Join PleinAir Magazine and Eric Rhoads for the 12th Annual Publisher’s Invitational

A week of painting and visiting beautiful places every day.
Where: Paul Smith’s College in Upstate New York

When: June 7-14, 2025

Adirondacks Art


“Who wouldn’t want to just have everything in life provided, and just roll out of bed and paint?”

— Dorothy Gardiner —

Relaxation, opportunity, and adventure await you when you join Eric Rhoads for a Publishers Invitational painting event. The purpose of this event is painters painting together. Nothing more, and certainly nothing less. Though we may come up with something unexpected, there is no event other than daily painting and meals so you should expect nothing but painting. It is simply, pure expression.

PleinAir publisher Eric Rhoads invites you to paint for a week, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Everyone who has ever attended is invited back, and those who have never attended will find this year the best ever. A week with friends, laughter, painting and bonding. No exhibition, no workshop, no pressure. Just painting with new friends for eight days in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York. One price includes lodging and meals.



“I still can’t believe it! A month ago I was packing the car and getting ready for our adventure to Plein air paint ADK! Almost daily, Tim and I talk about some aspect of our trip/experience. To say it was amazing and life changing for the two of us is so much the truth. I applaud you and your team, for a job well done. If there were any hick ups, they were undetected by this person that sees most everything and feels way too much at times. I believe one of the best takeaways for myself was the place of belonging. Never in my life have I ever felt so welcome by anyone I knew but my wonderful husband. I learned so much about myself, my ability, my relationship, and calm. With the last thing being the big AH HA moment. I was a transformed version of me that I lost sight of. And almost in the belief that I would never know this side of me ever again. Saying Thank You seems not enough-BUT Thank You with a full grateful heart.”

— Eileen Lively —

“What could be better than painting out in the fresh air in a place of great natural beauty with the coolest group of people you’re ever likely to meet? Paint camp! Paint camp! I fell asleep while thinking of mixing greens and dreamed of painting all night. The only thing that will keep me going on after it’s over this year is the prospect of Fall Color Week.”

— Jacqueline L. Bellows —

“The Adirondack mountains have some of the most beautiful scenes in the United States. With a vertical rise in some areas of 5000+ feet, these mountains are older than the Tetons. Also, there is more underground water in the Northeast than any place else in the world. This is evident in the many lakes, ponds, waterfalls, streams and rivers in the Adirondack state park.”

— Marianne Valenti —


Great New Painting Locations

Paint Adirondacks 2025 Will Be Held at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York (one of the best-kept landscape secrets in America).

Time to Yourself

Best of all … all of life’s obligations are put on hold. All you have to do is roll out of bed, show up and have your breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and paint paint paint.

You simply arrive, join your tribe … and do what you love. After all, you deserve time for yourself. And call your best buddies and have them join you there and you’ll have more laughter than most weeks in your life.

A Tight-Knit Group of Artists Can Accomplish Anything

Maybe it’s the energy we get from one another … the excitement of being with like-minded people who love to paint just as much as we do. Maybe we feel extra inspired when we see so many others doing what they love to do … painting in the beautiful scenery.



Here’s why most of our first timers can’t help but join us for a second time.