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Capturing Nature's Beauty


"Capturing Nature's Beauty" Art Retreat


Ever wish you could learn to paint or even advance in the skill you have? Ever wanted to learn how to paint what you see? Now you can!
Jamie Carter from Paris, TX will team up with the Forest Heritage Center Museum (FHC) and Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to offer an Art Retreat and Outdoor Painting Workshop: “Capturing Nature’s Beauty” for adult beginners or advanced painters. The Art Retreat will be held Friday and Saturday, September 13th - 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Beavers Bend State Park at the Forest Heritage Center Museum.
 In the cool morning hours, art students will learn how to capture the nature’s beauty by sketching, painting or discussing the location and subject they choose. As the day progresses and temperatures increase, artists will retreat to a cooler classroom, inside the FHC, for demonstrations and painting assistance by Jamie. From beginners to advanced artists, all levels of experience are welcome!

 As a well-known professional artist and workshop instructor for over 30 years, Jamie has gained national attention from galleries and publishers such as Ducks Unlimited and the Turkey Federation. Her artwork and teaching methods have been used on magazine covers and catalogs and over 80 images are being used by greeting card companies, fine art publishers, rug makers, and home décor manufactures.

Here’s what’s in it for YOU:

  • Painting Tips on the best way to set-up to paint outdoors or in the “plien aire.”
  • Demonstrate and show you “How to find a subject and then make it your own.”
  • The easy way to mix colors and control it.
  • How to improve and simplify your paintings.
  • How you can reveal your strengths to improve your paintings.
  • What planning a painting is for…and how this contributes to your success.
  • How to build on your reference sketches so that you can paint quickly and effectively.

Kicking off the retreat, Jamie will demonstrate her step-by-step process to “capturing nature’s beauty.” Beavers Bend will be the perfect painter’s paradise for artist to choose a subject and begin painting. At this time, Jamie will provide some of her own ‘tips of the trade.’

This year's workshop coincides with the “Masters at Work” Woodturning Competition, giving participants the chance to watch some serious lathe work in between brush strokes. “The Forest Heritage Center Museum is a perfect venue for this type of art experience,” stated Doug Zook, FHC museum director. “This should be an exciting weekend for visitors of all ages.”

 The Art Retreat is limited to 15 participants so don’t wait to sign up! The cost is very affordable and flexible; participants may register for a one day experience at $35.00 or both days for $60.00. Register online at or contact Jamie Carter at 903-674-2018 or [email protected]. A complete list of supplies needed will be provided after registering.

“Masters at Work” Exhibit will be on display: September 13th - October 20th,
 Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
 For more information contact the Forest Heritage Center Museum at 580-494-6497 (office) or click here to email the museum.

 This exhibit is made possible in part by Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Idabel Regional Arts Council and the Forest Heritage Center Advisory Board of Directors and Staff.