Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Featured Specials Part One: Images of Montana

If you love to paint or work with pastel, and if you love the outdoors, then we've put together the perfect fall special for you...

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch has teamed up with Aaron Schuerr, an accomplished plein air (outdoor) painter and pastel artist, to offer you "Images of Montana." This all-inclusive fall getaway will focus on developing your painting skills in a breath-taking setting, while giving you the opportunity to take full advantage of our luxururious accommodations, outstanding service, and gourmet cuisine. For more information on this painting getaway, visit our website at http://www.mtnsky.com/specialpackages/painting.aspx.

Instructor Aaron Schuerr works in both oil and pastel, and has an intimate knowledge of the area. He leads several workshops, and is well accustomed to teaching students in an outdoor environment. Known for his "friendly" instructional style, Aaron will help you develop your skills both out in the field, and back at the ranch during critiques and presentations. For a closer look at Aaron and his work, please visit his website at http://www.aaronschuerr.com/.

Having a hard time visualizing this thing? Allow us to help...

Imagine making a trek through crisp fall air from the comforts of your cozy cabin to the hearty breakfast awaiting you at the lodge, a journey kicked off by the sound of the breakfast bell ringing in the still morning air.

The next short trek is down to the corral, where the horse we've paired you with awaits. After just a few rides, it already feels like you're greeting an old friend.

The morning ride takes you through a changing Montana landscape. The grasses, sagebrush, and stands of pine provide a perfect contrast for the splashes of brilliantly colored aspen stands, and the vast blue sky. You can already feel the creative juices flowing.

Your destination will be a historic homestead or panoramic vista, and upon arriving you'll find your easels, canvases, and painting supplies waiting. A buffet table contains coffee, tea, bottled water and soda, along with an assortment of pastries and muffins, and as your wranglers take care of the horses, you help yourself to the food as you set up your easels. Instructor Aaron Schuerr will then start the morning lesson.

Lost in your painting, you hear the call to lunch and turn in surprise. There, in this beautiful setting, is a buffet of king crab legs, turkey stew with biscuits, a greek salad, and a beautifully arranged fruit tray, set up by our staff while you worked.

You'll have the option of continuing to paint at the same spot that afternoon, or taking an early ride back to the ranch to catch an afternoon ride, hike, soak in the pool or hot tub, or nap.

To cap off the day, you'll enjoy a three or five course gourmet dinner, preceded by a friendly critique accompanied by hors d'oeuvres and wine.

If you are interested, don't hesitate to give us a call at 1.800.548.3392 for more information.

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