‘A celebration of spirit.’

Plein Air

Australian native Leon Holmes, who traveled from Germany for the Paint Out, took home first place in the Quick Draw competition held in Eastpoint.

Courtesy of Sandie Yarbrough | Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM.

Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition President Leslie Fedota, said plein air is more than paints and brushes—it’s about spirit.

The 2014 Forgotten Coast Plein Air Paint Out, a week-long celebration of art came to a close Sunday after bringing art-centric events to locations from Mexico Beach to Alligator Point.

More than 20 nationally acclaimed painters from all over the world set up easels and hunted for interesting subjects using only natural light as they captured “Old Florida” on canvas.

The idea behind an open-air painting is to capture a moment in time while completing all work on-site, around other painters and spectators, outside of a typical studio environment.

“The whole mission of the FCCC is to embrace our area,” said Fedota, “I heard so many wonderful stories of people connecting through the plein air events who may not have met otherwise.

“Those relationships will last beyond the 10-day event.”

Events included five exhibits across the coast, daily art demonstrations, art sales, and workshops that allowed members of the public to learn trade secrets directly from participating artists.

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