New Art Exhibit at Broadway Heights


Please join us for the first reception of 2021 for the artists of the Mind Vacation Watercolor Group! Now that the Covid restrictions have loosened, we are now able to invite you to come join us in person from 5:00-7:00pm on Thursday, May 6th at Broadway Heights Restaurant to enjoy live music, hors d'oeuvres and the exciting art created by Mind Vacation Artists while sheltering in place.

These artists, a part of an inspiring community of artists, each freely expressing creatively their own beautiful message, have contributed a variety of multimedia pieces including watercolor, pastel, photograph, air brush, trash art, and oil. Artist Renee Christenson says, “Even though we’ve been isolated for a year, we didn’t lose our creativity, and the proof is in this show.” Carolyn Ayres is new to the Mind Vacation Watercolor Group and is the featured artist of this gallery. Her watercolors and pastels are wonderfully displayed along with the works of fourteen others. She says, “I moved to Chico eight years ago and have been searching for where to put down new roots. With this group, I have found my new home, surrounded by supportive artists who encourage me to grow and flower into who I am-someone who loves to paint.”

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Las Vegas Plein Air Workshop

Lian Quan Zhen

postponed until April 21 to 24, 2022

First day: April 21 
8:30am: Meet at front of Albertsons store, address: 11720 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Drive to Red Spring at Calico Basin Rd Las Vegas, NV 89161. Sketch.
12:30pm: lunch at Bonnie Spring Ranch. address: 16395 Bonnie Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89124
2pm: sketch at Bonnie’s Spring Ranch or at the Red Rock Canyon Overlook. Address: 3205 NV-159, Las Vegas, NV 89161
Dinner at Lina’s home (including in the fee)

Second day: April 22
8:00am: Meet at front of Albertsons store, address: 11720 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Drive to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and sketch in the park
12:30pm: Lunch (bring your own lunch)
2pm: sketch
6:30pm: dinner at Veggie House (popular Chinese vegetarian restaurant): address: 5115 Spring Mountain Rd #203, Las Vegas, NV 89146. Optional.

Third day: April 23 
8:10am: meet at 168 Market’s food court and have Dim Sum breakfast. address: 3459 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146.
Driving for about one hour 10 minutes to the Valley of Fire State Park. address: 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 8904 and sketch in the park
1:00pm: lunch provided by Lian.
2pm: sketching.

Fourth day: April 24 
9am: meet at front of Albertsons store, address: 11720 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Drive Red Rock Canyon. Address: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161.
Sketch at the Calico Hill South area
Noon: lunch inside of the park (bring your own lunch)
2pm: sketch at Pine Creek Trailhead area.

Schedule and locations may change according to the weather. Sketching materials will be sent to registered students.

For registration contact: Amber Palmer
Tel: (530) 899-8401
Email: amberpmft@sbcglobal.net

"Influences" Virtual Art Gallery

at Broadway Heights


The Mind Vacation Art Gallery and Reception on February 12th, 2020,

featured the work of 7 art instructors who have positively influenced the creative journey of the art students that attend Mind Vacation Watercolor Workshops and Retreats. These talented mentor/teachers continue to inspired the art community throughout the world. The intent of this exhibit is to honor these mentors and to create a sense of unity in the art community


Artists: Carol Preble Miles, Christine Mac Shane, Janet Lombardi-Blixt, Kathleen Presentati, Amber Palmer, Lian Quan Zhen, In loving memory of Sal Casa, and Mind Vacation Artists.


The history and collective skills that these seven master teachers is very powerful, like a ripple effect the creative energy continues to influence the world.

"Aspen Trees with Fall Foliage and Forests"

Workshop & Critique

November 2020

*complied with social distancing guidelines*

It’s about the process, experience, experimentation, letting go and finding the artists within!

In this workshop, the Mind Vacation art group painted in and around the studio while capturing the colors of Autumn leaves, Aspen and Birch trees in natural light and learning how to get started with establishing a serene and creative connection with oneself while you paint. I provided a demonstration and encouraged how to create layers of color capturing reflections, bouncing light, deep shadows, and unique color combinations. 

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Break for Lunch 12-1

1pm – 4pm: Continue Painting with Group

& Individual Instruction and Encouragement


$40.00 Registration + $8 Supply Fee.  Supply list will be sent upon registration.

For information amberpmft@sbcglobal.net  (530) 899-8401

Watercolor Workshops with Lian Quan Zhen

October 2019

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Lian Quan Zhen intstructed Mind Vacation Artists on a three-day watercolor workshop event hosted by Amber Palmer. A special thank you to Lian who traveled to Chico in order to inspire our artists and share his experience and skills. A thank you as well to artists who accomodated Lian throughout his stay and everyone who brought their creative minds and souls to the workshop!


Future workshops and retreats with Lian Quan Zhen can be found here soon. 

For more information on Lian, visit http://www.lianspainting.com

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Downtown Chico 30th Annual Art Walk 

With Broadway Heights featuring Mind Vacation Artists!

With live music and hors d'oeuvres catered by Broadway Heights, the Mind Vacation Workshop artists were excited to show off their work and basque in the community of creatives. 

300 Broadway, Chico CA 95926 (530) 899-8075

Sausalito Bay and Angel Island

Mind Vacation Retreat

On our Mind Vacation Retreat, we sailed from Sausalito Bay to Angel Island--reveling in the beauty of San Francisco and capturing the scenery with our paintbrushes. With Gallery hopping, dinners and picnics by the water, and painting on the boat--It's safe to say we had a great Mind Vacation. Come join us next time! Info for the next retreat will be posted here shortly.