Dear Friends,

We hope that your August is off to a good start and you are all staying well. As we write our messages each week we make a point to touch on matters from around the world to our own backyard, in order to convey that we are all a global community and just how important we feel it is to keep this in mind. Overall, we have received much positive feedback for our approach and we whole heartedly thank you all for this. To know that we are making a difference, even in some small way, keeps us inspired and motivated. Clearly the events this year have shown that just because something is happening on the other side of the world, does not mean it should not be of concern to us. While not everyone agrees on a variety of matters on any given day, and there is quite a bit of divisiveness among us, we do still share commonalities. Regardless of our race, religion, gender, or politics we are one world, we rely on and use the same resources, the sun shines upon us all equally, we look upon the same stars and we fall asleep under the same moon each night. While we may feel very different from one person to the next at times, and we may allow these differences to cloud our outlook, try to pause and remember that we are more alike than we often think. Our immediate worlds have become a bit smaller and more intimate recently, but we are all in this together from one end of the earth to the other. It is natural and understandable to disagree, but working to find our common grounds can only help to make the world a better place one step, one conversation, one kind gesture, one positive intention at a time.

Our guests are certainly finding their commonalities as the desire and need to escape, even for a few days, has brought people to the resort to connect in the peace and tranquility of the Northwoods. With keeping precautions and safety in mind, families and friends are having a chance to reunite, children are having their summer moments, and fisherwomen and men are casting their lines and enjoying days on the water. Regardless of their pace, each person is finding a similar appreciation for the opportunity that we are proud and grateful to offer them.

As ever, thank you for allowing us to share our view and our slice of paradise with you, and for being a part of our family.
With gratitude,
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 art@dillmans.comsubject line: INSPIRED MOMENTS – DILLMAN’S

writing by James Deskevich
photography by Scott Robertson & James Deskevich
While we have had to reschedule some of our art workshops until next year, at this time we are planning to run the following this fall:


Please contact us to reserve your spot. As the current climate is ever changing, we are addressing the upcoming schedule responsibly on a case-by-case basis. In additional, as per state of Wisconsin mandate, mask wearing is required in the studios, lobby, gift shop and art corner.

Please call 715-588-3143 or email in the meantime if you have any specific questions.
Facebook Live Demo - TODAY, August 5 at 3pm Central

Discover the beauty of pastels! See how to create an Impressionist-style pastel painting with award winning artist Susan Kuznitsky. The subject will be trees and Susan will be demonstrating a fun and fast technique of using hard and soft pastels on sanded paper using an alcohol wash. Join her Live on our Facebook page for a Q&A and pastel painting demo TODAY, August, 5 at 3 PM CST!
On August 11th, we are welcoming Jim Bokern, president of the Manitowish Waters Historical Society and retired Marshfield High School history teacher, to Dillman's for a presentation of White Sand Lake history. Due to COVID-19 we will be recording the evening and sharing on Facebook August 12th. If you want to discover one of the most unique fishing legacies in all of the Northwoods, request a link to the video via emailing

Jim will share a detailed presentation regarding Richard Southgate’s “one-of-a-kind” fisherman’s paradise. Creating an ambitious estate for fishing, using canals and the Chicago North Western Railroad for access, Southgate fashioned a personalized and sprawling Northwoods’ destination.

For about 25 years these canals created a link between Southgate’s isolated retreat on Little Trout Lake and the modern world. The canal extended from Alder Lake in Manitowish Waters, to just beyond Dillman's property on White Sand Lake. Southgate and his guests enjoyed the finest delicacies of the world, furniture and decorations from Southgate’s international travels, and modern conveniences like electricity. Sadly, this estate ultimately fell to ruin, but not before inspiring other Northwoods estates and leaving a string of fascinating stories.

Jim will also cover: Ojibwa history and land use, trail networks to surrounding lakes, railroads. logging, the early resorts, famous local guides, prohibition and moonshine!
Birch Bark baskets locally harvested and crafted
by Lac du Flambeau resident, Duane Poupart
Source: The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of The Ojibway Nation
George Copway, or Kah-Ge-Ga-Gah-Bowh, Chief of the Ojibway Nation
Drawings by Aiden Skotterud (Marvin & Peg Dillman's Great-Grandson)
Loki & Club Foot Mushroom
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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 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