Winter Plein Air Painters in 2019
Winter Plein Air
Annual painting retreat and exhibit
Retreat: February 27 – March 4, 2022
Exhibit at JHP: March 4 – 27, 2022
Read about our Winter Plein Air retreat in a 2018 article in OutdoorPainter.com and in the January/February 2019 issue of The Artist magazine.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Space is limited to 30. Register now to secure your reservation.
COST: $385 per person includes five nights' lodging, all meals, staff guides, and use of snowshoes/skis at Menogyn.
Dog Sledding is an additional option for $90 per person. This fee directly support the dogs and dogsledding activity program.
Winter Plein Air is an annual painting retreat at YMCA Camp Menogyn, a wilderness camp with lodge and cabins located a half-mile walk/ski/snowshoe across Bearskin Lake at an entry to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The parking lot at YMCA Camp Menogyn is 31.5 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais, Minnesota.
WPA is not a competition. It is a painting expedition to a YMCA wilderness camp to spend 5 days painting the beauty of the BWCAW and enjoying the camaraderie of other painters. 2020 was our 11th annual retreat.
After the retreat, painters return to Grand Marais to hang their paintings at Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery. A Friday night public reception is followed by month long exhibit. Unsold paintings may be retrieved by volunteers who return to the North Shore at the end of the show.
We had no retreat in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are thrilled to announce dates for 2022: February 27 to March 4, 2022.
We will require everyone to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and we will have the camp to ourselves. Also be aware: Menogyn is a 1/2 mile hike or snowmobile ride across Bearskin Lake from the parking lot.
Organizer: Allison Eklund