Paint the Abacos with Bob Burridge!

January 19-26, 2013 (5 Teaching Days)



Robert Burridge Painting

Robert Burridge Painting

Robert Burridge Painting

Robert Burridge Painting

Robert Burridge Painting

Robert Burridge

When we asked Bob “Where would you most like to
paint (other than Northern Wisconsin, of course)?” Bob said, “On the beach in the Bahamas” would you like to be among the lucky students and PALS (those who do other things than paint) who join him in the picturesque islands of Abaco on Elbow Cay.

This workshop will emphasize loose, expressive techniques, not necessarily photo realism techniques; of course, your style is up to you and Bob will help you with it. It is a worry-free, day-by-day activities account and exotic history of where we will be painting. Bob is planning to focus on painting a series, based on specific color themes. We will not try to capture everything we see, knowing we’ll be overwhelmed by the awesomeness of this trip! Your painting goals are also important.

Hope Town Harbour Lodge will provide the island accommodations and meals. In addition to painting on the beach, an indoor painting location in the lodge’s lovely lounge and/or poolside will be reserved for you. One day we will travel by water taxi to another island to paint and enjoy island cuisine mid day. There will be plenty of time to paint on your own and explore the English heritage of the cay or nearby cays with friends and family. Bob will paint in acrylic and you may choose your painting medium. Class will be held Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri. Bob, and his wife Kate, will offer a beach-side Friday class: “Marketing for the Artist Who Knows Everything.” Elbow Cay, and surrounding areas, are filled with activities for those not participating in the art classes. We can help with ideas, suggestions and arrangements.

$1,825 per person plus your own air

$1,650 per person plus your own air


Package Includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodations, double occupancy, at Atlantic Ocean’s Hope Town
    Harbour Lodge rooms. (If space is available, upgrades may be made for the Poolside and Oceanfront Cabanas, Butterfly House, or Ocean Front Cottage, See the Welcome Letter for pricing.)
  • Seven breakfasts (choose off the menu), Welcome and Farewell dinners with drinks
  • Five days of painting, plus additional time & locations for painting on your own
  • Water taxi to an out island for painting and lunch
  • Includes tips, tax, and round trip transfers from Marsh Harbour airport to Lodge
  • And a special “Thank You” gift from Dillman’s

Hope Town Harbour Lodge has three wonderful dining options on property and the island has several nice restaurants nearby for lunches and dinners that are not included in the package. Reservations and final payment must be made by Sept 20, 2012.

About Your Leaders

Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation has been offering workshops in northern Wisconsin and other exotic ports of call for 35 years. Some places traveled include Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, France, Bermuda, Bora Bora, and several repeat cruises to the Caribbean. Students, friends, and family of students enjoy the camaraderie with other like-minded people. Our experience lets us know what you need and anticipate the attention to detail you require. The four of us, Steph & Todd Skotterud and Sue & Denny Robertson, will be your onsite hosts and we will assist you with your onsite questions and concerns.


Robert Burridge
Bob leads an exciting and lively career with an impressive resume of credits to his name: He is the first artist featured on Starbuck’s Commuter Mugs; the Official Artist for the 2001 Sausalito Art Festival-- his image, “Party of the Arts” was selected as the top festival poster of the year by Sunshine Artist Magazine. As the Official Pearl Vodka Artist, his “Three Cheers America” is featured on the hang tags of every bottle. Burridge has just completed his 4th label for Pearl. Named by the LA Times as one of California’s “Top Ten Emerging Artists”, Robert is a winner of the prestigious Philadelphia Water Color Society Crest Medal, previously won by Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth and Pablo Picasso. Locally his work appears on two billboards on US Highway 101, touting the local wine country.









Walking Tour of Hope Town Harbour Lodge



January 19, 2013 Saturday

Your flights will be met by our coordinating taxi driver at the Marsh Harbor Airport. You will be taken to the Hope Town Ferry for transportation across the harbor to the Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

Please let us know in advance your airline/flight and time of arrival. Let us know if you would like to arrive early or extend your trip.

In advance of your check-in to your unit at Hope Town Harbour Lodge, please let us know if you would like an accommodation upgrade, a single supplement or if you will have a friend or family member(s) joining you.

