Creativity & Spirituality: A Mixed-Media Workshop

Aug 2nd, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
- Aug 4th, 2019 @ 11:00 AM
St. Mary’s Sewanee
770 St. Mary's Lane
Sewanee, TN 37375

As artists we are always looking for inspiration. What’s my next project going to be? What is it that I am trying to say with my artwork? Rather than just wait in hopes of a muse, artist Lendon Noe says she often goes looking and one of her sources for inspiration has been in the lives as revealed in the letters of her favorite poets and authors. In this three-day workshop she will share some of these approaches and ideas.

Letters (the correspondence between two people) will be an underlying theme. The group will look at some of Lendon’s favorites: the Master Letters of Emily Dickinson, Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet and his Letters to a Young Painter. She’ll give a nod to Nick Bantok and his Griffen and Sabine series.  And then look at John Berger’s correspondence with John Christie. Equally important, Lendon will bring some personal letters that are real treasures and she encourages participants to bring their own letters. All of the work will be centered around a conversation: between two people, between image and text, between line and form, between black and white and color.

The work will be relatively small, usually no bigger than 9” x 12”. In fact, 4” squares will be another underlying theme. There will be lots of mixed media, ink, tissue and collage techniques, and a plaster surface treatment. The project will begin and end by folding. Participants should come away with quite a few pieces of finished work, some which could actually be mailed. 

The price of this retreat includes all meals, two nights lodging, and a modest materials fee.


Lendon Hamilton Noe is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, where she retired as Professor of Art at Lambuth University.  She maintains a studio and gallery at DCA/DCPR in Jackson. She graduated from Rollins College in Florida, earning a Bachelor of Arts  in Art and English Literature. She studied in Denver at the Rocky Mountain School of Art and then returned to Tennessee and completed a Master of Science degree  in Art Education at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts in Painting and Mixed Media at Vermont College. Her work includes oil painting, original prints, mixed media, and installation. Her primary media are oil and graphite drawing pencil.

For the last 10 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. She enjoys creating site specific thematic shows that may include drawings, paintings, collage, image transfer and assemblage. Her recent shows have included For Privilege of Sod and Sun, artwork inspired by the nature images in the life and work of Emily Dickinson, a contemporary Book of Hours which opened at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, and The Forest Unseen, inspired by the book of the same name by David Haskell which opened at the Tennessee Art Commission Gallery.  Her most recent show titled Grand Simplicities: Inspired by Eudora Welty opened at the Ned in Jackson, TN in July, 2018.

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Anna House
Single room with private bath
St. Mary's Hall
Single room with shared bathroom
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Meals and program materials