Nancy Crow quilt art classes
Nancy Crow quilt art classes
Nancy Crow quilt art classes
Nancy Crow quilt art classes
Nancy Crow quilt art classes

Nancy Crow

Nancy has been teaching quiltmaking as an art form for over 30 years; she finds teaching both a very creative experience and uplifting. One of her goals is to help students find a path through roadblocks to a more flexible way of approaching composition. Composition is the focus of all of her workshops in which she proceeds sequentially from beginning to very advanced composition while at the same time introducing many wonderful techniques which can be used in machine-piecing. Nancy promotes machine-piecing as one of the most important ways to work for a quiltmaker, paralleling it to oil painting. Nancy was selected for two national honors: Fellow of the American Craft Council and National Living Treasure by the Museum of World Cultures at the University of North Carolina. The National Living Treasure award honors Americans who work in traditional handicrafts. In addition, she has won many Individual Artist's Fellowships from The Ohio Arts Council. She leads art tours to Peru, Mexico, South Africa, France, and Guatemala, and is the author of seven books, including: Self-Portraits: Mono-Prints, Nancy Crow, Nancy Crow: Improvisational Quilts and Nancy Crow: Quilts and Influences.
Nancy’s 2-week classes:
  • • October 1-6 & October 8-13, 2023 | Potpourri: Challenging Compositional Exercises: Parts III & IV

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    Potpourri: Challenging Compositional Exercises: Parts III & IV
    • Level: Advanced to very advanced
    • Prerequisite: Improvisational Exercises: Parts I, II, III, IV - Must have free-hand cutting & construction skills/excellent machine-sewing skills
    • Sewing machine:
    Yes
    • Materials fee:
    No

    • SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit. If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Tuition & Meal plan for 2-week class with Nancy:
    • $2540 | paid in full before April 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($1950) & Meal plan ($590)
    • $2590 | paid in full before June 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($2000) & Meal plan ($590)
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    DESCRIPTION
    • Please note: These design exercises are not the same as those given in POTPOURRI I & II

    This
    brand new 10-day class has been specifically developed for students desirous of being far more experimental on an advanced level using machine-piecing techniques and more complex construction techniques. Students will be encouraged to work intuitively and spontaneously as they explore design exercises that promote improvisational approaches to composition without benefit of “pre-planning” and “intellectualizing.”

    Design Exercises will be used as a basis for flexing muscle memory in developing a more fluid approach to cutting improvisationally all sorts of SHAPES and LINES (ELEMENTS). These Exercises will also emphasize the formation of NEW CONFIGURATIONS which will be used as the MOTIF or SUBJECT MATTER or STARTING IDEA for figure/ground compositions. As a result, students will not only become more comfortable with generating ideas that promote excellent figure/ground composition but also become more experienced in construction and engineering techniques.

    Color and value will be emphasized in all exercises. Therefore it will be imperative that students bring a wide selection of colors in many different values to this workshop. Students will be working not only with the the basic 5 steps in value but more importantly with the multitudes of values that fall outside the basic 5 steps of value.
    • Besides bringing a wide ranch of colors and values, concentrate on collecting DARKS and MEDIUM DARKS!

    • Homework Students are required to bring to this class many good ideas done only in black figure on white ground. If possible, also bring along reversals.
    These ideas are to include:
    • a group of simple figures (10 +)
    • a group of simple configurations (10 +)
    • a group of complex configurations (10 +)

    Note: size of these individual studies will be your choice.

    If students want to learn to work more effectively, more efficiently from “instincts” and “intuition”
    they must come with an open mind and no agendas, prepared and ready for growth and for risk-taking!

    PRESENTATION
    • Optional but important: Each student should come prepared with 3-8 actual quilts and be prepared to make a short (5 minutes maximum) but articulate presentation about their work including future goals. If you would like to make a digital presentation, the Crow Timber Frame Barn provides use of a digital projector connected to a laptop (please bring a flash drive with your presentation/images or bring your own laptop/iPad). Please choose one option: actual quilts … OR … a digital presentation.
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    SUPPLIES

