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June Travel Workshop: Provence by Car

The Pennsylvania Lavender Festival at Willow Pond Farm. Photo by Michael Chapman.

The Art League is hosting two lavender-themed travel workshops this summer: Susan Abbott’s popular trip to Provence, France, and closer to home, a plein air painting workshop with Bobbi Pratte following the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival. The weekend trip (June 23–24) will include painting time in lavender fields, a tour of the fields, and a five-course lavender luncheon.

The New York Times wrote of domestic lavender: “If I can’t get to the lavender fields of Provence, in France, Willow Pond Farm in Fairfield, Pa., will do just fine.” Visitors will be going to Willow Pond, near Gettysburg, which grows over 70 varieties of lavender and celebrates their blooms in June.

The workshop with start with a demo at 9:00 am Saturday. Bobbi’s lesson will address issues related to plein air painting — when you’re presented with a huge, sweeping landscape, where do you start? How do you decide what to paint? Drawing on the picturesque fields and surrounding views for inspiration, painting will continue with plein air sessions on Saturday evening and Sunday. Saturday will include the farm tour and five-course luncheon.

The workshop price is $225, including the luncheon fee. Optional (and limited) lodging is also available. For more information and to register, visit the travel workshop page!

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