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Plein Air Workshops

Plein Air in the Green Mountains of Vermont
The Wilmington Inn in historic Wilmington is the base for a painting retreat in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Surrounded by lakes, mountains, and forests, the area’s mid-summer landscape is lush and colorful. As artists, you will be taking the time to observe and record where we are and what we see. Your time there will be richer than that of most tourists who simply pass through. We will celebrate the Vermont landscape through an artist’s eye, our drawings and paintings becoming visual records of our experience. This workshop is an opportunity for you to experience the plein air painting process. Working outdoors on-site allows us to immerse ourselves in the land with all our senses - looking, listening, and smelling the unique character of the location.

The Wilmington Inn is a highly-rated bed & breakfast located in Southern Vermont. The inn is located within walking distance of downtown Wilmington with a variety of shops & restaurants. There are walking trails located on & around the property for all skill levels. The Harriman Reservoir is a short drive from the inn for anyone looking to swim & enjoy a variety of water activities.
About our instructors
Mary Padgett paints pastels that are distinctive for her use of color. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has been featured in American Artist magazine. Her paintings are displayed in numerous private and public collections, including Towers Perrin, Takasago International, and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She has participated in numerous group and one-person exhibits locally and nationally in the US. Mary was educated at Boston University and Syracuse University and teaches pastel and color courses for Cazenovia College and Syracuse University. She maintains a studio in New Woodstock, New York..
George Van Hook is an American impressionist painter born in Abington, PA. Van Hook studied at Oberlin College in Ohio and later received his B.A. in Art from Humboldt State University in California. Inspired by twentieth-century California Impressionists and artists like John Singer Sargent, Van Hook paints en plein air, capturing experiences and sensations that cameras can often miss. For over thirty-five years, Van Hook’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Van Hook was featured in Plein Air Magazine and made the cover of American Artists Magazine in 1989 and again in 2001. Van Hook has since settled with his wife and family in Cambridge, New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley, which inspires his work. He has continued to be involved in plein air competitions, in which he has received numerous awards and commendations.
Jill M. Pottle is an artist from Worcester County and she exhibits her paintings and drawings locally and nationally. She graduated from Syracuse University with her BFA and graduated with her MFA from the Boston Museum School. She is an accomplished artist and art teacher for 38 years. Her works have been included in shows at the Three Stones Gallery, W. Concord and the East End Gallery in Provincetown, MA. She is a member of the Fountain Street Gallery and Galatea Gallery in Boston, The Robert Collins Gallery, Rockport, MA, True Grit Gallery in Middleboro, MA and the Creative Connections Gallery in Ashburnham, MA. She was the artist in residency at the Fruitlands Museum. Her accomplishments include being in a variety of collections: 2022: Danforth Museum/Framingham State, “Pandemic Wedding Dress”, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged in Roslindale, MA, Sterling Drug Inc., Fidelity in Boston and Avon Breast Center Art Collection. She won two grants from the Somerville Artists lottery and has been published in the “Artists Magazine”. She won a grant from New Vue Fitchburg, MA.
What’s included for our participants
  • Painting tuition
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Lunch delivered to the painting location
  • Welcome receptions every evening at the inn with local artists; heavy hors d’ouevers will be served with a cash bar on-site
  • Walking tour of historic Wilmington & the former Deerfield Railroad trail
Misc notes:
  • Workshops need a minimum of 6 participants; participants will be contacted & given a full refund if workshop is canceled
  • The cutoff date for sign-up is 30 days prior to the arrival date
  • Participants will receive an enrollment email with a materials list, etc

Workshop Dates:

Sunday June 23rd - Thursday June 27th

Instructor: George Van Hook

Medium: Watercolor

Level: all levels welcome

Workshop: $700 per participant, $200 per non-participant
* 4 spots open for locals- please call in to reserve

Lodging (not included) link:

Sunday, August 11- Thursday August 15th

Instructor: Jill Pottle

Medium: Oil/Acrylic

Level: all levels welcome

Workshop: $700 per participant, $200 per non-participant
* 4 spots open for locals- please call in to reserve

Lodging (not included) link:

Sample Itinerary

Arrival Day:
We ask all participants to arrive by 5pm for the welcome reception Welcome reception will be on site from 5-7pm allowing participants to meet with the artist & mingle with other guests Guests will be on their own for dinner
Day 1:

Breakfast will be served from 8-9am

Group will depart for off-site location for all full day painting session

Lunch will be served at the location

Group will return to the inn in the afternoon

Group discussion & critique

Evening reception at the inn from 5:30-6:30pm

Guests will be on their own for dinner

Day 2:

Breakfast will be served from 8-9am

Group will depart for off off-site location for all full day painting session

Lunch will be served at the location

Group will return to the inn in the afternoon

Group discussion & critique

Optional activity for a walking tour of historic downtown & former Deerfield Railroad walking trail

Evening reception at the inn from 5:30-6:30pm

Guests will be on their own for dinner

Day 3:

Breakfast will be served from 8-9am

Group will depart for morning off-site location

Group will return to the inn for lunch

Group will depart for afternoon location

Group will return to the inn in the afternoon

Group discussion & critique

Evening reception at the inn from 5:30-6:30pm

Guests will be on their own for dinner

Departure Day:
Breakfast will be served from 8-9am
Checkout time is 11:00am