Linda Williams

If I were to choose one word to describe my experience at La Maison de Simon it would be ‘spaciousness’.

I can’t believe the time has come for me to write this thank you note! The initial two-month residency turned into nearly three and a half months, and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it, with all the ups and downs. I’ve been lucky to see the seasons change, from the heat of summer to bleak yet beautiful winter.

If I were to choose one word to describe my experience at La Maison de Simon it would be ‘spaciousness’. Physical space of course, in the beautiful studio and writing spaces, as well as the surrounding nature has made itself into my work. But even more importantly, the mental space to be able to work without distractions, without external interruptions. I’ve been able to immerse myself completely into the creative process and its natural ebbs and flows, exploring and experimenting with different techniques and materials.

As much as I have enjoyed spending time alone in my creative bubble, I’ve also had lovely and enriching exchange with the community of Fontaine-sous-Jouy. First all with Anne, with whom I even got to work and exhibit. Then with all the lovely visitors at the two portes ouvertes. The local school came for a visit, and I got to pay them a visit after the children made work inspired by my tree imprints—such a lovely experience!

Thank you Alon, Betsy & Sarah for creative this wonderful opportunity and for your warm welcome and generosity. Thank you Marie for your kindness and warmth. Fontaine-sous-Jouy and my residency at La Maison de Simon will have a special place in my heart and my creative practice.

Linda Williams, Paris-based visual artist, 2023 artist-in-residence.

Vanja Hamidi Isacson

It's a place that provides time and space to be in oneself, with one's creativity and energy—in all its phases and shift.

Two weeks became three — could not leave La Maison de Simon. It’s a place that provides time and space to be in oneself, with one’s creativity and energy — in all its phases and shift. And I was lucky to share the experience with my dear friend Linda Williams who invited me here during her residency which is now continuing. I’m so curious to see how her current projects will develop in the coming period.

Thank you for creating this space for artists to immerse themselves in their work. Thank you for your generosity, and for hosting me!

Vanja Hamidi Isacson, Malmö-based dramatist and researcher, 2023 guest artist.

Carola van Dyke

The studio upstairs was my sanctuary, the light, the space is just fantastic. It will be very hard to leave, and not see the horses when I wake up!

I came to La Maison to find time. Time to do something with all the different ideas I had in my head — without being distracted by my usual workload. Time to develop, reconnect & experiment with new artwork. It was just wonderful to spend the first week painting again, it had been 15 years since I held a brush! 

The amazing things for me was to be able to afford the freedom to spend time researching & exploring, break new ground & most of all experiment in a practice — free motion embroidery — that I absolutely adore, but hardly ever have the time, due to demands of my usual workload (commercial textiles). 

It was fantastic to spend most of my time in the studio upstairs: the perfect space to lay out all my different ideas sequentially. I have had some close family losses recently, and I realized I needed some time on my own. The studio upstairs was my sanctuary, the light, the space is just fantastic. It will be very hard to leave, and not see the horses when I wake up!

Thank you so much to the entire team of La Maison de Simon, Marie for always being available & being so lovely and a special big thank you to Betsy & Alon, for making this possible and the very warm welcome you have given me with the beautiful lunches and dinners. À bientôt !

Carola van Dyke, London-based textile artist, 2023 artist-in-residence.

Kate McCurdy

It has been an experience in immersive relaxation balanced with fervent creation. 

Merci beaucoup for our incredible month staying & creating at La Maison de Simon! It has been an experience in immersive relaxation balanced with fervent creation. 

I feel blessed to be here in midsummer, a time with so much light & blooming abundance in Fontaine-sous-Jouy. Spreading out our fabrics, paints, beads & ideas across this airy studio has been a luxurious way to create — inspiring more fun, dynamic, and challenging projects. 

It has been such a rewarding & deeply meaningful experience to make art in close collaboration with my mom — Linda Schoenheimer — in such a welcoming and supportive environment. Thank you for this abundance of time, space, fresh air, and Good Vibes. Simon’s joyful and creative spirit is palpable in this arts home. 

Thank you Alon, Betsy, Sarah & the whole team here for manifesting this dream space & bringing it to life! I can’t wait to see how La Maison de Simon continues to inspire artists who pass time and create here.

With gratitude,

Kate McCurdy, New Orleans-based textile and visual artist, 2023 artist-in-residence.

Linda Schoenheimer

Here I experienced how life should be lived. Serenity, creativity, inspiration and the time to use it and enjoy it.

Is it the beauty of Normandy, the sounds of Fontaine-sous-Jouy, or the amazing setting of La Maison de Simon that has made this past month a life-changing residency? 

Here I experienced how life should be lived. Serenity, creativity, inspiration and the time to use it and enjoy it. La Maison de Simon has jump started a new chapter in my long artistic journey.

On so many levels this has been a fantastic month – all thanks to La Maison de Simon. A remarkable sojourn.

Linda Schoenheimer, NYC-based photographer and visual artist, 2023 artist-in-residence.

Groune De Chouque

"I am out with lanterns looking for myself." Emily Dickinson

I felt so good! It’s time to move on, to transform it into memories, the walks, the spring, the flowers, the readings, the paintings that bear witness, the little finds that I take back to my little Parisian studio…

Thank you for this wonderful adventure, for your deep friendship, for your encouragement. You are dear to my heart!

 “I am out with lanterns looking for myself.” Emily Dickinson, who was a companion in Fontaine-sous-Jouy.

Chantal Romano Comment (a.k.a. Groune de Chouque), Paris-based painter, 2023 artist-in-residence.

Laurie Fox

This experience really shook up my life, my art, my direction for the future!

A big thanks to La Maison de Simon!

This experience really shook up my life, my art, my direction for the future! I could almost hear the “thluck” as I was pulled out of the muddy quagmire of my everyday. 


And no, it wasn’t all easy and comfortable, but so worthwhile. It’s never easy to be left alone with one’s thoughts and habits, but I really couldn’t tootle off to the bar, or go window shopping. 
That’s it, I’ve been to the art spa and I am embracing the future. I hope more artists will find the experience as renewing as I have. 

Thanks a million!!!

P.S: Berlino loved the experience, too.

Laurie Fox, Rome-based painter, 2023 artist-in-residence.

Blair Pessemier

I knew we were in the right place when on arriving, we saw that shaggy white pony, whose tail extended to the ground. He seemed almost magical, and like Rilke’s poem about the Carousel at the Luxembourg Gardens, he keeps reappearing in my memory.

Many thanks to everyone who made this Artist Residence such a fantastic experience!

Thirty years ago, we quit Seattle. Fed up by the rat race, we moved to Paris. It was where we found a voice in art. This Normandy sojourn added volume to that voice. 

Because our Italian hunting dog came with us, “Berlino” demanded long walks. They were inspirational — mornings filled with a multitude of avian song. Woods here are alive with darting little birds, jays, crows, and blackbirds. Along the Rosey River, ducks, coots, and herons are evident. On evening walks, streetlights aren’t illuminated, and a plethora of stars adorn the night sky. 

I knew we were in the right place when on arriving we saw that shaggy white pony, whose tail extended to the ground. He seemed almost magical, and like Rilke’s poem about the Carousel at the Luxembourg Gardens, he keeps reappearing in my memory.

Blair Pessemier, Rome-based painter, 2023 artist-in-residence.