• Bend, OR

Dyeing To Rust with Pam Nichols

Holy moly, we're going picking with Pam at her favorite scrapyard just outside of Bend, OR. Believe me, it's freaking awesome, mounds and mounds of rusty metal just waiting to be picked and used for creating beautiful encaustic paintings. 

This Escape includes:

  • 5 nights in a private home

  • all but one meal prepared by Kathie

  • two days of picking at scrapyard

  • four days of creating with Pam

  • artist reception in Bend

  • some art supplies

Fees are based on double accommodations. 

Cost:  $1250 and limited to 8

Traveling - If you are local, driving instructions will be provided. Flying? You can fly into PDX or the small airport in Redmond, OR and we can arrange for pick up. 

This workshop is full.


Day 1, April 15 - You will arrive in the afternoon and that evening we will gather for our first meal together. Later that night, we will dream of what we will find in our next day's hunt for the rust. 

Day 2, April 16 - Gather your boots, heavy gloves, a hat, a bottle of water and off we go to McCormick's salvage yard. Pam will give a tour of how the yard is organized - really, it is! Then we will let you loose to find your treasures. We'll take a break to eat lunch and then continue on our search before collecting our treasures and returning to home base where we will rust some papers that afternoon. That evening we will attend an art gathering/reception where Pam is showing some of her work. 

Day 3, April 17 - Back to McCormick to pick until they close at noon. Then we will continue rusting paper and begin prepping our boards for painting. All meals will be on site, lovingly prepared by our host, Kathie. 

Day 4 & 5, April 18-19 - We will continue painting and creating our rusty creations, while Pam shares her techniques and methods of creating her beautiful creations. 

Day 6, April 20 - We'll pack up our goodies, mailing rust home to those who are flying and dream of picking another day. 

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Pam Nichols loves wax and rust and her popular workshops sell out almost immediately. She is an accomplished professional artist whose encaustic work has been shown throughout the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and Australia. Since attending the Pacific Northwest College of Art, she has developed and produced several art shows around Portland, served as the President of Portland Open Studios and is currently the committee chair for two local art organizations positions. She has taught art classes throughout Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

Her work can be seen at ARQ Designs in Western Australia, Terzian Galleries in Park City, Utah,  Art on Broadway in Beaverton, OR,  Art Elements in Newberg, OR, and In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art in Oregon City, OR.

Pam and Kathie 

Pam and Kathie 

Kathie Vezzani also is an artist who paints, rusts and waxes. She organizes trips for other artists and in a former life was a caterer. She has 20 years experience organizing trips for foodies and artists.