Plein air kickoff Jan. 14

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 02:25 PM.

Organizers are putting the first strokes to this year’s America’s Great Plein Air Paint-out.

The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition will sponsor this year’s eighth-annual Paint-out, which brings artists from around the country to paint locales from Alligator Point in Franklin County to Mexico Beach in Bay County from May 2-12.

The official kickoff comes at 6:30 p.m. ET Monday, Jan. 14 with the 2013 Volunteer Kickoff and Appreciation gathering at the Indian Pass Raw Bar.

There will be oysters, shrimp and gumbo. The event is in need of volunteers, so Mary Kenny from the FCCC encourages folks to come out and “bring a friend.”

Plein air is French word that translates simply to “open air.”

John Constable, a 19th century English artist whose paintings bring hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, encouraged artists to forget about formulas and “trust their own vision in finding truth in nature.”

Around that time, a group of artists in France focused on capturing everyday life and the natural world surrounding it. Plein air established the foundation for what became the Impressionist movement.

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