Elizabeth St. Hilaire art of painterly, impressionistic collage

 Weekend Art Retreat and Class with
Elizabeth St Hilaire
September 29, 2017 @ 10 am 
October 1, 2017 at 4 pm
at the Dungeness Barn House B&Bin Sequim WA

Is it time for you to tap into your muse?  Get back to your creative self?  Are you feeling a desire to reconnect with what might have been put on the back burner because of a busy summer?  Do you feel a deep desire to see life in a different way, change your reality, tap into your creativity from a different angle? Creativity does not just mean artful, it is about living your life creatively.  Making choices that fulfill your purpose, if not all the time, some of the time.
Look at all of the different types of paper that have been used to make this painting!
Come to the Olympic Peninsula with Paper Paintings Collage Artwork to rip and glue! Learn the art of painterly, impressionistic collage in this amazing setting.

Event Description

Let the Magic Of The Pacific Northwest Feed Your Creative Process

Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s Paper Paintings Retreat for September 2017 will be at, the Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast at Two Crows Farm, located on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Sequim, WA.

In addition to an exciting, fun-filled artisan retreat, you will be nurtured and feel that special “something” that surrounds the property.  Some have called it a “vortex”.  We call it a place to rest and relax, and totally immerse yourself in your art and creative process.  Lunch will be served for this 3-day retreat and you’ll be able to take in the beautiful gardens and beach while enjoying your stay.   You can book one of our rooms and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the ocean.  Then start your day with a gourmet farm-to-table breakfast or stay with our co- host, the Green House Inn By the Bay just down the street from us. This is a retreat that is in an awe-inspiring setting – a place that will inspire artists with its beauty and nature all around.

Open to participants of all artistic levels, each day brings new lessons with Elizabeth on using hand painted and found papers to develop imagery and form using light, shadow, and directional ripping – similar to traditional painting techniques. You’ll also have fun experimenting with hand painting, staining, stamping and patterning your own papers. Although some painting experience is helpful, it is not imperative.

Paper Paintings is an intensive workshop in which students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will learn to make a beautiful palette of colors with various papers and create an under-painting and collage with paper for a final finish. Working with photographic reference, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value, color and collage application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, just like in traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary.

About the Artist

eshpaintingsMeticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Richard Colvin, executive director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.”

I am proud to have published my first book with North Light this summer, available on book stands internationally as of August, 2016. Elizabeth’s work has also been published in Acrylic Works 3: Celebrating Texture (2015) and Incite 2; Color Passions (2014), both by North Light.  A feature article on her work appeared in the April 2014 issue of The Artists Magazine, she was also a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition (2014 and 2015) and took first place in the category of Collage/Mixed Media for The Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition (2010).

St. Hilaire was an award winner in the National Collage Society’s Signature Members Exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, in Mesa AZ (2013). Online, Elizabeth was a Finalist in The Richeson 75 Annual Art Contest (2013).

Born and raised in New England, Elizabeth has lived in Central Florida for the past 20+ years. She holds a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, which prepared her for a dual identity as both graphic designer and fine artist.  These days she’s a full-time fine artist who’s only graphic design client is herself.  St. Hilaire has earned Signature Member status with the National Collage Society and crisscrosses the country several times a year to take her paper tidbits on the road. Teaching and sharing her collage technique through an intensive three-day Paper Paintings workshop has become a passion.

For a portfolio, visit PaperPaintings.com, for collage work in progress visit Facebook.com/PaperPaintingsCollageArtwork. You will always get a timely response via email at ejnelson@mac.com

Clare and Su would be honored to hold creative space for you.  In this location, you will feel inspired simply by your surroundings.  Be it the actual Barn House’s furnishings and style, or the sights,  sound, and smell of sea air outside your window.  Your experience in this amazing setting will create an atmosphere in which you can let go and just BE.  BE creative, feel your imagination get excited, and sink into the bliss that is awaiting you.
 Weekend Art Retreat and Class with Elizabeth St. Hilaire @ DungenessBarn House | Sequim | Washington | United States
The Barn House B&B offers stunning views and accommodations.
 register for work shop here:

Registration Deadline is August 29, 2017.  Only a few more seats available.

Pond Takes On New Life









Beginning last summer, we enlisted the help of the pond experts at Full Spectrum Landscaping, to do maintenance and a rebuild for our B&B pond.  Owners Brian and Nick had great ideas and were so easy to work with on this project.  


We now have a new pond liner, additional fish, new plantings, did some transplanting and the waterfall is beautiful!  The water lilies may take a while to re-establish, but until then it is wonderful to watch the water reflect like a wavy mirror as the fish meander.







The next time you come to stay at the B&B make an appointment with this living, breathing beauty.  There are plenty of spots to sit either in the sun or the shade.





