour snacks.
Not included: airfare and car transport, lodging, breakfast. You will need transportation to-and-from the resort to the cabin (about 10 mins away or less).
There will be a materials fee of $50 per student.
Notes: If you like to fish, come early/stay later to enjoy the bounty in the local lakes, which cover 1/3 of the square acreage of the county.
Bait for catching bluegill off the dock not included :o)
intermediate artist. No prior experience needed. Margaret’s favorite subjects are water and nature oriented including birds, animals, people, streams, lakes, and boating. Daily demos will be followed by lots of time for you to paint. Come have some fun with us creating watercolor paintings.
A signature member of California Watercolor Association, Margaret Fago has been an artist since childhood when she painted “plein aire” alongside her mother. Her education continued throughout school with at least one art class every semester in High School and at UC Davis. She continued her art education with life drawing, classes with Karen Frey and week long painting workshops with watercolor greats like Frank Webb, Irving Shapiro and Jim Kosvanic.
Currently directing the Frank Bette Center she is also teaching watercolor classes there, showing her work at several locations in Alameda, San Francisco and Sausalito, and spending as much time as she can looking at and painting water.
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