2017 Residents

“The warmth and sincere desire to nurture our productivity was always present.”

Susan Lisbin, visual artist

www.SusanLisbin.com

“My time here helped me grow and explore a new body of work in a direction I would not have achieved otherwise.”

Hannah Richards, visual artist

“HDC is a paradigm of what a residency should be: intimate and yet still connected to the community, where we always felt valued and supported as individuals and artists.”

Janet Thielke, writer

www.djthielke.com

“What you have here is space. There’s the physical space of the gorgeous landscapes; there’s the tasteful space of the rooms in every house and room. It gives us resident artists the space to be, to do what rests in our hearts waiting to emerge.”

Suzanne Benton, writer

www.suzannebentonartist.com

“I want to come back again as soon as possible.”

Wendy Harris, visual artist

www.wendyharrisfineart.com

“HDC is a feast for the eyes and the stomach.”

Beth Post, visual artist

www.bethpost.com

“I believe that art is not an isolated medium, but rather a networking of our lives, people we spend time with and the creative thinking that comes from that…my work is fueled more by collaborative work than before. My work leads me, I follow and am often surprised at the direction.”

Sally Strom, visual artist

www.sstrom.com

2016 Residents

“I experienced the perfect balance for myself of peace, inspiration and care, and as a result produced more and better poems than I could have imagined.”

Barbara Regenspan, writer

“I greatly enjoyed the combination of natural beauty, conversation with artists and staff, and unstructured time to work.”

Amy Babinec, visual artist

“Many wonderful things about HDC: the landscape; the wildlife, especially birds; HDC’s openness, generosity and willingness to make things better for us; fabulously professional and warm restaurant staff.”

Andrea Cukier, visual artist

“(You) made us feel like stars. Artists often feel undervalued. (You) alleviated any working-class artist woes.”

Stephen Woods, visual artist

“HDC was my first experience in the US, and the welcome was so generous that I felt at home from the first moment. Inspiration comes from all directions and you can focus on your work without distraction.”

Marc Vilanova, musical composer and performer

“My time at HDC exceeded all of my expectations. Not only did I manage to accomplish a great deal of writing and reading, I was part of a small community of other artists who were incredibly talented and inspiring. The surroundings are stunning. If walking through apple orchards and enjoying clear starry nights won’t kickstart your creativity, nothing will. The meals were exceptional. (We) felt absolutely spoiled by the farm-to-table offerings each day. Simply put, if you’re an artist seeking a space to create, apply.”

Tanya Ponton, writer

2015 Residents

“I definitely don’t think I’ll eat as well anywhere else! . . . the landscape here – and ample space to work – have proved the perfect formula for producing a body of work that I could not have created elsewhere.”

Joanna Hoge, visual artist

www.joannahoge.com

“I don’t know how to express how wonderful this experience was for me!…it was a beautiful setting, with amazing food and wonderful staff! It is an ideal place for artists to collaborate and focus on their work. It was an overall fabulous experience!”

Sima Schloss, visual artist

www.simaschloss.com

“ . . . an experience unlike any other residency and one that I will cherish and champion for the rest of my career.”

Matthew Kennedy, composer

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“. . . an amazing opportunity. The peacefulness of the scenery provided a solitude an artist needs to create.”

Angela Mircsov, visual artist

www.angartstudio.com

“I felt at home . . . I will miss this place.”

Natan Lawson, visual artist

www.natanlawson.com

“…very personalized. The small town (Leonardsville) made it very easy to focus on work and the simple beauty surrounding us.”

Sierra Barela, visual artist

www.sierrabarela.com

“I want to thank you all, profoundly, for treating me so well for the month.”

Michael Lehman, painter

www.michaelstamm.com

2014 Residents

“My experience at the HDC was a combined pleasure of privately working in my studio and meeting with my fellow residents for excellent food and drink in the evenings.  It was a productive time, full of inspiration.”

Diane Ayott, painter

www.dianeayott.com

” This is my first visit to an artists’ colony, so I confess I was caught off guard by the wonder-fulness of it all: the quiet, the solitude, the long hours in which nothing was expected of me except to write. Bliss.”

