Held last week in Apalachicola



As a part of the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event this year, 21 students from Gulf and Franklin County schools painted with nationally known plein air artists. This year Student Art Day was held May 9 at the Millpond shelter at Scipio Creek harbor in Apalachicola. Students are paired with an artist in their preferred medium (oil painting or watercolor) and spend several hours learning from and painting with the artists. Their paintings are framed while wet and hung in the Plein Air wet room at The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe, until the end of the event.

“I tell my students this is an opportunity like no other, to be the student of a successful national working artist” said Julie Hodges, the art teacher at Port St. Joe High School. “Although I’m not necessarily pushing students to choose fine art as a career, art enriches life and helps us capture the world around us.”

Debbie Cole, the art teacher at Wewahitchka High School explained that “those who have been to Student Art Day before love it.” After the painting event, she takes the students to the Forgotten Coast wet room to see the art of the professionals. She says, “They’re inspired from seeing the professionals and tell me ‘That makes me want to paint!’”

Students by school were:

• Madi Falls, Brooke Hysmith, Dominica Dennis, and Amber Runyan from Wewahitchka High School.

• Adria Valenzuela, Carley Fortner, Marcella Phelps, Hailey Gay, and Ana Lacivita from Port St. Joe High School.

• Alisha Arroyo, Mahley Shaler, and Leah Wren from Apalachicola Bay Charter School.

• Steven Smith and Branden Osborn from ED Corps, Apalachicola.

• Audrianna Penamon, Madison Burt, Faith Cooper, Hannah Westbrook and Maggie Miller from Franklin County High School.

• Theresa Butler from First Baptist Christian School, Apalachicola.





Forgotten Coast en Plein Air has completed for 2018, but is schedule for May 3 - 12, 2019.