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Annual Buckhorn Inn Painting Retreat Schedule for September, 2013

There has been a week of painting at Buckhorn Inn in the Smoky Mountains every year since the mid 1960’s when famed watercolorist Jim Gray gave classes. Ohio artist Ruth Firestone led a group of artists every year for more than 30 years. We believe, as Picasso once said, that “everyone is an artist.” Young or old, the art of creating is a joyous, exciting process. Amid the beauty of the Smokies, we try to provide the right environment for that process to blossom –relaxing accommodation, delicious food, the congenial company of fellow artists working at all levels.

After a hearty breakfast each morning, the day is yours to paint—a rushing river, a quiet woodland glade, asters covering a mountain meadow. In the evenings following dinner, join with fellow artists to discuss and critique the day’s work. On two evenings, local artists will drop in to talk about their approach to painting and discuss their work with you. Whether you’ve just picked up a paintbrush or you regularly show your work in fine galleries, this week devoted to painting can be exhilarating and fulfilling.

2013 Dates: Arrive Thursday, September 12, 2013

Depart Thursday, September 19, 2013


Rates: The seven-night rate includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

Accommodation Type        Rate for two    Rate for one

Traditional Room            $1050             $ 850

Premier Room/Cottage        $1225            $1000


Artist Contact: If you wish to talk to one of the artists who regularly attends the Painting Retreat, please contact us and we will put you in touch with someone who will share their experience with you.

Buckhorn Inn: Nestled in the shade of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Buckhorn Inn exudes an ambiance of bygone days. This classic 1938 inn offers grand views of the mountains and the countryside surrounding Gatlinburg that calms the soul and slows the pace to that of another less hurried era.

Our 30-acre property is situated less than a mile from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and just five miles from Gatlinburg. We are convenient to all area activities and attractions, including hiking, arts and crafts, musical theaters, the Pigeon Forge Outlets, Dollywood, the Folk Art Center, and much more.

Built in 1938 when this area was just beginning to develop its reputation as an artists’ colony and hideaway for tourists, Buckhorn was considered the best of all getaways to East Tennessee. Let us show you that same care and attention that guests have enjoyed over the last seven decades.