Forgotten Coast En Plein Air: America’s Great Paint-Out

Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 at 8:00am

Various Location
Apalachicola, FL 32320

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Collectors Packages

March 19-28, 2021

You can become a collector by buying a package at the levels listed and receive benefits as listed at each level.

The special Maecenas level, those that purchase at the $1000 level and above, receive that amount in painting purchase credit and also get to attend the Friday night, March 26th Maecenas party at the Joe Center of the Arts in Port St. Joe. This special evening will be the reveal of the artists' select paintings and they will all be available to purchase for the first time by those in attendance. You will also get to visit with the artists and enjoy a delicious dinner menu with other guests that evening. 

The Collector's Gala will be held on Saturday night this year, March 27, and is open to all Collectors. Collector packages begin at $100. On this special night, the artists will be displaying all their paintings from the week.

Location: The Joe Center for the Arts, Port St. Joe

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM: St. George Island Quickdraw and Reception

Featuring a wide range of exceptional subject matter sure to challenge and delight all artists. Exact location is the Lighthouse area. All completed work will be displayed for judging and sales. Enjoy beautiful scenery at the reception immediately following the quickdraw awards at this same location (outdoors for safety). 

On site registration begins at 8:00 am EST and the registration fee is $20. This event is open to anyone over the age of 14 who wishes to participate and has their own supplies and easels. You will choose either the Professional or Open Class for the competition. Artists may use any medium, but must paint in the plein air tradition. Canvases must be blank, and design work cannot begin prior to the 9 am horn. 


Saturday, March 20 - 8:00 am - 8:45 am EST:  Artists check in at the registration desk, pay if they haven’t already paid online, have their blank canvases stamped, and pick up their title & price label.  No canvas will be stamped if painting/design has been begun prior to the starting time.  Deadline for pre-registration is Thursday, March 20th.

Saturday, March 20 - 9:00 am EST:  A horn will sound and artists may begin painting en plein air style on any subject.  The Quickdraw artwork must be created during the Quickdraw time frame.  Any violators will be banned from future events.

Saturday, March 20 - 11:00  EST:  The closing horn will sound and the Quickdraw artists bring their just completed artwork and easels to the exhibit/sale area for the judging and sale.  Artists are responsible for returning on time even if they are not within hearing distance of the horn.  There is little turnaround time, so please be prepared with a title and price when the Quickdraw volunteer visits you and establishes your catalog number.


All artists must be set up for judging by 11:30 pm EST. Judging will begin at 11:30 pm EST and end at 12:30 pm EST. The Quickdraw Awards are announced and ribbons are awarded. The judge will make comments about the winning paintings selected and an outdoor reception will be held immediately afterwards here at this location. 


A special exhibition of a limited number Quickdraw works will be selected and hung at the wet room as a feature of the 2021 event. Please note that all paintings must be properly framed and ready to hang. Volunteers will be available to assist, but artists must provide their own frame ... so plan in advance and bring one with you. The exhibit will be open each day from 11 am to 5 pm, March 22-28, 2021. It will close at 3:00 pm on the 28th. There is no additional charge to participate in the exhibit and sale if your painting is selected by the judge.


Each artwork is required to be for sale and to have a title and a price written on the provided label.  Each participating artist should consider Forgotten Coast en Plein Air his or her gallery.  There will be a 50% commission collected from the proceeds of each Quickdraw sale to fund this event; any violators will be banned from future events.  Proceeds from our annual plein air event are shared with communities in Franklin and Gulf counties.

Location: St. George Island

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: The Lighthouse Silhouette, St. George Island, Artist Demonstrations

Come watch the artists Michelle Held, Kathleen Hudson and Mark Shasha as they capture the beauty that is St. George Island and the St. George Lighthouse. 

Location: Lighthouse Park, 2B E Gulf Beach Dr., St. George Island

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: St. George Island Artists Reception

Artists will be painting around the public beach area near the St. George Island Lighthouse.  The featured artist at the reception will be Kathleen Hudson. Come meet Kathleen and the other artists and see their work! Reception is held at the St. George Island Lighthouse, and artists will have their work on display, and be ready to discuss.

Location: St. George Island Lighthouse, 2 E Gulf Beach Dr., St. George Island

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