Artist Residency Dinan, France

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Artist Residency in France

Artist Residency in Dinan, France

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La Vignette artist’s cottage in Port de Dinan, France

For twenty years friends of the Musee de La Grande Vigne has hosted artists in residency in Dinan, France.  I was fortunate to spend August of 2013 there with my husband.

I applied on a whim and it transformed my art and life. I began writing as a result. This residency gave me an incubator in which to nurture new creative direction. And with it I discovered a yearning to share the experience with others.

Plein air painting in Provence, Brittany, and Paris was beyond my dreams. Paintings I made during my stay in France, as well as supplies, painting locations and thoughts along the way are included in my book. Download the book here.

For those who cannot go to France, I have created a Virtual Artist’s Residency. With it you can enjoy painting and visiting some of the highlights from the comfort of your own studio. In it I share my favorite locations, photos, demonstrations and a structure for you to create your own virtual artist residency right here in the States.

Residency Program in Lehon

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Atteindre (Resching), oil wash and willow charcoal on linen, 30 x 24, Collection of Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France

Another artist residency program in Brittany is offered by the Maryland Institute College of Art. This program is located a 20-minute walk from Dinan, in the village of Léhon. We visited this wonderful little village, it’s ruins and Medieval Abbaye. In fact the abbaye courtyard was the inspiration for my painting that is now in the collection of Musee de La Grande Vigne.

How to Apply

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Musee de La Grande Vigne sits atop the hill, former residence of artist Yvonne Jean-Haffen. Two-story stone studio cottage opens to the Port de Dinan on the River Rance. The cottage has two bedrooms upstairs and a studio, kitchen and bathroom downstairs.

To apply for the month-long artist residency in Dinan, France that I did in 2013 submit your application by November 30.

Send a cover letter stating your residency goals and a printed portfolio of 5 works to:

Les Amis de La Grande Vigne
Bibliotheque Municipale
20 rue Waldeck Rousseau
22106 DINAN Cedex

Include your first, second and third choice months for your residency.

Then stay tuned for a letter from les amis in January, in French of course!

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View from Cancale along the Emerald Coast, oil on linen, 24 x 30
View from Cancale along the Emerald Coast, oil on linen, 24 x 30

See the paintings I did in Dinan, Provence and Paris in my book, Discovering Joy’s Garden. 

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View along the River Rance down the street from artist’s cottage.
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View along Rue du Jerzeul within walking distance of artist’s cottage. This cobbled stone street leads up under the city wall into Dinan.