OK, snow, cold go away – we are all ready for the warm breezes, trees budding, bulbs blooming and to feel the warmth of the sun.  In other words, it’s time for spring to burst forth in all its glory.  With that comes new energy and creativity to put up the easel outside and paint all those beautiful spring scenes. We are looking ahead to another wonderful “art course” season.  Courses are scheduled from end April through October.  There are still openings in all of the courses so get your registration in soon.  You will be inspired by the instruction as well as the accommodations and the beautiful peaceful setting.


Let me tell you about the resident owner/tutor, Jan Willem Boer, a Dutch master who was born in The Netherlands and studied art at the renowned Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam under some of the most influential artists of this era.  He specializes in drawing, painting and print making.  Moving to the United States he worked as a commercial illustrator and designer for 30 years for more than 100 clients in both the USA and Europe, winning several awards for his outstanding work.  Several years ago he made the choice to start putting his talent to canvas – his particular interest being the “road scenes” of his travels.  While he enjoys working in a variety of styles and mediums, he is best known for his bright semi-realistic paintings of landscapes and street scenes.


His work has been shown in the USA at The Lake Minnetonka Arts Tour, Minneapolis, MN, and Artisan Gallery Fine Art & Crafts, Lancaster, PA.  ArtVisie Gallery in Amsterdam held his exposition in Europe.  As a part of the Lexington art scene, you can find his paintings hanging in the Lexington Artist Co-op in downtown Lexington.