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Creative Arts Camp

June 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - June 19, 2023 @ 3:00 pm MDT

All skill levels are welcome! Engaging art instructors will walk you through a variety of artistic expressions: Plein Air Watercolor Painting with Tandy Miles Riddle, Mosaics with Linda Lemire, Art-Kite-Making with Terry Zee Lee, and Mindful Acrylic Painting with Shelly Young. In addition to the art sessions, you’ll have opportunities for a hike, labyrinth walks, and evening fun. All ages are welcome; anyone under 18 needs to come with a parent or guardian. Watch for the brochure for the schedule and more details!

Leader: Rachel Larson Long

Rates include room and board, leaders and supplies:

Adults (13 and up):  $330      Gratitude Rate $380
Youth (8-12):     $300      Gratitude Rate $350
Children (4-7):   $270      Gratitude Rate $320

Registration Deadline: June 1

Deadline for cancellation is 15 days prior to the event start date.  Cancellations before this time will incur a $50 cancellation fee (to account for additional administrative duties) with the balance refunded.  No refunds will be offered after this time as our teams have already staffed and purchased food & supplies for your attendance.  Thank you for helping us to keep camps affordable and running smoothly!”

Upgraded lodging is $15/per room/per night extra: 2 doubles in Wildflower Wing, double and bunk bed in Lodge, and 2 rooms in Big Timber Cabin. Request upgrades by email to First come, first served.


A message from Rachel:
Greetings to all Fine Arts Campers!  Having attended several Creative Arts Camps and facilitated the art activities for the Medical Workers’ Camp, I can’t wait for the upcoming session! The Boulder River Valley has held a special place in my heart since I was a young teen, and I’m so glad to return.  Art-wise, I participate in regular shows with the Montana Art Therapy Association, and I have joined the Billings Arts Association and the Urban Sketchers group.  Since last Summer’s Creative Arts Camp- the year of the Epic Flood of 2022- the facilities at Camp have undergone improvements. You are sure to enjoy an experience of creativity, learning, fun, and camaraderie this June in the lovely natural setting by the Singing Waters of Camp Mimanagish.

Artist Statement from Mosaic Instructor, Linda Lemire:
“My work is a commitment to the reincarnation of objects discarded, flawed and abandoned. I like mosaic because it is a visual and tactile shape-shifting outlet to express metaphorical and experiential narratives.  I primarily repurpose dishes and tile while integrating bits of nature, metal and miscellaneous.  The outcomes lean toward colorful and textural abstract.  The making is initially visceral then cerebral and finally just nuts-and-bolts. Breaking antique teacups, dinner plates or Italian tile takes fortitude and courage, I was told.  Rearranging the shards melds personal history, introspection and storyline.”

Artist Statement from Tandy Miles Riddle, who will teach watercolor painting in the great outdoors: I am an artist who was greatly influenced by my mother and aunt who were also practicing artists. They not only lived the interior life of discovery and devotion necessary for the kind of winnowing to find your best expression, but they showed me what worked and didn’t work for them on their respective journeys. They shared great work and literature with me, and music.

I’ve been doing art for a long time. I’m grateful to be spending all my time painting and drawing now. Primarily I work from life, interspersed with my imagination. You can see my work at Medicine Bird Gallery in Livingston, on my website, or visit an ongoing auction at

Terry Lee Zee will lead Kite-Making:

Terry Zee Lee has been creating public art since 1980 when she put 50 wedding kimonos throughout Hart Albin, including making a giant Calder type mobile with fifteen kimonos flying around the atrium. Horses pulling fancy carriages and an old-fashioned trolley followed in the 80’s and 90’s. Then it was on to eight art kites that enhanced the Billings airport for twenty years. Teaching STEM subjects through kite building started in 1999 and over 5,000 people have learned about the joy of flying kites through her classes. Her teaching and national kite exhibits culminated in her being awarded the American Kiteflyer Association’s Lee Toy Award for being the American kite artist of the year for 2022-23. This was the beginning of ten more national exhibits featuring art kites from around the world. She also enjoys painting and jewelry design in her spare time.

Shelly Young will teach acrylic painting: Shelly Young is a best-selling author, artist, and energy healer from Billings, Montana. Through Lone Raven Art & Studio, she helps her patrons and clients find their inner balance where body, mind, and spirit are in flow and work together.  Her artwork and jewelry are inspired by nature and her beautiful surroundings. Her offerings have evolved with her to include intuitive art, shamanic reiki energy healing, and teaching through mindful creativity. She is a mindful self-awareness coach, helping her clients reconnect to their highest selves. Connect with Shelly through her website at



June 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm MDT
June 19, 2023 @ 3:00 pm MDT
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