Creative types seeking solitude in which to develop or complete a project need look no further than the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. An enchanted retreat just minutes from Temecula Wine Country, Dorland is an idyllic getaway for artists and artisans of all types who wish to escape the noise and distraction of the day to day grind and spend serious time focusing on their craft.
Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Mission Statement states it best: to provide a unique working and performance retreat fostering creativity, and a community connection to the creative process, in a secluded natural setting.
Director Jill Roberts gladly illuminates the rich history and future goals of the Art Colony. Per Roberts, although in its 80 year history, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony has had a sense of mystification – of elitism – all members of the creative community are welcome to apply for residency. From the most accomplished in their field to novice and aspiring artists, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony welcomes all who are serious about developing their talent.
Are you a published author or established artist or musician? Then you are encouraged to apply. Do you quilt, knit or scrapbook and need time to complete a project surrounded by the beauty of nature? You, too, are encouraged to apply.
Established decades ago by Ellen and Robert Dorland, the Art Colony once boasted eight cabins on over 300 acres and hosted gifted writers, composers, artists and photographers from around the world. The closed community and commitment to privacy was born out of a deep respect for the creative process. Allowing (sometimes famous) artists the time and space to work has always been a chief goal of the colony. While Dorland is still not open to the public except during private events, interested parties are encouraged to schedule an appointment to tour the gorgeous grounds.
Sadly, in May 2004, a wildfire destroyed all ten buildings on the property, leaving the Board of Directors with the massive task of rebuilding the residences from the ground up. Using some of the insurance money from the fire, the organization was able to rebuild the caretaker’s quarters, a small office and two of the artist’s cabins. With more work to be done, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony seeks donations from friends of the arts, Rotary Clubs and other charitable organizations as well as volunteers to help with landscaping, maintenance and clerical tasks. If your passions and talents lie in these areas, then Dorland welcomes your support.
In addition, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony’s short term goals include keeping the two existing cabins rented year round. With residencies available for a duration of one to eight weeks at just $250 per week, Dorland offers artists on any budget the irresistible opportunity to unplug and soak up the luxurious quiet needed to stimulate their creative minds.
Endorphin junkies: The Dorland property features miles of hiking trails and breath-taking views. Bring your hiking boots and get a little perspiration and inspiration while surrounded by nature.
With a beautiful website, active Facebook page and fundraisers throughout the year, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony seeks to connect with the community to inform and inspire. To learn more about residencies, volunteer opportunities or upcoming events, please visit: www.dorlandartscolony.org