Mandala Drawing Retreat Sunday March 19th




We enjoyed hosting a book signing for Ruth Marcus in December.  Ruth will be our instructor for a Mandala Drawing Retreat on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  We are excited to have her facilitate and teach this ancient technique and are honored that it will take place at our Dungeness Barn House B&B.  

Ruth’s own story is full and memorable, as will be each of our individual experiences learning about and drawing a mandala.


Book one or two nights stay at the Dungeness Barn House and save $50 on the Mandala Retreat.  Contact the Dungeness Barn House for details.

To learn more about the retreat, Ruth, and the evening’s events, visit our website’s EVENTS page and click on Mandala Drawing Retreat.

 Space limited to 12 participants.  Register early.



Book one or two nights stay at the Dungeness Barn House and save $50 on the Mandala Retreat.  Contact the Dungeness Barn House for details.


Clare Monnin, Su Ferronato,Owners
Cell: 360-670-9122
Phone: 360-582-1663
Address: 42 Marine Drive, Sequim, WA 98382


Happy Holidays


Holiday 2016One of the many things we love to do is decorate the Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast for holidays and the change of seasons.


Putting up a nice tall tree is a must this time of year and we enjoy making homemade ornaments and trimmings.  Since we are located on the waterfront, nautically themed items felt appropriate.

There are folded sail boats made of jute and old sheet music, starfish, shells, flags and an assortment of differently shaped and sized ornamental balls.




img_2690-1And of course it took some added ‘nutrition’ to accomplish all of this creativity.  What seemed most appealing was a few homemade and hand-decorated cut-out cookies.  Then we could sit back and enjoy the results of our personal expression of this season.

Bright lights inside and outside, warm soft colors of the season, the happiness it will bring to all those who come to share our special space.

img_2685ecial space.

Yoga to begin your stay!

Enjoy a yogic experience at the Dungeness Barn House B&B; what a great way to begin your stay!

Sitting takes its toll whether in a car or not.  Driving even more so.  The guided yoga session at the Dungeness Barn House B&B can physically help to increase blood flow and mentally allow your mind to relax.  The goal is to feel good.


Put thoughts of the trip aside and let go of any other burdens if only for the time spent in the Dungeness Barn House B&B meditation loft overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and lovely gardens.  Yoga helps you exercise from the inside out with time-tested movements and sequencing and guided visualizations.

images-6Let’s not forget the breath.  Learn or validate proper breathing and practice “moving with the breath” with simple movements performed with total attention.  When the breath and the body and the mind come together, that is Yoga.  Experience Asana (posture) sequences as the gift you can give yourself.  Namaste.


Yoga practitioner is nationally certified and reputable.

1-2 people              75 minutes           $95.00

Must be able to climb a short flight of stairs.

Couples yoga, Private yoga, Ayurveda, and Guided Meditation available.

See more about our yoga offering on our website under events and packages or call 360-582-1663 to schedule your session with your reservation.

Picking with Persnickety’s:  Secrets of Sequim

This is a re-purposed blog from our friend, Mandi, who owns a great shop named Persnickety’s in Sumner WA.  We are such kindred spirits.  She sells “modern vintage furniture, handcrafted goodness, unique finds”.   This is a wonderful blog she created  after her last visit with us  here at the Dungeness Barn House B&B.  It’s so fun to see and read what about our little town of Sequim excites our guests.  Especially guests who share our love of refurbishing, antiques, and just a lifestyle full of style. Read on….. or click here to view it on her Persnickety’s website.

It’s a question we get asked a LOT here at the shop, and the answer (while truthful) is generally pretty vague.  The answer?  All over.  It’s a full time job.  And that is true. I don’t do much online anymore, no craigslist, very very few online garage sale groups.  Too many folks doing that and I don’t want the stuff everyone else has seen, ya know?  There are a few go-to places in Oregon I have told you about but other than that, it’s a “get in the car and go” kind of gamble and a girl has to have some secrets.  But I am ready to spill on another secret and share the latest trip, because it was awesome.

I brought Mama P along and we hopped into the car on a rainy day.  We drove west from Sumner across the Narrows bridge.


And then we continued over the Hood Canal Bridge.

On our way to the treasure that is Sequim (“skwim”).
Sequim is less than two hours from home on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is located in the rain shadow of the Olympic mountains, which means it averages about the same rainfall as Los Angeles on a good year.  For example, it was pouring at home, but cloudy with bits of sun the whole time we were on our trip.  It was there that we found a treasure trove of good junk in a gorgeous little town (on the water) AND we stayed in the most gorgeous converted barn, where we were served gourmet food.  YUM.
I have to tell you about it.  You have got to get to Sequim.  More importantly, you have got to get to here:
Please forgive me while I gush about it and share with you the glory of this magical place.

