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Love Notes

We are in the luckiest business ever, where guests become artists, and artists become lifelong friends. Here are some of the generous comments we've received over the years from some of our favorite, wildly creative people around the globe.


Ann Weisman

Bingham Farms, Michigan

"My week with Yvette and Derek was beyond memorable and a treasure in every conceivable way. I am wowing all of my friends with details of my visit. Yvette possesses many gifts: phenomenal artistic ability, intelligence, boundless curiosity, and a genuine warmth that pours out of every pore in her body."


Joanne Wright

Highland Park, Illinois

"I absolutely enjoyed every minute and would recommend this retreat to anyone who feels an urge to explore their inner artist."


Janie Sachs 

Henderson, Nevada

"The trip to Bellingham was fabulous. My adventure with Yvette and Derek was amazing, very well-planned and perfect in every way. We were handled like friends with V.I.P. privileges at all times, and left each day wanting more. This was one of my most favorite weeks ever – I’m so glad I went!"


Anna Freschi

Vancouver B.C. Canada

"Just spent three wonderful days at Yvette Neumann's Abstract Painting workshop. Yvette is an excellent teacher. She has created well thought out lessons and she has a wealth of information and skill to share. I highly recommend"


Suzanne Hartman

West Bloomfield, Michigan

The week was sensational - simply more than I thought it would be. The process of painting was more intricate than imagined - Yvette's kind encouragement has made me want to paint again.  I think I will learn more from Yvette in a week than having somebody here for a year!


Linda Wright

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

"What can I say except the experience exceeded my every expectation - Jo and I couldn't have been more relaxed. It was great to learn new techniques without the pressure to make great art, and Yvette did an excellent job keeping things interesting. I really learned a lot and can't wait to do it again."


Donna Read

Invermere, A.B, Canada

"Yvette was a wonderful teacher. Wish we all had an extra day with her! I will definitely go back again and recommend if you're looking for the most enjoyable painting experience, you should try it! Patty, Lynn, and I learned SO MUCH. Yvette's art is incredible. So very glad we found her and had such a lovely experience!"


Brad Bowman

Bellevue, Washington

"The feedback I got from Yvette was always kind and helpful, and I felt encouraged and guided and never criticized. She has mastered the art of gentle guidance on a timid ego!"


Daneen Rackie

Burbank, California

"I will cherish my experience  always! Yvette and Derek made every aspect of our event memorable with a perfect blend of stimulation and relaxation! Thank you for sharing your talents and spreading joy to others!"


Laura Gold

Vancouver, B.C, Canada

"All I can say is WOW – This is the most amazing experience ever. I'm having the time of my life and learning so much!"


Annie Windsor

Tigard, Oregon

Yvette is a superb teacher, very supportive and knowledgeable, and she and Derek are terrific hosts. This is the 3rd year that I have attended a workshop - just love it!"


Carolyn Fry

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"I could not have asked for a more fabulous vacation than what I received from Yvette and Derek during my 3-day Painting Retreat. Her beautiful and inspiring environment was perfect, and the instruction and support was exactly what I needed to progress along my path toward painting more professionally. Thank you!"


Jess Armstrong

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Still feeling so uplifted from my “week of art heaven”. Thank you for the individualized instruction in your beautiful, inviting space, for the decadent and delicious meals, for all the extras in facilitating wonderful visits with other artists, book recommendations, and gifts. It was exactly – EXACTLY – what I needed right now in my life!"


Lyric Turner

Denver, Colorado

"We had such an amazing time --- can't stop thinking about it! LOVED meeting you two--- and we both definitely look forward to the next time we come!"


Angie Hanna

Seattle, Washington

"Yvette is a fabulous teacher and I learned so much about different acrylic mediums and techniques. Her studio is absolutely beautiful and she and her husband Derek are gracious hosts. I highly recommend the 3-day abstract painting course and I'm looking forward to taking another course from Yvette again."

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