A person who invents, produces, or makes things is called a creator. If you are an author, you are the creator of the characters in your books. If you are a painter, woodworker, blacksmith, photographer, musician, or poet, then you are a creator using the materials at hand. The noun creator is from the Latin word creare, which means “to make or bring forth.” When it is spelled with an upper-case c, Creator refers to God, and when spelled with a lowercase c, it is anyone who invents or makes something.

Kilravock Arts is a private residence, nestled on ninety acres in the Ohio River Valley. We are 50 minutes from Pittsburgh Int. Airport, 1 1/2 hours from Akron-Canton Airport, 2 hours from Cleveland Airport, and a 3 hour drive from Columbus, Ohio. The Roses have a long history of land-ownership in the area and are direct descendants of the Roses of Kilravock in Scotland. When H. David Rose and Joy G. Rose retired, with a dream to build their own home, the property was carefully chosen for its fertile land, access to drinking water, and remote location. Read more about the family history here.


While sorting through the estate of her late parents, M. Joy Rose was mentored by Nancy Ludowise (Rose), about the idea of a cooperative arts-community available to host guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. This seemed like a relevant idea and Ms. Rose was boosted by her brother Darton’s cooperation as well as their mutual desire to honor their late brother David Rose’s memory. David was a California thespian, director, and loving father (1959-2016). Founded in 2017 near Salineville, Ohio, with an aim to provide a supportive and sustainable environment for those seeking a retreat in order to pursue their artistic endeavors, Kilravock Arts was born.

Artist Residency Opportunities are available for scholars, artists, researchers, and writers on a limited basis when conferences, workshops, and special events are offered. Individuals can participate in a variety of gardening ventures, live/work experiences, and collaborative ventures. Included in the residency is a shared space with leather sofas, large bright windows, workstations, a fridge, coffee maker, microwave, all of which connect to a separate and generous outdoor patio with grilling station. There are two separate bedrooms in the residency portion of the house, a shared bathroom with sink and composting toilet, an outdoor shower, two individual cabins with bunk beds, and a bunkhouse in the upstairs portion of the main house. Organic gardens, goats, chickens, and room to roam compliment this contemplative and nurturing environment surrounded by nature. Group activities are planned each week, along with grocery shops, however, most of your time will be devoted to project goals, art-making, writing, meditating, and some private time. PICTURES ARE COMING SOON!

Two outdoor cabins are equipped with bunk beds (double bed on bottom/single bed on top), writing desk, and a small porch. Electrical is available for charging devices. There is an outhouse on the property and an outdoor shower. There is also a group outdoor kitchen, communal fridge, and a fire circle.

For those wishing to fly to Akron/Canton airport, or Pittsburgh Int. Airport a ride can be provided for a fee of $65.00 each way. For those driving, parking is available onsite.

Contribution to chores, including some gardening, cleanup, firewood collection, and farm-work are expected, but not to exceed one hour per day or one full-day per seven day stay.


Individuals must apply to participate. To see a calendar of availability contact us directly.

Donations can be made to our certified 501c3 Non-Profit MotherhoodFoundation Inc., and are tax deductible. Here is the link to our secure PayPal account.

To read more about proprietors M. Joy Rose and Carl Hovey go to Food Is Love Farm.

*Neither the hosts nor the residence is liable or responsible for any issues; medical, injury-wise, or other while guests are on the property. This is a working farm. Wildlife is abundant. Guests stay at their own risk.