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August 11, 2017 - August 13, 2017

The House as Metaphor for Self: A Mixed Media Workshop

Join us in an exploration of ourselves by using the house as a metaphor. Our language is filled with phrases that suggest this connection: the importance of a firm foundation, getting kicked upstairs, putting a roof over our heads, sheltering from the storm. The house represents our entire personality and creating with this in mind can be transformative.

We will create 3D models of houses using mixed media paper. There will be patterns to work with. You will add images of your own house (or a house from your past that has meaning for you), maybe images of yourself and those important to you in the present or the past, and possibly text or other mixed media elements. These images can be photographic in nature or drawn.

We will focus on windows at one point, literally the visual bridge between inside and out, possibly representing health, growth and courage to change. (The eyes are the windows to the soul.) And then we will focus on doors often used to represent opportunity. A job well-done may open doors for advancement while closed doors may represent self-sabotage and underachievement. A door partly open may suggest new possibilities or potentials.

Stairs, hallways (passages), attics, basements, lamps, chairs, all will be grist for the mill!

I will send a complete materials list upon enrollment and I will have lots of materials and techniques to share.


Lendon Hamilton Noe is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, where she was a Professor of Art at Lambuth University for 28 years.  She maintains a studio and gallery at DCA/DCPR in Jackson and is partner and instructor with Silver Creek Workshops.  She graduated from Rollins College in Florida, earning the BA in Art and English Literature. She studied in Denver at the Rocky Mountain School of Art and then returned to Tennessee and completed an MS in Art Education at UT Knoxville.  She completed her MFA in Painting and Mixed Media at Vermont College. Noe's work includes oil painting,original prints, mixed media, and installation.  Her primary media are oil and graphite drawing pencil.  For the last 15 years, her work has been focused on natural history.  Her Tennessee natural history installation won a place in the Nashville Airport Flying Solo exhibition.  She has been an artist-in-residence at the Buffalo National River in Arkansas.  Presently she is developing an installation inspired by David Haskell's book, The Forest Unseen.

The guest rooms in St. Mary’s Hall are not air-conditioned.


When: Friday 05:30 pm - Sunday 11:00 am
Fee: St. Mary's Hall: $365.00 (Single), The Anna House: $465.00 (Single), Commuter: $265.00 (Single)

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