Due to COVID 19, AIS does not have any Artist Retreats scheduled in 2021.
AIS Artist Retreat 2020
Such fun we had together! Mackinac Island, Michigan
Sunday, August 30, Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Thanks to Elizabeth Pollie, Mackinac Arts Council, Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Carriage Tours, Sheplers, Blick, Art of the West, Michigan Humanities Council and dozens of island businesses for their swag bag donations.
AIS Artist Retreat 2020
We held our first retreat!
Sunday, August 30, Monday, August 31 and
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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.
The style of Impressionism had a tremendous impact in the 1880's and continues today. Learn more about the ongoing studies and artists working plein air today.
AIS partnered with Mackinac Arts Council for the event.
AIS and MAC received a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council for our work in Impressionism.
Interested in our 2021 Retreat? Here's what we offered in 2020.
AIS Retreat Pass: $100 included
ELIZABETH POLLIE AIS AWAM OPA
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."
Here's our schedule from 2020:
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 and lecture by Elizabeth Pollie. Elizabeth is a scholar of the Impressionist movement both in its roots in Europe and the tradition being carried on today. Learn about the influence the Impressionists had on both side of the Atlantic.
9:30 am-11:30am BREAK 12:30 pm-2:30pm
END of Retreat at 3 pm.