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Workshops at the Conference Center, October 2019

Groups marked with an * are open to the public. Contact those groups if you are interested and would like to participate in their program at Wildacres Retreat.

Carolina captured*
October 1 - 6

PhotographersSince 2005, Carolina Captured has been a unique workshop and community for photographic artists at Wildacres. The class explores many facets of Blue Ridge mountain image-making, emphasizing interpretation of the picturesque mountain landscape, as well as documentation of the cultural and historical subjects of Appalachia.

A dense shooting itinerary over several days and a final group critique with multiple instructors round out the Tuesday-Friday schedule. (An additional 2-days of shooting, Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, are available as a supplement to the core workshop.) The workshop is predicated on the notion that image review, instructor feedback, and peer interaction are essential to artistic growth. Participants are generally at an intermediate level, comfortable with their equipment and competent with digital camera techniques, image downloading and basic processing workflows using Lightroom, PS/Bridge and Photoshop.

For more information, visit the website at www.carolinacaptured.com.

Expressive Arts Collective
October 3 - 6

The Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective is a group of faculty members from 5 colleges and 6 departments at Appalachian State University whose common interest is the use of dreams and the creative process for personal and professional growth. Members of the Collective are arts therapists and artists who teach together, study together, and participate in personal growth experiences together. Appalachian State University offers both Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy and training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) for individuals who hold a master's degree in a mental health-related area. For more information, please visit the respective websites or contact us using the links below.

EAC website: www.ced.appstate.edu/departments/hpc/programs/expressive_arts/


GIM website: music.appstate.edu/bonny-method

email: mckinneych@appstate.edu

Carolina Clay Connection Clay/Sculpture Retreat*
October 3 - 6

Explore your ideas and create a clay sculpture during this weekend workshop. This class is open to the public but priority will be given to returning students. For more information, please contact Jinny Hargrave.

email: carolinaclay@aol.com

Family Medicine
October 10 - 13

The University of North Carolina Statewide Department of Family Medicine, with residencies at Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Greensboro, Hendersonville, Monroe and Wilmington, has held an annual faculty retreat at Wildacres since the late 1970s. This annual gathering of UNC Family Medicine faculty has produced amazing collaborative projects to benefit the health of North Carolinians. Our residencies have an outstanding track record for educational commitment and service to their communities and the state. For more information, please visit our website.

website: med.unc.edu/fammed

Queens University
October 11 - 13

The McColl Leadership Challenge

Since 1982 students, faculty and staff from Queens University of Charlotte's McColl School of Business have gathered for a weekend at Wildacres. Launched by Herman Blumenthal and Billy O. Wireman, the Blumenthal Conference focused on ethical issues in business. Building on that tradition, in 2006, the name and direction changed and the McColl School--BB&T Leadership Challenge now focuses on debating various philosophies underpinning capitalism and in exploring leadership. In partnership with Vertical S. A., a leadership consulting firm, the outdoors is used as a means for teaching leadership and communication skills as well as teamwork skills.

OCTOBER 14 - 20

Woman painting on canvas outdoorsRegistration is OPEN and all class information is now available for Redux Art Retreat at WildAcres 2019! We are so excited for this year's offerings, and there may still be more to come! Please visit our website at http://reduxstudios.org/wild-acres and see the brochure and registration form. Feel free to call or email with any questions. 

This year, we would like to take all registrations with our online registration form — this will help us to ensure that we are able to register everyone on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you have any trouble with the online form, there is a printable version available on our website. Once we have received your form, you will receive a confirmation email, followed shortly by an emailed invoice to make your payment.

If you have any questions or if you need assistance, please feel free to email or call us at Redux, 843.722.0697, for assistance. 

website: reduxstudios.org/wild-acres/

email: tai@reduxstudios.org

October 21 - 27

The Florida Society of Goldsmiths is a not-for profit organization created by metalsmiths to aid and support other metalsmiths through meetings, publicity, workshops and exhibitions; to provide metalsmiths with opportunities for education and exchange of information; to broaden public knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of fine quality hand-crafted metal work, including, but not limited to, jewelry. The Florida Society of Goldsmiths is open to all. We welcome artists that work in all metals as well as other jewelry artists using other mediums. We strive to offer a friendly environment where creativity is encouraged and supported through social and educational events throughout the US .

website: www.fsgmetal.org

email: FSGmetal@gmail.com

wildacres Fall Star Party*
October 21 - 24

Amateur Astronomers from the Carolinas will again assemble at Wildacres for their Fall Star Party. Large telescopes will be set up for viewing the outer planets, Uranus and Neptune along with several of the brighter asteroids. In the deep sky, star clusters and nebulae can be seen at their best in the superb Wildacres sky. During the day, informal talks about telescopes and astronomical subjects will be presented. Everyone is invited to attend both daytime and evening activities.

email: Gayle and Joyce Riggsbee

phone: 704-846-3136

Fall Gathering*
October 28 - November 3

View of fall foliage and mountains $425 for six nights lodging and 17 meals

Enjoy the autumn beauty of Wildacres while working on your own project. Writers, artists, potters, musicians, jewelry makers, others with something to accomplish are all welcome. We intend to have readings, entertainment, and sharing in the evenings, but no formal programming during the days and no instruction. We do ask that everyone attending have a project to work on and not to come for a vacation.

We will take participants in the order that we receive your payments. We will only accept fall gathering registrations postmarked August 1 or later. We will only take a certain number of quilters or potters because of space limitations. Please expect to have a roommate as we will likely fill all the available spaces.

email: wildacres@wildacres.org

website: Fall Gathering Details and Registration Form

phone: 828.756.4573

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