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Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop in Croatia and Slovenia

Falling Water

Art Treks announces upcoming trip to Croatia & Slovenia
May 9 – 17 or May 9 – 21 / 2018

Taught by Scott Williams and Niki Gulley

There are only three spots left, so don’t wait too long!

It’s time to venture into a new part of the world with our Art Treks destinations, Slovenia & Croatia. We will commence our adventure in the old world section of Ljubljana, move to an exploration of the waterfalls at Plitvices Lakes National Park and culminate in the storybook setting of Lake Bled. You will also have the option of extending the adventure for 4 additional days in Croatia, so read all the way to the end!

Come with us as we take in the sights on the first leg of our journey in Ljubljana. Enjoy the scenery as we glide by on a cruise through the heart of the city, before heading into the old square. Marvel at the view from the funicular as you climb towards the imposing castle situated on top of the hill overlooking the city. Add to this the cathedrals, old world architecture and dragon bridges, and it makes for one great start to an amazing adventure!

Not to be outdone by any stretch of the imagination, is the next stop on our trek, the simply stunning waterfall filled wonderland of Plitvices Lakes National Park. This natural wonder is comprised of 16 cascading lakes of one flowing into another, thereby creating hundreds of waterfalls. This awe inspiring Park just keeps getting better at every turn and is one of those places that will remain with you long after you depart.

Lastly is one of the most picturesque spots that I have ever run across in my travels, Lake Bled. This storybook location is something out of a fairytale, set along an Alpine lake with an iconic church nestled upon a tiny island in the middle of the lake and a spectacular medieval castle cliff side. This idyllic location is purely breathtaking! While there we will also traverse the wooden walkways suspended above the rushing water that carved its way through the rocks as it created Vintgar gorge. Finally, what better way to end your visit than by having an amazing dinner at Bled castle looking out over the lake while enjoying sunset.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Croatia & Slovenia with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style – or just ride along to enjoy the countryside, as artists and non-artists alike are welcome.

Space is limited to 12 participants on a first-come basis, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

  • Roundtrip air fare, private van transportation to Ljubljana, Plitvices Lake National Park and Lake Bled. 
  • Lodging for 2 nights near the old town in Llubljana, 2 nights at Plitvices and 3 nights in Lake Bled.(Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee) 
  • Boat trip & funicular with entrance into the castle in Ljubljana 
  • 2 day pass to Plitvices Lake National Park 
  • Breakfast every day & dinner two nights in Plitvices 
  • Entrance to Vintgar gorge and Lake Bled Castle 
  • Wine tasting in Lake Bled
  • Emergency Medical insurance 
  • Instruction, guidance, experience and fun

Your cost for all of this is $4,195 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form along with your deposit of $1,500 per person by 5/6/17, after that the price goes to $4,795.There also is a final application cut off date of 10/7/17. Prices after the cut off date are based on current airfare.

But wait there’s more! For those people interested in extending the Croatia part of their adventure, we will be continuing on for another 4 days of cultural experiences. This part of the journey is geared more towards the epicurean side of travel, which will include sampling some of the best food and wine that Croatia has to offer.

We will continue our trek by flying to Dubrovnik, where our 4 night stay will be in 4 star accommodations with views of the harbor and will serve as our base of operations.

Admire this pearl of the Adriatic as you stroll atop the ancient city walls gazing out across the shimmering azure sea or just wander the marble paved streets marveling at the baroque buildings. No trip here would be complete without a boat excursion around the harbor or a cable car ride to the top of the mountain for views of the city.

Last but by no means least, is the main reason for this extension, food and wine! This section of coastline produces some of the best seafood in Croatia, as well as some simply extraordinary wines. So we will venture forth to the Peljesac peninsula to stop in and sample various wines from a selection of the best wineries in the area. If you are going to be there, you have to go to Mali Ston bay for an assortment of seafood.

