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Spring Samish Paint Out

May 9-13, 2018

Registration is Now Open

This is your invitation to a 4-night/5- day weekend of painting (and eating) at a beautiful camp overlooking Samish Bay in Northwestern Washington, about ninety minutes north of Seattle. We will have a relaxing getaway with delicious meals, demos 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. Lots of opportunities for photos, hiking, sketching and plein air painting.

The annual Spring Samish Bay Paint Out will be held from dinner Wednesday, May 9, through breakfast on Sunday, May 13 th (Yes. It’s Mother’s Day!) If you are a Mother, Camp could be a nice gift! Wednesday arrival time is after 2:00 PM. No children or pets, please, and no liquor is allowed on the premises. Both beginners and experienced painters (watercolor, acrylic, pastel, etc.) are welcome, and you do not need to be a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society to attend. Bring a friend. Lodging and all meals are included in the cost. Dress for the northwest – cool, misty, hot (not likely), sunny, whatever! Bring enough paper and other supplies to last the weekend – there are no nearby art stores.

There are 2 types of cabins: “Standard” cabins are small wood structures with heat, lights and beds/cots for 2-6 persons with a short walk to shared bathrooms and showers. There are plenty of these cabins that you may have one to yourself or share with friends if you wish. The second type of cabin we call “E-cabins”. These rooms have 1-3 beds in them with a shared connecting bathroom and shower. These cabins are limited so it is nice if you are willing to share. People who share a room get first preference.

Please fill out the attached registration form and send to me along with your check made payable to Northwest Watercolor Society. My address is on the bottom of the registration form.  Admission is limited so please get your registration back to me ASAP!  Registration money is non-refundable two weeks prior to camp.

A couple of weeks before camp starts I’ll send an e-mail to all registrants giving directions and a map to the camp along with other information that might prove helpful.

I am looking forward to seeing you at camp this spring!

Diane Lancaster

Registration Form

Samish Island Paint Out

by Yael Zahavy-Mittelman

Three times a year, I feel I am the most fortunate artist on this planet.  For few wonderful days,  each time, I come to Samish Island,  to paint.  The wonderful kitchen stuff,  spoil us with amazing food. They even do the dishes.  The view is breathtaking,  and the company is generous and inviting. It is always exciting to see my artists friends I did not see in a while.  The most important experience is the opportunity to paint with no interruptions.  If you are new to the art process,  you will have so many teachers to learn from. We are all always learning,  exploring and trying to solve our own art challenges.  Here we can have time to do that together.  Sometimes we have art workshops,  other days we might have a Windsor & Newton representative to introduce us to new materials and challenges us using the new materials for an art competition. We have movie nights and at times options for massage treatment or tarot readings or slide shows. I have been coming here for several years, three times a year, and it is an experience like no other.  

Join us.  It is so much fun.  Lots of inspiration and talent to learn from. If that is not enough, join us for a stroll on the beach or enjoy the wild life of eagles and herons, or just read and relax.  It is all up to you. To join you do not even have to be NWWS member.