Plein Air paint-out welcomes international artist

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

Since Port St. Joe doesn’t have an arts and cultural center, the coalition must find a local building in which to host the event. The 2011 Plein-Air Wetroom was donated by Jeff Anderson.

“The event impacts the community,” said Natalie Shoaf, vice president of the FCCC the past seven years.

Shoaf, who coordinated this year’s paint-out, said that a grant had been obtained for an arts and cultural center in PSJ, and hoped to have a place where art, music, theater and dance could soon come together in the community.

Though there is much work to be done for an event of this size, Shoaf finds that it’s all worth it once the artists arrive. Shoaf coordinates homes for each artist to live in for the duration of the paint-out and recruited a team of 85 volunteers to ensure a smooth and successful event.

“We take care of our artists,” she said. “They say that we have the best Plein Air in the country.”

Shoaf noted that she enjoys the event because it “benefits the entire area” by bringing locals, tourists and art lovers into the community which can be served by local businesses.

A fan of the area, Richards praised Gulf County for its “slower pace and casual approach” to things.

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