    • Sewing Machine
    • Size 10 & 12 Microtex sewing machine needles/Bobbins
    • Thread (Aurifil is best - size 40 or 50)
    • Several pairs of sharp scissors/Rulers
    • Swing arm lamp or floor lamp
    • 24” x 36” OLFA cutting mat (2 of these if driving)
    • 8’ x 8’ Batting/Flannel (White) on which to pin work & several 40” X 60” batts
    • Extra large rotary cutter and blades
    • Clover ball-head pins - very fine (Clover #2507) and regular size (Clover #2501) - two boxes each
    • Roll of blue painters’ tape (not masking tape)
    • Spray water bottle for ironing
    • Iron/Iron cleaner
    • Your own ironing board if driving
    • Short 5 1/2’ step ladder or step stool if driving
    • Sketchbook/Pens/Other Supplies you want
    • Digital camera/Printer (Canon SELPHY printer recommended)/Paper
    • Glue to adhere snapshots into sketchbook
    • Multiple outlet power strip/Adaptors/Heavy duty extension cords
    • Packing tape if shipping boxes (plus return labels)

    Optional Books:
    • NANCY CROW | DRAWINGS: MONOPRINTS & RIFFS, 2020, University of Nebraska Press (catalog from Nancy’s exhibition at the International Quilt Museum) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • COLOR IMPROVISATIONS 2 & CIRCULAR ABSTRACTIONS: BULL’S EYES QUILTS, 2016, (books from two exhibitions curated by Nancy) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • CROSSROADS, 2007, Breckling Press (catalog from one of Nancy’s exhibitions) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, 2006, Breckling Press (book covering Nancy's work from 1989-2005) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, MONO-PRINTS: SELF-PORTRAITS: FOCUS, 2012 - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    Unfortunately, the following titles are out of print, but your local library may have them or order on Amazon.com.
    • GRADATIONS: FROM THE STUDIO OF NANCY CROW, Quilt House Publishing
    • NANCY CROW: WORK IN TRANSITION, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: QUILTS AND INFLUENCES, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS, C&T Publishing


    FABRICS
    Please concentrate on bringing a very good supply of FLATS in as many colors as possible.

    6 yards or more each of:
    • SOLID BLACK and SOLID WHITE

    2-3 yards each of:
    • BRIGHT COLORS - bright red, orange, acid yellow, lime, turquoise, blue, apple green, pink, lavender, etc. (very saturated bright colors … the brightest color that are never darker than medium value)

    1-2 yards each of:
    • SOLID OPAQUE COLORS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark values so you can be free to work) - reds, pinks, blues, teals, greens, limes, violets, browns, yellows, golds, oranges, purples, maroons, turquoises, rusts, etc.
    • GRAYS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
    • OFF-WHITES (warm white, cold white, cream)

    Note: The fabric shop at the Crow Timber Frame Barn will have a very large selection of solid colors in BRIGHTS, GLOWING, FLATS and RELATIVES, and GRAYS … and many medium darks and darks.

    • Bring the GLOWING, the RELATIVE and the FLAT versions of as many of these colors as possible.
    • We will use everything listed above so do not decide to leave anything out.
    • Please wash and shrink all fabrics! No need to iron though if you fold at end of drying cycle!
    • DO NOT BRING FAT QUARTERS.
    • Bring enough variety so you are not hamstrung!


    NOTES REGARDING FABRIC SUPPLY LIST
    Yes, the rumor is true!!! Yes, I do ask that each student bring lots of fabrics. My personal theory embraces the belief that one will be
    freer to be creative if one has many fabric choices available in class. After 35+ years of teaching, I consider each class I teach to be on a graduate level and therefore I expect students to arrive prepared with all necessary supplies. In that regard, I have outlined those fabrics we will use in this class. For some students, my fabric supply list will seem overwhelming in quantity and variety, while for other students, the selection they bring will never be good enough.

    About solid colors - the more shades you have to work with, the more you will learn about how to work with color. Color is Joyous!!! Color does not cause pain!!! Take DELIGHT in color!!! Working in color does not mean only using BOLD colors or HOT colors; working in color means learning to be versatile in all types of colors.

    I caution you to not bring mostly middle value solids, rather bring a wide variety, including the basic 5 steps in value:
    • Light values
    • Medium light values
    • Medium values
    • Medium dark values
    • Dark values

    Any color (except
    BRIGHTS) can be GLOWING or FLAT or RELATIVE but only a few colors can be BRIGHT:
    • BRIGHTS are super saturated colors with such intensity that they literally stick out in a composition. They command attention. One can find BRIGHTS from light value to just above medium value.
    • GLOWING tones are any colors mixed with yellow and which have a glow coming off the surface.
    • FLAT tones are those colors mixed with black and which emit a dullness, energy draining very subdued nature.
    RELATIVE tones are those colors that seem GLOWING when next to FLAT tones … OR RELATIVE tones can seem FLAT when next to GLOWING tones or next to BRIGHTS. RELATIVE tones are chameleons but serve an important part of great composition.

