Wildacres Retreat Wildacres Lodge

Wildacres Art Week*
JULY 16 - 22

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Wildacres Art Workshop. Below are the classes that will be offered, the teachers, and the tuition.

Collage, with Elena De La Ville, $550 (plus a $25 lab fee payable to the teacher)
Creative Watercolor Techniques, with Billie Shelburn, $550
Plein Air Painting, with Bob Nulf, $550
Studio Painting with Oil and Pastel, with Greg Barnes, $550
Photography, with Michael O'Neill, $550
Pottery, with Annette Sidner and Seth Barendse, $650 (includes $50 lab fee for clay, etc.)
Printmaking, with Patrick Lindhardt, $550

Complete class descriptions and teacher biographies appear below. Supply lists for each class will be provided by the teachers after registration.

Check-in will begin at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 16, with checkout after breakfast on Saturday, July 22. Tuition includes all classes and room and board, (6 nights and 17 meals), based upon 2 people per room. Single rooms, if available, will have an additional fee of $200. Classes will be held each morning from 9:15-12:15, with teachers being available as needed throughout the day. Studios are open and available all day, every day. Meals are served at 8 am, 12:30 pm, and 6 pm. (Dinner on the opening night, 7/16, will be at 6:30 pm.)

All classes are available on a first-come basis. To register, please complete this form, along with a deposit check of $250 made payable to Amy Rice Blumenthal. Deposits are refundable until June 15, 2017. Mail to Linda Vesely, 14842 S. Hwy. 226, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Final payments will be due no later than June 15, 2017.

For further information or questions about any of the classes, please contact the individual teachers. (See below.) Most teachers prefer to use email. If you have any general questions, please contact Linda Vesely at (828) 765-8400, or at pinecrossings@bellsouth.net.

Class Descriptions and Teacher Biographies

***COLLAGE, MIXED MEDIA, PAPER, and IMAGES with Elena De La Ville

This weeklong class will broaden your creativity with new techniques. It is meant to re-energize your practice and find creative solutions for your work. We will create rich surfaces and backgrounds, explore texture, and learn productive collage techniques using various papers and found images. Come and immerse yourself as we build a series of paintings focusing on composition and exploration of varied design elements using traditional tools and adding wax to achieve our desired effect. There will be a $25 fee for materials used in this class, payable to the instructor.

Elena De La Ville (delavillesrq@gmail.com; 941-323-0403) is a multi-media artist trained as a photographer, painter and textile designer.  She adds dimension to her work by using wax, resin, oil and printed images.  She is drawn to the surreal and is interested in the unpredictable.  Her work has been shown at: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia Imber, in Caracas, Venezuela; the Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown; the A Gallery on Martha's Vineyard and Selby Gallery in Sarasota.   In 2011 she curated the exhibit "WOW, Women and Wax" at the Art Center Sarasota.  In 2015 she curated EX_PATRIA, showing 4 Venezuelan painters unable to work in their country.  Her work is in the collection of Museo of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela, and many private collections.  Elena has an active studio practice and teaches painting and photography at Ringling College of ART + Design and at Art Center Sarasota, as well as Wildacres Retreat.


Join us for a week of adventure and exploration into the wonders of watercolor.  We will be concentrating on the elements and principles of design and color theory while enjoying the "happenings" that always occur when you let watercolor have a say in the process of painting.  You will be able to finish a painting a day, or more if you are an experienced painter.

Billie Shelburn (billiews@frontier.com;  828-389-6218) is a professional artist currently serving as the Resident Artist at John C. Campbell folk school in Brasstown, NC.  She has taught at many learning institutions and painting societies in the U.S., including Belmont University in Nashville and Miami University in Ohio.  She has served on many Boards in the past, such as the GA. Watercolor Society.  She has been represented by galleries in Soho, NY, Munich, Germany, and Sao Paolo, Brazil.  Her work has been featured in national publications  and in corporate and business locations in the U.S. and abroad.


This workshop will explore the immediacy of plein air oil painting using a limited palette of non-toxic materials.  Instruction and demonstrations in oils will be offered each morning prior to venturing out to paint.  (The techniques covered can be adapted to work in acrylic paints.)    We will have an informal group critique before dinner each day, bringing the painting experiences into focus and setting challenges for the next day's work.  We welcome all painting levels to join this perennial favorite at Wildacres Retreat!  (NOTE:  Since there are frequent changes in elevation at this mountaintop retreat, participants should be able to independently navigate the grounds.)

Bob Nulf (bobnulf@aol.com; 704-763-8001) brings a lifetime of work in the arts to the Wildacres Art Workshop.  A fine arts & education graduate of FSU, in recent years he has taught the arts in a variety of public and private educational settings:  the Penland School of Crafts, the Ringling College of Art & Design Summer Workshops at the Wildacres Retreat, Story Slam Center, and the NC Lions Camp Dogwood for the Blind & Visually Impaired.  His work is included in collections throughout the region and has been featured on several PBS television shows.  

