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Painting in the Garden – a Summer Plein Air Adventure with Gaye Adams

Sat, July 28, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun, July 29, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Opus Special Event: Bowen Island Workshops with Gaye Adams. Painting in the Garden – a Summer Plein Air Adventure

Instructor: Gaye Adams, SFCA, MPAC, AFC

Professional painter and passionate plein air artist Gaye Adams visits Bowen Island for two days of lively demonstrations, great tips and exercises to help the intermediate-to-advanced painter improve their plein air painting practice.

These workshops take place at the home of David van Berckel, owner of Opus Art Supplies, all in a peaceful setting ideal for a weekend of plein air painting. Bold landscape and colorful garden studies will be featured in this unique location, a garden setting featuring a wonderful variety of flora and structures surrounded by forest and sky.

Gaye will share her energetic and enthusiastic knowledge with informative demonstrations and individual attention. Join Gaye for one or both days of Painting in the Garden – a Summer Plein Air Adventure.

To view Gaye's work, go to gayeadams.com

Watch our video with Gaye Adams, "Field Studies: Painting En Plein Air".


Workshops are each limited to 10 participants so don’t delay, register today!
Contact us at 604-435-9991 ext 1, toll-free at 1-800-663-6953 ext. 1, or at sales@opusartsupplies.com

Please be advised that this location has steep and sloping terrain requiring sturdy shoes for both comfort and safety. It is on a private property that is not wheelchair accessible nor suitable for those needing a cane or a walker.


Painting by Gaye AdamsWorkshop: Painting in the Garden – a Summer Plein Air Adventure

Saturday, July 28, 2018; 11am–5pm   This workshop is now full
Sunday, July 29, 2018; 11am–5pm   Only 4 spaces remaining!
Maximum 10 participants per workshop
Fee: $150.00 per workshop

A light lunch will be served. Art materials are not included; click here to download a supply list.

Enjoy a beautiful day of painting out of doors with instruction, personalized coaching and a demo by Gaye Adams.

Each day will begin with an orientation as to editing down subject matter and creating a good design and workable approach to painting out of doors. Gaye will then do a demo, explaining her process while she is painting and answer any questions you may have. After the demo, students will start and complete a plein air study (maybe even two).

Painting by Gaye Adams

This workshop is best for students with painting experience, but don't be shy if you are new to plein air. Gaye will coach each student individually at the easel at their own skill level, so come on out and give it a try!
Gaye will be working in oils during this workshop.

Masterpieces are not expected and critique will only be provided on request. Relax, enjoy, learn & experiment are the themes of the day!

Please be advised that this location has steep and sloping terrain requiring sturdy shoes for both comfort and safety. It is on a private property that is not wheelchair accessible nor suitable for those needing a cane or a walker.

Paintings by Gaye Adams. Click to enlarge.


Getting to Bowen
Please consult the BC Ferries website to confirm the ferry schedule. The ferry takes approximately 20 mins to cross.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

  • Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove: Leaves Horseshoe Bay at 8:00am, 9:05 am, or 10:15 am
  • Snug Cove to Horseshoe Bay: Leaves Snug Cove at 5:20 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:50 pm, 9:50 pm, or 10:50pm

Sunday, July 29, 2018

  • Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove: Leaves Horseshoe Bay at 8:00am, 9:05 am, or 10:15 am
  • Snug Cove to Horseshoe Bay: Leaves Snug Cove at 5:20 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:45 pm, 9:50 pm, or 10:50pm

Workshops address and contact details will be provided upon registration.

Bowen Island Accommodations
Hoping to spend the weekend on Bowen Island? Please note that accommodation can be limited and you may instead need to return to the mainland in the evening. Here are quick links to some of the accommodation options on Bowen Island:

PLEASE NOTE: Opus does not endorse the transportation and accommodation sources listed on this page, nor can we guarantee the accuracy of the information or the availability of transportation or accommodation; information is provided for reference only. It is recommended that you conduct your own research before booking your transportation or accommodation, including online reviews and each company's refund policy.


Cancelling Your Workshop Registration
Should you wish to cancel your registration, workshop fee refunds will issued for cancellations received no later than Friday, July 20, 4:30pm PST by phone at 604-435-9991 ext 1, toll-free at 1-800-663-6953 ext. 1, or by email at sales@opusartsupplies.com.


About Gaye Adams:
Gaye has been working en plein air for over fifteen years, and has instructed plein air students in Canada, the US and abroad for most of that time. The process of painting on location has become a passion for her, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of plein air painting with her many students.

Gaye currently holds Senior Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists as well as a “Master Pastellist” designation with the Pastel Artists of Canada. She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America. gayeadams.com