La Bonne Etoile was established in 1999 as an artist retreat in France but over the years it has become clear that the shared experience of time spent at La Bonne Etoile is not only for personal enrichment. There is also something special happening that forges long lasting friendships.
La Bonne Etoile Blog, while open to anyone to read and enjoy, has been created as a platform for those that have spent time at the retreat. There may be times and places to showcase guests or their work; but for the most part, the contributions in writing, artwork, demos and photos are from those that have spent time at the retreat.
Join us in this adventure.
Kippy Hammond, a professional portrait artist from the state of Georgia, maintains her clientele and business primarily in the United States, but her heart has stayed in France, turning her initial three month visit into ten years. Her experience in painting and living in a foreign country has given her the opportunity to expand personally, as well as professionally. At the same time, it has been a path of trial and error learning to navigate in a different culture.
Jerome, a native Frenchman, graciously shares his stories, history, and life growing up in France. A walking encyclopia of french culture, his soft spoken manner and gentle hospitality sets a welcoming tone for each and every guest.
Together, Jerome and Kristina (Kippy), provide an expanding experience for all who walk in the gate at La Bonne Etoile. The friends and staff of La Bonne Etoile immensely enjoy providing a fun, productive time for those that choose to create and recreate at La Bonne Etoile.