The Joe Center for the Arts will be hosting an exhibit of paintings by members of Plein Air South, painters across the Southeast who gather annually for inspiration, education and to paint along with master painters. The Members’ Show opens on May 23 and runs through June 20, with an opening reception 6-8 p.m. ET May 24 at The Joe, located at 201 Reid Ave.

The exhibit and the reception are both free and open to the public.

The term “plein air” means “open air” or “outside,” has been used to describe people who take their easels outdoors to paint. The exhibit will include landscapes, as well as other outdoor subjects like buildings, cities, flowers, gardens, and people. A People’s Choice Award will be selected from all entries by votes made by the members themselves during their event.

The Plein Air South exhibit is distinct from the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air exhibit and events that precede it. Plein Air South is a gathering of painters, painting groups and vendors who come together for five days in May each year for an educational experience. Each attendee of Plein Air South is invited to submit up to three paintings for inclusion in the exhibit. That work will be on exhibit at The Joe for a month following their conference. All work is for sale and a portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to support The Joe Center for The Arts.

More information may be obtained by calling Leslie Wentzell at 227-5741 or by visiting the web site,