Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center

Integrating the Arts and Natural Sciences

2014 Alumni

Elizabeth Ferrill
Three Week Residency – Scholarship Awarded by Willowtail.Org

Elizabeth is currently Director of Painting and Printmaking at Anderson Ranch. She has taught at many places, including most recently, Rhode Island School of Design, Graduate students. She has exhibited widely both in New York and Berlin.

Deborah Sussex
Painting and Photography
One Week Residency, Sponsored by Open Shutter Gallery

“My week at Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center allowed me to fill the well of my inner artistic reservoir.  Life is hectic and full of distractions.  For me, the months prior to my time at Willowtail were busting at the seams.  I appreciated the unique opportunity to separate myself from typical responsibilities which have a way of distracting my artist brain.  My week in a peaceful, beautiful, and supportive atmosphere allowed my artist brain to, once again, tune into sounds, smells, observations, details and all the magic of the moments where the littlest things in life seem utterly important.  In addition, I regained momentum for carrying out some daily patterns that are part of my artistic process; writing, reading, sketching, painting, image making…all on a daily basis, with regularity and zest!”

Elizabeth Kinahan
One Week Residency, Scholarship Awarded by Durango Arts Center

The grounds that Peggy and Lee have cultivated make you feel like you’re a million miles away, perfectly suited to getting lost in inspiration and total beauty. Such a place is exactly what an artist needs to incite fresh creativity, a new perspective, and a natural inclination to push work further. All other things fall to the side in the present moment, birds flutter from tree to tree, chime out their melodies. I am reminded of what is truly important in life. During my week at Willowtail I was afforded the time to truly be “in the space” they have created. I was able to observe my own creative process, from the moment of inspiration to the completion of a piece. I allowed myself the “time” to sit and draw from life, which I do not often do. I saw the benefits immediately. I immersed myself in a new world, watched the way it influenced my brush. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, one that I will draw on for years”

Elizabeth agreed after her residency to serve as a board member for Willowtail. As part of her financial contribution as a board member, she donated half the proceeds of her show from works produced at Willowtail back to Willowtail. She has also served in many capacities as board member and volunteer at events and other meetings.

Jane Pedersen
Handmade Paper and Book Artist
One Week Residency, Scholarship Awarded by Durango Arts Center

“The Artist-in-Residency which I recently completed is the first collaboration of its kind for between the Durango Art Center and Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center and is part of The Art Revolution Program. It is the first part of what the art community hopes will become a regular opportunity for artists to explore their genre.

Why is a residency program important for artists? After all, most of us have a “residence” and mine even includes a lovely space set aside for my work. However, what my home doesn’t provide is the opportunity to place oneself in a pure and serene environment, free of the distractions of everyday life.

Peggy and Lee Cloy have the spirit and energy to make this opportunity work, as evidenced by the quiet, peace, and permission I found while spending my week at Willowtail. They anticipated my every need and their non-intrusive emotional support was invaluable.”

Shay Lopez
One Week Residency, Willowtail Scholarship Awarded

“What a place! I have so enjoyed the solitude and quiet of the Garden Cottage and feel so blessed to have experienced Willowtail. You have created a true gem. Thanks so much for making this available to artists. May our work perpetuate in some way, the energy and love of Willowtail Springs.”