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Brooks Lake Lodge Announces New August Arts Lovers Retreat

Photographer Ed Riddell, painter Lee Riddell and writer Tina Welling conduct workshop


Photographer Ed Riddell, painter Lee Riddell and author Tina Welling will lead art workshops in a spectacular Rocky Mountain backcountry setting at Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa’s new August Arts Lovers Retreat.

Dubois, Wyoming – March 22, 2016 – A new summer experiential arts package finds inspiration in the wilds of Wyoming and the unique perspectives of three accomplished artists, photographer Ed Riddell, painter Lee Riddell and author Tina Welling. Remote and exclusive Rocky Mountain luxury resort Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, near Dubois, Wyo., has created a special Arts Lovers Retreat, Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 2016. The new four-night all-inclusive experience for two includes food, lodging and daily activities, allowing participants of all skill levels to try their hand at painting, photography and writing under the tutelage of the three remarkable artists in the historic lodge’s mountain wilderness location a short drive from Jackson Hole.

“In addition to our usual summer activities, which include hiking, fishing and horseback riding, we wanted to provide our guests with an opportunity to experience their natural surroundings in a creative, artful way,” says Brooks Lake Lodge General Manager Adam Long. “Jackson Hole is nationally known for its arts community, and we’re lucky to have Ed, Lee and Tina ready to interact with our guests in this one-of-a-kind experience.”

An Ansel Adams protégé while in college, photographer Edward Riddell started making pictures with a large-format view camera. These days, he shoots with a state-of-the-art Hasselblad digital camera, and his fine art photographs, often with the iconic landscape around his Jackson Hole home as subject, have appeared in numerous publications, including a coffee table book of his work, The Range of Memory. Ed is also known for his popular small-group photography workshops set in landscapes he knows intimately – Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Zion national parks and Tuscany, Italy. Ed’s fine art photography is represented by WRJ Design in Jackson Hole.

Artist Lee Carlman Riddell is known for her paintings of landscape and nature. She works in both watercolor and oils and frequently paints outdoors. Lee has been honored as Artist-In-Residence for the Grand Teton Association and at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. She has served as a guest artist with the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, and participated in the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s View 22 project, a fundraiser that celebrates the influence of art on land conservation. Lee enjoys sharing what she has learned about painting through workshops and private lessons. Lee’s artwork is represented by WRJ Design in Jackson Hole.

Tina Welling is the author of Writing Wild: Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature, published by New World Library, and the novels Crybaby Ranch, Fairy Tale Blues and Cowboys Never Cry, published by Penguin Group. Tina conducts creative writing and journal-keeping workshops internationally and is a public speaker and longtime faculty member of the annual Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Her Writing Wild offers a three-step writing process of interacting with the natural world as a path to a relationship with wildness – both within and without.

“We’re thrilled to have this talented lineup of artists at the lodge,” says Long. “Our guests will go out into nature with the artists for each workshop – we’ll send a picnic lunch. At the end of their stay, guests will leave the resort after their visit with a different type of memento of their trip: photographs, paintings and journals.”

Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa’s new Art Lovers Retreat is offered Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 2016, with check-in at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Activities include a choice of horseback riding, fly fishing or guided hiking on Monday; a day spent writing in nature with Tina Welling on Tuesday; and a combined day of photography and painting with the Riddells on Wednesday; with check-out on Thursday. The entirety of the package is held in Brooks Lake Lodge’s spectacular mountain setting with four nights of all-inclusive luxury accommodations, including all meals with picnic lunches provided for days in the field. Price for the package is $1,994 per person (double occupancy) and includes tax, workshop materials and resort fee.

Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, a 100-year-old historic guest ranch near Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, sits at 9,200 feet above sea level one mile from the North American Continental Divide, with views of the Pinnacle Buttes, Austin’s Peak and Brooks Mountain. Surrounded by mountains, evergreen forests, wildlife and the pristine Brooks Lake, the exclusive, all-inclusive Wyoming Rocky Mountain resort offers five-star service, luxury accommodations and gourmet dining. The new separate spa facility was built with Western craftsman-style detailing to complement the historic lodge. A dude ranch by summer and ski and snowmobile haven in the winter, the lodge provides year-round activities for outdoor enthusiasts. All-inclusive rates include lodging, meals, activities and spa access. For additional information and reservations visit or call 866.213.4022.

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