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Don't Miss the May 15-21, 2017 Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreat!

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Hameau Artist Retreat Mission Statement

The Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreat is a gathering place for artists to share, create, and learn in a positive, supportive environment. We pride ourselves in making each retreat instructional and fun for every artist in attendance; from the beginning oil painter to the professional pastelist, every artist of every medium and level can benefit from Hameau Artist Retreats. Hameau Farm captures and inspires the creative spirit with its unique studio and second floor deck with views of pastures and mountain landscapes. Friendly animals and nearby  creeks provide unlimited sources for plein air painting, and the great food and camaraderie compel artists to return year after year. This retreat includes plein air painting for all mediums and levels, with daily demos in the Hameau Barn Studio, individual instruction, critiques, and personal plans.

Reserve Your Home Cooked Meals

You won't want to miss gathering for the fun and camaraderie around the Hameau Dining Table!

Audrey Gay Rodgers, the owner of Hameau Farm, and her helpers cook the wonderful, nutritious meals we eat during the Artist Retreat.  Gay will take into account any dietary needs you request in her meal preparations. She prides herself in presenting beautiful meals in a beautiful setting.  Her goal is to provide sustenance for all the hungry painters and make them happy.


Susan Nicholas Gephart's Sponsors' Art Supply Samples

One of the best perks of attending a Hameau Artist Retreat is the access to tons of free art supply samples at the "Sponsors Table."  I have worked hard to get national art companies to back all my workshops. My sponsors are Gamblin Artist Colors, Jack Richeson, Sennelier, Unison Pastels, Art Cocoon, and Multimedia Artboard. This unique opportunity for attending Hameau artists enables exploration of expensive fine artist quality materials for all mediums.  I am looking forward to sharing all the new supplies with you.  

We are Excited about the Itinerary We're Working On

It's important for you to know that 
Hameau Artist Retreats are organized around registration.  

We need you to register now so we can finalize our itinerary for morning and field demonstrations, as well as excursions to other locations.  Certain days may focus on specific levels or mediums, but all artists are welcome, including professionals.  

Basic Hameau Schedule

8:30-9:30 Breakfast
9:30-10:30 Demos or free time plein air painting
10:30-1:00 Plein air painting with support from instructors
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-7:00 Plein air painting on the farm or afternoon excursion with support from instructors
7:00-? Dinners are served in courses and last late into the evening


Susan Nicholas Gephart's Art Products Sponsor Table opens! 9:30 Demo in Hameau Barn Studio TBA. All level artists welcome! We recommend beginner and intermediate artists attend at the beginning of the week for a more relaxed atmosphere.


All levels and mediums welcome! Official Hameau Mentor Day.
Morning Demo: "Sketching Animals Using Photos" ~ Learn how to use photos of the Hameau Farm animals in preparation for plein air painting. Be sure to take advantage of the products on the Sponsor Table. Outing to Kish Creek.


The morning demo will be "Capture the Atmosphere of Mountains" for all mediums in preparation for the afternoon outing to Jack's Mountain.


The morning demo will be "Mixing Colors for Creeks and Woods," followed by a late morning outing to Kish Creek. We're continuing the tradition of the Sunset Paint Out with musician, Richard Sleigh, serenading the artists, followed by dinner and more music. We recommend professional artists take advantage of the sunset paint out.


All levels welcome. Final day to create art for Saturday's Artist Gala Exhibit and Reception. Demo TBA.


Morning studio transformation into Hameau Gallery. Painting all day with support from instructors. Plein air excursion to Plumb Bottom Farm. 
Artist Gala Reception and Exhibition 7 to 10pm. 

About Registration

To better support our Hameau artists, I will be dividing enrollment responsibilities between my assistant and me. I will handle any questions and personal plan discussions, and welcome phone calls and emails at 814-360-2116 and  

Assistant, Anna Crane, has been working with me for eight years and has done an exceptional job. I credit her organizational skills in the current success of Hameau. In December 2014, Anna graduated from Penn State with a BFA in Drawing and Painting with Honors and a minor in Art History. Anna's responsibility will be to register and track all artists attending, after you have discussed your personal plan with me (Susan).

Susan Nicholas Gephart
351 East Bishop Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Hameau Artist Retreats Coordinator
Gamblin Oil Workshop Instructor
Jack Richeson Certified Instructor
Sennelier Demonstrator of All Mediums
Central PA Pastel Society
Plein Air Painters of Central PA: Founder

Register for the October 12-15, 2017 Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreat

Looking for other workshops and retreats by Susan? Check out her teaching schedule here.

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