American Impressionist Society is presenting their first AIS Artist Retreat on Mackinac Island August 30-September 1. Twenty-three artists will paint for two days and share their inspiration for their work while on location.
Harbor Springs artist, Elizabeth Pollie, is serving as Retreat mentor and island ambassador for those artists on their first-time visit.
“For an artist, the variety of inspirational sights and settings is astonishing,” Pollie said. “I’m looking forward to 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.”
Pollie is a Signature Member of AIS, a distinction awarded to those artists who have achieved specific successes in their careers. Elizabeth will provide tips, techniques, and critiques for the artists in a casual and comfortable setting.
American Impressionist Society (AIS) is a national organization with 1,750 active artists working in the style of Impressionism.
Harbor Springs resident, Liz Ahrens, was hired as their first Executive Director in January of 2020. The organization was founded in 1998 and annually presents exhibits, educational programs and events across the United States. In the summer of 2019, AIS held their Summer Salon Show at the Crooked Tree Arts Center. The 2020 exhibits for AIS included an exhibit in the spring in Fredericksburg, Texas and their upcoming 21st Annual
National Exhibition in St. George, Utah.
“We are collaborating with the Mackinac Arts Council and many island businesses including the Mission Point Resort. Like all events this year, we’ve had to adapt our plans and be sure everyone follows safety protocols. We originally planned to have 40 artists but we scaled back for capacity and peace of mind for the participating artists,” Ahrens said.
Many artists from Michigan who spend time painting on the island each year are participating including Lori Feldpaush and Kristin Hosbein and Harbor Springs resident Kurt Anderson.
Visitors to the island can watch the artists paint on Sunday, August 30 in and around the Mission Point Resort. On Monday, August 31, the artists will be at the Grand Hotel, on the bluff near Fort Mackinac andWindermere Point. In the evening on Monday, August 31 a reception and sale of the artwork created on island will be for sale at Mission Point Resort from 6pm-7:30 pm.
“We encourage people to come over to the island on Monday and stay for the reception to meet the artists, see the freshly created works and perhaps take a painting home. Like so many professionals, artists had workshops and exhibits canceled so this event could be very fruitful for an artist. But ultimately, the retreat is a gathering of artists without competition or full day workshops. 2020 is full of challenges and stress so a day on the island observing artists at work is a perfect getaway in our backyard for residents and visitors of northern Michigan,” Ahrens said.
All listed events are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, www.americanimpressionistsociety.org or 231-881-7685.