Artists celebrate eighth Plein Air paint-out

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 09:31 AM.

In May, artist Mary Erickson will celebrate her eighth year as one of 23 artists attending America’s great Plein Air paint-out in Port St. Joe and Ken DeWaard, his fourth.

During the invitational event, presented by the Forgotten Coast Culture Coalition, nationally-known artists converge on the area to draw inspiration and capture scenes of “Old Florida” on canvas.

The name of the event, “Plein Air” comes from the French term, meaning “Open Air.”

Erickson lives in Venice, Florida and began painting at a young age. She now travels the country capturing the beauty of nature and showcasing her work at exhibitions.

Of all the places she has visited, Port St. Joe ranks high on her list of favorites.

 “It’s one of the most picturesque areas in the world,” said Erickson. “The best part is the people. They welcome the artists with open arms.”

DeWaard’s feelings on the Gulf County area weren’t much different.

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