Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

  Fall 2014
Dorland Logo102_0327 - Version ADorland Mountain Arts Colony is a beautiful retreat where artists, writers, musicians and composers can create in a secluded, natural setting overlooking the Temecula Valley Wine Country of Southern California.

Dorland…An Enchanted Place

Deer at Dorland“Dorland is an enchanted place.” That was jotted down in my journal twenty years ago when I first came here. In time, we learned that long ago the Pechanga Indians made a seasonal camp here to gather acorns for their winter food supply. An elder from the neighboring reservation, who still visits, tells of other rites that took place here in our oak grove. Now a small herd of deer come in the spring with their fawns to feed on the acorns. Is it still an enchanted place?Most of our residents find that in their first few days here, curiously, they begin to shed much of the complexity, the jingle-jangle, the noise of what we accept as “normal life.” Their creativity finds a channel and begins to flow. They often accomplish much more than they had hoped to. We have word from them after they’ve left that whatever it was that happened to them here amid the oaks carries on. So yes, it is still an enchanted place.

Robert Willis 

Dorland  News

Your Truth in Fiction: Writing Workshop

102_0196 - Version 2On November 2, a group of writers met withLisa Fugard, author of Skinner’s Drift.  Attendees explored the process of taking their own life experiences and weaving them into fiction. Lisa said, “I was so happy to introduce new folks to the serenity and creative energy on the Mountain.” 

Lisa has been teaching at the Wellness and Writing Retreat in Nerano, Italy. She plans to return to Dorland early in the spring to continue the work on her next novel.Watch the Dorland website and Facebook for future workshops.

Associate Artists: Upcoming EventsThe January Associate Artist Gathering will feature readings, music and art presentations by members. In March, Dorland Associate Artists have been chosen to share their work at “Art Off the Walls on Mercedes.” The spring event, “Arts Under the Oaks” will be held in April. A “Picnic at Dorland” will be held in June to celebrate our members and all “Friends of Dorland.”
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Members, friends, and all those interested are invited to these gatherings. Watch the Dorland website and your email for more news and dates.


On behalf of Dorland, board
Michael at the lakemembers Michael Craig Carrier and Eileen Doktorski awarded plaques to Josh Wheeler, Justin Moreno, and Boy Scout Troop 301 to thank them for trail and pond restoration projects during 2013 and 2014 at Dorland. We are also grateful to the troop fortheir donation of a water-weed whacker.

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rier, Dorland board member, and Gonzalo Aguado have been clearing thLake Ticanue reeds and brush around Lake Ticanu. He It is a joy to be able to see the water, complete with tiny fish, native frogs, and other pond life.The Reflecting Pond by the gazebo is being restored by  Pechanga Tribe members Vincent Ibanez and John Burbee. Thank you to these faithful friends and donors!


Horton Cottage, Fall 2014
orland offers residencies from one week to twelve weeks to emerging and established artists, writers, musicians and composers. See our website for information.


Alumni News

Jane Culp: Dorland Artist Captures Desert Landscapes
by Susan Montgomery (for full article, click here.)T

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accomplished artists have created some of their best work while they were Dorland Mountain Arts Colony residents. Dorland has provided the serenity and inspiration they needed to move forward with their work. Jane Culp is one of those artists.
Jane says, “Staying at Dorland over numerous residencies offered an emotionally supportive paradise where, immediately surrounded by the landscape and beauty, I could wake up to paint, contemplate, and understand more fully the Western landscape, as if we were one.”Dorland MountainJane is well known for her evocative Western landscapes in oil, charcoal and watercolor. She was a Dorland resident many times throughout the ’90s and has also been involved with Dorland in other significant ways. She has been a caretaker, served on the Dorland Board of Directors, and made a sizeable donation to help the Colony recover from its devastating 2004 fire.

Jane Culp’s paintings have received national recognition throughout her career through many exhibits and publications. Nineteen of her recent Anza Borrego paintings comprised a recent exhibit called “Suspect Terrain,” at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York.

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony’s friends and supporters are very proud of Jane Culp’s association with the Colony over the years. Thank you, Jane, for your beautiful work and your support of Dorland.

If you are interested in viewing or purchasing Jane’s work go to her website: or contact her directly at

Tony Eprile has recently hadTony Eprile  residencies at the Studios of Key West and Yaddo. He received a 2014-15 grant from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and will be an invited resident artist at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. His writing has recently appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, Inch, andPost Road, and he has work forthcoming in Agni.

Noelle SickelsNoëlle Sickels has just published her fourthOut of Lovenovel, Out of Love, about teen pregnancy in the 1960s. The book deals with search and reunion between birthparents and adoptees. Noëlle worked on previous novels during Dorland residencies in the 1990s.

