Dear Friends,

We hope that our mid-summer message this week finds you staying well. It is hard to believe that we are already nearing the end of July. The passing of time has certainly been curious these past months with some days lingering and dragging on and with others speeding by leaving us wondering where the minutes have gone. Earlier this year the majority of the world thought we would all be well back to ‘normal’ by now, and while the current facts and headlines do not indicate this to be the case just yet, that wish and hope may definitely still be at the forefront of many a mind each day. Without a doubt it is easy to become frustrated with the rather ambiguous time line of this pandemic. The not knowing exactly when we can let our guard down, when businesses will be fully back up and running, when schools will resume a regular schedule, when we can socialize in closer proximity to one another, when we can break free from much of the anxiety, when we can truly feel safe once again. Uncertainty is challenging to say the least. To try and remain hopeful when there is not a definitive answer being presented. And while there may be the longing and idyllic day dreaming of returning to what was, try to take stock of where you are now. Try to recognize all of which you still have charge and a say in the outcome. Think back on where you were this time last year before it felt like the world was turning upside down. Were you happy with your days, your goals, your accomplishments, with the way you acted toward others? Did you make the most of your time and find your moments when it seemed like time was endless? It is easy to use the current events as a scape goat, but it is important to keep in mind the age old saying ‘wherever you go, there you are’. As a society and as individuals we will be forever changed in some ways by what is transpiring, but at our core we can remain and stay true to ourselves and take our values with us. Hopefully the changes we experience will be for the better. Perhaps we will have found more appreciation for slowing down, for consideration of one another, for recognizing joy in the most basic of moments, for finding the ways to stay connected and to let people know the importance they have in our lives. When we get to the point of finding ourselves on the other side of this, and we will, think about what you want to take and carry with you to stay true to yourself and be able to handle anything life throws your way.

Here at the resort we continued to welcome some new faces as well as several returning families that have been part of the Dillman’s history for decades. It is heartwarming to see these groups finding their way to be together. To safely gather and continue traditions that build on memories and stories for generations. Our week saw birthday cakes filled with candy, campfires glowing, monarch butterflies being released, raspberries perfectly ripe for the picking, golden sunsets shining through the trees, black hollyhocks displaying their surreal beauty, dramatic cloud filled skies, and the sandhill cranes returning to the meadow. All reminding us to stop, pause, reflect and appreciate where we are this very moment.

Take stock of where you are right now, all for which you have to be grateful, how you want to live your life, and remember to believe in yourself and always do your best to lift others up along the way.

Thank you for being a part of our family.
Sue, Denny, Steph, Todd, Scott and James

Please enjoy our images as we continue to capture the season.  

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 subject line: INSPIRED MOMENTS – DILLMAN’S

writing by James Deskevich
photography by Scott Robertson and James Deskevich
While we have had to reschedule some of our art workshops until next year, at this time we are planning to run Jennifer Stone's Abstract & Figurative Painting in Collage and Andy Evansen's Paint Bold Watercolor Landscapes with socially distant limited seating from August 23 to August 28.

Please contact us to reserve your spot. Andy's class currently is wait list only.

Further fall workshops will be announced next week. As the current climate is ever changing, we are addressing the upcoming schedule responsibly on a case-by-case basis.

Please call 715-588-3143 or email in the meantime if you have any specific questions.
Dillman's and Robert Burridge Studio invite you to apply for a virtual juried show: "Petting Zoo"

 Paint your pets, cute farm animals and exotic zoo animals – abstract or traditional – capture their personality! Open now until July 31, 2020. Jurying of entires on August 1.

One of our postcards from 1920-1930s with the same view in July 2020.
Another blast from the past sent in by the Strenk family showing a 1974 confirmation postcard. Thanks Lori! (The logo on the card is going to make a fun appearance on a new t-shirt design.)
Ghost Pipe - Photo by Sauntra Dillman Loar
Photo by Sauntra Dillman Loar
Until next week...

Photography by Scott Robertson & James Deskevich

13277 Dillman's Way, Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538
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Family-owned since 1918...
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 over 12,500 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 2020 schedule of workshops in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, collage, pocket sketching, fiber arts and more is online at (Up to date information and amendments to our schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be found here. )

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 .