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.

This July is the most special event of all… our 10 year reunion! PleinAir publisher Eric Rhoads invites you to paint for a week at the end of July, 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.



“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 in Maine in October.”

— 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 —


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.



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