Artists Retreat Weekend in Hot Springs

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Artists Retreat Weekend in Hot Springs

Time: June 1, 2018 at 5pm to June 3, 2018 at 12pm
Location: Hot Springs, NC
City/Town: Hot Springs, NC
Event Type: retreat
Organized By: Scott Varn
Latest Activity: May 26, 2018

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Event Description

Scott “Doc” Varn is working on a project that brings together conservation efforts and artists. Artists can play an important role in helping to protect our beautiful landscapes. This is an opportunity to spend a weekend painting some grand landscapes in fellowship with other painters, poets, photographers, and conservationists. In the spirit of John Muir, Thomas Moran and many others that left a legacy of work to inspire us all, we can make a difference through our work.

The Preserving a Picturesque America group has been all over America seeking the places where the original adventure artists captured images of America’s great landscapes in the 1800s. On the first weekend of June they are returning to the chapter from Picturesque America that inspired the entire project, the French Broad. Here we will return to the locations where the original renderings were created to locate, capture and promote the conservation of this amazing place.

We are invited to re-create the original locations and publish updated chapters of how the vantage points look 146 years later. We need contributors to the revised addition and there will be an exhibition of the unique artistic voices of Western North Carolina.

So grab your art supplies and hiking boots because you are invited to join us to enjoy a weekend of artistic exploration, re-discovery and fellowship. Writers, poets, painters, photographers and all souls with the desire to renew their spirit and share their gifts, are welcome.

We are reserving camp sites and cabins in Hot Springs NC, so contact us soon if you want to join us for all, or part of the weekend. Details about costs and such will be provided.

June 1st -3rd Schedule

5:00 - 11:00 Check in & Fellowship @ campsites 521& 523 at the HotSpring Campground ( see map )
7:00 Dinner & Campfire ( Fajitas!)
9:00 Highlighted readings of Picturesque America and the French Broad chapter. Also more in depth information about the preservation through art project.


8:ish Join us for Camp Breakfast @ campsites 521& 523 at the HotSpring Campground ( see map )
8:30 Meet at ArtiSun Gallery on 16 S Andrews Ave, in Hot Springs
9:00 Short hike to create Interpretations of Lovers leap
Casual Lunch (12:30 ish) gather in town or have a bag lunch
1:30 Meet at ArtiSun Gallery Short drive to create interpretations of Paint Rock
5:30 Fun dip in the Hot Springs and/or the river- (Group Tub #1) But let me know to be included- reservations required
7:00- until Camp dinner ( Jambalaya ! ), art sharing & fellowship around the campfire ( @ campsites 521& 523)

8:ish Join us for Camp Breakfast ( @ campsites 521& 523)
8:30 Meet at ArtiSun Gallery on 16 South Andrews Ave
9:00 Hike to the top of Lovers Leap on part of the AT and get an opportunity to create from this amazing vantage point
Lunch (12:30 ish) in town then farewells

* If you can not be there for the entire weekend please let us know your intentions so we can plan accordingly for the hot tube and breakfast and dinner headcount. Cell reception is very limited so planning and PRE- communication is essential.

If you have questions and or interest, please call Scott. or 828-273-5383

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