Artist Freeman Davenport Leads Outdoor Painting Instruction In Beautiful 1880s Victorian Village

 RUGBY, TN (May 13, 2019)—What better place to sharpen your painting skills than in stunning Historic Rugby, under the direction of Gallery At Rugby owner Freeman Davenport.

Davenport is welcoming artists of all skill levels for a series of plein aire (Outdoor Painting) workshops during the spring, summer, and fall of 2019. The Workshop offers demonstration, instruction, informal critique during the Social Hour in the Gallery, continental breakfast and brown bag lunch. Participants will have lots of time to paint outdoors capturing the seasonal beauty of the Rugby village.

This workshop will occur three times throughout the year, Spring, Summer, and Fall, for artists to learn the different lighting within each season. Davenport is Rugby’s resident gallery curator and accomplished plein air painter. She hangs shows throughout the year, featuring local artists, within the Historic Rugby Board of Aid building, a recreation of the original 1880s structure.

The Painting Package ($300.00) includes 24 hours of instruction time per season, continental breakfast, and sack lunch.  The Destination Package (starting at $600) includes the Painting Package with lodging in Rugby’s Historic Newbury House.

To purchase packages, visit the Historic Rugby online store at, or call the Historic Rugby offices at (423) 628.2441. For detailed class information email

Rugby was founded in 1880 with the goal of building a strong agricultural community through cooperative enterprise, while maintaining a cultured, Christian lifestyle, free of the rigid class distinctions that prevailed in Britain at the time. The village has continued for over 135 years, with numerous original buildings either restored or recreated. Learn more about the history of Rugby and its unique attractions at

Rugby is located just off State Scenic Hwy. 52, 16 miles southeast of Jamestown and 35 miles from either Interstate 40 or I-75 in East Tennessee on the southern edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.