Aerial View of Mackinac Island

Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan

AIS Artist Retreat 2020

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Sunday, August 30, Monday, August 31 and

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

AIS members are invited to join together on picturesque Mackinac Island for our inaugural retreat. 

A gathering designed to provide a creative, engaging, and visually stimulating environment for artists to get inspired and energized. Historic architecture, horses, carriages, charming marina and breathtaking views--all iconic Mackinac Island experiences for you to explore.

AIS is partnered with Mackinac Arts Council for the event.

Elizabeth Pollie is our AIS Signature Member Mentor for the retreat.

Mission Point Resort will be our event location. 

Read more about special lodging rates for AIS members

Registration limited -- maximum of 40 AIS member participants.  

We know you may be hesitant to travel and if the retreat is canceled all registrations will be refunded.


AIS Retreat Pass:   $100 includes 

  • Ferry ticket 

  • Two receptions 

  • Coffee/refreshments at AIS educational sessions

  • Transportation to remote painting locations on island

  • Demo by Elizabeth Pollie AIS

  • Critique Sessions

  • Paint Out registration

  • Wet Paint Exhibit and sale (Artists will receive 80% of sale with AIS and MAC receiving 10% each)

  • Goodie bag with island discounts, sponsor product, swag


Read more about Elizabeth

We asked Elizabeth to share why she enjoys spending time and painting and the island.... 

" It would not be an overstatement to describe Mackinac Island as one of the crown jewels of America’s many historic sites. From the horse drawn carriages to the Victorian summer homes, there is a “frozen in time” quality that permeates nearly every aspect of this unique place. You can wander for hours, rent a bicycle of simply sit and watch the boats coming and going from the historic waterfront.

For an artist, the variety of inspirational sights and settings is astonishing. Many of the homes boast stunning gardens. Draft horses pulling a variety of carts and carriages can be seen in every direction. And, the island topography with its high bluff offers birds eye views of the harbor and the town below.

Best of all is relaxing with friends and a glass of wine in the evening and watch as everything is drenched in the warm light of the setting sun. I cannot think of a more superb spot for this AIS event."


Saturday, August 29: 

Optional Social Hour   On island, location TBA. Cash Bar.

Sunday, August 30:  

Artist check in and stamping for Paint Out.    Painting on location all day and evening. 

Elizabeth Pollie available for “Tips while you Paint” 

Welcome Party at Mission Point  Light appetizers.  One drink included with AIS Retreat Pass. Cash bar.    5:30pm-7:00 pm.    

Monday, August 31:  

Drays to take artists to three special locations.   Departing from Mission Point beginning at 8 am. 

All day painting--with artists deliver paintings between 4 pm and 5 pm.

Exhibit and sale at Mission Point opens at 5 pm.   AIS Retreat Pass for one drink .  

Light appetizers/cash bar from 5pm -6:30pm  

Critique Sessions from 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Tuesday, September 1   

Morning educational painting demonstration by Elizabeth Pollie.  9:30 am-11:30am  BREAK  12:30 pm-2:30pm  

END of Retreat at 3 pm.   

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