Artists celebrate eighth Plein Air paint-out

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

“The people take pride in the area around them,” he added.

Erickson first became involved with the festival after meeting Plein Air founder, Richard Carrell during an art show in Lakeland. He explained to her an idea of gathering artists together on a beach in northern Florida.

Though Erickson’s interest was piqued, three years passed before the inaugural Port St. Joe Plein Air event took place in 2005.

DeWaard had several friends in the artist community who had participated in the Plein Air event and encouraged him to do the same.

When he first entered Florida on the drive from his home in Wisconsin, all he saw were pine trees, but as soon as he made it to Apalachicola and took in the terrain, the people and the architecture he understood what all the fuss was about.

“The sunrises and sunsets are the best,” he said.

A love of Gulf County is one reason Erickson looks forward to the annual event, but she also views it as an opportunity to catch up with her fellow traveling artists.

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