Plein Air paint-out welcomes international artist

The Wetroom

The Wetroom, which will serve as a gallery for the event, is located at 234 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:01 AM.

Early next month, the Forgotten Coast Culture Coalition will present the eighth annual Great Plein Air Paint-Out featuring 23 professional artists from around the globe.

Haidee-Jo Summers of Lincolnshire, England and James Richards, from Atlanta, are two of 23 artists invited to participate in this year’s Plein Air paint-out.

For Richards, this is the fifth time at the Plein Air Paint-out; it will be a first for Summers.

Richards initially heard about the Forgotten Coast paint-out while at an art show in Wisconsin. After he expressed interest to a friend, it wasn’t long before he found himself on the guest list.

Summers was on the hunt for Plein Air festivals and noted a lack of such events in the UK. While in southern Ireland she met Lori Putnam, a regular of the Forgotten Coast festival, and an artist whose work she was familiar with.

“I told Lori that I would love to come to the USA to paint at a Plein Air event,” said Summers. “She told me all about this one.”

“The area is one of the best places to have the festival,” said Richards. “There’s no shortage of inspiration.”

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