    Many students arrive with their own hand-dyed solids or stacks they have purchased from other dyers. By all means, bring hand-dyed if you want but they need to be opaque and not have multiple values swimming across them ... meaning white or light splotches on dark colors. Commercially dyed solids are equally acceptable.

    I usually work with a combination of commercial solids and my own subtly dyed solids. My palette includes approximately 500 shades and as many different values as possible.

    I cannot specifically tell you to only bring 1 yard cuts of each color because I know we will be using at least a yard or more of some to many colors depending on each student’s color preferences. I recommend 2 yard cuts or larger because I feel happier with a minimum of 2 yard cuts. But please feel free to come with 1 yard cuts if this will facilitate having a much broader range of values. But please do not blame me if you run out of any color as I have no way of knowing which colors you will use up.
  • • October 15-20 & October 22-27, 2023 | Iterations: Part I

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    Iterations: Part I
    • Level: Very advanced - This workshop is intended for consistently practicing artists - requirement: must have taken at least 6 advanced composition classes with Nancy - please email her to see if you qualify.
    • Sewing machine: Yes
    • Materials fee:
    No

    • SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit. If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Tuition & Meal plan for 2-week class with Nancy:
    • $2540 | paid in full before April 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($1950) & Meal plan ($590)
    • $2590 | paid in full before June 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($2000) & Meal plan ($590)
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    DESCRIPTION
    • ITERATIONS: PART I is a 2-week workshop in advanced composition.
    • Multiple DESIGN EXERCISES will be given in sequence based on increasing complexity.
    • The DESIGN EXERCISES have been created to flush out more critical thinking about composition and to help the artist become more acutely sensitive to the important use of FLAT in relationship to GLOWING, and RELATIVE colors in composition.
    • Results will include a group of smaller to medium size compositions or sketches and possibly a larger composition.



    PRESENTATION
    • Optional but important: Each student should come prepared with 3-8 actual quilts and be prepared to make a short (5 minutes maximum) but articulate presentation about their work including future goals. If you would like to make a digital presentation, the Crow Timber Frame Barn provides use of a digital projector connected to a laptop (please bring a flash drive with your presentation/images or bring your own laptop/iPad). Please choose one option: actual quilts … OR … a digital presentation.
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    SUPPLIES

    • Sewing Machine
    • Size 10 & 12 Microtex sewing machine needles/Bobbins
    • Thread (Aurifil is best - size 40 or 50)
    • Several pairs of sharp scissors/Rulers
    • Swing arm lamp or floor lamp
    • 24” x 36” OLFA cutting mat (2 of these if driving)
    • 8’ x 8’ Batting/Flannel (White) on which to pin work & several 40” X 60” batts
    • Extra large rotary cutter and blades
    • Clover ball-head pins - very fine (Clover #2507) and regular size (Clover #2501) - two boxes each
    • Roll of blue painters’ tape (not masking tape)
    • Spray water bottle for ironing
    • Iron/Iron cleaner
    • Your own ironing board if driving
    • Short 5 1/2’ step ladder or step stool if driving
    • Sketchbook/Pens/Other Supplies you want
    • Digital camera/Printer (Canon SELPHY printer recommended)/Paper
    • Glue to adhere snapshots into sketchbook
    • Multiple outlet power strip/Adaptors/Heavy duty extension cords
    • Packing tape if shipping boxes (plus return labels)

    Optional Books:
    • NANCY CROW | DRAWINGS: MONOPRINTS & RIFFS, 2020, University of Nebraska Press (catalog from Nancy’s exhibition at the International Quilt Museum) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • COLOR IMPROVISATIONS 2 & CIRCULAR ABSTRACTIONS: BULL’S EYES QUILTS, 2016, (books from two exhibitions curated by Nancy) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • CROSSROADS, 2007, Breckling Press (catalog from one of Nancy’s exhibitions) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, 2006, Breckling Press (book covering Nancy's work from 1989-2005) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, MONO-PRINTS: SELF-PORTRAITS: FOCUS, 2012 - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    Unfortunately, the following titles are out of print, but your local library may have them or order on Amazon.com.
    • GRADATIONS: FROM THE STUDIO OF NANCY CROW, Quilt House Publishing
    • NANCY CROW: WORK IN TRANSITION, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: QUILTS AND INFLUENCES, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS, C&T Publishing


    FABRICS
    • Please concentrate on bringing a very good supply of FLATS in as many colors as possible.

