America’s Great Plein Air Paint-Out kicks off on Thursday

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 08:59 AM.

The Artist’s Choice collection will be housed at the St. George Lighthouse Museum.

Each year, artists submit one of their paintings to be considered for the prestigious award and the winners are chosen by their peers. Each winning painting is purchased by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition and displayed the following year. Enjoy the best of the best daily from noon until 5 p.m. ET.

Each day of the event is packed with ways to quench your thirst for art. As much as it is about the paint, Plein Air is also a time to bring creative minds together in a social setting.

To kick off this year’s events, a luncheon will be held at noon on May 3 at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art to welcome the artists to the Forgotten Coast and show them some southern hospitality.

Art demonstrations taking place the same day include “A Working Waterfront” in Riverfront Park, Apalachicola, from 9 a.m. to 11 ET and “Reid Avenue Streetscapes” in downtown Port St. Joe from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Watch artists render the town, along with its buildings and residents on canvas.

Artist Tracey Frugoli will teach her workshop, “Simplify Your Way to Better Paintings,” on May 2 and 3. Frugoli will discuss theory and the beauty in simplicity with her students. The fee for the workshop is $200 and registration can be completed online.

On May 4 the Quickdraw event will bring together professional and amateur artists to capture the beauty of Cape San Blas on canvas. The event will take place at St. Joe Peninsula State Park inside the T.G. Stone Memorial pavilion. The fee is $10 and the event starts at 10 a.m. ET.

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