Marilyn Fairman paints the view from the boathouse at White Pine Camp last year.

Nearly 100 artists are gathering this week at Paul Smith College, deep in the Adirondack Mountains, for a painting getaway with PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads. A couple of rooms are still available for interested artists.

Vianna Szabo backs up from her pastel to get a different look at it.

The Publisher’s Invitational Paint Out is held outside of Saranac Lake, in Upstate New York, early each summer. Participating artists can choose to depict the lakes, waterfalls, mountain vistas, and other natural attractions of the area. The event manages to be both extremely low-key and thoroughly well-organized, so artists can just relax and paint. Participants stay in lodging on the campus of Paul Smith College, and all meals are provided. For more information, visit the event’s website.


  1. Dear Mr. Doherty, I recently accompanied a group of guys on a fishing trip to Core Banks, NC. While the guy’s fished, I painted on the beach. The wind was blowing 25 to 30 mph the whole time we were there. My watercolor pallet was covered in sand, but I was still able to produce 5 decent pictures. I am a signature member of AWS, BWS, and MAPAPA and have been a professional artist for 35 yrs. I live outside Baltimore, MD. I would love to show you my the work I did on this trip. It was the most difficult painting conditions I have ever painted in. Bill Wright


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