Plein Air Paddling

With Julie Bowland

May 13, 9 AM – 12:30 PM

Reed Bingham State Park, Adel, GA

542 Reed Bingham Rd, Adel, GA 31620

A workshop experience with artist Julie Bowland capturing the fun and spontaneity of painting while paddling a kayak or canoe!

Julie Bowland is a full-time, award-winning artist based in South Georgia who recently retired from teaching art and directing the Fine Arts Gallery at Valdosta State University. She is inspired by the Impressionists who painted in the open air (plein air) and the Expressionists who used color to express emotion. Sometimes she paints from a canoe or kayak to capture remote, watery places using mixed media of pastel, watercolors, and gouache. She has a BFA in Painting from Florida State University and an MFA from Arizona State University. Her work can be found in many private and public collections across the U.S.
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Participants may work in any portable media. Watercolors and pastels are recommended. Kayaks may be rented from the State Park.

All skill levels welcome in both kayaking and painting. Basic instruction will be provided for both. This is intended to be a fun, creative, experience for those wanting to combine art and water play. A Paddling Plein Air Party!

At the Park:  The park opens and starts rentals at 8 AM. There is a $5 fee to enter the park. The workshop is from 9 to 12:30. The single and double seat kayaks may be rented from the park for $27 for 4 hours. You can also bring your own kayak. Kayak rentals cannot be reserved; first come first served basis only. Please come early to rent a kayak. Although a single kayak is preferred, a tandem (double seat) can be paddled by one or two people if needed. The park has only 10 kayaks so please come early if you plan to rent!  Please email Julie at, and let her know if you plan to rent. For more information about rentals, please call Reed Bingham State Park at (229) 896-3551.

We will meet up at the boat ramp on the Colquitt County side (other side of the lake from the visitors center).