Taleamor Park is situated in the heart of LaPrairie Farms, a 375-acre farm, and is surrounded by other farms. The farm offers an array of terrains and changing vistas accessible by over two miles of walking trails. There are wooded areas, three ponds, organic small grains, fallow hillsides and fields, and acres of conventionally farmed corn, soybeans, and wheat.
blue flag iris by the watering hole
summer garden harvest
sunflower and sky
gathering dogwood talea from the south pond
in the cornfield
sycamore solstice sunset
Taleamor Park residents live in a lovingly restored two-story 1854 Italianate brick farmhouse that has been in the Peterson family since 1950. Fourteen-inch-thick brick walls help to moderate summer heat. The entire first floor as well as the bedrooms on the second floor are air conditioned.
There are four bedrooms, each with a queen- or full-sized bed, a writing desk, and a comfortable reading chair. Residents share two bathrooms, a laundry with washer and dryer, two kitchens, three common rooms including a library with an eclectic collection of books and music.
The two kitchens are fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans, eating and cooking utensils, and a few basic cooking supplies. Residents are responsible for the cost and preparation of their own meals, either individually or collaboratively.
In addition to the 1854 brick farmhouse at Taleamor Park, there are two large barns, a brick studio building, and a large machine shed with total space approaching 10,000 square feet. Studios can be arranged according to need and preference in one of the outbuildings, in the farmhouse, or even out of doors.
morning light, brick studio photo by Florencia Sosa Rey
working in the brick studio
the big barn
big barn studio, installation, gallery space
working in the big barn
the little barn
Each month during the residency season, Taleamor Park invites the local community to an open house so that residents may share their work in open studios, readings, lectures, exhibitions, and/or performances.
Taleamor Park has twice hosted 1 + 1 = One, an on-site outdoor installation event involving up to ten pairs of artists who create site-specific collaborative works of art.
Taleamor Park residents are encouraged to create site-specific installations using biodegradable found materials.
Two- and three-week residencies begin and end on Saturdays. Upon arrival the first Saturday afternoon, Taleamor Park provides a simple vegetarian evening meal. After the first evening, residents are responsible for the cost and preparation of their own meals, individually or collaboratively. One evening each week everyone is invited to contribute a dish for a potluck dinner held either in the loft or the farmhouse.
During the growing season, residents who help with the weeding and watering of the garden may harvest fresh, organic produce, as available, throughout their stay.
All residents contribute two hours of work each week to help maintain the residence.
On the fourth Thursday afternoon of each month from May through October, Taleamor Park hosts an open house so that residents may share their work in open studios, readings, lectures, exhibitions, and/or performances.
From November through April, Taleamor Park offers flexibly-scheduled residencies with a fourteen-night minimum.
WALKING Walking the farm trails or the quiet country roads is an option at any time at Taleamor Park. There are over two miles of walking trails past an array of terrains and changing vistas of wooded areas, ponds, fallow fields and hillsides, and farmland.
TAIJI Lisa first studied the taiji quan (t'ai chi chuan) long yang form in San Francisco in 1971, and has been teaching taiji quan and taiji qigong since the early 2000s. If there is interest, Lisa will lead impromptu taiji and qigong sessions for residents at Taleamor Park.
visiting the neighbor's cows
walking in the rain
heading south toward the residence
planting another row of pines along the windbreak
Makers and Do-ers at Taleamor Park video by Bianca Hlywa
Taleamor Park is a twenty-minute drive east from Lake Michigan beaches and resort towns such as New Buffalo and Lakeside.
Downtown Chicago is easily accessible via commuter rail from Michigan City, Indiana.
The Purdue University Northwest Westville campus is home to a world-class outdoor sculpture collection.
Small towns such as Three Oaks in Michigan and New Carlisle in Indiana offer art galleries, dining, vintage cinema, and live theatre and music.
Farmers’ markets and organic farms offer fresh, local produce.
stepping out of the black at the Art Institute of Chicago
at the lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana
wearing Odalisque by Mike Gruzca, Purdue Northwest Sculpture Park, Westville, Indiana
at a local farmers' market
detail, Haints and History by Preston Jackson, Purdue Northwest Sculpture Park, Westville, Indiana
at the Cardno JF New native plant nursery, Walkerton, Indiana
inside Cloud Gate, Chicago, Illinois
at Posey Chapel, LaPorte County, Indiana
Taleamor Park is in northern Indiana between the towns of LaPorte and Rolling Prairie and is accessible from major east-west highways.
The nearest airports are Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway in Illinois and the South Bend Airport in Indiana. There is a shuttle bus from the Chicago airports that takes you to Michigan City. It’s about a two-hour trip on the bus.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION With a week’s notice of your travel information, we can pick you up or drop you off at no charge between 9 AM and 3 PM on Saturday at the Michigan City shuttle bus stop or at the South Bend airport.
Taleamor Park is in the middle of a working farm, surrounded by other farms. Grocery stores, cafés, and other urban amenities are not safely accessible by foot or bike. For residents without a car, we drive to town twice a week for grocery shopping and arrange occasional excursions or a ride to the commuter train to Chicago.
Uber and taxi services are available, although not practical for exploring the environs. You can rent a car for a day or more from a nearby agency that will drive out to Taleamor Park to bring you to their office.