From Oct. 25-30 plein air artist Mary Erickson will return to the Forgotten Coast to host a week-long residency.

From Oct. 25-30 plein air artist Mary Erickson will return to the Forgotten Coast to host a week-long residency.

Through the plein air process Erickson will examine the incredible stretch of coastline in north Florida. Artists, environmental experts and the community who live in the region will come together to discuss the benefits and challenges of living on the coast.

Erickson will paint for five days and present her paintings in a public exhibit beginning at 7 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 30. Community members, environmentalists, and fellow artists are invited to engage at the residency opening at p.m. ET Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Artists may spend a day in the field painting with Erickson on Thursday, Oct. 29. The field day will include morning and afternoon painting with fellow artists, an artist networking lunch, and an evening painting critique by Erickson (registration required, $45 per artist). All other activities are free and open to the public.

A roundtable discussion featuring  Erickson, conservationists, and community members to be held at noon Friday, Oct. 30 will be open to the public (no reservation required, first come first served).

To register for the event online visit www.pleinairfl.com. We invite folks out to paint, enjoy community conversations, engage experts for discussions and of course, view beautiful art. The results of the week-long residency will be featured at the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event held May 6-15, 2016.

Mary Erickson is represented online at www.maryericksonart.com.