So, say you had dreams your whole life of living in a place that is just like this…on the water…

…with your own private beach access and the perfect place to watch a sunset…

…but along with that… is green, lush, and rural…

…full of history and cool old stuff to see…
AND your house was AN OLD CONVERTED BARN surrounded by lavender fields!
I mean! Come on!!!!
These Sequimians have got it made!
 Inside that place? Warmth & light, the most lovely folks, and laughter.
Mama P and Clare, innkeeper extraordinaire.
So many beautiful things to see inside
And crazy gorgeous views from every single window (I checked).

Where even the vegetable and herb gardens are eye-candy.
And the grounds look like something out of a storybook.
And the FOOD is everything. And prepared with all locally sourced natural ingredients.
And the company could not have been better.
Because nothing would be perfect without the world’s cutest dog, they have him too.
This is Fee, and I love him.
So you find this magical place, and you meet the magical people that run this place and you fall head over heels in love with their place and with them, and they are into antiques and junk too, and it is just this perfect meeting of kismet proportions.
This does not happen to me.  Like, ever.  I stay away from bed and breakfasts.  I like my privacy.  I like to sleep in.  I don’t want to talk to people in the morning.  I need a TV. And Wi-Fi.  They have TV’s in the rooms.  Free Wi-Fi.  You can choose when you are served breakfast.  Plenty of privacy.  And the people?  I would talk to them all day, every day!
There are two king suites and we got to experience them both, as well as two additional cozy rooms.   The beds are the most comfortable in life and I am not even kidding you right now.  You can rent out the entire inn for family stuff and retreats.  I intend to do both, because I am hooked.
Ok let me shake out of my Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast daydreamy haze to talk to you now about the junking in this town.
In the center of town and really packed to the gills inside and out with AMAZING finds and super amazing prices.  I would move here just to see what they brought in every day.  It’s real good.  This one is in Sequim and there is one in Port Angeles as well.  We definitely recommend the one in Sequim.  I love this place extra because they are a local charity that actually helps those in their community of Clallam County with tangible goods and services.  A Goodwill moved in across the street and we checked that out too but, junkers, Serenity is where it is at.
Another favorite though, was this place. Around Again.  It is right outside of town and they believe, like we do, that waste can be a huge resource.  Don’t be fooled by all of the old exercise equipment out front and make sure to find all of the nooks and crannies inside the store and in the sizable back area.  The stuff we can’t seem to find anywhere?  It is here. And the prices are, again, rad. They are a not-for-profit as well, and support their community in a lot of amazing ways.
They also have employed the BEST dude in all the land.
This bearded fellow, along with his blurry (sorry about that) coworker, defied all normal logic and saw the potential for fitting a 80 jillion pound, giant farm scale in an already filled rig.
Mama P looked like this when I was like:  IT’LL FIT, I KNOW IT.
The bearded fellow above agreed and measured and made. it. happen.  Bearded fellow, you are my hero!  Not to be missed: Re-Creations, which is right on the same property as Around Again.  There is also a drive up coffee joint on the property.  Which basically means you can just live there forever.
Also in town, a bevy of infrequently open antiques stores and lots of sweet lavender farms and home decor stores and garden shops of all kinds.
Great food too, although this one wanted to go to one place and one place only.
And I have to agree, it had moments of greatness.  Dungeness crab grilled cheese sandwich? Uh yeah.  Homemade Mississippi Mud Pie?  Totally.  And they have the good ice.  You know what I mean by ” the good ice”, right?
The ice all drinks should be cooled by.
Now, for the rest of your picking and junking adventure in the Sequim area you first will need coffee.
Then hit all of the goodness up the road about 20 minutes in Port Angeles.  We hit Habitat for Humanity, Serenity Thrift, Brocante , and the place next door (um, don’t know the name. It’s big, but way out of my price range).
Brocante won for coolest and best prices but for as big as Port Angeles is, we found a ton more in Sequim in just a few key places.
It has been two years since Mama P and I took a trip just the two of us.
We see each other at least three days a week at the shop but neither of us could remember the last time we had done something just us.
I love that we love so many of the same things and let me tell you that long drives are great for conversation for those of us that don’t do a lot of deep talking. Ahem, cough. Mom.
I sure do love that Mom. She and Dad found the secret of Sequim, I give them all the credit for that and for finding the Dungeness Barn House.
Clare and Sue, the innkeepers, are part of the family now too, and I already miss them.
It’s almost odd, really, when you meet people and instantly adore them. You can feel the true essence of their goodness exude in every thing they touch and everything they do.
And definitely everything they cook in that kitchen! Dang!
Thank you Clare and Sue (and Fee) for making our trip so amazing.
Sure we found a truckload of good stuff in Sequim to bring home but thanks to ya’ll and the beauty of the barn house we found a whole lot more than that.
Thanks, ladies, for the reminder.
all content and photos property of Persnickety’s/Mandi Smith 6/9/15