WOMEN OF GOD RETREAT OFFERS CREATIVE AND SPIRITUAL CONNECTION
In January, 2009 Artist-Owner Ann Hamilton opened an art retreat (http://womenofgodartretreat.com) in her 1890's Victorian Home, located in Fort Payne, Al (US). The 70 year-old artist opened the retreat for the purpose of becoming a mentor for women artists and to provide them with a creative and spiritual atmosphere.
The retreat sits in Northeast Alabama, among some of the state’s most beautiful scenery, including a state park, national preserve and an art community (Desoto State Park; Little River Canyon, and Mentone, Al.)
One of the best features of the retreat is a large studio. In addition, the retreat has generous accommodations, all for a modest fee. Additional lessons and workshops are also priced with the starving artist in mind. Hamilton said that the retreat is one of the most rewarding adventures of her lifetime. It has renewed me, and I look forward to the special guests who will come this way. Among my first guests were Michele Lee and Angie True from Madison, Al. The review that Michele did for the Huntsville Art Blog (http://huntsvilleartblog.com) says more than I can ever say to describe the retreat. Following is an excerpt from the review:
“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 Cafe. 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.”
You can find the complete review at http://womenofgodartretreat.net. According to Hamilton, the retreat was created just for artists to experience their spirituality and creativity in a new way. For me, there is no better way to be close to God than by creating something new, she said. Whether or not you want to take classes and/or workshops or work on your own you will find the retreat to be a perfect place. The nooks and crannies of this old house is a joy to experience in and of itself. Hamilton had kept the Victorian decor of the house which also has a Jane Austin feel to it. There are places to journal, write and think away from the busy area of the studio and kitchen-which is a great place to cook up a creative meal! Another great feature is the gallery throughout the house featuring the works of Hamilton. For additional information on the Women of God Art Retreat contact Ann Hamilton or visit www.womenofgodartretreat.net.
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