Jennifer Brice, writer

“It has been such a pleasure to be a resident at the HDC. Roberta, Kingsley, the restaurant crew and the other residents have been amazing to be around and so supportive. One of my favorite spots is the waterfall behind Creekside Studio which has been meditative, stimulating and rejuvenating. Another favorite thing is HDC’s close friendship with Golden Artist Colors: you can easily drive (there) and take a tour as well as attend the Open Studios (at their residency program).”

Lauren Coulson, painter

www.laurencoulson.com

” The Horned Dorset Colony raises the bar for artist’s residences! The environment at HDC allowed me to compose at full throttle and introduced me, through collaboration with painters, to the new world of videography. Many nights involved presentations of our work and revelations into our creative processes, which is often too intimate to disclose, but because the environment was so creative, this was easy. The amazing food and accommodation fostered friendships that I shall forever cherish. I am in debt to HDC for introducing me to new ideas, artistic processes and collaboration.”

Nirmali Fenn, composer

www.nirmalifenn.com

“My HDC residency was the perfect combination of self reflection and the coming together of creative minds. It made me feel like I was at my second home.”

Katherine Irwin, painter

“I am amazed at the level of interest we shared in each other’s work, and the collaborations that grew out of that. We chose to convene every evening after the generous dinner HDC provided, and we engaged in our “show and tell” presentations, through which we shared our work, sources of inspiration, and creative ideas. I am impressed at the level of connection between our ways of thinking, despite the range of our creative disciplines. This helped the development of my work and provided new inspirations for concepts to be developed.”

Myke Karlowski, painter

www.mykekarlowski.com

” When I imagine the ideal writing space, I will now think of the HDC Utopia Library – even the name is fodder for inspiration. The stacks are arranged not necessarily to encourage finding so much as wandering, stumbling on the unexpected. If I didn’t do enough browsing during my month here, it was because I was writing, and, strangely enough, a lot of the work I generated also centered on eating and food.”

Pedro Ponce, writer

“We came as strangers and left as a tribe. Although our age difference spanned 30 years, we all came together for one purpose: to deepen our art. Aaron’s meals stimulated creative “round table art discussions”. This experience led to our “show and tell” for an hour or two after dinner. Art was being created 24/7 for the month of August. I stayed up all night and Nirmali woke up when I went to bed. Kathy and Myke worked throughout the day. Phoebe and I did a few collaborations. I am revitalized and have a number of pieces in the works to continue on. HDC will live on in all of us. Time has meaning. Sound has color. Food is bonding.”

Sally Strom, painter, installation and video artist

www.sstrom.com

” HDC is eager to please and serious in its’ intent, but you can’t make art twenty-four hours per day. Get out and see some of the incredible landscape. Walk, jog, hike or bike. Take one of the bicycles along River Road until you see the “Bake Sale” sign on the right. This is an Amish property, with fabulous home-baked goods!”

Lyzette Wanzer, writer

2013 Residents

“The food is fabulous. All the staff are fantastic.”

Elizabeth Burger, sculptor

elizabethburger.com

“Felt like family. Food was incredible. The natural environment here is beautiful and will be greatly appreciated by those not familiar with Central NY State.”

Gary DeMichele, composer

www.garydemichele.net

“As I drove away from the Horned Dorset Artists Colony I listened to Bob Dylan sing, ‘Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’. I had to smile because that is just what my artist’s residency felt like.”

Lisa Fliegel, visual artist

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“Fields, waterfalls, fauna and colony buildings were as nourishing as the meals provided.”

Alex LaCruz, photographer

“The Horned Dorset Colony experience is a multifaceted, gastronomical, self-confronting, back to nature journey that has left me scarred, in a good, bragging, storytelling way, similar to skateboard kids comparing their asphalt and steel rail kisses.”

Michael Lopez Trenche, visual artist

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2012 Residents

“HDC provides a deep and profound caring for the arts and the artists.”

Joellyn Duesberry, visual artist

“I felt so comfortable. It was a very new and different experience for me and you made it quite enjoyable and productive.”

Lynette Stephenson, visual artist

LynetteStephenson.com