Together we will take a design from paper to wall in this 7 day art retreat of self discovery in an inspirational and relaxing environment.

Join Melanie Stimmell Van Latum in the quaint and historic Montross, VA for a relaxing and enlightening retreat-style course in mural painting. Touching on the ever popular anamorphic, or 3D, techniques that Melanie is famous for, you will find yourself so immersed in the beauty of the Northern Neck, you may never want to leave!

Art Retreat

Montross mural studio was created to share the incredible experience of the area with a spectacular art form. Melanie’s murals have transformed ordinary buildings into extraordinary sites and her hope is that you will take away the inspiration and know-how to do the same. We are all about becoming one with the nature that surrounds us and transforming that magic into a beautiful and transformatory visual to last generations.

Melanie Stimmell

Melanie Stimmell is one of the most sought after street painters in the world. She has painted for clients and events all over the globe and has been awarded the title of ‘Maestra Madonnara’ (Master Street Painter) in both Italy and Germany. Her designs decorate 10 of Montross’ most prominent buildings.


Montross is situated in the beautiful Northern Neck Peninsula of Virginia – The ‘Birthplace of our Nation’. Located on Route 3 (Kings Hwy) it is within minutes of Westmoreland Berry Farm, the Birthplace of George Washington, Stratford Hall – the home of Robert E. Lee, Westmoreland State Park, and Nomini Creek where Captain John Smith was captured. The area is known for fishing, kayaking, biking, bird watching, trail walks, and shark tooth hunting.