Painting in the Wild

Painting Wild Horses and Burros in the Desert

Photographers Welcome!

A 5-Day Workshop in and around Las Vegas

Mon. May 28 – Sat. June 2, 2012


Professional Artist and Instructor

Kindrie Grove

(250) 490-1625

Presented by Renee Matheson

Robinson Place Workshops
60 Robinson Point Road, Naramata
Home (250) 496-4265 Cell (250) 488-4999
Arlene Gawne

This first workshop was developed to help save the wild horses and burros of the Las Vegas area. By benefiting the local economy and drawing visitors to the area, the wild horses and burros become a valuable living resource for both international visitors and locals alike.

Kindrie will lead you through the En Plein Air painting process, with step-by-step demonstrations, focusing on landscape painting and helping you edit to get the moving subjects of horses into your paintings.

This is a rare opportunity to paint in the beautiful spring desert, closely surrounded by wild horses, their foals and burros at three locations. On each of the 2 plein air painting days, shuttles will take you from the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vagas to the painting sites. Catered lunches are included and a chance, if you choose, to exhibit in a Las Vegas gallery for the First Friday Artwalk at the end of the week. Critiques and access to Kindrie and her expertise for the week will create a fulfilling and immersive artistic learning experience for both artists and photographers.

This workshop is limited to 10 participants for reasons of the permits required to take people into that area with the horses.

Workshop Only: $450.00 plus tax

Includes: All instructional workshop hours, Tues/Wed/Thurs. lunch and beverage (Tues/Wed only), shuttle service to the three locations with permit access and the gallery showing and reception.

Contact Keri-Lynn Grell at K. Banks Travel to find Packages which include airfare and accommodations at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

250 492 0726     kerilynn @

Note: all participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Las Vegas.


For workshop registration please contact Renee Matheson at Robinson Place Bed and Beach.

Home (250) 496-4265
Cell (250) 488-4999
Email: info @

A 50% deposit is required upon reservation for confirmation.

For more information on the workshop content, schedule, and supplies please contact instructor Kindrie Grove.  (250) 490-1625

Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers

jen-and-yarn“Tromp as writ”, “Overshot”, “Throw the shuttle” “Tabby”, “Pickup” — these unusual expressions are just a few phrases to be heard in the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild. Weaving is an age-old art of forming lengths of yarn into cloth.  In early human society, weaving satisfied the need for clothing and shelter. Garments and dwellings were constructed from woven animal hair or plant materials.  Today, the possibilities are endless with an array of  threads, yarns,  fabrics, dyes, animal hair, plants, and synthetics – and centuries of creative techniques to draw from.  


Desert Sage members practice a number of skills including felting, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and knitting to create works of art. Anyone who likes to work with fibres is welcome to join! The Guild’s sixty members span the South Okanagan and the adjoining Thompson valley.

The Guild holds regular drop-in sessions every Thursday, September to June, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oliver Community Centre.  The monthly business meeting  is on the second Thursday of each month beginning at 10 a.m. (same location). There are frequent workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, and sales.

We’re growing! Currently our membership sits at between 65 and 70 artisans. Between four and six new fabric art lovers join the guild per year. You might be one of them!

 Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers Guild
P.O. Box 1473
Oliver, BC
V0H 1T0

Our guild is a mixture of ages, backgrounds, lifestyles, skill levels, and artistic preferences. Our common thread is our keen interest in an unusual and somewhat obscure pursuit of yarn and fibre craft. Our crafts are an expression of human ingenuity, a sense of continuity with our past, and linkage with other cultures and generations. The pursuit of excellence in our projects forces us to slow down, pay attention to detail, and allow our creativity to flourish.

 Photos by Penelope Johnson




jen-spinsComing up for the Desert Sage Guild:

The Association of NorthWest Weavers’ Guilds Conference
“Weaving Waves of Colour”
May 29-31
Gonzaga University
Spokane Washington

Visit us at

Summer Studio
July 6 – 11
Opening Reception: Monday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Displays and Demonstrations: Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kids Day Activities: Wednesday 10:00 – 12 noon
Studio Building, Quail’s Nest Arts Centre