La Bonne Etoile Artists Retreat was specifically developed to assist artists and writers who would benefit from an experience in another culture, along with a time of seclusion and solitude. But through the years it has developed into more....a community of friends. La Bonne Etoile Blog has been designed to expand the richness of that community by continuing the quest to create and recreate together.
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Meet Olga Krimon – coming to La Bonne Etoile, July 2015

NEWFLASH –  FYI Today’s currency exchange makes this year’s workshops 20% less than last year and the best exchange since 2001.

Kippy Hammond

Kippy Hammond

We have two challenges when we invite instructors to join the staff at La Bonne Etoile. We are looking for an artist who can inspire the most advanced students AND an instructor who can calm the fears of the beginning and intermediate student. Helping students to master basic fundamentals gives them the solid foundation necessary to enjoy their art making to the maximum and to advance to whatever level they desire. Margaret Dyer and James Richards have proven themselves every year to be that type of teacher and we are proud to introduce to you the latest addition to the roster, Olga Krimon.


I first saw this painting of hers at the Portrait Society of America Convention in Washington, DC last year where she was chosen as one of the prestigious finalists in the International Exhibition.  I actually cast my vote for her painting in the people’s choice award.Okrimon_Ania_24x24_oil
Later in the year, someone shared some of her paintings on Facebook appearing on our timeline and we  were smitten. After we had an initial interview on Skype, we were sure that she would be a wonderful addition to our staff….which means….we liked her a lot.

Not only does she bring cultural diversity, having come up through the wonderful Russian Beaux Art system, but when we explained that many of our students were fresh to painting and could be intimidated easily, she gave us the most beautiful smile and said….”But, that is where we all start.”

For those of you that need a little nudge to join us this year, take the time to read Olga’s story Krimon Artist Statement and Bio.pdf  plus….read her blog on her website to see how she addresses a lesson in composition for the advanced and beginning students.Red_Arrangement_oil_16x20

And you never have to worry about a thing when you join us at La Bonne Etoile….all of the details are taken care of in our all-inclusive workshop fee….Like Margaret says…it is a no-brainer….just get on the plane and arrive in Paris….we take care of all the rest.

Olga Red Scarf

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