    6 yards or more each of:
    • SOLID BLACK and SOLID WHITE

    2-3 yards each of:
    • BRIGHT COLORS - bright red, orange, acid yellow, lime, turquoise, blue, apple green, pink, lavender, etc. (very saturated bright colors … the brightest color that are never darker than medium value)

    1-2 yards each of:
    • SOLID OPAQUE COLORS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark values so you can be free to work) - reds, pinks, blues, teals, greens, limes, violets, browns, yellows, golds, oranges, purples, maroons, turquoises, rusts, etc.
    • GRAYS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
    • OFF-WHITES (warm white, cold white, cream)

    Note: The fabric shop at the Crow Timber Frame Barn will have a very large selection of solid colors in BRIGHTS, GLOWING, FLATS and RELATIVES, and GRAYS.

    • Bring the GLOWING, the RELATIVE and the FLAT versions of as many of these colors as possible.
    • We will use everything listed above so do not decide to leave anything out.
    • Please wash and shrink all fabrics! No need to iron though if you fold at end of drying cycle!
    • DO NOT BRING FAT QUARTERS.
    • Bring enough variety so you are not hamstrung!


    NOTES REGARDING FABRIC SUPPLY LIST
    Yes, the rumor is true!!! Yes, I do ask that each student bring lots of fabrics. My personal theory embraces the belief that one will be
    freer to be creative if one has many fabric choices available in class. After 35+ years of teaching, I consider each class I teach to be on a graduate level and therefore I expect students to arrive prepared with all necessary supplies. In that regard, I have outlined those fabrics we will use in this class. For some students, my fabric supply list will seem overwhelming in quantity and variety, while for other students, the selection they bring will never be good enough.

    About solid colors - the more shades you have to work with, the more you will learn about
    how to work with color. Color is Joyous!!! Color does not cause pain!!! Take DELIGHT in color!!!

    Working in color does not mean only using BOLD colors or HOT colors; working in color means learning to be versatile in all types of colors.

    I caution you to not bring mostly middle value solids, rather bring a wide variety, including the basic 5 steps in value:
    • Light values
    • Medium light values
    • Medium values
    • Medium dark values
    • Dark values

    Any color (except
    BRIGHTS) can be GLOWING or FLAT or RELATIVE but only a few colors can be BRIGHT:
    • BRIGHTS are super saturated colors with such intensity that they literally stick out in a composition. They command attention. One can find BRIGHTS from light value to just above medium value.
    • GLOWING tones are any colors mixed with yellow and which have a glow coming off the surface.
    • FLAT tones are those colors mixed with black and which emit a dullness, energy draining very subdued nature.
    RELATIVE tones are those colors that seem GLOWING when next to FLAT tones … OR RELATIVE tones can seem FLAT when next to GLOWING tones or next to BRIGHTS. RELATIVE tones are chameleons but serve an important part of great composition.

    Many students arrive with their own hand-dyed solids or stacks they have purchased from other dyers. By all means, bring hand-dyed if you want but they need to be opaque and not have multiple values swimming across them ... meaning white or light splotches on dark colors. Commercially dyed solids are equally acceptable.

    I usually work with a combination of commercial solids and my own subtly dyed solids. My palette includes approximately 500 shades and as many different values as possible.

    I cannot specifically tell you to only bring 1 yard cuts of each color because I know we will be using at least a yard or more of some to many colors depending on each student’s color preferences. I recommend 2 yard cuts or larger because I feel happier with a minimum of 2 yard cuts. But please feel free to come with 1 yard cuts if this will facilitate having a much broader range of values. But please do not blame me if you run out of any color as I have no way of knowing which colors you will use up.

  • • 2023 Fall Art Retreats | Tuition and Meal Plan
    Tuition & Meal plan for 2-week classes with Nancy Crow:
    Both weeks (10-day class) of these workshops are to be taken back-to-back. No registrations accepted for only one week.
    • $2540 | paid in full before April 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($1950) & Meal plan ($590)
    • $2590 | paid in full before June 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($2000) & Meal plan ($590)

    Tuition & Meal plan for 2-week class with Claire Benn: (Note: Only 14 students accepted)
    Both weeks (10-day class) of this workshop are to be taken back-to-back. No registrations accepted for only one week.
    • $3380 | paid in full before April 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($2790) & Meal plan ($590)
    • $3430 | paid in full before June 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($2840) & Meal plan ($590)
    + $60 facility usage fee
    + $30 materials fee payable in cash to Claire

    Tuition & Meal plan for 2-week class with Jane Davies: (Note: Only 16 students accepted)
    Both weeks (10-day class) of this workshop are to be taken back-to-back. No registrations accepted for only one week.
    • $3030 | paid in full before April 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($2440) & Meal plan ($590)
    • $3080 | paid in full before June 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($2490) & Meal plan ($590)
    + $60 facility usage fee
    + $20 materials fee payable in cash to Jane



    Meal plan
    During the art retreats, Margaret Wolf, will prepare fabulous gourmet lunches and dinners plus a coffee/snack break daily during each week of class. The meal plan is provided so participants may concentrate fully on their work without being bothered by the interruption and inconvenience of cooking for themselves. The break times present a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, share ideas, and just relax together in this wonderful environment.

