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Spring Samish Paint Out

May 17-21, 2017

Registration is Now Open

Once again we are offering a five-day weekend of painting (and eating) at a beautiful church camp overlooking Samish Bay in Northwestern Washington, about an hour and a half from Seattle. We will have a relaxing getaway and a chance to work and talk with other painters and share ideas and tips. The views are majestic, including the island itself, with its oyster beds and shoreline, the surrounding waters and the San Juan Islands in the background.

The spring 2017 Samish Camp Paint Out will be held from dinner Wednesday, May 17 through breakfast on Sunday, May 21. No children or pets, please, and no liquor is allowed on the premises. Both beginners and experienced painters are welcome, and you do not need to be a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society to attend.

We have lots of interesting things planned for the weekend.

If you want to attend, please fill out the attached registration form and mail it with a check to the address at the bottom of the form. I’ve had lots of enquiries already, so please get your registration back to me ASAP so you don’t miss out! If you have questions about the weekend, I can be reached at 360-887-2160 or by e-mail at Please note that this is a new address – delete the address from your recordes.

Lodging and all meals are included in the *cost. Two types of lodging are available: 16 newer rooms have attached bathrooms and there is a short walk to the bathrooms for the rustic cabins. As expected, the new e-cabins fill up fast, so get your registration in immediately if that’s what you would like. There is a discount to people who share rooms.

Registration money will be non-refundable after April 18, and final payment is due at that time. Checks should be made out to Northwest Watercolor Society, and can be sent to me at PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Admission is limited, so I suggest you sign up as soon as possible. A payment of $75 will hold your space.

There are enough cabins so everyone can have his or her own cabin, and the cabins have cotsfor four to six people, so if you want to room with friends, that’s possible. Each camper should provide bedding. The standard cabins are basic – heat, lights, and cots with mattresses. Dress for the northwest – cool, misty, hot, sunny, whatever! Bring enough paper and other supplies to last the weekend – there are no nearby art stores.

I’ll send out an e-mail in early May to registrants, giving directions, a map to camp and other information that might prove helpful.

Hope you can come again this year!

Kathy Winters

*An additional cost of $100 per night is applicable for arrivals after Wednesday.  So, for Thursday arrival add $300 to the cost, Friday arrival add $200, and for Saturday arrival add $100.

Registration Form

NWWS Winter Paint-Out

February 22-26, 2017

Winter Paint-Out is being organized by Linda Hulce and Arlene Kettering.  For those who have not been, the Paint-out is held on Samish Island, at the Church of Christ Church Camp. There is room for around 45 artists. The camp has rustic little cabins, which are all brightly painted different colors. (See gallery pictures below.) For a few more dollars, there are cabins, which have a shared bathroom facility. The camp provides 3 meals each day for the painters and the food is excellent. Meals are included in the cost of the Paint-out.

The artists come to paint and they are serious about that. There are so many wonderful things to paint, whether you are a plein aire painter or an inside painter. There is Puget Sound right across the street, the camp has a large salt lake for walking around, and everywhere you look there is something to paint. There are oyster beds nearby and, of course, the tide is always changing.

One thing that is so great about paint-out is that everyone there is working at their own pace and working on their own projects. Some artists are painting with oils, some are using acrylics, and some watercolor. There were also some collage pieces being created and downstairs larger pieces are in the works.

There is a large bulletin board for artists to hang their finished work and it seems like there is always a race to be the first to post a finished painting. How fun!

If you are interested in attending this winter painting retreat, complete the registration form below and contact Linda Hulce at  There is still room so don’t wait. Register now!

The winter painting retreat is perfectly timed for just getting away to paint. Looking forward to it.

Registration Form