Posted by: janamatusz | April 8, 2018

An Acadia Invitation – for YOU!

It’s on! The fifth annual Acadia Artist Retreat is happening the week of June 24, 2018!


Here’s the official flyer pdf:

ACADIAArtist Retreat2018

If you’re interested in coming, please contact Kate Petrie as soon as possible. (Email her at, or call 207-288-1312.) Space is limited — this truly is a unique opportunity to stay and work RIGHT IN the National Park!

Here are some more details for you:

  • The price of $1325 includes 6 nights in a comfortable 2-bedroom apartment right in Acadia National Park, including a private bedroom with shared common area and bathroom. (Don’t worry — no tents! You can even upgrade to a luxury suite if you’d like.)
  • It also includes ALL meals, from Sunday dinner to Friday dinner. You’ll have hearty breakfasts, bag lunches and snacks to take wherever you paint, and delicious dinners, including a Maine lobster dinner.
  • There are optional art presentations, Ranger-led nature walks, group activities, and reviews of work BUT remember! This is a RETREAT, NOT A WORKSHOP, so you’re able to concentrate on what YOU want to work on. All levels are welcome. Bring your favorite materials (watercolors, oils, acrylics, sketching materials), and consider coming with an art buddy.

Past participants know what a terrific retreat this is. Some made it a reunion with an old college roommate, or a trip with fellow plein air group member. Even if you come alone, it’s a great gift to give yourself  — a marvelous chance to do your own work in a comfortable, supportive, absolutely beautiful and inspiring place. Just think — no shared cooking, no assigned chores, no uncomfortable boat trip!

And it’s all at a very reasonable price. If you would like to register, please be persistent, and please be patient. (The National Park personnel are stretched pretty far these days!) It’s worth it to experience the long summer days painting on the Schoodic Peninsula!

I can’t wait. It’s been many months since I was in Acadia. My last trip was in October 2017. I stayed on the quiet side of Mt. Desert Island, driving to various places in the Park to paint. Here’s a favorite from that trip:


You can see more paintings on my website at

Acadia is beautiful, centering, and inspiring. Have I mentioned I love it there? 🙂

See you in June!



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