Beginning in 1986, Nimrod Hall became a summer destination for adult artists who consider it pivotal to their creative lives. A simple formula is followed at Nimrod Hall that has made it a haven for artists in a time when it is not easy to get away from it all and focus on one thing: your art. You work and we take care of everything else. We have a long tradition of creating art in a non-competitive, inspirational, beautiful Virginia Mountain environment that makes for an amazing time that many have coined "art camp". All of our artists who attend are 21 years and older.
Most workshops, unless specifically noted, are not formally led classes. The intent is to offer all the tools you need to be able to work on your own, with the leadership of a professional artist to help you talk through any issues and receive guidance and inspiration. You can ask and get as little or as much as you would like from your teacher. A typical inquiry is if you have to work with a teacher at all. There is no mandatory attendance for events, talks, or other offerings at Nimrod, we just find that artists naturally tend to want to participate and enjoy each others company, that being said, we go with the flow. The goal is for artists to be able to work, and how that works for each person is different. We understand that here.
Your fee to come to Nimrod Hall includes your room, all meals, andyour instructor. Your only job when you are here is to be yourself, enjoy Nimrod Hall and create. Since all the fees mostly go to keeping the place as beautiful as the old place can be, there is not a discount for open sessions.
Our week long sessions are Sunday afternoons through Friday mornings. Each week one or two teaching artists will have a group of participants that they work with and you will specify the artist who you think would be most beneficial for your work on your application. Artists who come to Nimrod are not looking for formal instructions or classes (unless specified like the beginner classes which are very hands on), but who want the time, in a stress-free environment, to create art among peers and resident artists. Each week will offer an artist-in-residence who is a professional in his or her medium, who will be available for one-on-one consultations as well as lead group critiques, and provide general inspiration for your work. The Artist Program is in the spirit of an art colony, offering colony-like accommodations and serenity. Each artist will have a private room and a shared bath.
Food Policy With all the attention being paid to healthier eating habits we are totally on board! Eat healthy! That being said, we are not able to accommodate special food needs in our kitchen due to the fact that we serve food many ways, usually family style. Our chef makes a real effort to make amazingly healthy meals and cooks from fresh ingredients. The food at Nimrod Hall is amazing. If you have a true food allergy, we have a fridge devoted to participants food and you can bring your own supplemental food. BUT we are not able to prevent cross contamination for gluten and we are not gluten free, but do veer that way as often as we can. We can almost always have some GF bread somewhere and the food is divine. We have a canteen onsite for chocolateand Diet Coke needs!
Read Me Nimrod Hall is a magical place, but it's luxury is not found in the usual bland hotel way that can be comforting, but rather in serenity, a step back in time and character. We are unapologetically and seriously old fashioned. There are gnats and it can be hot. We do not have AC. Built in 1783 it is just not even feasible, a thing that makes more sense when you are on site than trying to imagine. Nimrod is not fancy and veers toward the vintage and rustic but we stand by our crazy comfy beds with vintage linens and the cleanliness of our cottages. The aged look of Nimrod is found even in pictures from 1906 but that stands to reasons since it was built in 1783! To be honest, a real attempt is made to not overly restore NImrod so it loses its charms and becomes like every place else. It is a balancing act that we are proud to be carrying on from the original family we bought Nimrod from in 2013. Because of that, it is only able to function as a summer resort, shutting down for a long rest in the winter. The vintage vibe is on purpose but be aware that if you are not the camping type you might not appreciate its shabby chic. That being said, don’t be scared of Nimrod. We have a huge return rate and everyone realizes quickly its unique beauty and charm and above all, its total uniqueness. Take the plunge! Come make some art and simplify your life. You won't find many places like this to do that.
Having the time and opportunity to write is something no author takes for granted. The Arts Program for Writers is adapted from the colony format for peace and serenity without interruption but with a more formal approach depending on the writing instructor. Each writer will have a private room in one of the cottages and there are 9 private writing studios available for rent. Writers are encouraged to read one anothers works and critique the writings, but also to work on their own projects. The air is informal, though serious, and writers are encouraged to work hard during the day and play hard at night! More information about the writing workshops will be sent to you when you register for the the program.
For writer specific questions please email Charlotte Morgan. firstname.lastname@example.org
All artists/writers who attend are 21 years and older.
See the Q&A for all questions regarding what to bring and what is provided