BooksNaturallywebSue Ann Robinson‘s artist book was included in Binding Desire: SARstudioUnfolding Artists Books, a 2014 Exhibit at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. In addition to working in her studio and as curator at the Long Beach Museum of Art, Robinson has begun teaching “Artists Books & Papermaking” at California State University Long Beach. Her artist book, The Walking Fools, was inspired by and begun during a residency here at Dorland.

lescarbeaumSince his residency a year ago at Dorland, Mitch LesCarbeau has had several poems accepted in literary magazines. “Nancy Underwood,” written at Dorland, was just accepted by The Bryant Literary Review.

on-foot-photo 2Thea Gavin‘s essay “Rim to Rim, Barefoot” has been included in a new (and first!) anthology of essays dedicated to the Grand Canyon hiking experience. On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories was published by Vishnu Temple Press. (Vishnu Temple is an iconic rock formation in Grand Canyon.)

3 Guitars Black and WhiteIn July, Scott Ibex released his newest album,Horizon Tides. It is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, and CD Baby. You can hear the first single Unconditional and a Behind the Music Interview with Scott on YouTube. He will soon be publishing his first novel, entitledHurricane Blues, which he wrote during his residency at Dorland.

Nathan Rivera began the song, How FaNathan Riverar Away while traveling through Spain and France and finished it on the piano at Dorland. Following his Dorland residency, he went on tour with his group, “The Orcastra,” through the western states. He is now traveling in Mexico and will stay again at Dorland in the late fall.

Alsop at DorlandMaureen Alsop was selected as the winner of the 2014 Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award. This biennial award is given to an accomplished poet with an outstanding, innovative body of work. Maureen Alsop’s latest poetry collection, Later, Knives & Trees was just publishLaterKnivesandTreesed in November 2014 and she will be doing readings in Hawaii, California, and Australia later this year. You can access an interview that was completed during her recent stay at Dorland here.
Residents Say …
Lesley Stern
Professor Emerita, University of California at San Diego, author of The Smoking Book and
Dead and Alive: The Body as Cinematic Thing
Lesley Stern

“Dorland is the perfect place for writing. Beautiful, serene, inspiring landscape. The cabins are extremely comfortable and the self catering suits me fine. It may seem to be more isolated than some other residencies, but shops are only 10 minutes away (though when you are there it seems a world away). Robert and Janice, who oversee the property are supportive without being intrusive. I have completed two major articles while staying at Dorland.”

Sherri C. Perry
Author of Venn, Mockingbird Lane Press 

“Dorland was exactly what ISherri C. Perry needed. Living in a big city and trying to write alongside a busy life requires serenity and time. At Dorland, I wrote, read, walked, and wrote some more. The wind, the hummingbirds and the sunsets were my companions. I can honestly say my summer residency in this wonderful place was the most productive two weeks I’ve ever had as a writer. I am excited to be returning in the spring.”

Diane Cluck


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My time at Dorland was so very special for me. Karen Parrott was the director and Robert Willis was the lovely caretaker. When I visited the colony it was still without electricity (which was a factor in my choosing to go there). Robert gave me the best recipe for the apple pie that he had made in his woodstove for a potluck we had that summer.

I‘m a singer-songwriter, and wrote my most successful album to date, Oh Vanillewhile staying at Dorland. You can see a little dedication I made on my website, here.

Barbara Perryman
Visual ArtistBarbaraPerrymanPainting“Inner peace, and creative spirit is what my Dorland residency brought to me. It is a very unique place, with so much to offer any serious artist. Dorland provides that special solitude we need in order to feed our creative minds.

BarbaraPerrymanI was recently asked to be president of the Canyon Lake Art Association. It is proving to be challenging, but rewarding. My goal is to bring a more expanded knowledge of art to its members, and to expand the community’s exposure to the visual arts.”

Linda Saslow
Freelance Writer and Art TeacherLindaSaslowMy three trips to Dorland Arts Colony are remembered as a time of tranquil productivity in my life as a writer and painter. Getting away from the clutter and chaos of daily life is a gift that Dorland offers to the creative soul. My screenplay and memoir would have never been completed if not for my three sojourns on the
mountain. I can’t wait to come back to the calm and beauty of Dorland to reignite my spirit. The limited internet and lack of television offers a much needed break from the distractions of daily modern living. Being left alone to savor the natural beauty of California’s native landscape for long periods of time is truly magical for anyone lucky enough to become a resident at Dorland.”

Note to Re102_0297 2sidents…

If you have had a residency here, Dorland would be pleased to include your recent news and quotes in upcoming issues as space allows. It was good to hear from so many of you who were here before and after “the fire.” Dorland remains a truly enchanted place.

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riends of Dorland

Thank you to these friends who contributed during 2014.Barbara Allen
Beverly Biber
John Burbee
Marcia Edwards
Frank Ellis
Penny  & Joe Fedorchak
Eleanor Goldstein
Curtis Horton
Misha Merrill
Christopher & Mary-Louise Muller
Donald Philip
James Reiss
Phillip Routh
Zane and Jane Trinkley
Jeff Thayer
Marion & Yet Siu
Robert Willis

If we’ve left anyone out, we sincerely apologize and appreciate your support. Many others have helped Dorland in ways that can’t be quantified. Dorland would not still exist today without the support of all.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 6, Temecula, CA 92593 ~ Physical Address: 36701 Highway 79 South, Temecula, CA 92592
 Tel: (951) 302-3837 ~ ~
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