A group of student painters got a taste of a real working waterfront in Apalachicola this year.



A group of student painters got a taste of a real working waterfront in Apalachicola this year as part of the Forgotten Coast Great Plein Air Paintout.

Traditionally a group of high school students from Gulf and Franklin counties are invited each year to paint with some of the artists here for the Forgotten Coast Plein Air.

Last Wednesday, 24 young painters ranging in age from 13 to 18 experienced both the beauty of the river and the complex structures of commercial boats and the industrial trappings of a working marina at Apalachicola’s Mill Pond.

The students were variable in experience as well as age.

Michael McKee of Apalachicola, an eighth-grader from the Apalachicola Bay Charter School said it was his first time painting.

Artist Mark Fehlman who worked with McKee said, “He’s new but he’s got natural talent.”

Allie Ray of Eastpoint, a junior at the Franklin County School said it was her first time working in oils although she was experienced with acrylics and water colors.

Artist Charles Dickinson advised her to be bold and use wide sweeping strokes to cover the canvas before adding details.

Jaylynn Obee of Wewahitchka said she has painted for about four years with her grandmother Sandra Powell.

Ken DeWaard who painted with Genevieve Printiss of Carrabelle said she is a watercolorist by training and a natural talent.

Printiss said, “My mom’s an artist so I grew up around paint.

Kirsten Bird a Port St. Joe senior said she hopes to become a well known painter although she doesn’t plan to pursue art in school.

Her mentor for the day, artist Colin Page said, “She’s going to be famous one way or the other.”

Against to backdrop on nets, lines and a commercial sized boat lift the painters and their students enjoyed sunny skies and a comfortable breeze.

The student work was hung at the Port St. Joe Wetroom through Sunday’s close of the Paintout.