Lets talk about Artist in Residence programs. Once you know they exist you can find them all over the place. I would love to participate in a program myself some day. My local Glen Arbor Art Association offers a 2 week program each summer.
A co workers brother, Mark Meyer, jump started his budding career as a wonderful landscape artist during his GAAA residency. I attended his talk at the completion of his precious time to just make art. I suggest you take a look at his recent works. His ability to capture light in nature is fantastic.
Then there is Isle Royale, way up there in Lake Michigan. Mary Brodbeck, the instructor for the Moku Hanga block printing class I took last summer, did a residency on the island. Lake Michigan is her inspiration for many of her stunning prints.
See you tomorrow for the letter B, feels a little like Sesame Street doesn't it?