Raymond F. Weiss
A two-week residency program for teaching artists to spend time nurturing their own studio practice, free from everyday cares and restraints.
Past residents: Download the evaluation form (.docx).
We are situated on a 7-acre property in rural Frederick County, near the Carroll County border, and about 30 minutes South of the Pennsylvania line. The front third of the property includes the original farmhouse and summer kitchen (circa 1820). The house has two additions—one built in the 1950s, which comprises the office and Krista’s room, and a fairly recent addition, which houses the Residency.
The residency has three levels. The main level has two exits, one out to the deck on the north side, and one through the mudroom to the East. The Studio takes up most of the main level, connecting to the kitchen, through which are the office and the front door. A central staircase leads to the resident quarters on the second level with three separate bedrooms, a small gathering area, and a shared full bathroom. On the lower level you will find the Maker Space, where you will find clean up sinks, a half bath, and an exit out onto the West side of the property facing the lower parking lot.
This is a large shared space with a table, chair and supply cart for each resident. There are also indoor and outdoor easels for your use. There is a sewing machine and a serger machine available. We have three garden carts and folding Plein Air chairs. The chairs have a flip up table and a bunch of different sized pockets for sketchbooks, sunscreen, snacks, etc.
Here you will find a variety of hand tools, a small table saw, a wall area to pin work, a manual potters wheel, a ceramics table, a two-tub steel sink, a work bench and a circular work table.
On the grounds you will find various gardens, small out-buildings including Krista’s studio, and the Tretick kids’ barn. There is a small kitchen garden in the old chicken coop, and a compost area to the to the left. There are several small ornamental ponds in the gardens and a spring-fed pond between the meadow and the woods. Evenings offer a chorus of frogs and crickets complimenting the glow of fireflies and the scampering of rabbits. If you are lucky you might see a groundhog loitering between the barn and kitchen garden. Just past the barn on the East side of the property is the Loop. This walking path meanders just inside the perimeter of the property and ventures into the woods, skirts the north edge, and then heads back toward the meadow and the house.
I have found the property to be very peaceful and inspiring. I hope that you will too!
Meals and snacks
I am excited to be able to make use of the Local Homestead Products produce bundles and other goodies to create most of our meals this summer. Breakfast and lunch will be a variety of items you may serve yourself at the residents’ counter in the kitchen. This will allow you to set your schedule for studio time in a way that best suits you. Dinners will be served between 6-6:30pm, and will give us a chance to discuss our day and enjoy each other’s company. I will have seltzer, coffee and teas available as well as fruit and other healthy snacks.
We have satellite internet available via Wi-Fi, and each room has plenty of outlets for devices. Due to the download speeds, streaming content may be problematic. Load up with your favorite music before you come!
You may make use of our washer and dryer $2.00 per load.
You may want to create a cozy, at-home feeling by bringing your own linens and towels. We also have linens here for you to use if you prefer.
We hope you will feel inspired to realize as much creative work as possible each day. You may want to jot down a daily plan, which might include breaks to walk “the Loop”, or otherwise decompressing in nature. To help you take advantage of the quiet and time we have air-conditioned spaces for you to work inside, and of course you may set up to work outside. Additionally, each bedroom includes a small table for sketching and journaling.
Naturalist and birdwatching supplies
There are several pairs of binoculars and a variety of plant, animal, and bird books available.