Friday, May 5, 2023 at 12:00 PM CDT
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 4:30 PM CDT

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Danebod Folk School
140 Danebod Court
Tyler, MN 56178

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Friday, May 5
12-1 pm, Check in/Room assignments
Light lunch available. Held in Dining Hall Basement.

1-2:45 pm, Session #1 Workshops

2:45-3 pm, Snack/Break

3-6 pm, Session #2 Workshops

6-7 pm, Supper Provided

7-8:30 pm, TBD Evening Performance
(free and open to the public)

Open Evening:
Open Mic in the basement
Open Art in the library

Friday, May 6:
8-9 am, Registration for Saturday-only Attendees & Breakfast
Held in Dining Hall  Basement

9 am, Welcome (Held in Dining Room)

9:15-10:45 am, Session #3 Workshops

10:45-11 am, Break & Networking

11 am-12:30 pm, Session #4 Workshops / Danebod Museum Tour

12:30-1:00 pm Lunch (Dining Room)

1:00-3 pm, Session #5 Workshops

3-3:30 pm, Networking & Wrap up



Nicole DeBoer
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
800-622-5284  or 800-622-5284

SW MN Arts Council 2023 ARTIST RETREAT 

Register Here!                                       **Registration is limited to the first 60 people**
On May 5 & 6 join artists from across Southwest Minnesota for 1 & 1/2 days of networking and arts inspiration. Workshop sessions are created to appeal to artists of many disciplines.
The retreat will be held at Danebod Folk School in Tyler, MN for a “get-away” learning atmosphere. Overnight accommodations will be available, but not required; you can choose to come for one or both days! Be sure to watch here for updates, as well as through our emails, social media (Facebook & Instagram) and our website.

Workshop Topics Include*:
*You only have to specifically register for classes that have a limited size; for the others, as long as your registered for the retreat, just plan to show up for your class of choice on the day of! 

  • Glass Fusing (& Firing) with Pam Blake (12 student limit, *CLASS IS FULL*)
  • Floral Porch Panels with Virginia Bailey
  • Sketch Comedy Bootcamp with Jessie Hennen
  • Figure Drawing / Live Model with Alma Hale
  • Juggling with Benjamin Domask-Ruh

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION:  Danish Dance for everyone!

Sisters, Natalie Jerzak and Amanda Drake were born and raised in Tyler, attending church at Danebod. They grew up celebrating Danish traditions with their family and friends. 

Each summer, at children’s camp, Amanda and Natalie share the tradition of Danish dancing that was passed down to them by their grandparents and the elders of Danebod. Join them, in celebrating the art of Danish dancing! 


  • Glass Fusing #2 with Pam Blake (12 student limit)
  • Mixed Media Layering with Krystl Louwagie
  • Papermaking Danebod Mixer with Don Sherman
  • "Pale Dawn" Film Screening + Q&A with Daryl Hrdlicka
  • Printmaking with Jason Yoh
  • - Tour of Danebod Museum - 
  • Painting with Cat Abbott Meier
  • Building Color Bridges with Kristin Allen
  • Show & Tell networking/sharing


  • Friday afternoon only: $20 for workshops & meals*
  • Saturday only: $20 for workshops & meals*
  • $40 total for both days of workshops*
  • Overnight Lodging-Private Room: $35
  • Overnight Lodging-Private room with bath: $75 

*Attendees outside SMAC Region: $30/day ($60 total for both days)

Register Now!                                      **Registrations is limited to the first 60 people**

Plus the networking between fellow artists is a must-attend reason. JOIN THE FUN!!


legacy logo This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.