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Atlantic Center for the Arts
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Atlantic Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary artists’ community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists in the fields of music composition, and the visual, literary, and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions.
The idea of a quiet place where artists could go to focus on their art and work with internationally renowned "masters" in a tranquil, natural environment blossomed in 1977 in the mind of Doris Leeper, a painter, sculptor and active environmentalist. A forthright, determined, passionate woman, Leeper soon persuaded friends and community members to join in her vision. In 1979, she convinced The Rockefeller Foundation to provide a challenge grant that soon was matched. This $25,000 in seed money unofficially birthed Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

The residency program brings together internationally-acclaimed master artists from different disciplines with talented artists who are selected by the masters. The artists attend a three-week residency session that includes master classes, individual critiques, opportunities for collaboration, and private studio time. Atlantic Center for the Arts officially opened in 1982 for the first residency with author James Dickey, sculptor Duane Hanson and composer David Del Tredici (photo pictured above). Since then, over 121 interdisciplinary residencies have take place, featuring 360 Master Artists and over 2,350 Associate Artists, 30% from Florida. Atlantic Center is often the starting point for new works which go on to be produced at national performance centers such as the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Walker Art Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The Atlantic Center for the Arts

Creative Pattern and the Muse   

Come study with internationally acclaimed painter and calligrapher Laurie Doctor in diverse settings around the world. Laurie teaches workshops in painting, drawing, calligraphy and bookmaking in a contemplative setting. Each workshop
is unique with a specific focus.  All of the classes are in a friendly atmosphere that cultivate the muse, that ignite the creative pattern and allow each individual to go further into his or her own work. In each class you will go home with something particular that is your work: a book, portfolio or series of paintings. Each student is met at his or her level, and all levels of experience, from beginning to advanced, are welcome. If you are interested in carving out time away from the demands of time and culture and exploring your own particular gifts, come join us!

Laurie Doctor Studios   
Laurie Doctor Studios Travel Website

North Dakota   

North Dakota visitors can learn about the state’s culture and heritage in a new way: by getting out of their cars and tour buses and into fields, kitchens and canoes. Learning Based Vacations cater to groups or individuals looking to combine learning new skills with fun and adventure. Create your own customized learning-based vacation in a variety of areas such as agriculture, American Indian studies, art, birding, immigrant cultures of North Dakota, living history and paleontology.    

North Dakota Legendary   
North Dakota Legendary Travel Website

Nature Photography Workshop   

Join noted nature and wildlife photographer Kristen Westlake for an inspiring workshop at Cable Nature Lodge. The Lake Geneva area artist has been featured on the Outdoor Wisconsin television show and in Wisconsin Trails magazine and numerous other publications. Kristin's exquisite photography graces various books, magazines, calendars, and brochures. But her specialty is fine art photography printed on canvas in sizes ranging up to 40 x 60 inches and employed by interior designers and decorators as major focal pieces for their client's homes or offices.
Scheduled upon request (minimum two participants) the workshop kicks off with a fun evening of interactive dialogue featuring Kristin’s photography and stories that will inspire you for the following day of outdoor adventure. Early the next morning you'll head out for a hands on lesson in her unique approach to nature and wildlife photography. Partly a demonstration of technique, partly a sharing of philosophy, you'll love the way Kristen helps immerse you in the natural world. You'll discover for yourself the way nature can speak when you take the time to sit quietly, with no agenda, waiting to capture fascinating images of nature and wildlife behavior that eludes most observers in an increasingly impatient world. The workshop will conclude that afternoon with participants sharing their images and discussing what they learned.   

Cable Nature Lodge   
Cable Nature Lodge Travel Website

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