Princess Reduces Prices! Crazy Discounts!

We have been watching these prices and we still can’t believe our eyes! Staterooms are now starting at $379. Add in your artist registration for the Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat, $345, and you get 7 nights and 8 days of an incredible Alaskan adventure with painting demos, incredible scenery, 3 quirky ports filled with […]

Welcome to JFM! 2014 GAPAR sponsor!

A huge welcome and thank you goes out to JFM Enterprises for their generous contribution to the 2014 Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat! In total we will be awarding $500 worth of Gift Certificates good on anything JFM offers! Their frames are absolutely gorgeous and their supplies are top notch! Head on over to their FB page and […]

Great news: Cabins are STILL available!

That’s right! It’s not too late to sign up for the 2014 Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat. There are still some cabins left on our 7 day summer voyage to Alaska with Princess Cruises. Join us on this adventure north out of Vancouver BC, full of gorgeous mountainous landscapes, impressive wildlife and whale migration, beautiful blue glaciers, and […]

Gift Certificates Now Available!

What a thoughtful gift! Thanks to a wonderful request, we now offer gift certificates! Know someone who would appreciate one? Maybe you would like one yourself!  Email or share this pic on your favorite social networks to help drop hints… Email us at for more info.

Your Vote Counts!

  The Painted Ladies (organizers of the Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat) have been entered in a contest. If we win, the money will be used for FULL artist scholarships to the 2014 Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat & Cruise! Let’s make the trip of a lifetime available to some very special artists! Help us make this a […]

Meet the organizers!

These things don’t just plan themselves, that would be too easy! Meet the 2014 Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat Organizers: Karen Mattson, Karen Whitworth, Kristy Tracy, and Talya Johnson. These 4 women artists are also known as the Painted Ladies and strive to foster artistic growth in their communities through education, exhibitions, and events. Our Dream A […]