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.
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!
WELCOME TO “AMERICA’S FIRST RESORT”
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/
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.
FAMOUS VISITORS 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
ARTIST RETREAT SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
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
THURSDAY, MARCH 19
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
FRIDAY, MARCH 20
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
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
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
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
RETREAT PLANNING INFORMATION AND FAQ’S
TRAVEL How will I get to the Retreat
ACCOMODATIONS Where will you be staying for the Art Sherpa Retreat
DINING What Will I eat?
We will provide art supplies for all the art events, though you are welcome to bring your own.
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