Artists celebrate eighth Plein Air paint-out

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

“It had seen better years,” he said of the structure.

 He had every intention to paint it but couldn’t find the right angle or the right light. The next year he tried again with no success. On his third visit, he found the perfect approach and captured the house. It later won him the Artist’s Choice award by his peers.

Major supporters of the arts, Erickson and DeWaard have also donated their time to local high schools where they hosted workshops that exposed students to painting and gave them insight into the life of a traveling artist.

“It gives younger kids a chance I didn’t have,” said DeWaard. “It’s a wonderful opportunity.”

During the paint-out, the artists are spread out over a large distance and Erickson provided some handy hints for first-timers.

She suggested locating the home base for the artists as they’ll post notes each morning that indicate the areas in which they’ll be painting. Erickson went on to recommend the Apalachicola Historic Cotton Exchange as a great place to socialize and recommends attending The Grand Patrons’ party at the Reid Avenue “Wetroom” on Friday, May 11 to meet the artists and see all of the art in one place.

Lastly, she suggested that newcomers and veterans alike keep an eye on the official calendar of events on the website. Almost every night there is a social gathering where art lovers can talk to the artists and view the pieces created that day.

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