Fechin Art Workshops, 2012

by FO

Present David A. Leffel and Sherrie McGraw

In May, 2011, Fechin Art Workshops presented Master painters David A. Leffel and Sherrie McGraw, painting the Still Life, Portrait and Figure at the Hotel St. Bernard, Taos, New Mexico.

This exciting week was filled to capacity by students who traveled from the East and West Coasts and Canada. Nestled in the Alpine village of Taos Ski Valley, the historic Hotel St. Bernard was only open for participants in this program.

Sherrie and David alternated their days of teaching and cooperatively taught on the last day. Demonstrations were conducted by both artists with personal critiques offered throughout the week. Two models were available along with abundant still life setups. Mid-week, in the evening, a dual demonstration was held at the Harwood Museum. On the final day, following the close of the workshop, an exclusive tour of David and Sherrie?s studios was held in celebration of the week?s events!

The photographs provide a glimpse of the workshop being conducted in the European elegance of the Hotel St. Bernard. The host, Jean Mayer, along with his professional chefs and staff prepared meals, making sure that all accommodations were quite comfortable. A large welcoming fireplace in the dining room created a warm ambiance in addition to the countless pieces of copper which were used in still life set ups. Live piano music was enjoyed at evening meals.

2012 Workshops

Sherrie McGraw 24 – 27 April 2012 875.00 plus tax, includes model fee, dual demonstration, studio reception

Dual Demonstration, Harwood Museum 28 April 2012

David A Leffel 29 April – 2 May 2012 975.00 plus tax includes model fee, dual demonstration, studio reception

Tuition deposits are due upon reservation; Sherrie’s workshop deposit is 575.00, David’s workshop deposit is 650.00. Balance is due by the 24th of January. Cancellations must be made by the 24th of February or the deposit will be forfeited.



Hotel St Bernard rate includes 3 gourmet meals daily, room for 5 nights and amenities. 850.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity, per workshop session. This rate applies to all guests regardless of single or double occupancy. Hotel fees are due upon arrival.


Fechin Art Workshops were established in 1985 at the Donner Ranch, located north of Taos, New Mexico. The Ranch founders were involved with the historic home of Nicolai Fechin. This successful program ran for 23 years, featuring the top artists in the United States.

It is our mission to reinstate and expand this program by providing select nationally and internationally recognized artists in an inspiring, intimate environment. Look for our presence on Face Book and join us in 2012!

For workshop information and reservations, contact Elise Waters Olonia at elise@fineartservices.info

For hotel information, go to: www.stbernardtaos.com

Photo credit: www.peterlamont.com.