"If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic."

— Tom Robbins

"I have participated in several Artists' Retreats with Anna Rhodes and they have all been terrific!I am not an artist (an accountant in fact) so getting past my fear of "Art" in general was the first hurdle..." More

"I have participated in several Artists' Retreats with Anna Rhodes and they have all been terrific! I am not an artist (an accountant in fact) so getting past my fear of “Art” in general was the first hurdle. An Artist Retreat provides a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere to be creative and not afraid, or more important, embarrassed by what might emerge on the canvas. Anna's one on one instruction is abundant and led me to complete several pieces that now hang in my home when on my own they would never have become Art. An Artist Retreat is held in beautiful locations with plenty of inspiration to create as well as activities to ensure a fun trip. Introductions to accomplished artists, private studio tours, and gallery openings are only some of the extras that are provided. Anna makes sure that everything from the travel arrangements to the food, and closet hangers are taken care of. The art supplies are the highest quality and in ample quantities to really try many new mediums and techniques. When my only goal was to “be able to mix a color other than brown,” I have come a long way in a short time and have had so much fun along the way!" Hide

— D. Olivier, Certified Public Accountant


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Ashes and Snow: Gregory Colbert's sixteen year personal and artistic odyssey

Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, film, art installations and a novel in letters. The exhibition consists of more than 50 large-scale photographic artworks, a 60-minute feature film and two short film haikus. To date, more than a million and a half people around the world have visited the exhibition.

Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert on Vimeo
Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow feature film captures extraordinary moments of contact between people and animals as seen through the lens of the artist’s camera on more than thirty expeditions to some of the earth's most remote places. Written, directed, produced, and filmed by Gregory Colbert, it is a poetic field study that depicts the world not as it is, but as it might be—a world in which the natural and artificial boundaries separating humans from other species do not exist. The viewing experience is one of wonder and contemplation, serenity, and hope.

Edited by two-time Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia; narrated by actors Laurence Fishburne (English), Enrique Roche (Spanish), and Ken Watanabe (Japanese). Musical collaborators include Michael Brook, David Darling, Heiner Goebbels, Lisa Gerrard, Lukas Foss, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Djivan Gasparyan.

Navigating the Imagination: Retrospective of the work of Joseph Cornell

American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) has been celebrated internationally for his boxes, collages, and films since the 1930s. His mining of far-flung ideas and traditions and elegant integration of woodworking, painting, papering, and drawing define the innovation and visual poetry associated with his work. Although Cornell's exploration of art, culture, and science was highly personal, even spiritual, his goal as an artist was to inspire others to pursue uplifting voyages into the imagination.

Royal Academy Article
New York Times Art Review

Featured Artists:

Brian Rutenberg

Widely considered to be one of the finest American painters of his generation, Brian Rutenberg has spent forty years honing a distinctive method of compressing
rich color and form into complex landscape paintings that imbue material reality with a deep sense of place.


Alex Kanevsky

Born in Lithuania and a Philadelphia based painter, Kanevsky's multilayered works combine abstraction and figuration in layered, painterly compositions in which the artist strives to convey his own personal and particular view of the world with extreme clarity. This process produces compositions that shimmer with a kind of Futurist velocity, while at the same time capturing a serene feeling of stillness.

Featured Exhibitions:


Immersive Van Gogh

Traveling Exhibition to Thirty US Cities
2021 through 2022
This visual and musical digital exhibition created by the Atelier des Lumières in Paris and is being presentedimmerses visitors in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh and retraces the intense life of the artist, who, during the last ten years of his life, painted more than 2,000 pictures, which are now in collections around the world.


Bassins de Lumieres

Bordeaux France
June 2021 through December 2022
This new digital exhibition will immerse visitors in the masterpieces of twenty artists, including Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Signac, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy, and Chagall and Gustave Klimt.


The Barnes Foundation: Philadelphia

New location for one of the world's leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings The Barnes Collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso.

Curated gallery guide for world-class contemporary art and exhibitions across America 2019


Featured Inspiration:


Hailed as "one of the great artists of our time" (The Washington Times), choreographer, director, dancer, painter, and designer Shen Wei is internationally renowned for the breadth and scope of his artistic vision. One of the premier international dance companies, Shen Wei Dance Arts has won worldwide acclaim for "amassing a body of works so strikingly original they defy categorization" (The Boston Globe). The work Shen Wei makes for his Company draws on influences as varied as traditional Chinese culture and arts, European Surrealism, American high modernism, and the ritual power of ancient drama. Transcending East and West, Shen Wei Dance Arts fuses these disparate forms to forge a startling new hybrid form of dance. The Company's dances reflect the compositional rigor of Shen Wei the visual artist, dancer, and choreographer - incorporating vivid colors, striking design, and imaginative use of space into theatrical, kinetic paintings.

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The daily digest of arts, culture and ideas. Daily arts news from 100 newspapers, magazines and e-publications.

This is a list of exceptionally gifted Artists/Photographers/Designers:

Xenia Hausner

Berlin artist Xenia Hausner, captures the spirit of our time and the soul of her generation in her dramatic expressionist works.


Odd Nerdrum

Juliette Aristides

A gifted, passionate, intellectually stimulating artist who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art.

Design Hovie Studios:

International graphic and web-design firm directed by Hovie Hawk. The studio works with small and large companies from around the world, reinforcing their client's brand image while displaying a sense of quality and innovation.

Ellen Silverman Photography

A New York City based photographer specializing in food, still life, interior and fine art photography. Her exquisite taste is infused in every detail.

Rosanne Olson Photography

A fine arts and commercial photographer, she has released her stunning new book "This Is Who I Am". "This is an absolutely wonderful book. Every woman needs to see it! It has made me feel inspired, exhilerated, normal and beautiful!" - Kate Winslet

Christine Gustafson, InnLight Marketing

Christine Gustafson is a business-building consultant, publicist, award-winning journalist, website designer, photographer and workshop facilitator. Since 1998, InnLight Marketing is a personal, convenient and affordable marketing and publicity service that is dedicated to helping owner operated small businesses maximize their distinctive potential and profitability. Specializing in website design, photography, Internet marketing, graphic design and comprehensive business building strategies.

Recommended Books:

Can be purchased/ordered at local bookstores or

Classical Drawing Atelier: a contemporary guide to traditional studio practice by Juliette Aristedes

This is a serious art course for serious art students.

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland

This book explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.

Heart Matters: The art of Xenia Hausner

This beautiful book expresses the philosophy of the artist and describes the essence of her subject matter. It is also a superb collection of her radiant work.

This Is Who I Am: our beauty in all shapes and sizes by Rosanne Olson

*see recommended artists list

Recommended Music:

Most can be purchased on

Everything played by Byron Schenkman, Harpsichordist and Pianist

*Contact Centaur Records or Amazon

Officium: Jan Garbarek/ The Hilliard Ensemble

Aria Metamorphosis created by Paul Schwartz

Gracias a la Vida: sung by Mercedes Sosa

Georgia O'Keeffe: A Musical Perspective

*Can be purchased at the Georgia O'Keefe Museum

The Prayer Cycle by Jonathan Elias

Site Photography by Rebecca Sullivan, Rosanne Olsen, Michele Unger, Toni Youngblood, Suzanne Di Lanzo, Audrey Daniels, Anastasia Choplas, Ted Gooley, Cyrus Appel.