The Big Red Barn Retreat is offering veterans, active-duty military members and their spouses, and the public a chance to paint “happy little trees” August 10 from noon – 2 pm at the Big Red Barn Retreat, 8024 Winnsboro Road in Blythewood.

Participants will be following along with a video from the late Bob Ross, famous artist known as “The Happy Painter.” The goal of this workshop is to provide a lighthearted approach to painting while allowing guests to interact in a unique way.

“This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to surrender to imperfection, mellow out and paint some happy trees they can be proud of,” said Sutton Shaw, Executive Director of the Big Red Barn Retreat. “With school quickly approaching, this will be a fun way for families to wrap up the summer.”

Space is limited to 15 participants and all materials will be provided. Email Jim Dukes, Director of Healing Arts at [email protected] to reserve a spot. If you need to cancel, do so at least 48 hours in advance so the Barn can notify persons on the waiting list.

The Big Red Barn Retreat is a 501(c)(3) located in Blythewood, South Carolina, that provides free therapeutic services to active-duty service members and veterans struggling with military and combat-related stress issues. Established in 2014, the retreat helps more than 2,500 military personnel annually. All services provided at the Big Red Barn Retreat are funded through grants and private donations. For more information, go to

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