PSME hosts an annual late spring/early summer painting retreat weekend at Hotel Pemaquid, near Pemaquid Point Light in Bristol, ME. This retreat offers PSME members and friends with the opportunity to paint in stunning locations and attend two structured critique sessions and a pastel demonstration presented by a visiting artist. The retreat builds camaraderie between those attending and is a great way to meet new friends that share the passion for painting outside.

Recently, PSME added a fall painting retreat to the schedule of annual events. Organized in collaboration with the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, this retreat has been held at different locations in the White Mountains that bridge the states of New Hampshire and Maine. No formal critiques or demonstrations are presented; this is strictly an informal painting retreat designed to build a strong relationship between both pastel societies.


Annual Pemaquid Retreat

June 1-4, 2017

Hotel Pemaquid, Bristol, Maine

June 1, 2017  Wine and Cheese Welcoming Reception

This past summer’s retreat featured a new event on Thursday night, a cocktail party generously hosted by Hotel Pemaquid which put artists in position to start bright and early on Friday morning. Not everyone was able to come, but it was a nice, relaxing way to catch up with friends and to enjoy the beauty of the area and the hotel a little longer. Next year we hope to add a Sunday morning event as well. We look for a nice balance of plein air time and gathering time!

June 2–4, 2017 Painting Retreat

Download Pemaquid Retreat Registration form here.

Early reservations at the hotel are strongly recommended as the retreat is in June, a favorite month for weddings. For more information, contact Sharon Gorman and/or Cindy Asherman, PSME Pemaquid Retreat Co-chairs, by completing the inquiry form found on the "contact" page.