Visiting Brush Creek Artist Residency
I recently took a much needed vacation to my former home, Wyoming. I spent some time in the mountains, witnessed the total solar eclipse (which was spectacular!), visited some friends, and met up with my aunt, Kathleen Caprario Ulrich, an artist who was doing a one month residency at Brush Creek Ranch. She is a prolific artist who has inspired me as an artist for many years. She has lived in Oregon for as long as I’ve been alive, so we don’t get to see each other very often. It was a happy coincidence that our visits to Wyoming overlapped, and she invited me to visit her at Brush Creek Ranch.
Brush Creek Ranch
Brush Creek Ranch is located in southern Wyoming near the town of Saratoga. It is a beautiful area between the Snowy Mountains and Sierra Madre mountains. The ranch offers accommodations catered towards wealthier visitors – think movie stars that want to get a taste of the west – it is a high-class place. However, tucked away in a serene little valley you find the Artist’s Camp. Brush Creek Ranch formed the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and invites artists to apply to take up residency in their Artist’s Camp. As stated by the foundation:
“Writers, visual artists, performance artists, musicians and composers are encouraged to apply for our two and four week artist residency programs, complete with lodging, meals, working facilities and incredible natural beauty… Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity while on a creative retreat. Whether solitude or social engagement is inspiring, the opportunities for creative enrichment are endless at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.”
Artists are given small living quarters, and separate, large individual studios for practicing their art. The studios have ample space and wonderful, natural light, with views of the beautiful Wyoming landscape in the windows. My aunt, who is a visual artist, was in the company of a few other visual artists, as well as a writer and a musician. One could tell that all of these artists had formed a bond with one another and as a group over the course of the month they were there together.
It was wonderful to see my Aunt Kathy again, it was an inspiring trip. Brush Creek Ranch offers a spectacular place to take up an artist’s residency, and I am glad I had the opportunity to visit. I hope that my career as an artist can advance to that point, I would love to one day do a residency at Brush Creek myself!