Sue Benner – Driven to Abstraction

August 15-19, 2023

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    Workshop cost (includes lunch Tuesday-Saturday): $1250

    Class starts at 9am Tuesday, August 15 and concludes Saturday afternoon August 19, 2023

    • Includes lodging Monday night-Saturday morning.
    • Breakfast is served daily. (Lunch is included in the cost of the workshop)

    Optional Weekly Sewing Machine Rental

Please note: We are currently requiring Proof of Vaccination for workshops

Class Description

Driven to Abstration

The exploration of abstraction in the art quilt medium is the theme of this workshop, both objective (abstracted from an actual subject) and non-objective. Through exercises, slide shows, individual discussions and a review of the history of abstraction, Sue will lead you through methods for developing abstract imagery. Each student will create a series of works based on source materials brought to class for inspiration. Instruction on using fusible collage as the construction technique will be presented, but these concepts can later be applied to other techniques as well. This is a great class for pushing your personal work.

Sue’s Bio

While pursuing a degree in molecular biology and master’s in biomedical communications, Sue Benner
transformed her vision of the microscopic universe into batiked quilts, soft sculpture, and paintings.
These early efforts drew her to a new path, and by 1980 Sue was working full time as a studio artist in
Dallas, Texas, primarily in the medium which later became known as the Art Quilt.
Sue is a recognized innovator in her field, having developed new techniques in fused quilt construction
to further the expression of her ideas. She creates her richly layered quilt canvases by collaging her
dye-painted and printed silks with found fabrics that she rescues from the obscurity of attics and thrift
Sue is also well known as an educator; lecturing and teaching workshops internationally in the areas of
surface design, textile collage, fused quilt construction, and artistic inspiration. Exhibiting widely for
thirty years, her work has been juried into Quilt National eight times and she has served as both a juror
and curator for several exhibitions. Sue has been commissioned by private collectors to create artwork
for their spaces. Her artworks are in many corporate and institutional collections including the
International Quilt Study Center, the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, the Neville Public Museum,
and the National Quilt Museum.
“The act of creating is a fascinating process of choice and discovery. The work has taught me to
respect intuition, persistence, and the happy accident

Class size is limited to 12 students.

Visit Sue’s Website

Level: All

  • Deposit due with registration: $250
  • Workshop cost $1250  (add tax for meal portion = $6.88)   (includes lunch Tuesday-Saturday, excludes lodging)
  • Workshop starts at 9am Tuesday, August 15th, 2023 and ends Saturday afternoon at 4pm
  • On site lodging available for an additional fee:
  • Lodging available Monday Night – Saturday Morning
  • Meals provided with Lodging: Breakfast is served daily  (noon meal provided with price of workshop).  If Covid is still a concern in 2023 we will add evening meals for an additional charge
  • Triple Occupancy $435 (lodging plus 5 meals)
  • Double Occupancy $585 (lodging plus 5 meals)
  • Single Occupancy $1025 (lodging plus 5 meals) Please book a single room if you snore
  • Add additional nights to your stay for $75 per night
  • (No meals served when class is not in session)
  • Sewing Machine Rental $100/per week (Optional)

If paying by mail, please register on our website and choose check payment. Check payments must be received 7 business days after registration.

Important info:

Classroom and lodging space is limited to 12 students. Classes are available on a first come first served basis.

  • Deposits can be paid via credit card on our website or via check with in one week of registering. Please complete above registration form, and complete the checkout process with your payment to hold your space. Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Five months prior to the workshop additional information about the workshop, supplies needed, and accommodations will be mailed along with an invoice for the balance due.
  • Balances are due four months before the first day of the workshop. A 10% charge will be added for late payments. Check payments are preferred for balances.  Credit cards are accepted but the fees assessed by the credit card company will be passed along to the student.
  • Students will receive a full tuition refund only in the event that Woodland Ridge Retreat cancels a workshop.
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses, in which case travel insurance is recommended when coming by plane or train.
  • Sewing machines available for rental at $100 per week.

Mail checks to:
Woodland Ridge Retreat
P.O. Box 27
Downsville, WI 54735
Make checks payable to: Woodland Ridge Retreat

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Chris & Mark Daly