Spend a Week Painting at the Ranch That Inspired Georgia O’Keeffe
September 22-29, 2019 — Ghost Ranch — Abiquiu, NM

Join PleinAir Magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads for a Rare Painting Opportunity
You Deserve a Solid Week of Painting
Our Publisher’s Invitational artist retreats are about you and your passion for painting. We do outdoor painting all day, every day as a group (or you can paint on your own). It’s like camp for adults who paint. It’s a week of “me” time, making new friends, painting two or three spots a day with old or new friends, and having meals together, with laughter, music, and socializing.

The Best of Fall Color 
We select the best color on earth for those who never get to paint fall color or those who want a change of scenery. This year we’re going to Ghost Ranch in New Mexico during peak color week. We’ll paint the vast landscapes on the ranch, including spots painted by Georgia O’Keeffe. We’ll paint other amazing scenery around the area, including a day trip to Taos.

Why We Picked Ghost Ranch
Each year we pick a place with amazing fall color. On the last day of our Santa Fe Plein Air Convention, we painted at Ghost Ranch, and people had a powerful and emotional reaction to the scenery, the light, and the history. One person said, “I could paint on this ranch for a lifetime. You should hold a weeklong painting event here.” We tested the idea with others who said they too would come, so we booked the whole place.

Spectacular Scenery 
Amazing painting awaits outside your door. The cottonwoods turn bright yellow, which is amazing against the red rocks. And the sunsets in the fall are even more colorful, as is the light hitting the glowing rocks and mountains.
Includes 7 Nights at Ghost Ranch 
You can paint right outside the door of your dorm and spend the week on the property, or go to Abiquiu and surrounding areas. We will go to Taos, we’ll head into the mountains to paint hundreds of amazing scenes within a short distance, or the ranch itself can give you countless painting opportunities.

The Home of Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe came to Ghost Ranch to paint for a brief vacation and stayed several years, inspired by the local landscape and people. Many of her famous paintings were done on the ranch, and you’ll be able to easily pick out spots where she painted.
What's Included
The Fall Color Week package includes the event, plus a shared room in the resort, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. (Private rooms are available.) The event includes two painting locations daily, evening music, and opening and closing parties.

What You Need to Bring
You’ll need a portable easel or pochade box with tripod, your paints or colors, enough panels for at least two paintings per day, brushes, and any other supplies you know you’ll need. We’ll provide Gamsol mineral spirits for oil painters. Be prepared for hot or cold weather, bring some hiking shoes or boots, and you’ll need a car or a friend with one. Expect lots of color on the rocks and bright fall cottonwood leaves.
Is This for You? 
There are dozens of spots you can paint roadside without hiking, but you can hike if you’re up for it. You’ll need to handle your own gear (or have your own helper) and be up to full days of painting without assistance and optional late nights of socializing, music, or portrait painting. You must love being around others. The one rule: No drama. We’re here for fun, nothing serious.

One All Inclusive Price 
One price includes the event, your room, three meals daily, and opening and closing parties. The cost is $1,597 per person (shared room) or $2,597 per person (private room). The event is open to 100 people (and possibly a few more if we can acquire more rooms). Payment plans are available. Painters not registered for Fall Color Week may not participate in events.
How It Works 
We start each day with breakfast and announcements, then we pack a sack lunch and head out to the painting locations. (Car required for these trips.) We often paint as a group, though smaller groups and individuals may go off on their own. We typically have at least one day where we all paint in one spot together, which helps get photos of everyone for our magazine story. At the end of the day, we bring our paintings in for all to see (this is optional), have dinner, then have socializing, music, and drinks, and often some will do portrait painting.

Hold Your Seat Now 
It’s human nature to wait till the last minute, but book early to assure a seat and so you can book your flight to Albuquerque if you’ll be flying in. Register at 561.655.8778 or hit the registration button below. We fully expect this to sell out fast and already have a large number of registrations.

Important Notes
No pets, please. No children. Check with hotel about service dog policy. Special meal requests required in writing at least 30 days in advance. Gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan meals can be arranged with notice. No drama.

This is not a workshop or teaching event. Requests for specific roommates should be made in advance and cannot be guaranteed, though we will try. Spouses or non-painters may attend, but full registration is required; each guest counts as one of our 100 total attendees, therefore each guest will be charged. See terms below. Payment plans available.

Non-registered attendees are not permitted to attend events or paint on property during the Fall Color Week event.
No refunds on or after July 22, 2019.

Cancellation today - 6/22/19 = 100% Refund, less a $50 processing fee
Cancellation 6/23/19 – 7/21/19 = 50% Refund, less a $50 processing fee
Cancellation on or after 7/22/19 = 0% Refund
Eric Rhoads Publisher’s Invitational Artist Retreats
Plein Air magazine publisher Eric Rhoads created the publishers invitational concept when some artist friends commented that they often did not get a chance to paint with their friends when attending painting shows or events. So Rhoads announced and event and invited a few friends. Word spread and others wanted to come as well, so Eric made it open to anyone who wants to attend. No invitation required. 

Eric typically offers an early summer event in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, a fall color week event in a different place each year with spectacular scenery and color, and a couple of international trips. In the past he has taken two groups to Cuba, and groups to Africa and New Zealand. 

His goal is to offer people time to paint with friends, make new friends, work on their painting skills by daily painting, and to paint in some of the most beautiful places in the world. There is no teaching and no workshops. Eric’s “no drama” policy makes for a congenial group of like- minded, enthusiastic painters, at all levels whose primary interest is plein air painting. Attendees are always offered the lowest price for the following year and the first reservations to prevent missing out on future events. A story in PleinAir Magazine and Plein Air Today is written about each event.