Dear Friends,

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are enjoying a safe and peaceful holiday week. While many people believe that Christmas ends on December 26, it is actually just beginning. The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and extend through January 5. This period of time can be one of true reflection as we spread goodwill toward others, ponder the year gone by and usher in the New Year ahead giving us the sense of renewal and fresh possibilities. It is a time to listen to our innermost thoughts, acknowledge our dreams and decide where we want to go and what we want from ourselves and for others.

To put it mildly, this has been quite the year for the history books. Every single person across the world over has been affected in one way or another by the pandemic. Some people have sadly experienced far worse circumstances than others but nonetheless everyone has been changed on some level. Thanks to the wonders of science and the diligent hard work of so many brilliant and dedicated individuals there is great hope on the horizon that this pandemic will eventually come to an end, but we just have to stay the course of safety for each other a while longer. This is the time to decide what we are wanting to emotionally take with us when we make it through and find ourselves on the other side of this all. Who were we before the crisis started, how did we respond, who are we now and who do we want to be going forward? Try to find some quiet moments to look deep into the caverns of your heart and think about how the last several months have changed you. What have we learned about ourselves and our neighbors near and far? Our worlds have become smaller and more intimate and yet at the same time they have vastly expanded as we continue to find true empathy for strangers we may never get the chance to meet. What have we come to appreciate that we may have previously taken for granted? Every circumstance, good or bad, allows us an opportunity to hone ourselves and our outlook on the world. Every storm is followed by a brighter day. Every dark cloud has a silver lining, even if it is appearing as just a glimmer. The light will always… always break through and shine down upon us.

We want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to stay in touch with you this year through our letters and imagery. The topics at hand have not always been easy to address, but we have tried to strike a balance of realism equally paired with hopefulness. There is always hope. Our messages have been and will continue to be an invitation to be a part of our lives through finding, sharing and celebrating our commonalities. Thank you for accepting our invitation and for all of your encouragement and inspiration. You make it all worthwhile. We are one world and we are stronger and better together. Thank you for staying the course by being the gleaming beacons of light, the stewards of positive energy, and the conduits for the kindness that we all need. 

From the bottom of our hearts, we wish each and every one of you a happy and love filled new year and we look forward to continuing our journey together.

With our love and utmost gratitude,
Sue, Denny, Steph, Todd, Scott and James

Please enjoy our images as we continue to capture the beauty of the world around us.  

P.S. If any of you have found inspiration in our photographs that have resulted in drawings or paintings, we would love to see them and share them! Please email your works to art@dillmans.comsubject line: INSPIRED MOMENTS – DILLMAN’S

writing by James Deskevich
photography by Scott Robertson and James Deskevich
Mixed Media Collage Demo

We are in the final stages of organizing our 2021 art workshop offerings and will be sending out our brochure soon! In the meantime, you may review our 2021 roster.
Mark Your Calendars!
We are pleased to announce… that Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation was one of four prestigious recipients of the recent Wisconsin Tourism Joint Effort Marketing Grants!

This funding will be allocated to:

• Our annual Live at The Lake concert to be held at the resort on Saturday June 19, 2021
Featuring the musical talents of Pura Fe and Cary Morin.
• A Woodland Arts Workshop to be held Sunday June 20 through Wednesday June 23.
More details to follow soon so please check back so you may get your tickets and reserve your spot well in advance!
Colin, Claire & Steph Skotterud along with Copper and Beau.
The shifting sun during the winter months offers a new view of the Main lodge.

(Don’t worry, the sunset will return to its usual viewing spot off the shallow beach pier by summer.)
Josie, Gracie and Buck
In the true spirit of Christmas a handful of friends and family came together to help out some local families in need. Clothes, toys and a bounty of food was all specially wrapped and delivered to the Lac du Flambeau emergency shelter on December 23. Thank you to everyone who contributed, for your overwhelming support, energy and generosity.
13277 Dillman's Way, Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538
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Dillman's is a nostalgic vacation getaway on a lush, private peninsula with boating, beaches, tennis, biking & more. Perfect for family vacations, reunions and retreats our resort can accommodate guests in larger lake homes, charming lakeside cabins, contemporary townhouses and motel style units, and a rustic guesthouse. Pets are welcome. For special travel packages and promotions please visit

In addition to our family resort, we also offer art workshops through the Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat which was founded by Sue and Dennis Robertson in 1978. Through the years our retreat has hosted thousands of students for art workshops at Dillman’s Bay Resort in Wisconsin and various international locations. The 4 and 5 day workshops are offered in lakeside art studios as well as plein air. Students are invited to bring their friends and family along on the trip to enjoy the relaxing resort environment. Local artists are also welcome to attend classes on a day student basis. The average class price is $70 per day. Information about our 2021 schedule of workshops in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, collage, pocket sketching, fiber arts and more is online at

While continually striving to keep our workshop pricing competitive, we recognize that the costs may still be beyond the means of some. With that in mind partial scholarships / honorariums are available as we are committed to offering art workshops because learning is a life-long and fulfilling process. To apply please visit