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Mary P. 2020


Thank you to the whole Jacobs Family and Team. Stephen had the best time and I did as well getting to know everyone.  It was an amazing trip! We have already put his painting in our traveling home and it looks great! 

Much love and hugs to you to all!



I’ve already said this, but thank you for everything Olivia.  This Retreat is your brainchild and you’ve given immense meaning to the attendees’ lives and probably that to your family’s as well.

I cannot completely express my gratitude to you and your family. See you again next year!

Diann W. 2019

New Jersey

My best memory was giving birth to my son, second was marrying my husband, and third was coming here to the 2018 Artist Retreat.



I feel like this year [2018] I got so much more than I did last year.  I got every one of my questions that I brought with me answered.  The reason I got them all answered is because all 4 artists were there and were able to answer different things at different times when it was appropriate...



"Let me start by saying that the 1st Scott Jacobs Artist Retreat was an outstanding success, what an amazing time we all had!  This truly was an experience of a lifetime and I will be forever grateful to have had the chance to be a part of this wonderful event.  To have the chance to learn from such incredibly talented artists as Scott, Dan, Todd & Alexa, well it just doesn't get any better than that!  

The art instruction was so worthwhile and valuable, more information than I thought possible to learn.  At times, it was daunting and felt far beyond my abilities, but the excitement we all felt when we actually completed or tackled a technique was so rewarding!  

I really do believe we all will finish our pictures and send Scott a photo, it just may take some of us a while to complete.  I can't wait to take what I learned and see how my work improves & changes as I explore these new techniques.

All aspects of the Retreat exceeded my expectations, it truly was an experience I will treasure forever!  I met some really nice people and several of us plan to stay in touch with each other.  I'm hoping my husband & I can visit Deadwood next year, I can't stop talking about how beautiful the area is.  

Please share my heartfelt thanks with everyone at the gallery who had any part in making the Retreat happen and also the wonderful staff at The Deadwood Mountain Grand.  

A special thank you to our shuttle drivers, (Chad, Jerry, & Steve) who went above & beyond to make sure our stay was memorable."



"I wanted to say thanks one more time for the Retreat. I have not really done anything with art since high school…couple of sketches here and there…but your Retreat was such an inspiration and I have had the time of my life getting into painting.

I did a little watercolor and oil in high school, but never acrylic, so it's been a challenge. But you guys all inspired me and I’m so humbled that we had the opportunity to come there and learn directly from Scott and everyone else.

I hope I get to attend the next one….I’m already compiling my list of questions to bring with me."



"I enjoyed the class so much. You saw I’m not much of a painter but I gave it all I had.

The other students were nice. I was glad to meet them all.

The “teachers” were all very helpful.

The activities outside the classroom were great.

I had a wonderful time with all of you. I can’t say enough about how much I think of the Jacobs.

You are all the best!"



"Dear Scott, Sharon, Olivia & Alexa, (Danial, Todd & Darren)

I'd like to use this forum as a "Thank You" note ~ I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

You thought of everything, from the apron to the glaze.  As a previous project manager for 20 years, I was impressed with how organized and prepared you all were to teach, include and entertain 12 new people. By the time I left, I felt as if we were all a family, having shared a personal and united experience.

I have been able to acquire the paint, supplies and the glaze and am in the process of competing my picture.  I'm committed to continuing on in my learning process (between music teaching, band rehearsals and gigs).  Making the uninterrupted time to do acrylic painting is critical, but can be a challenge.

Olivia, Scott, Danial, Todd & Darren, helped to make the whole learning experience delightful.  You are all professional and kind people.  What fun it would be to reunite next year either in the same setting or another of your choosing for a reunion, and perhaps another class.  I can even see us spending perhaps 4 or 5 days in a tropical inspirational setting  (Cabo...?).  By creating this event and bringing these individuals together I think great synergy was developed and some friendships made.

Lastly, "hats off" to your lovely wife, Sharon (the sweetest woman ever) and your beautiful daughters, especially Olivia who orchestrated the entire event beautifully.  She and I have become friends, and I am so happy that she is having the honeymoon of her dreams.

Thank you again, and I hope you will all stay in touch."



"I finished my painting and loved the class! I am excited to start my next painting.

I felt I improved daily during the Retreat.  Still a long way from where I want to be. One regret is that I didn't get to know my fellow students better.  

It was fabulous!"

Upcoming Dates

May 8-13th, 2024

Day 1

  • Arrival Day
  • Complimentary shuttle from Rapid City Airport (RAP) to Deadwood
  • Welcome Party

Day 2

  • Start Art Class!

Day 3

  • Art Class

Day 4

  • Art Class

Day 5

  • Art Class
  • Farewell Party

Day 6

  • Departure Day
  • Complimentary shuttle to Rapid City Airport (RAP)


Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the Retreat be held?

Jacobs Gallery

jacobs gallery storefront on Deadwood main street

The majority of your Retreat will take place inside Jacobs Gallery which was opened in July 2016.  This museum-like store showcases over ten Jacobs Originals, seven vintage motorcycles, and of course, Scott's Private Studio upstairs where the class is held.

Where will we stay?

Downtown Deadwood

photo of downtown Deadwood South Dakota

Held in Historic Deadwood on Main Street, there are several hotel options within walking distance.  Want your own place?  Book an Airbnb nearby! We're here to help if you have questions.

What is Deadwood?

The Black Hills of South Dakota!

This town is best known for the famous names that passed through here during the Gold Rush.  People like Wild Bill Hickok, Seth Bullock, Calamity Jane and Poker Alice are what made this town so legendary.  Behind all the historic facades is plenty of modern-day fun like casinos, bars that look like they came out of a western film, boutiques, museums, and more!

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