may, 2022

06may12:00 pm10:00 pm*Tyler: SMAC Artist Retreat12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Danebod Folk School, 140 Danebod Court, Tyler, MN, Danebod Folk School, 140 Danebod Court, Tyler, MN

Artist Retreat May 6-7, 2022


Event Details

Did you miss our annual Artist Retreat in 2020 and 2021? It's finally back! On May 6th & 7th join artists from across Southwest Minnesota for 1 & 1/2 days of networking and arts inspiration. Workshop sessions are being created to appeal to artists of many disciplines. The retreat will be held at Danebod Folk School in Tyler, MN for a “get-away” learning atmosphere. Overnight accommodations will be available, but not required; you can choose to come for one or both days! More details will be coming soon, be sure to watch here for updates, as well as through our emails, social media (Facebook & Instagram) and our website.

Register here!

Deadline to register is April 29, 2022

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Collaborative Mural Painting (and Canvas Painting) with Bobbie Alsgaard-Lien Participants in this workshop will create a collaborative mural painting for the SW Minnesota Arts Council. This mural will be exhibited in the Arts Councils Marshall office upon completion. Each attendee will have an opportunity to create a canvas painting of their mural image to take home and add to their art collection.
  • Nature Mandalas with Mary Jo Schimpelfenig Description: Nature Mandalas are a form of art using natural objects, such as flower blossoms, petals, leaves, feathers, pebbles, twigs, pinecones, berries, bark, seed pods acorns, etc.  I will have many natural items that you can use, but we will also go for a treasure hunt and collect nature items around the Folk School. There is no right or wrong way to make a nature mandala, you play with items of nature and make a beautiful creation. It is ephemeral, temporary, but we can take a picture of it for you to keep. Get ready to have some fun, but be forewarned, “Making Nature Mandalas” is addictive!! P.S. You can also bring some of the stones, shells, feathers you have collected over the years.
  • "And Merengue!" with Purpose Artisans (John Salgado Maldonado & Nicole Arnhold) Learn this Latin dance and move your body!
  • "Cozy Mystery" writing session wit M.E. Fuller Description: “How To Write a Cozy Mystery (and anything else)”: Open the door to your imagination as we expose secrets of murder, mystery, mayhem, and all manner of suspense! Writing sprints and discussion will get you thinking in mysterious ways plus plotting tips will help you keep readers engaged.  Fun for all skill levels. What to expect: writing sprints & discussion. What to bring: paper/pen or pencil (use of laptops is discouraged!)
  • Ceili Dance with Jess Robinson
  • Community Theatre with Ashley Hansen 
  • Mandala Drawing with gel pens & colored pencils with Monica Villars (15 student limit, sign up with registration)“JUMPING OFF THE COLORING BOOK TO THE MANDALA”: Participants will be guided to create a multi-circle design on black illustration board using repetitive shapes. Colored pencils & gel pens will be used to fill in and/or blend the shapes. All materials will be provided but you may want to bring your own pens & pencils to use as well. The class is designed for beginning artists but also allows for more complex designs for those artists that want more of a challenge. (Participants may need extended class time)
  • Community Drumming with Purpose Artisans of Willmar (John Salgado Maldonado & Nicole Arnhold) Description: Purpose Artisans is about bringing people together and bridging cultures. Would you guess that a group of strangers could create unique rhythms within minutes?! Drumming is an ancient way of communicating, it comes from deep inside. And merengue! Learn this Latin dance and move your body.
  • E-Z Cut Printmaking with Brad Hall and assistant Krystl Louwagie (15 student limit, sign up with registration) Description: “E-Z Cut Printmaking”: Learn to carve on easy cut & linoleum blocks. Create a 5x7 and print it. All materials are provided. Don’t know what to make? Don’t worry! The instructor will bring a variety of design ideas. This is a beginner level class intended to introduce people to the art of linoleum block printing.
  • Poetry with Saara Myrene Raappana
  • Eco-Print Scarf Dyeing with Kerry Kolke Bonk (class limit 12, sign up with registration) “Eco Printing – an Introduction”  This class is for those who want to learn how to print onto a natural fabric using nature itself.  Students will end up with a finished silk scarf to take home.  To participate in this class, you will come to the first session to learn how to lay out/roll the leaves onto the scarf…Kerry will then steam the scarves to be unrolled and rinsed when you come back for the second session.  All supplies will be provided but if you want to bring your own leaves…Oak, Maple, Rose and Black Walnut print well…just be sure to keep them flat.  (Between magazine pages works well for a few days.) CLASS LIMIT: 12
  • Southwest Minnesota Arts Council and Minnesota State Arts Board Grant Opportunities for Artists & Needs Assessment with SMAC Staff
  • "Cartoon You" with Krystl Louwagie Are you curious about making your own comics, but don't know where to start? How about with what you know best: you! In this introductory session, artist Krystl Louwagie will supply exercises to help you visualize how you can make your own cartoon version of yourself (or those close to you). You don't have to have traditional drawing skills, just an open mind and the right tools (have fun and don't take yourself too seriously)!
BONUS: Our SMAC Arty Party for Lincoln County will take place in Tyler on May 6th, the first evening of our Artist Retreat as part of our festivities! The Arty Party will be a free event open to all. This will be the 9th county Arty Party hosted by SMAC out of our 18 counties! Like the other Arty Party's, we'll have arts entertainment, some tasty treats, and opportunities for networking with artists and arts supporters. SMAC staff will be available to connect with attendees and get the word out about who SMAC is, what we do, and what services and assistance we can offer for our communities.


