Event: Third Annual Artist Retreat at Fort Lewis Lodge

Third Annual Artist Retreat at Fort Lewis Lodge

Find your inspiration along the Cowpasture River at Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm

May 7 – 10, 2023

The Cowpasture River Preservation Association and Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm invite artists of any medium to join us for The Third Annual CRPA Artist Retreat at Fort Lewis. Offering over 3,300 acres of open fields, mountains, forests, wildflowers, and birds, and featuring 3-miles of the scenic Cowpasture River, Fort Lewis is the perfect place to gather with fellow artists and create in a beautiful outdoor setting. This 3-day event includes a nightly social hour which will offer participants an opportunity to mingle and discuss their art over a glass of wine or beer. The event is non-juried and open to the first 30 artists who register.


Registration: Sunday, May 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Arrive and pick up registration packet, including property map, event schedule, and list of participating artists.

Welcome Social Hour: Sunday, May 7, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Evening artist-led discussion. A chance to learn and engage with fellow artists over a glass of wine or beer at Buck’s Bar. Sunday evening topic to be announced.

Lunch: Monday, May 8, 1:00 pm
Lunch will be available for pickup in the Mill anytime after 1:00 pm.  

Artist Social Hour: Monday, May 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Evening artist-led discussion. A chance to learn and engage with fellow artists over a glass of wine or beer at Buck’s Bar. Monday evening topic to be announced.

Lunch: Tuesday, May 9, 1:00 pm
Lunch will be available for pickup in the Mill anytime after 1:00 pm.

Informal Critique: Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Meet at Buck’s Bar over a glass of wine and enjoy this informal opportunity to review and discuss the work that you’ve created during the retreat.  

Final morning at Fort Lewis: Wednesday, May 10
For participants staying on the property – checkout is 11 am. While all are welcome to stay on the property to continue painting, you must be out of the room and checked out with hotel staff before 11 am.


Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm
811 Millstone Lane
Millboro, VA 24460


For those who wish to stay on site and be totally immersed in the beauty of the Cowpasture River Valley, Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm is offering participating artists a special rate of $215/night for a single room, $260/night for a double room, and $275 for a suite for two. Breakfast and dinner included in rate.

In order to book a room at this special rate, be sure to contact Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm at or call (540) 925-2314.
* Artists are not required to stay at the Lodge to participate in the event.

There are covered areas for artists to work in the event of inclement weather – therefore no rain date.

Interested artists are encouraged to become a member of the CRPA ($25 annual membership fee) and apply for the retreat at a reduced rate. Membership offers annual social events, group hikes, field and float trips, a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, and waterway explorations. The Cowpasture River, being one of the two tributaries forming the James River, is an important Virginia resource and our members are dedicated to protecting it.

Questions: Contact

Deadline is February 27, 2023

Three different payment options available for applicants:

  1. Artists Application Fee: $135
  2. Application Fee for Current CRPA Members: $95 (must have paid 2023 membership dues)
  3. EVENT SPECIAL – Application Fee & 1 Year CRPA Membership for New or Renewing Members: $120

Application fee covers permission to work on private property at Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm, access to Lodge facilities, Monday lunch, Tuesday lunch, and nightly social hour with beer and wine.

The application process will close once the maximum number of participating artists is reached. Applications will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Artists may request to be added to a waiting list. Application fee is non-refundable.

Artists will receive more details via email in early March.

CRPA reserves the right to take photos of you and your work during the May 7 – May 10 event and to have unlimited use of these images for CRPA materials, communications, and promotions. Artist’s name and title of work will be featured. Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm and CRPA reserve the right to cancel or postpone due to unforeseen events.


Register by filling out the form below. Upon submission of this form, you will be directed to submit payment for registration.

Registration is not complete until payment is submitted. Email to arrange offline payment.