***STUDIO PAINTING with Oil and Pastel with Greg Barnes

Explore the impressionist style with award winning artist Greg Barnes as your personal guide. Greg tailors his instruction to reach all levels from beginning pointers to advanced techniques.  Working from photographs or smaller studies, the class will focus on capturing the essence of a scene through design, color harmonies, and intuitive interpretation.  Although Greg's preferred mediums are pastel and oil, acrylics are welcome.  Each class begins with a pastel or oil demonstration and lecture by Greg, focusing on different aspects of producing a captivating painting. The remaining time will be spent at your easel, painting from your own photos or ones supplied by Greg. He will visit each easel as you paint, giving individual instruction and personal attention. The class will finish with a critique of each student's work. 

Greg Barnes (gbarnesnc@yahoo.com; 704-534-1029; www.barnesstudios.com) received a BFA from Wake Forest University in 1985. He began painting full time following the 9/11 incident of 2001, when he realized "life is short". He studied with Albert Handell and Scott Christensen early in his professional career. Currently he tours the country displaying his paintings in national art festivals, participating in plein air events, and teaching.  Annually he earns numerous awards for his pastel paintings, including the "Artists Choice" award at the Aspen Plein Air Invitational, July 2012. Open to all levels with some painting experience Greg will demonstrate with pastel and oil.

***PHOTOGRAPHY: Exploring the natural world with your camera, with Michael O'Neill

This week long class will use the camera as a tool to explore the beauty and form of Wildacre's stunning property and provide students with an overview of photographic history, a fuller understanding of how the camera works, and plenty of opportunities to make personal images of nature and the landscape. The class will primarily use digital photography for image making, but we will also experiment with historical photographic processes, the camera obscura and pinhole cameras. Michael will also do an in depth demonstration on how to make panoramic images using your current digital camera and a tripod. It is recommended that students bring their digital cameras, charger, memory cards, tripod and a laptop. 

Michael O'Neill (mfophoto@gmail.com; 704-222-3920; www.michaeloneillphoto.com) is a photographic artist and professor who lives and works in Charlotte, NC. His work ranges from pinhole photography to digital infrared, and explores his own and society's relationship with the depiction of the human form, and the limitations of that perception. His work has been displayed and published as a part of the "Poetics of Light" exhibition at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, NM and has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally. Michael is an Instructor at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, and a Professor at Queens University of Charlotte.

***POTTERY/CLAY:  FORMS, FINISHES AND FIRE with Seth Barendse and Annette Sidner

Come and learn or advance your skills in hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and firing with us, atop a beautiful mountain this summer in North Carolina. Your team instructors, Annette and Seth, will inspire students to push their creative ideas and advance their skills in clay. In this fast paced and energetic workshop students will create three to five pieces from start to finish. Students will experience multiple firing techniques; Raku processes, sawdust firing, sagger and low fire glaze. All skill levels are welcome. We'll work hard, create Art and have a great time.

Annette Sidner (sidnera@scf.edu; 503-265-9589) holds a MFA from the University of South Florida. She has been a faculty member at the State College of Florida for the past 18 years and currently runs the 3-D Art Department at the SCF Venice campus. Annette teaches a variety of courses; Ceramics I & II, Wheel Throwing I & II, Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture. She has taught at Wildacres Retreat for Ringling College of Art and Design for ten years. She has shown her work in annual faculty shows for both colleges, shown in local galleries and recently attended a residency at Watershed Center for the Arts. She is published in Lark Books 500 Figures In Clay, Vol. II.

Seth Barendse (seth.barendse@gmail.com; 503-265-9589) has been working with clay for the past 20 years.  He received his BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2011.  During the past 16 years he has taught ceramics at Booker High School's Visual Arts Program, workshops at Wildacres and on campus for Ringling College of Art and Design, and was the studio manager at the State College of Florida.  He assisted Cynthia Bringle's workshop at Penland School of Craft in 2015.  His work has been exhibited in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon and California.


Create unique images layering monotype and image transfers together.  Known as the most painterly printmaking technique, a monotype is essentially a printed painting created on one surface and transferred to another sheet of paper with all the qualities of the original painting.  The painted image is transferred on a printing press.  Combine your painted image(s) with photographic images and/or text creating layers that will produce exciting, unexpected and fun, interesting results.  No previous experience is necessary.  Related topics and processes will be discussed and demonstrated.

Patrick Lindhardt (plindhardt@comcast.net; 941-371-1062) received a BFA from St.Cloud State University in Minnesota, and an MFA (Printmaking) from the University of South Florida.  He is currently on the faculty of the Ringling College of Art and Design.  He is an owner/printer at Flatstone Studio, in Tampa and Sarasota, FL.  Recent exhibitions include the Scope/Armory Exhibition in NY; Aqua Art Fair and Basel Art in Miami, FL; as well as individual and group exhibitions at C. Emerson Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fl, and the Ringling College in Sarasota, Fl.

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