The Biggest Adirondack Paint Camp Announcement in 10 Years
We’re Moving to a Historic “Great Camp”
To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, I’ve been working on some special privileges for this year only. Paul Smith’s College has decided to close, and that has opened a door to something very special that cannot happen any other year. – Eric Rhoads
Here are a few exciting things you’ll get to experience…
Adirondacks Great Camps of the Gilded Age
At the turn of the century, America’s biggest business families built “great camps” in the Adirondack Style. Names like Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, J.P. Morgan, Pratt, Whitney, Bloomingdale, Strauss, and more.
These camps are still around today, and we’re going to hold this year’s Invitational in a great camp built in the early 1900s by copper baron Adolf Lewishon. His camp, on 420 acres, was 40,000 square feet and cost $2.5 million in 1904, the equivalent of spending $72 million today. This camp is famed for visits by Mark Twain and Calvin Coolidge.
In 1964 this magnificent property became a youth camp called Saranac Village, which typically hosts 500 kids at a time. This year, we’re the only visitors. So we’ll have access to all the beautiful buildings, the docks, the boathouse, and the incredible views of Saranac Lake.
This is a rare opportunity because we normally cannot book this camp. Per New York’s rules, the camp allows us to spread out our guests for social-distance lodging.
Great new painting locations…
Upper Saranac Lake (not the lake in the town of Saranac Lake; that’s Lake Flower) is one of the most scenic lakes in the Adirondacks. You can paint from the docks, or you’ll have boat access to paint around the lake. And we’re just 24 minutes from our former home and close to all our favorite painting locations.
Painting of Morning on Upper Saranac Lake by Charles H. Chapin (1882), oil on canvas
Asgard Farm by Rockwell Kent (Home of Rockwell Kent)
Because this is our 10th year, we are working on some other special visits, including a visit to the Rockwell Kent Farm for a day of painting. This private farm is one of the most beautiful on earth and we’ve secured a full day, including visits to Rockwell Kent’s studio. So for this year, we’re living in a great camp with wonderful painting opportunities, and on a new lake. Plus, we’re working on a couple more surprises.