a Retreat to Nature for the Creative Mind



New 2017 Program Options
 
Under construction, new beginnings! 
 

Having moved here in July 2007, it's been almost 10 years of calling this dome home and studio, Whispering Woodlands.  At that time, work needed to be done to prepare the space and get the word out. Now, it's time to tweak the operations, adjust, and hang on. I am looking forward to the years ahead.

Reflecting, stretching, inhaling deeply and reaching out to offer a few new directions in ways to share this tranquil, restorative, natural environment I call home.  

I have been contemplating my options, experience, equipment, age, and especially my good fortune for some time now.

The premise for Whispering Woodlands began with my desire to share, to inspire, to teach, to question, as well as play, experiment, and create. That hasn't changed or diminished.

After nearly 10 years I also desire to better utilize my time, abilities and studio equipment.  I will be offering private lessons and small group programming on an individual basis in addition to fewer scheduled programs.  Tell me when you are available and I will work to meet your needs.

(PLEASE NOTE: I continue to work with several local and visiting artists & instructors for scheduling their programs.)

   

Nature as Inspiration is Bountiful
24/7, 365/yr 

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Whispering Woodlands Springtime

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Whispering Woodlands Springtime

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Whispering Woodlands Springtime

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Early summer at Whispering Woodlands

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Summertime stroll at Whispering Woodlands

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Shouting SPRING

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The Meadow at Whispering Woodlands

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Late Summer at Whispering Woodlands

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Fall at Whispering Woodlands

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Fall at Whispering Woodlands

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Whispering Woodlands Autumn Color

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Fall at Whispering Woodlands

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Fall at Whispering Woodlands

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Whispering Woodlands Winter

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samples

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Whispering Woodlands Winter

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Winter Wonderland at Whispering Woodlands

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Whispering Woodlands in Winter's Glory

 

As we begin our 17th year in this 21st century, our culture, and as a people, we are all so busy, scheduling weekly programming seems a thing of the past. Weekends are precious and multiple days are often difficult. Our weather seems to have a greater effect on us, especially me as I age. (Heat/humidity, snow removal or icy roadways)  Planning and trying to figure out who is interested in what and when, is getting harder and often disappointing on both sides of the table, instructors and students alike. Demands on people's time is at a premium.

This isn't unique to programming at Whispering Woodlands by any means, as many of you may have experienced these issues at other venues as well.

Yet, I find people still have that desire to continue to learn, to meet in person, interact, and a need to express themselves in creative ways.

To support the life-long learner, and to provide a restbit or retreat from the daily schedules, I offer up some alternatives.  I am in a situation that allows me greater flexibility to meet those needs. If what you are interested in learning or doing is something I know something about, or I may know someone who does, we should talk. Perhaps what you are looking for is a place to rejuvinate your creative muse. I just may be able to help, I do have a great deal of resources at my disposal.

   

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Studio viewed from the meadow.

 

Whispering Woodlands has a large variety of general art making supplies in addition to some unusual and/or specialized equipment for your learning advancement and enjoyment. My personal interests and art endeavors are many and varied. I have had the good fortune to have gathered and collected specific tools that will add to your experiences here. My background in Art Education followed by my Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking/Papermaking/Book Arts compelled me to hunt down these heavy pieces of equipment in the following areas: printmaking, letterpress printing, book making, and paper making. (All hunted and gathered pre-internet! Writing/calling in-state and out of state used equipment dealers, and of course the borrowing of Dad's truck for hauling.) In addition, many of the complimentary techniques that enhance these above mentioned areas are also areas I enjoy sharing, doing and teaching. Included in these, but not limited to by any means are: decorative paper techniques, foundational or playful calligraphy, fiber arts, mixed media, box making, and mosaics.  

In case you haven't figured this out, nature is the inspiration for much of my work, or as my working environment it provides me with the solice to take on other directions.  

The following sub catagories will provide you with sample works and descriptions of instructional workshops that may be arranged individually or as a small group.  Please refer to the page listings and images for clarification.

 

 

Sub Catagories 

Workshops conducted by Jackie Hefty 

Papermaking  Decorated Paper Techniques  Calligraphy  Printmaking

Letterpress Printing  Book Making  Book Types  Book Binding/Structures

Mixed Media  Textiles   Mosaics  Boxmaking

 

 

Is there a program/process/technique you are interested in learning more about? contact me

Do you & a couple friends want to share a new experience? contact me

Are you looking for opportunities to slow down, calm your being, explore some creative processes?  contact me

Special occasion coming up? (birthday, wedding, showers) that you'd enjoy creating memories together? contact me

We can discuss rates on a fluctuating scale based on complexity/supplies/etc.  If you have been to my studio, you know I most likely have the supplies.

  


   

 

 

 

 

Additional information and samples coming soon, it is a process . . .  

 

 

 

I look to develop working relationships with:

  • people interested in exploring their creativity, especially those who don't feel they have a creative bone . . .
  • those wishing to try new experiences but perhaps without investing in all the supplies and/or equipment, who 'have always wanted to try that'
  • individuals feeling a little 'stuck' or in need of a little inspiration to get recharged in their art
  • 'locals' and those regionally nearby interested in a retreat like atmosphere without some of the extra expenses that can add up (travel, motel, dining)
  • people who want to get closer to nature and share in its bounty and wonder
  • writers, who have a poem or short prose you'd like to see printed in letterpress. (I do the typesetting and teach you to do the printing.)
  • artist/instructors that need space to teach/share their techniques with a group
  • small groups of families/friends, intergenerational (visiting cousins, aunts, uncles or a class reunion type gathering) looking to share creative opportunities together
  • organized youth/adult groups
  • the list goes on . . .

 

As stated at the beginning, having moved here in July 2007, it's been almost 10 years of calling this dome home and studio, Whispering Woodlands.  At that time, work needed to be done to prepare the space and get the word out. Now, it's time to tweak the operations, adjust, and hang on. I am looking forward to the years ahead.

 

In addition to some of these new programming options, I am beginning some serious work on my own art, in response to and reflection of the coma and the subsequent repairs to my heart a couple years ago, it's time.