Plein-air Painting Retreat – Hockomock Point in Bremen, Maine

with Jan-Willem & Nancy Boer of the Shenandoah Art Destination

 6-day painting retreat, September 6 – 11, 2024

Included in Price:

5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts/6 lunches/4 dinners

Day 1 arrive morning 10:30 – 12:00; lunch at 12:30
Day 6 departure at 2:00 pm

Single occupancy (artist) $2245
Double occupancy (two artists) in the same bedroom $2120 each
Non-artist spouse/partner in the same bedroom $1420
Single occupancy (artist) $2245
Double occupancy (participating artist) in the same bedroom $2120 each
Non-artist spouse/partner in the same bedroom $1420

Prices per person in US dollars ($)

*A non-participant spouse/partner price includes meals & lodging.

Workshop Size: Minimum of 6 artists – maximum 10  (all mediums).  Maximum of 2 accompanying non-participating spouses/partners.

Additional Costs NOT included:  Costs for day trips (ferry & museum) and one evening meal in restaurant.

Dietary restrictions are limited; if you fall in this category, please contact us before registering to see what can be accommodated (may be an extra charge) .

NOTE:  Artists are responsible for bringing all their own supplies, easels, chair – whatever you require.  Keep in mind being plein-air sites, walking will be required and artist will be responsible for carrying their own materials/supplies.

Upon registration deposit of $250 required (non-refundable unless minimum # is not met); balance due 8 weeks prior to course date.

Accommodations: Some are single rooms and some are shared rooms with separate beds. Bathrooms are shared. You will be assigned a room – no requests.

Painting Opportunities:

Midcoast Maine is a favorite spot for vacationers, and many well-known American painters – including Rockwell Kent, Robert Henri, the Wyeth family and many more.  Paintable scenes on the property include the dock, a hammock by the sea and small harbors with sailboats.  Day trips may include Pemaquid Lighthouse, the fishing harbor of Round Pond, the Olson House from the famous painting of Andrew Wyeth, “Christina’s World, and Monhegan Island with its cliffs, lobster boats, lighthouse and the village below.

We will also visit the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland which is full of inspirational paintings including many painted by the Wyeth family.

How to get there:

The nearest easy airport is Portland, about 90 minutes away, or Boston, about 3.5 hours.  There are also flights from Boston to Rockland, about 45 minutes away. From the airport you can rent a car (we will send directions with your reservation). There is also a convenient twice-a-day bus service from downtown Boston or Boston’s Logan airport, or from the Portland Transportation Center (a short ride from the Portland airport), to Damariscotta, the nearest town, where we can pick you up.



“As an artist, having the time to sit and paint (for days!) while visiting a beautiful “bucket list” area, and experiencing it all with like-minded people was the perfect vacation. Jan provided guidance that advanced my painting practice. Nancy kept it all running smoothly. Our lodging was wonderful and the food was delicious. Shenandoah Art Destination — Jan and Nancy — really delivered! I hope to join them in another art/travel adventure in the future.”

Katherine Peresie

“This workshop experience is very well organized. The expeditions were varied and interesting and a joy to paint. The accommodations in a private home and catered meals were world class right there in rural Maine. Beautiful unspoiled serene area to paint. Something worth painting everywhere you looked.”  

Marion Hall

“It was a wonderful painting experience!  I truly enjoyed being part of a group who were all there to learn and support each other in our art growth. The venue and the locale were perfect places to flourish. This would be a great opportunity for beginners to experts.”

Joe Fischer

“If you’re considering signing up for the Maine Plein Air trip with the Shenandoah Art Destination, take this as your sign! You will not regret it. Nancy and Jan are the perfect pair to lead you on this all-levels-welcome, artist’s oasis of a trip. It is a wonderful experience to meet fellow creatives, see nature-y parts of Maine, and explore the surroundings and your artistic comfort level in a safe, welcoming environment. Some highlights of the trip are getting to spend a day on Monhegan Island and visiting the Farnsworth Museum. Spots go fast so sign up now!” 

Brigid McGroarty

“The Shenandoah Art Destination Maine artist retreat was a fantastic experience! An inspiring retreat (and treat) for the artist.  Being immersed in making and appreciating art for five days with fellow artists, sharing the plein-air experience in an inspiring, natural environment was stimulating and invigorating.  Having experienced a brief stay with Jan-Willem and Nancy at their Shenandoah Art Destination, which I would highly recommend, I received this Maine retreat as a Christmas gift from my wife, who attended as a non-painter and found it equally rejuvenating and refreshing.  The beautiful accommodations in a peaceful, picturesque location was inspiring in itself but the availability of the other inspiring painting locations took it to the top.  Highlights for us were the visits to Monhegan island, the Olson House in Cushing Maine and the Farnsworth Museum of Art.  Having a “home base” with the needs of food and travel taken care of allowed everyone to focus on the experience.  Jan’s mentoring, instruction and encouragement along with Nancy’s planning, organization and sociable spark made this a memorable experience, one that we would definitely like to do again.”

Jim & Annette Roth

Any questions? Call 612.221.1140


Shenandoah Art Destination, 325 Union Run, Lexington VA, USA. 24450

Established in 2010, The Shenandoah Art Destination is one of the only, art vacation retreat schools in the United States.  Home to students from all continents, the Shenandoah Art Destination offers rigorous art classes that include painting (oil and acrylic, watercolor, pastel), plein air painting, drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing and mixed media.
The Manors’s beautiful, 10-acre property is located in Lexington, Virginia, 50 miles north of Roanoke, VA.