Event brought out more than 70 artists



If the goal of the annual Quickdraw competition which is part of Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is to provide exceptional scenery of exceptional artists, consider last Saturday’s event a success.

More than 70 artists descended in Salinas Park on Cape San Blas to compete in the Quickdraw.

The artists are provided two hours to complete a plein air painting, frame it and return it to the judging station.

The judge this year was Lori Putnam, a nationally-known plein air painter who has been a part of the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air paint-out the past 10 years.

The first-place Judge’s Choice award in the professional category went to Charlie Hunter from Bellows Falls, Vermont for Five Five Eighteen.

Kendall Portis of Eastpoint, GA earned both the Judge’s Choice first-place prize and the People’s Choice first-place winner in the Open category for Houses on the Park.

Judge’s Choice second-place in the pro category was won by John P. Lasater and third-place was earned by Vladislav Yeliseyev.

Second-place in the Open division was won by Erin Bailey and third went to Frances Mangino.

The paintings are on display at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water St., Apalachicola, until May 13. They may also be seen online at www.forgottencoastenpleinair.com.

Lori Putnam’s work will be on display at the Mexico Beach Visitor’s center until May 11 and will move to The Joe Center for the Arts for the remainder of the event.

Attachments (photos): Lori Putnam with Charlie Hunter Lori Putnam with Kendall Portis Quickdraw paintings awaiting judging Painters on the Salinas boardwalk