The sunsets can be spectacular and the warm afternoon sun is wonderful. We are trying to coordinate late dinners so you can paint till sundown, but we don’t yet know if the college will accommodate us. If not, there are wonderful paint spots on or near campus.
What is going on in the evenings?
We think this is a great time to make friends, tell stories, have a glass of wine (paid bar available). We will be able to gather in a common area in the evenings. We also are hoping to be able to set up critique sessions and a place to show your paintings from the day.
Will there be an orientation?
We will have an orientation on the evening of check in to help you know the area, the school, etc.
Will there be a group photo?
We will schedule one group photo on campus. Our goal, if we can pull it off, is to photograph the large group from the tower looking down with the lake and the mountain in the background. We also hope to have one shot of everyone painting in one spot.
Will there be photo sharing?
We plan to post photos on the exclusive Facebook group. We encourage others to post theirs as well.
Will there be opening cocktails or drinks?
Yes, we plan on this for opening evening and there is an open cash bar each evening.
We will attempt to provide mineral spirits or turps, but bring your own if you can. Supplies are difficult to find locally
Restrooms when painting?
Nope. You’re outdoors in the wild! Some locations like the VIC center do have restrooms.
Are there handicapped facilities?
By law the college will be able to handle your needs. Though many sites may be just off the road, others are hard to get to or require some walking, hiking, climbing. If you have assistance needs, please send an email request in advance so we can be ready to accommodate your needs.
Will there be transportation to paint spots and airports?
Everyone should carpool as much as possible because there may not be easy parking in all spots. Our exclusive Facebook group is a great place to communicate before the event if you need an airport ride or want to find a car buddy. Calling a cab from the local airport is a $100 ride.
Groceries and snacks?
There is a small bookstore on campus open during campus hours, a gas station about 10 minutes away, groceries and liquor stores are in Saranac Lake and Malone about a half hour away.
Is there a Facebook group I can look at?
Yep, we have one – but it is exclusive to current registrants and past attendees. You will be sent information on how to join following your registration.
How much can I carry?
If you want to hike up St. Regis Mountain or others you’ll want everything to fit in a backpack, including water, etc.
Will water be provided?
Buy some or bring a water bottle.
Where do we dispose of our trash while out painting?
Take it out with you when you leave the wilderness please.
What is happening to the paintings we’re providing?
It is somewhat customary in many events to offer a painting in exchange for guest lodging or other services. This event started small but blossomed into a giant outing, which has required Streamline (publisher of the magazines) to devote many hours to customer service calls, organization and coordination, plus we have had to hire onsite assistance. Since we’re not charging for the event but charging for room/meals/facilities only this is an optional gift. It is not required but is appreciated. Painting gifts are NOT tax deductible.
If I want to share a room but don’t have a roommate, will one be assigned?
Yes. Though if you wish to request rooming with someone specific please let us know. Also you can post the request on the exclusive Facebook page to request a roommate or to coordinate transportation, etc.
Will dinner be at a set time?
Yes, usually 5:30-6:30 so there is time to paint after dinner.