• The Art Sherpa Retreat March 2020

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    You are invited to embark on a five-day curated creative experience in the heart of “America’s First Resort!” Join the Art Sherpa as you immerse yourself in beautiful locations, expand your creative skills, enjoy great food, and engage with a new network of artists and friends in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. This will be a combination of Plein Air and intimate artist workshops with Cinnamon Cooney where you will leave behind your mundane life and restore your inner artist. 

    21105498_10211779206773001_6325758426916525156_n.jpg We will be enjoying the best of on-location painting as well as art workshops. Each day will be full of Art Sherpa guided adventures. Each part will be fully guided so you won’t need to already know how to do any of the activities. The Art Sherpa will share her three favorite mediums with you and guide you into the world of art (in person and not onscreen).  

    Plein Air destination painting and private closed art sessions will fill the days. Relaxation and social activities will fill the evenings.  

    Even the meals will be a work of art!



    Aerial - Downtown Hot Springs .jpg HISTORY
    Located 30 minutes away from Little Rock, Arkansas – Hot Springs National Park is the only national park in the U.S. that is located within an urban area. It’s hard to tell exactly how long people have been visiting the springs. Native Americans called it “the Valley of the Vapors,” and it was said to have been a neutral territory where all tribes could enjoy its healing waters in peace.  Spanish and French settlers claimed the area in the mid-1500s. In fact, famous explorer Hernando de Soto was the first European to visit Hot Springs in 1541.

    The hot springs were such a coveted natural wonder that in 1832, President Andrew Jackson designed Hot Springs as the first federal reservation.  Hot Springs Reservation was essentially America’s first national park, predating Yellowstone National Park by 40 years." SOURCE:   https://www.hotsprings.org/pages/history/  

    Downtown - Kollective.jpg Visitors have flocked to the small Arkansas town for over 200 years, choosing to “take in the waters” at its Victorian-style bathhouses for health, relaxation and rejuvenation. Today, the spring water flowing from Hot Springs Mountain is quite safe to drink. The National Park Service has several places where visitors can fill their own bottles with the water. Today, six seven of the bathhouses from the early 20 th century remain open and welcoming visitors with a variety of services and attractions.

    During the early 20th century, Hot Springs was known for baseball training camps. Often called the "birthplace" of Spring Training baseball, Hot Springs first welcomed Major League Baseball in 1886. You can even visit the site of one of Babe Ruth’s longest homeruns!

    Garvan Gardens - Full Moon Bridge.jpg Throughout the prohibition era, many well-known mobsters sought refuge in town to partake in the springs, gambling, and drinking while honoring a neutrality agreement amongst each other. Historians often note that “Hot Springs was the original Las Vegas.”   Today you can visit two of Al Capone’s favorite hangouts – The Arlington Hotel and The Ohio Club.  

    Famous people you might be excited to know came to the healing waters of Hot Springs Arkansas. 

    • President Bill Clinton – while born in Hope – grew up and graduated from high school in Hot Springs. Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt had notable trips to Hot Springs as well.
    • Artists including actors Billy Bob Thornton and Alan Ladd, plus radio talk show host Bobby Bones, were born in Hot Springs.  
    • Marilyn Monroe, Sinatra and Tony Bennet all performed in Hot Springs at various points in their careers.
    • Athletes including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Cy Walker, Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle have played baseball in Hot Springs.  
    • Mobsters Al Capone, Owney Madden, and Lucky Luciano were among the many notorious visitors as well.


    Ohio Club - Interior.jpg During the retreat, we’ll visit the National Park, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Oaklawn Racing and Casino Resort, the Quapaw Bathhouse, and the Superior Bathhouse Brewery (the ONLY craft beer brewery located in a national park). If you’re interested in extending your stay – you’ll find plenty of ways to keep yourself busy!

    Gallery Central - 1.jpg If you’re interested in touring on foot, Historic Downtown Hot Springs is not only home to the National Park, but a series of restaurants, shops, and art galleries. You can check out the historic Arlington Hotel or Al Capone’s watering hole – The Ohio Club. You can also follow the Hot Springs Baseball trail to learn more about the history of baseball’s spring training. A sculpture garden is also located within walking distance of downtown.  

    Garvan Gardens - Bigfoot.jpg Want to enjoy the great outdoors? Nestled among the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs is surrounded by three lakes – Hamilton, Catherine, and Ouchita, a state park with hiking trails, and the newest mountain biking trails at the Northwoods.  

    Want to learn more? Visit HotSprings.org for more information on restaurants, attractions, and events.  



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    • Waters - EXT.jpg 6:30 - 9:30 pm  Aloha Evening Mixer Featuring “Sippy Signature Cocktail Drinks” created for The Art Sherpa Retreat
      Break the ice and get to know your favorite new besties!

    • Sherpa Hat Costume Contest
      Make and bring your own embellished Art Sherpa hat  

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    Kollective Pour Blooming Tea.jpg 7:00 - 8:00 am Breakfast

    8:00 am Plein Air Basics
    We cover how to use the tools of Plein air painting the  like viewfinder, water disposal , and other equipment 

    9:00 -11:30 am Plein Air Painting at Garvan Woodland Gardens 

    11:30 am Break 

    12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch

    2:00 pm Acrylic techniques 

    3:00 pm Soft Sky, Blends and Clouds   

    4:00 pm Touch Up the Morning’s Painting
    Q and A your acrylic problems 

    6:00 pm Break and Relax 

    7:00 pm Dinner 

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    Kollective - Breakfast.jpg 7:00 - 8:00 am Breakfast

    8:00 am Watercolor Basics  

    9:00 – 11:30 am  Plein Air Painting in the National Park 

    11:30 am Break 

    12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch at Superior Bathhouse Brewery 

    2:00 pm Watercolor Paint Crystals and Flowers 

    4:00 pm Lets Get Perspective: Doodle on the Tower
    Visit the Hot Springs Mountain Tower and Doodle   

    6:00 pm Break and Return to Hotel 

    7:00 pm  Dinner 

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    The Avenue - Dinner.jpg 7:00 – 8:00 am Breakfast 

    9:00 – 11:30 am Plein Air at Oak Lawn Racing Casino Resort

    12 to 1:30 pm Lunch 

    2:00 pm Intro to Pastels 

    3:00 pm Pastel Still life 

    4:00 pm   Touch Up the Morning’s Painting
    Q and A: Your Acrylic Problems  

    5:00 pm How to Share and Critique Your Art -With Friends 

    6:00 pm Break  

    7:00 pm Dinner 

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    Steam Cave.jpg 7:00 – 8:00 am Painting with Coffee
    Actually Drinking Coffee Eating Biscotti and Painting with Actual Coffee 

    9:00 am Aloha Brunch and Goodbye/Awards  event 

    11:00 am  Free Time at Quapaw Bathhouse 




    How will I get to the Retreat 

    Where will you be staying for the Art Sherpa Retreat 

    What Will I eat?


    We will provide art supplies for all the art events, though you are welcome to bring your own.