Much of the early thinking that led to the Grünewald Guild focused on limitations with the university model of teaching. Richard Caemmerer had been a university art professor for 22 years and made a proposal to the institution for a new model of teaching art...which was ultimately rejected by the university. Following a year long sabbatical, Caemmerer realized that the model he had conceived could better be implemented outside of the university setting. This new model needed to allow for ongoing continuity for spirit, momentum and focus -- elements that drive a work of art -- without the interruption often experience when following the schedule of university courses.
The acquisition of a deserted Grange Hall in the rural community of Plain, WA, on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains was the beginning of the development of the 16-acre campus with 9 buildings that exist today.
Classes in art began within the first year in the renovated Grange Hall. The summer program has since grown into a 10-week program which offers classes in drawing, painting, stained glass, pottery, sculpture, wood carving, fiber arts, calligraphy and a number of other media, as well as spirituality and personal growth and expression through art.
The facilities provide a place for retreats and workshops during fall, winter and spring with a permanent staff/community in residence.
The Guild's 30+ year history has been one of hard work by many hands, enthusiasm and creativity beyond imagining and growth that even now looks forward to new programs and offerings.