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Brenda J. Clark Weekend Painting Excursion for Adults:
Looking at Spring

May 4, 5 and 6, 2012
05.2012: Brenda J. Clark is offering the following all-inclusive painting workshop to be hosted at the Snowbird Inn, a few miles south of Leland, Michigan.

Workshop Overview

"No one may quite understand my color choices or my mark making. Yet, I hope that most people develop some feelings from my paintings, and that these feelings stir them to think, examine, and imagine. Such reflection is one of my artistic pursuits, while striving for a subliminal beauty of the paint stroke."

Come and enjoy a three-day workshop of painting outside in natural light. The workshop will be hosted at the Snowbird Inn. The Inn's setting will provide inspiration for all of the workshop sessions. We will utilize the large front porch, barn area, and garden, and we can even walk to the beach. Acrylic paint will be used. It is water based and offers transparency and an opaque quality, while allowing for layering of brilliant color during composition. Participants and the artist will investigate color observation of structures and landscape within sight, and translate these into mark-making. Each session will offer discussion, experimental exercises and the opportunity to compose full paintings. Participants will paint on paper and wood, working transparent to building up thick paint strokes.

All levels of artistic skill and understanding are welcome. Invite a friend and venture up to Leelanau County for a great painting excurtion! Check out this great testimonial about the Snowbird Inn at Tales from Thyme and Place.

The all-inclusive painting workshop includes:
— three day painting workshop with Brenda J. Clark.
— two nights accommodation at the Snowbird Inn.
— two full breakfasts at Snowbird Inn.
— box lunch from Sisson's Main Street Specialties of Leland.
— three-course meal (soup or salad, entree and dessert) plus
local wine or beer at Martha's Leelanau Table (Saturday evening).
— three days of snacks, appetizers, coffee, tea or water.
— professional grade woodblock for painting session II.


Friday, May 4, 2012:

— Check in 12 noon.

— Welcome at 1 p.m. Appetizers and beverages provided.

Painting Session I from 2—5 p.m. (Developing an underpainting).

— Hordourve's and local wine/tea 5—6 p.m. Dinner on your own.

Saturday, May 5, 2012:

Full breakfast provided at the Inn at 8 a.m.

Painting Session II from 9 a.m.—noon (Impasto on paper).

Box lunch provided on location from Sisson's Main Street Specialties of Leland.

Painting Session III from 1—4 p.m. (Impasto on wood).

Snacks and bottled water provided.

Dinner provided at Martha's Leelanau Table in Suttons Bay at 5:30 p.m.

Discussion, wine or coffee at Brenda J. Clark Gallery at 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 6, 2012:

Full breakfast provided at the Inn, 8 a.m.

Critique/Painting Session IV, 9—noon (Miniature woodblock).

Check out time 1 p.m.


The registration should be submitted by email by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012. Mailed registration must be postmarked by April 18th, 2012. If submitted after the deadline, you will be placed on a waiting list.

If two workshop participants share a guest room at the Snowbird Inn a discount for the room is provided. See details below. There are six options to participate in the Brenda J. Clark Weekend Painting Excursion for Adults: Looking for Spring.

1. Option A: Registration fee $685. (Single participant/occupant)
Snowbird guest room with attached private bath.
Full participant in workshop.

2. Option B: Registration fee $645. (Single participant/occupant)
Snowbird guest room with private bath down the hall.
Full participant in workshop.

3. Option C: Registration fee $590 for each workshop participant sharing room.
(Two workshop participants/Double occupancy) Snowbird guest room with one queen size bed and attached private bath. Full participants in workshop.

4. Option D: Registration fee $570 for each workshop participant sharing room.
Two workshop participants/Double occupancy) Snowbird guest room with private bath down the hall. Full participants in workshop.

5. Add-on option: Fee $87.
Additional non-workshop guest (friend, husband, etc.) in either type of guestroom. Includes Friday afternoon appetizers, breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, and dinner Saturday night.

6. Non-lodging option: Registration fee $445.
Full participant in workshop. Includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday workshops, Friday afternoon appetizers, Saturday lunch and dinner.

Accommodations are at the Snowbird Inn for the nights of May 4 and 5, 2012. Each room at the Snowbird Inn features a queen-sized bed and a private bath. Some of the rooms have private attached baths (just like a traditional "hotel" room). Some of the rooms have private baths "down the hall." These baths are private in the sense that they are not shared with any other guests, and are for your exclusive use. However, they are located down the hall from the room.

Email Submission:
1. Fill out the e-mail registration form and email it to Brenda J. Clark at
2. You will receive a confirmation, indicating that we have received your registration request. If you do not receive a confirmation within 48 hours, we have not received your registration. (There are five guest rooms at the Inn. They will fill quickly.) After submitting your application via email, you must still print out, sign and return the registration form along with payment in full.

Mail Submission:
1. Download and print out the registration form.
2. Fill out and mail to Brenda J. Clark Gallery, Attn: Workshop, PO Box 1041, Leland, MI 49654.
3. Include a check payable to Jean Mark, LLC. Payment due in full.

If the information contained in the announcement doesn't answer your questions, please contact Brenda at or call 231-492-2196 to reach Brenda.

Cancellations with fewer than 10 days notice will not be refunded, unless we are able to fill the vacancy, in which case a refund, less a $50 processing fee, will be issued. Cancellations with more than 30 days notice will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee.

Nestled in a little crook along the Lake Michigan coastline called Good Harbor Bay. The Snowbird Inn offers the best of several worlds: private beach access, scenic farmland surroundings, delicious home-cooked breakfasts, spacious and quiet rooms, and that little touch of peace that makes you feel at home. Enjoy Leelanau's country hospitality and natural surroundings right next to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline. The turn-of-the-century home is situated on nearly twenty acres of gardens and forest and a walking path to Lake Michigan. The Snowbird Inn is located just three miles south of Leland. Check out this great testimonial about the Snowbird Inn at Tales from Thyme and Place.

Snowbird Inn
473 North Manitou Trail
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653 US


Painting easel (light weight) or a fold up chair without arm rests works for propping a painting. Bring an extra chair in case you need a sitting break.

Arches 300lb. paper (22 x 30), 3 sheets: Prefer hot press (smooth). Brenda will also have paper available to purchase if you need more.

Painting board (to hold paper 22 x 30). Keep it portable.

Acrylic heavy body paints: Basic palette will be used... comprised of any yellows, blues, reds and white you may have available. No black paint. Golden, Winsor-Newton, Utrech. Or, bring what you use. Tubes of paint preferred over jars if possible.

1" Hog/Bristol paint brush (flat or filbert will work) or any large brushes you have available. Brenda's brushes will be available.

1" or wider masking or painting tape to secure paper.

Water container for rinsing paint brush.

Painting rags (cloth works best).

Palette if you have one. Or, a plain paper plate (doubled or tripled) works great. Styrofoam plates are difficult to use. Paper plates will be available.

Be portable. Some walking to sites will occur if weather permits. It is a ten minute walk through the woods to the Lake Michigan access. You may want to bring along some hiking shoes or boots.







Brenda J. Clark
The artist lives
in Leland and the
gallery location is in
Suttons Bay, Michigan.








Brenda J. Clark
painting on location
on Omena Road.
Leelanau County, Michigan.
Leelanau Above Jelinek, two-part
Acrylic on linen
18" x 18"and 42" x 18"
The patrons put together
a nice book for viewing,
The making of Leelanau above Jelinek.

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