    The meal plan includes an opening night welcome dinner, five lunches, five afternoon coffee/pastry breaks, and four more dinners during the duration of the workshop. Coffee, tea and water will be served during these break times. Participants are responsible for any other beverage choices, such as soda pop, beer, wine, milk or bottled water.

    Please keep in mind that if anyone chooses not to participate in the meal plan, they are solely responsible for all of their meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and other beverages. The kitchen facilities are reserved for the resident chef. There is a microwave and a refrigerator in the wet studio for student use. Most restaurants are at least a 20 minute drive away from the barn.

    Please note: Due to facility limitations, meal plans are available only for workshop participants.
  • • Accommodations
    Recommended accommodations & offering special rates:

    New hotel Hampton Inn, Canal Winchester, Ohio (20-25 minute drive to Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    This new, highly rated, clean, comfortable hotel is offering reduced rates. Phone: 614-953-2204
    • For special rate, please book online

    Hampton Inn, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    This clean, comfortable hotel is offering reduced rates. Please ask for "Nancy Crow Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-864-8383 or book online

    Best Western, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    All suites hotel with separate living area and bedroom. Offers complimentary full hot breakfast, free wifi, heated indoor pool, exercise room, & business center. Call 614-860-9804 to book and ask for “Nancy Crow Workshop” special rate.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Reynoldsburg (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    Please ask for "Crow Barn Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-861-8888 or Email the manager
    If booking online, please use the corporate ID code: 786931270

    The Morgan Theater Home, Baltimore, Ohio (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn, mention Crow Barn)
    Former silent movie theater converted into a private residence. Three rooms for rent include free cable TV & free high speed internet access. Kitchen/refrigerator/stove & all "kitchen stuff" available. Phone: 740-862-4765 or Email

    Rosabella B & B, Millersport, Ohio (10 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn; mention Crow Barn)
    Beautifully restored 1850s Italianate farmhouse is surrounded by farm fields. Breakfast included. The grounds include a wrap-around porch, hammock, patio, pool, hot tub, and fire pit. Phone: 740-467-3580

    Other accommodations, please negotiate your own weekly rates:

    AirBnB options in the area near the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    City of Lancaster, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Hampton Inn, 740-654-2999, clean and quiet
    City of Reynoldsburg, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Fairfield Inn, 614-864-4555

    Campgrounds near the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    Rippling Stream Campground, Baltimore, OH, 740-862-6065, (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    KOA Campground, Buckeye Lake, OH, 740-928-0706, (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
  • • Miscellaneous information
    Roommate
    • Please let us know if you would like a roommate. We will try to match you with another participant to share accommodations.

    Travel to and from the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • The Barn is located near Baltimore, Ohio (southeast of Columbus, Ohio)
    • Please keep in mind that there is not a shuttle service to and from the motels to the farm, therefore please arrange a rental car or carpool with another participant.
    John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Columbus, Ohio, is the major airport serving the area (30 minute drive to the Barn)

    Rental sewing machines, cutting mats & lamps
    • Bernina sewing machines are available for $150 per 10-day class.
    • Cutting mats are available for $30 per 10-day class.
    • Lamps are available for $30 per 10-day class.

    Formal class hours
    • Monday-Friday: 9-12 and 2-5 daily
    (Classrooms are open 7 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 7 am-5 pm Friday)

    Professional facilities
    Each student is provided with a large work table, an 8’ x 8’ work wall, and a comfortable chair. Classrooms are well illuminated and are open from early morning until late in the evening, plus the classrooms have air conditioning & heating. The surface design/dye studio at the Crow Timber Frame Barn includes large padded tables, lots of light (natural and color-corrected bulbs), 3 commercial stainless steel sinks, & washer/dryer. All facilities are non-smoking.

    Mailing list
    If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for information about upcoming art retreats, please send your contact info.

    Questions? Email
Images of Nancy Crow, student work and classes at the Crow Timber Frame Barn