|Spending time in this environment will inspire you to be more creative and joyful in
all areas of your life.--Lenora Yarbrough, Guest
by Artist Michele Lee, Madison, Al
I have recently had the opportunity, along with another artist and friend of mine, to be the
first guests at the Women of God Art Retreat. Let me tell you, it is a dream come true. I am
going to try and write a review on it, but keep in mind…I am NOT in any way a writer.
The retreat is situated in the historic part of Ft. Payne, Al. The house, built in the 1890’s,
was true to its character. Sitting atop a hill, the teal green home with white trim almost
called to us. As we pulled in to the circle drive we could almost feel ourselves opening up.
The large trees and the view of the mountains close by, were all we needed for
inspiration. Once we stepped into the back door, we knew we had arrived at the home of a
true artist. There were paintings everywhere, soft comfortable furniture and a wonderful
eclectic feel from the decor. We felt that we had come to visit family.
We arrived at the art retreat on Saturday and were given the day to ourselves to become
acquainted with our surroundings, unpack and get settled in. Our host Anne Hamilton was
nothing short of amazing. She gave us the space we needed for that first day. Soon our
right brains would be thrown into the art. Taking one day to settle into the home and the
slow pace helped us to unwind and let go of the busy world we had come from. We do
suggest that you schedule enough time at the retreat to do this.
The retreat is not a place to be pampered and catered to but yet a place to snuggle into
for a time of healing. A place to submerge oneself into the creative surroundings and the
ability to paint at whim any time of day or night.
For the next week we spent our time generally enjoying the right side of our minds. Ann
provided us with a space to spread our creative wings. Her workshops in watercolors, oils,
pastels, acrylics, and mixed media were full of information and techniques. She also was
able to teach several classes according to our different skill levels and requests. I had
taken classes before but was pleasantly surprised at the amount of art that was produced.
The ability to learn a new technique and then apply it to a canvas for as little or as long of
a time period as I like, was a gift.
Every day at the retreat was a new adventure. A new lesson learned. And a connection
with God and art that was almost overwhelming. We visited the nearby DeSoto Falls and
had lunch at the Wildflower Café. We spent time getting to know our host and letting her
know us. Ann Hamilton is a woman who is filled with an abundance of art and spirituality.
And we left this retreat with much more than we bargained for….Something I cannot even
put into words.
Be sure to check out the art work Michele and Angie did while they were here at the following
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