Current Art Exhibit at Broadway Heights Restaurant 

Chico, CA

Reception: May 6, 2021


The first reception of 2021 for the artists of the Mind Vacation Watercolor Group was on Thursday, May 6th at Broadway Heights Restaurant: 5 paintings were sold - three beautiful paintings by Carolyn Ayres, our featured artist, and two of Lacey Epperson's vibrant night pieces! With live music, hors d'oeuvres and the exciting art created by Mind Vacation Artists while sheltering in place - we hope you did not miss out on this lovely event.

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.”

Thank you to Carolyn Ayres, our featured artist! 

And a big thank you to the rest of our artists who participated in this show:

Connie Adams

Sue Evans

Lacey Epperson

April Richard-Senior

Renee Christenson

Judy Richter

Joyce Quaytman

Sandy Gohlke

Tracey Coulter

Gale Dixon Brown

Georgia Bernoudy

Suzanne Brayton

Leslie Mann

and Host, Amber Palmer

"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. 

Break for Lunch 12-1

1pm – 4pm: Continue Painting with Group

& Individual Instruction and Encouragement


$40.00 Registration + $8 Supply Fee.  

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Mind Vacation Plein Air Workshop

“Out on Location: Orchards & Flowers”

With Amber Palmer MA, MFT

1430 Esplanade, Suite 15, Chico, CA  95926


Opening doors to creativity * Enhancing self-esteem * Relaxation

Stress reduction * Painting as a meditation * Photography * Sketching

Group & Individual Instruction and Encouragement

The start of summer provides perfect weather for painting on location. This workshop was two days: The first day was Plein Air Painting at Michelle Ramsey’s beautiful property in Durham where we painted layers of color capturing the vivacious composition of the flowers, orchard, and gardens. We captured the essence of the outdoors and spilled vibrant life onto the paper as we fostered a sense of creativity through inspiration and relaxation! Class continued the following weekend. Students chose to either finish up their plein air painting or participated in a demo I did on Poppies, Iris’s, and wildflowers! 


Friday, May 14th & Saturday, May 22nd


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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 on our 

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

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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.