I was born into a sprawling French-American family that holds some of its history in a big stone house in Anjou, France. Since 2004, my husband, David Summer and I have been facilitating art retreats at Chateau du Pin (CdP), Champtoce sur Loire.  Le Pin is a magical setting for artistic exploration. The chateau, a 16th century fortified old manor house, sits on 300 acres that includes vineyards, farms, woodlands, and distinctive formal gardens. The property, a rustic blend of old stone and grand vistas, has been a vacation rental for over 35 years.  Le Pin is family owned and run and full of eccentricity and charm. I enjoy interpreting Le Pin with the purpose of MAKING ART.  Over the years, we have organized small and large groups, collaborating with other teaching artists to offer writing, cooking, bookmaking, painting, yoga, music, and mixed media workshops. 

Music, Minor Swing by Rachel Portman


Each summer I come to Le Pin for 6-8 weeks, staying in a small cottage on the Le Pin estate and utilizing an old barn as a simple studio. Each summer I offer different art retreat opportunities at Le Pin. Click here for information on 2019's offerings.


open studio

With an emphasis on a textile / mixed media at Le Pin.  Group size limited to 7 students. May 13-19, 2019.  


Art Pluriel at CdP

Summer of 2019: I will be collaborating with UK artist, Catherine Gregory to offer a mixed media / expressive drawing workshop, Garden Lines, at Le Pin.  Aug 5-14. The chateau and cottages are utilized for lodging, meals, and studio. Barns and gardens are used as studios. Limit: 10 students. David Summer provides meals inspired by recipes of the region. Registration open now. 


Houseparties at CdP

Invite your friends to fill the chateau  (7 bedrooms available) and allow us, David and Peg, to be your hosts in a week-long stay at Le Pin. We can arrange Loire boat rides, visits to fresh markets, wine tastings, visits to historic sites, arrange meals and more. 


Contact me for more information about all these Chateau du Pin options.

Learn more about CHATEAU DU PIN.





Back to Top | Return to Home