6:00 PM — Welcome Reception.
7:00 PM — Dinner in Hope Town Harbour Lodge Dining room (included in your package).

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

8:00 AM — All Morning Breakfasts are from the menu in the Hope Town Harbour Lodge Dining Room (included in the package).

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM — Class in Session. Location to be announced at breakfast. One day will be a water taxi trip to an out island for instruction, painting and lunch (weather will determine the day and the location). Friday class topic: "Marketing for the Artist Who Knows Everything" with Bob and Kate Burridge

Wednesday is an unstructured day for painting or enjoying the island.

You might like to finish up a painting, start a new one, enjoy the pool and walk the beach. Discover the English historical charm and hospitality of the island's quaint shops and restaurants. Restaurants provide free transportation to the farther parts of Elbow Cay. Make reservations for snorkeling trip, golf cart rental to explore on your own, take a water taxi to an out island or just nap on a beach chair in the balmy breezes.

We are talking to area art leagues and area artists about a Wednesday get together... more on that as we learn details.

Friday January 25, 2013

6:00 PM — Farewell Reception and dinner at Hope Town Harbour Lodge Dining Room
(included in your pacakge)

Saturday January 26, 2013

MORNING — check out of Hope Town Harbour Lodge and transportation provided to the Marsh Harbour Airport (included in your package)

BE SURE TO REMEMBER: ALL INDIVIDUALS NEED TO HAVE A PASSPORT (Or a photo ID and a certified birth certificate - please check for more details. Passports have been required for all travelers since January 2007.)

Check with your airline about baggage restrictions. They are becoming more strigent. There are laundry facilities on the island and the island's dress code is quite causal. Most places accept Visa. Be sure you bring adequate medication in your carry-ons plus, sun screen and sun glasses... don't forget your bathing suit and we will hope for good warm weather and a flashlight with extra batteries.

Accommodations and Meals





Ocean Front Cabana

Ocean View Cottage

Ocean Front

Double Occupancy (amount per person)






Single Supplement 






PAL (Participants At Large, those not attending the workshop portion of the tour) = $1,650

Package Includes:

  • Round trip transfers from Marsh Harbor airport to Hope Town Lodge
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Midweek ferry & lunch to an out island
  • 6pm Reception on Saturday and 7pm dinner
  • 6pm Reception on Friday and 7pm dinner
  • Taxes and tips — The package prices listed above DO include the taxes that total 24%


Accommodations Types

  • MAIN LODGE STANDARD ROOM wth 1 double bed
  • POOLSIDE CABANA with 2 double beds
  • OCEAN FRONT CABANA with 1 king bed
  • OCEAN VIEW COTTAGE with 1 king bed and kitchenette
  • OCEAN FRONT COTTAGE with 1 king bed and kitchenette
  • BUTTERFLY HOUSE (sleeps 4 people) Upstairs: 1 double, 2 single beds and bathroom. Downstairs: 1 queen, bathroom and full kitchen. Please inquire directly to discuss pricing on the Butterfly House.

Recommendations will be provided for lunch and meals that are on your own.

Payment Schedule
Deposit of $500 is due upon registration. Final payment made by Sept 20, 2012 to Dillman’s. Payment by check is preferred. Dillman’s does accept VISA, MasterCard and American Express.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Should cancellation occur prior to 120 days before 1/20/12 departure, full refund will be granted less a $50 service charge per person. In addition to any airline penalties. If you cancel between 90-119 days $250 will be refunded. Cancellations received less than 90 days from departure will receive no refund. Cancellations must be submitted in writing; the date such notification is received by Dillman’s is the cancellation date. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

Items not listed above, including but not limited to meals other than those indicated, beverages except at breakfast, and listed receptions; optional entertainment and excursions, excess baggage charges; all personal items (such as phone calls, laundry, individual room service; insurance; departure taxes; passport fees). Participants are responsible for ensuring that they meet passport requirements of the Abacos.

For more information on itinerary, pricing, instructors and maps, please send us an email or call 715-588-3143. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this spectacular island – it will be a trip of a lifetime.



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Sunset at Dillman's