Provence Painter's Retreat
All Mediums
June 13-20, 2015

Provence Painter's Retreat
All Mediums
June 13-20, 2015



Lavender Field Directly Behind the House

What could be better than Provence in June?  It's not too hot, it's not too cold, and the lavender is in full bloom!  Come and join a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy a week together in the beautiful Drome region of northern Provence.  The Drome region is lush and green, abounds with lavender and vineyards, and is not over run by tourists!  So grab your favorite medium and come on!

We will spend several days visiting different painting locations together.  The area abounds with lovely places to paint!  We will also paint at and around our accommodation, which is stunning.  In fact, the picture to the left is one of the lavender field behind "our place".  There are many places to paint within a short walking distance of the estate.  There will be one free day for rest, lying by the pool, or just continuing to paint on your own.  After all, it is your choice in an artist's retreat!


Sunflower Field Within Walking Distance

Old Chapel Within a Mile of Accommodation

Accommodations for seven nights will be in a stone 18th century former silk mill near Grignan.  The old mill has recently been completely and beautifully restored into a magnificent estate.  The country estate includes the main house and several terraced gites (apartments) which are externally connected to the main house.  It is surrounded by 4 acres of beautiful land.  The estate includes a beautiful pool and even an old mill paddle wheel.  Our host, Francoise, is warm, friendly, and speaks perfect English.  All accommodations are single occupancy.  Breakfast will be served daily.  Also included in the fee are two group dinners. 



Includes 5 fully equipped apartments of varying sizes and 3 beautiful guest rooms (with bath) in the main house.

Nearby Fields of Lavender and Wheat




7 nights single occupancy accommodations

All breakfasts

2 dinners

Escort to group painting locations


Not included:


Ground transportation*

*It is strongly recommended that participants have there own rental car (cost approximately $300) in order to have the freedom to take full advantage of the area.  However, for those who do not want to drive, ground transportation to painting locations is available for an additional fee of $175.


Artist Fee 


 Non-Painting Guest Fee






Fees, Payments & Conditions


A deposit of $600 will hold your place in the retreat.  Deposit is refundable until 6 months before retreat commencement.  After this time, deposit will be refunded to the participant only if his or her place can be filled.   After 6 months before workshop commencement (December 13, 2015), in the event of participant cancellation, all deposits and payments collected from participant are nonrefundable unless cancelling participant's place can be filled in the retreat.  All refunds will be less a $150 administrative fee.  

It is strongly advised that participants purchase trip insurance at time of trip deposit.  Trip insurance is affordable and can easily be purchased at or  Some policies through Global Alert cover "Trip Cancellation" for a variety of reasons other than medical. 


Second payment of $1000 due December 13, 2014.


Balance of fees due March 13, 2015.


Please note that there must be 6 participants registered by December 13, 2014 in order for this retreat to proceed as scheduled!  The rental of this large and beautiful accommodation requires confirmation 6 months in advance!  Please do not wait to register! 


Please make checks payable to Open Air Italy, LLC.


Mail checks to:

Open Air Italy

51 Chester St.

Jonesborough, TN  37659


For payment by credit card please contact Susan Truitt at




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Kenn Backhaus
Lake Como, Italy
Plein Air Landscape-Oil & Acrylic
June 5-12, 2014

Mary Garrish
Plein Air in Tuscany
Oil, Acrylic & Pastel
October 4-11, 2014

Gay Faulkenberry
Plein Air Landscape-Oil & Acrylic
June 4-11, 2015

Provence Painter's Retreat
All Mediums
June 13-20, 2015

Mary Garrish
"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como"
Oil, Acrylic, Pastel
September 3-10, 2015

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