Capturing Nature's Beauty

Jamie Carter, a well-known professional artist and workshop instructor from Paris, Texas will team up with the Forest Heritage Center Museum (FHC) and Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to offer an Art Retreat and Outdoor Painting Workshop: “Capturing Nature’s Beauty” for adult beginners or advanced painters.

Carter has gained national attention from galleries and publishers such as Ducks Unlimited and the Turkey Federation. Her artwork and teaching methods have been used on magazine covers and catalogs and over 80 images are being used by greeting card companies, fine art publishers, rug makers, and home décor manufactures.

The Art Retreat will be held Friday and Saturday, September 7-8 9AM to 4PM in Beavers Bend State Park at the Forest Heritage Center Museum. In the cool morning hours, art students will learn how to capture the nature’s outdoor beauty by sketching, painting or discussing the location and subject they choose. As the day progresses and temperatures increase, artists will retreat to a cooler classroom, inside the FHC, for demonstrations and painting assistance by Carter.

Participants can expect to learn: how to improve and simplify paintings, how to mix and control colors, how to plan a painting and how to build upon reference sketches.

In addition to the painting workshop, the Forest Heritage Center Museum will host the “Masters at Work” Woodturning Competition in the courtyard of the museum. “The Forest Heritage Center Museum is a perfect venue for this type of art experience,” stated Doug Zook, FHC museum director. “This should be an exciting weekend for visitors of all ages.” The “Masters at Work” exhibit will be on display starting Friday, September 7 to Sunday, October 18.

The Art Retreat is limited to 15 participants. All levels of skills are encouraged to attend. Registration is available for a one day experience at $35 or both days for $60. Register online at or contact Jamie Carter at 903-674-2018 or A complete list of supplies needed will be provided after registering.