Starting May 2, America’s Great Plein Air Paint-Out will welcome 23 artists from around the world to the Forgotten Coast where they’ll spend 10 days making art, hosting workshops and taking in the local culture.
The Wetroom, located at 234 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe, will be a hub of activity during the event and will showcase the paintings created each day.
Several exhibits can be seen up and down the Forgotten Coast displaying some of the best art from years past.
Watch Art Happen will take place throughout the entire event as artists paint any open air scenery that grabs their attention all along the coast between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point.
Another exhibit, Our Seafood Heritage, will be inside the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, the gallery will feature art from past years that features oyster shuckers along with shrimp and fishing boats.
The Plein Air Classics exhibit will be housed inside the Mexico Beach Visitor Center and will feature major paintings from past years. Art and history collide with a focus on paintings whose objects no longer exist, such as the old Mexico Beach pier.
The Nature’s Bounty exhibit takes place at the Carrabelle History Museum Monday through Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. ET and has a focus on paintings of nature scenes.
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.
Later that evening, enjoy a reception for the artists at Salinas Park on the Cape from 4 p.m. to 6 ET. Meet and greet with the artists, view their works in progress or just talk some shop.
Demonstrations on this day include the “Salinas Park Panorama” at Cape San Blas and day two of “A Working Waterfront” at Riverfront Park in Apalachicola. Both events run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET.
“The View from Eastpoint” at the Apalachicola Estuarine Research Reserve will be the lone demonstration on May 5, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET and will be followed by the Nocturne Paint event where artists will capture evening landscapes. This event, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET will happen simultaneously at the Apalachicola Riverfront and the Port St. Joe Marina.
Carrabelle will be the epicenter of activity on May 6. The demonstration, “Marine Avenue Vistas,” will take place at the Marine Street Pavilion from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET and be followed by a reception for the artists at the Carrabelle History Museum. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, guests can meet the artists and view their work.
The art moves to St. George Island on May 7 with the “Island Vistas” demonstration at the Lighthouse and Visitor Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. It will be followed by a reception in the same location.
The annual Student Art Day event will take place on May 8 at the Eastpoint Community Pavilion. Artistically-driven students from Gulf and Franklin counties will meet and receive one-on-one instruction from the the professional artists from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
Mexico Beach becomes the art hub on May 9 with the “Mexico Beach Tableau” demonstration at the Welcome Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. A reception with the artists will immediately follow.
The “Art as a Window” event will take place on May 10. Join an artists’ roundtable discussion on their love of the medium and their careers to date. The discussion takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET at the Wetroom in Port St. Joe. That night, head over to the Plein Air T.G.I.F social event at Riverfront Park in Apalachicola. Relax with the artists and enjoy a low-country boil, music and more. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. ET and tickets are $10.
The Grand Patrons’ Party, the biggest event of the Plein Air Festival takes place on May 11 at 6 p.m. in the Wetroom. Here guests can meet the artists, view and even purchase their works. The Artist’s Choice paint will also make its debut. Tickets for the event are $40.
End your 2013 Paint-Out experience with “Art in the Afternoon,” and family-friendly event at the Wetroom in Port St. Joe. Here you can view the paintings one last time and make any last-minute sales. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET. Greg LaRock. Will teach his own class, “Guiding the Eye,” on May 12 and 13. The fee for his workshop is $200 and registration can be completed online.
With 10 days of amazing art and talent you’ll count the days until the 2014 Plein Air on the Forgotten Coast.