Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center

Integrating the Arts and Natural Sciences

2019 Alumni

2019 Residents

Carol Meckling, multimedia artist, Jenny Wrenn, Poet Collaboration
Two weeks Residency, Scholarship awarded by Clive Foundation

Bassoonist Daniel Nester One-week residency

Writer Wendy Rasmussen  One-Week Residency

Writer Vanessa Blakeslee One – Week Residency

Painter Leslie Lloyd Two Weeks Residency

“Willowtail is a special and important place for many reasons. Not only does the environment sustain the artist’s soul, the physical place is conducive to deep relaxation and the feeling of being able to “spread out” psychologically. There is a sense of privacy and respect at Willowtail, which is so important in nurturing the creative process of an artist”


Short Story Writer Lisa C Taylor

“I was lucky enough to be offered an artist residency at Willowtail Springs Bungalow for this gorgeous week in June. I’m currently working on a proposal for a novel and short stories. My daughter (a poet) shared the space with me.
Willowtail Springs is in a unique setting. There are views of the mountains and a pond where you can see (and hear) coots, and a variety of birds. I’ve been to other residencies but never one in the mountains. The cool mountain air and the abundance of wildlife was unique. I really appreciated the nature walk we did with Lee, availing ourselves of his vast knowledge of the flora and fauna in Willowtail.”

Poet Kira Taylor

She wrote a piece which was inspired by the Lee’s nature walk while her residency. She writes ecology nature inspired poem.

Encaustic Monoprints Artist Laura Schiavone

Mixed Media/Teaching Artist Tara S. Holl

Painter/Sculpter Suze Woolf