Work Shop includes:

  •  Hotel for 4 nights in 4 star accommodations, private van transportation. (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee) 
  • Airfare from Zagreb 
  • Boat excursion in Dubrovnik  
  • Wine tasting 
  • Breakfast

Your cost for the extra 4 days of taste bud pleasing adventure is $1,500, for a total of $5,695 for the entire 12 day extravaganza. To reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form along with your deposit of $2,000 for the entire trip per person by 5/6/17, after that the price goes to $6,550. There also is a final application cut off date of 10/28/17. Prices after the cut off date are based on current airfare. 


If you are interested, let me know as soon as possible and I will put your name on the list. If you have any questions or would like a registration form, please e-mail photoguy@blind-squirrel.org or visit ArtTreks.org.

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New England Fall Foliage Plein Air Painting / Photography Workshop

New England Fall Foliage Art Trek

Oct. 10 – 15 /2017

Photography & Plein-Air Painting Workshop

Taught by Scott Williams & Niki Gulley


This explosion of luminosity is the Super Bowl for leaf peepers from around the world. During those fews weeks there is an astonishing kaleidoscope of colors, set against the backdrop of mountains and valleys, topped off with the smell of apple cider in the crisp fall air.

autumns-grandeur-northfield-vtYour spectacular journey starts in the quintessential New England town of Woodstock, set amid Vermont’s Green Mountains. This picture-book village was voted the prettiest small town in America and is a perfect place to experience some of the best that Vermont has to offer. This quaint sleepy town has an over abundance of rustic charm, from its tree lined streets and white picket fences, right down to the stream running through the center of town complete with its own covered bridge.

While there our travels will take us to some of the most popular locations in the area, starting with the Sleepy Hollow Farm. This is probably one of the most photographed spots in the north east and is one of my favorite photos from our trip, pictured on the left side of this page. This is one of those scenes destined to become the home screen on your phone or the screen saver on your computer and just being there is guaranteed to make all of your friends jealous!

the-red-tree-niki-gulley-pastel-largeAs if that weren’t the ideal fall destination, we are giving it a run for its money by stopping off at the equally attractive Jenne Farm. With its bright red barns nestled down in the vibrant green hills and set off against the match stick tinted trees standing like sentinels single file along a winding dirt road, it makes this spot an absolute artist’s paradise.

Not to be outdone on our quest for the ideal fall spectacle, is the perfectly situated gristmill and this one ticks all of the boxes. Blazing red building (Check), obligatory waterfall over a meandering stream (Check), complete with a waterwheel (Check) and a split rail fence thrown in for good measure (check and double check)! This one pretty much does everything for you, all that you have to do is show up.

Of course if that isn’t enough, we have one more pastoral setting to check out. From a vantage point that looks out over yet another valley of stunning foliage, stands an iconic white church and steeple adjacent to a bucolic farm.

traversing-the-stream-woodstock-vtThe next stop on our fall pilgrimage brings us to a fabulous covered bridge spanning a stream with a small water fall, what a location! This makes for a great stopping off place as we move onto our next home base in the equally idyllic town of Stowe. From their famous church to the unmatched beauty of Smuggler’s Notch.

Finally, just to make sure that you get a well rounded New England adventure, we are going to go to a working farm to sample cheeses and yes, maple syrup. There could also be additional cheese tasting,  along with some apple cider tasting and of course, plenty of local cuisine. Add this together and you get a fall experience that will resonate for years to come!

what-dreams-are-made-of-niki-gulley-oil-painting-largeNiki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on daily walking tours where you will have the opportunity to experience Vermont through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision.

As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own. There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop as time allows. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Vermont with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style. Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

• Hotel for 5 nights in picturesque B&B’s w/ homemade breakfast included. 3 nights in Woodstock and 2 nights in Stowe (Double occupancy)    (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)

• Side trips along the way for cheese and maple syrup tasting

• All transportation in Vermont included, there will also be one shuttle run from the Burlington airport if needed.

• Meet & Greet the evening of Oct. 10th upon arrival.

• Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

Your cost for all of this is $2,350 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form (the forms will be provided by email upon request) along with your deposit of $750 per person.  There is a final application cut off date of 5/6/17.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way and we hope that you will be able to join us! For more details, visit http://www.arttreks.org.

Email Scott, photoguy@blind-squirrel.org, if you are interested in joining us.

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