  • Friday afternoon only: $15 for workshops & meals*
  • Saturday only: $15 for workshops & meals*
  • $30 total for both days of workshops*
  • Overnight Lodging-Private Room: $35
  • Overnight Lodging-Shared Room: $20
  • Overnight Lodging-Private room with bath: $70 
*Attendees outside SMAC Region: $25/day ($50 total for both days)

Register here!

Deadline to register is April 29, 2022


Friday, May 6: 12-1 pm, Check in/Room assignments Light lunch available. Held in Dining Hall Basement. 1-2:45 pm, Session #1 Workshops Mural Painting/Nature Mandalas/Poetry 2:45-3 pm, Snack/Break 3-5:30 pm, Session #2 Workshops Cartoon You/Mural Painting Continued/Merengue Dance (4:30-5:30) 5:30-7 pm, Supper Provided 7-8:30 pm, SMAC Lincoln County Arty Party! (free and open to the public) Performance TBD Open Evening: Open Mic in the basement Open Art in the library Saturday, May 7: 8-9 am, Registration for Saturday-only Attendees & Breakfast Held in Dining Hall  Basement 9 am, Welcome (Held in Dining Room) 9:15-10:45 am, Session #3 Workshops How to Write A Cozy Mystery/Community Theatre/Mandala Drawing 10:45-11 am, Break & Networking 11 am-12:30 pm, Session #4 Workshops Eco-Print Scarf Dyeing (Session 1) /How to Write a Cozy Mystery Continued/Community Drumming/Mandala Drawing Continued 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (Dining Room) 1:30-3 pm, Session #5 Workshops Eco-Print Scarf Dyeing (Session 2) (2:30-3:30 pm)/Ceili Dance/E-Z Printmaking 3-3:30 pm, Snack & Networking 3:30-5 pm, Session #6 Workshop Grant Opportunities for Artists & Needs Assessment



Nicole DeBoer Southwest Minnesota Arts Council 800-622-5284  or 800-622-5284


(Friday) 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Danebod Folk School, 140 Danebod Court, Tyler, MN

Danebod Folk School, 140 Danebod Court, Tyler, MN


Southwest Minnesota Arts PO Box 55, 509 West Main Street, Marshall MN 56258

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