Dorland Arts Mountain Arts Colony opens Small Works Exhibit

Janice Cipriani-Willis, artist and executive director of Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula, looks over some of the artwork being exhibited at the gallary’s Small Works Exhibit open for public viewing through Dec.13 at the colony. Tony Ault photo

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony opened its Small Works Exhibit from 22 area artists for viewing by the public through Dec. 13 at the colony, 36701 Highway 79 South, nestled in the hills above Temecula’s Wine Country.

Welcoming visitors to the colony are resident artist and executive director Janice Ciprani-Willis and Robert Willis, famed watercolor artist and teacher. The small works exhibit can be viewed in the artists’ gallery featuring many types of artwork, from watercolor, acrylic, sculpture and oils from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

The opening reception was held Sunday, Oct. 13, with many artists in attendance.

The featured artists include Cipriani-Willis, Robert Willis, Kathey Crabbe, Kathleen Morgan, Carol Zaleski, Noreen Ring, Hajime Ohno, Lauren Crosthwaite, Carole Degan, Odessa Cleveland, Stephanie Bushra Khan, Cat Okamura, Phyllis Mauldin, Vicki Morgan, Betty Pilley, Sacha Hope, Kathy Stradley, Michael Craig Carrier, Pamella Bowen, Nancy Alvarado and Trond Hildhal.

The colony was founded by renowned concert pianist Ellen Dorland with her husband Robert Dorland in the 1930s who dreamed of founding and artists’ colony in a protected natural environment. The land where the colony is now located was turned over to the Nature Conservancy and became a nonprofit organization in 1979 to serve as a local, national and international arts colony and soon became internationally recognized international arts community.

The colony hosts accomplished visiting artists, in many venues from painters, writers, photographers, performing artists, musicians and others during the year that can stay in furnished individual cottages from one week to three months at a time based on availability. The grounds surrounded by oak trees, reflecting lake, pond with a rowboat, hiking trails and a small outdoor performance stage, offers a place for artists to find solitude and inspiration in nature.

The colony offers residency to artists with fees from $325 to $450 per week with longer term discounts. Applications are required with a $40 application fee; applications are reviewed by the colony’s arts board.

The colony also offers a tour of the facility with a request that guests do not to disturb visiting artists.

Learn more about Dorland Mountain Arts Colony view online at or call (951) 302-3837. Mailing address is P.O. Box 6, Temecula, CA 92593.

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