||"I know of no place that so perfectly
fulfills its purpose as does MacDowell."
---Barbara Tuchman, writer
"I will be very glad ... to be working at the Colony --- which for
many years now has lived in my mind as a refuge and a workshop and the
place in which I most wanted to be when the time comes, as it perpetually
does, to crouch in order to spring."
--- James Baldwin, writer
"Perhaps this composer loves the place because of the life-long personal
associations that started there. Isolation and contentment produce tranquil
friendships as well as passionate arts."
---David DelTredici, composer
"[The MacDowell Colony is] an enterprise that has been from its inception
in accord with everything that is rational, natural and desirable. For
the world must have its art, or the world would be no fir place for man
to live in; and the artist must have his opportunity, or his art will die
and the artist will die with it."
--- Edwin Arlington Robinson, writer
"Money cannot buy elsewhere what is offered by the MacDowell Colony
in Peterborough to the serious worker, and the reason for this is that
what is offered in Peterborough does not exist elsewhere."
---Edwin Arlington Robinson, writer
In certain company, we hold our wings
and hide them beneath our coats.
Or, if no longer angles --- damaged,
a little lost---we hide our stumps
and our scars.
Here, though, we take
our coats off as we walk in. Have you
flown yet today? People ask.
Have you made use of your scars?
---Stephen Dunn, writer
"A studio was built, then another, and another. Individual friends
of the Association, as well as musical clubs here and there over the country,
began to donate them. Each was given its own corner of fragrant seclusion
in the great pine woods; no two were in sight of each other, or better
yet, within hearing. A man could compose his soul or a symphony without
danger of being disturbed or of disturbing."
---Hermann Hagedorn [The Outlook, 1921], writer
"Whatever influences the art of a country, influences in the most intimate
sense its civilization, and certainly few people are aware that MacDowell's
plan, now proved practical beyond question, is one of national importance."
---Mary Mears, first Colonist, 1909
"Nature is my springboard. From her I get my initial impetus. I have
tried to relate the visible drama of mountains, trees, and bleached fields
with the fantasy of wind blowing and changing colors and forms. The MacDowell
Colony provided the perfect habitat fro all this to happen naturally."
---Milton Avery, painter
"Their kindness found me out; and, how I needed it, needed to hear
myself think and to get our of all this tumult with which I was both deeply
engaged and not unhappy, but in which there was no chance, really to explore
"A place in America where the artist can really work is the simple
idea behind the MacDowell Colony. That idea carried through magnificently
has resulted in a unique contribution to the cultural life of America."
---Aaron Copeland, composer
"Life seems so transitory! It is very attractive to set down some sort
of permanent statement about the way we feel, so that when it's all gone,
people will be able to go to our art works to see what it was like to be
alive in our time and place ---twentieth-century America"
---Aaron Copeland, composer
"...the stove slowed, the sun poked its way through the hills beyond,
the marvelous lunch lay in the basket outside the door, and my typewriter
banged away. I felt like a short Thomas Wolfe --- so wildly did the words
flow. It was the magic of MacDowell---and the sweetness of Peterborough,
that transformed Thorton Wilder's Our Town into my town."
---Studs Turkel, writer
"Poets --- all artists---have inspired moments of seeing. They also
need practical conditions favorable to the hard labor of making -- of making
the work of art so beautiful that the vision it holds will last forever."
---Galway Kinnell, writer
"On various occasions in that Spartan paradise my sanity has been restored.
When I am there my very best work is composed, and when I am far away the
fact of the place allows me to breathe more easily."
---Ned Rorem, composer
"Among all the artists-colonies, MacDowell is pre-eminent in the quality
of its colonists."
---Virgil Thomson, composer
"There, privilege takes on a fresh significance: it means the privilege
to concentrate on nothing but one's work. For many artists, this is almost
unimaginable; at the MacDowell Colony, it's natural. And yet, it continues
to be amazing that such a working retreat exists."
---Nora Sayre, writer
"The freedom to work uninterrupted was so valuable in the development
of my work, the wonderful fellow artists I met, the warmth, tranquillity
and spirit of the environment which seemed to bring out the best in everyone,
and the high degree to which the making of art is valued-- all contributed
to the most enriching and rewarding experience I will always cherish."
---Jose Martin, sculptor
"I came here in a scattered state, unsure of what I was coming to,
and leave in peace and gratitude...immediately I was in my work. I had
forgotten what it was like to be productive. What a wonderful place to
work and grow, where the natural setting serves human ends."
---Hugh Ogden, poet
"It was as if the sharpness and power of the sunlight of New Hampshire
destroyed all my bad thoughts and filled me up with new positive energy.
And this was not only caused by the natural phenomenon..." ---Priotr Nathan,
"If the spirit which informs MacDowell were to be spread through our
society, we all would have much less to worry about."
---Barry Wallenstein, poet
"Every day I think about that beautiful place and the quiet and the
possibility to think... I'm glad it exists, even just to remember."
---Lynne Tillman, writer
"I had never been to a retreat before and didn't know what to expect.
My greatest fear was that it would be Artiness-in-the-Woods. I braced myself,
dived in and found the exact opposite...There existed an overriding sobriety
and sensitivity to the work that created an atmosphere that just can't
---Monica Raymond, writer
"A quiet bedroom, a bathtub, my own studio with two huge tables to
work on, the moon lighting up the snow, being able to walk through the
woods at night unafraid, no phone, long uninterrupted hours to write, privacy,
a fireplace, good conversation and a pool table. What else could one need?"
---Deborah Artman, writer
"As outrageous as it may sound, my objective was to do five months'
writing in five weeks. I did more. The Colony provided what I most wanted---
quietude, privacy, stimulation, congeniality."
---Hugh Ford, writer
"I felt cheated of the afterglow of MacDowell---cheated of the silence
I had brought home with me the way you come into the house on a cold day
with the smell of snow in the folds of your coat. Cheated of the perfect
concentration, not to mention the delusion that the world is a benevolent
place that exists to protect your vision and nurture your words."
---Rosalyn Brown, writer