Tal•e•a•mor is an invented word. “Talea” is a cutting for the propagation of a plant. “Tale” implies story. “Amor” is love. Searching for “taleamor” on the internet found the opening words of Leonora's aria in Verdi’s opera Il Trovatore: "Di tale amor che dirsi mal può dalla parola..." — a love that can scarcely be put into words. Taleamor Park hosts self-directed residencies and retreats for artists, writers, scientists, and humanists. We welcome applications from those who are seeking a creative and contemplative environment free of distractions or from those with no specific product-oriented project in mind other than to simply relax, walk, and dream. Taleamor Park especially welcomes residents who seek seek quiet time and ample space and who can respond to the unique ecologies, communities, and cultures of the farm and region.
Located 60 miles east of Chicago on a scenic 375-acre working farm with extensive parklands, Taleamor Park provides unique opportunities for site-specific installations, eco-artistic projects, parkland design and construction, meditative walking, and plein air as well as studio painting. There are bright spacious studios, comfortable private bedrooms, and idyllic walking paths that wind through farm fields and old meadows to woods and ponds. The co-directors, Clifford and Lisa Lee Peterson, strive to provide a working and living environment that is based in love, esthetics, and respect and that is conducive to both creativity and community. There is a provocative contrast between Taleamor's participatory organic and native plant gardens and the adjacent industrialized agriculture. Taleamor Park borders the mid-continental divide, from which waters flow either to the Gulf of Mexico or to Lake Michigan and the Atlantic, highlighting issues of water quality and supply.
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