Event Highlights

Opening Luncheon
May 6, 2016 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)
Gulf County Welcome Center, Port St. Joe

An opening celebration to welcome everyone to our 11th year event. 


First Friday Art and Music
May 6, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
Port Inn, 501 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe

Enjoy the Artists’ Choice Collection, music and dancing (optional). 

 


St. Joe Quickdraw
May 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (ET)
Lighthouse Park, Port St. Joe

All artists are invited to capture charming streetscapes and waterfront vistas in the plein air tradition, judging at noon, lite music. 


Florida’s Finest and Quickdraw Reception
May 7, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Reid Avenue Gallery at 306 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe

Come enjoy a discussion with the Judge and Juror (Judge and Juror to be announced at a later date) of the Quickdraw and find out what and why they chosen the paintings. Tickets online $20. 


“Plein Church” Gospel en Plein Air
May 8, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

Enjoy gospel on the dock as Debra Huse, John P. Lasater the IV and Jason Sacran capture this joyful blessing for a beautiful world to paint. 


Oyster Heaven
May 8, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Lynn's Quality Oysters, 402 U.S.Highway 98, Eastpoint

Talk with artists David Boyd and Leon Holmes about their inspirations found in the small fishing village, Lynn’s Quality Oysters, 402 U.S. Highway 98, Eastpoint, 4-6 pm

 


Salinas Park Reception and Presentation: Exploring Watercolor
May 9, 2016 4:00 AM - 6:00 AM (ET)
Salinas Park, 240 Cape San Blas Road, Cape San Blas

Enjoy a presentation by watercolorist Luke Buck discussing his mastery of watercolor in the plein air process. Meet the artists David Boyd and Thomas Jefferson Kitts as well.


Nocturne Paint: Riverfront Park and Cape San Blas Lighthouse
May 9, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park in Apalachicola and Cape San Blas Lighthouse in Port St. Joe

Nocturne painting draws more than lighting bugs. Charles Dickinson, Shelby Keefe and James Richards share their thoughts on painting in the dark. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be the backdrop for Greg LaRock, Nanci King Mertz and Hodges Soileau to discuss why they are drawn to nocturne painting. In Apalachicola at 86 Water Street, and in Port St. Joe at 200 Miss Zola's Drive, 8-10 pm


Student Art Day
May 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)
Sunset Park, Mexico Beach

Student Art Day has become a plein air tradition on the Forgotten Coast. Since it made it's first appearince in 2007, more than 200 students have participated.

When asked why they are so willing to particapite and mentor the students, several of the invited Artist reveal that its due to their own experiences with an artist that mentored them and turned their whole world around and they have been painting ever since. This is their way to give back to the community. 

Students will met their mentor artist and spend several hours working together. 

The public is encouraged to attend and watch the students paint and then share a community lunch with the artists and students at noon.


Plein Air TGIF
May 13, 2016 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
Reid Avenue Gallery at 306 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe

Celbrate "en Plein Air" at the Reid Avenue Gallery courtyard with music, dancing and local cuisine! In honor of 11 years of plein air success, this party is one not to miss. Tickets onlin, $10 per person, Reid Avenue Gallery at 306 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe, 7-10 pm


Collectors’ Gala
May 14, 2016 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Market Street, Apalachicola

Artists and collectors come together to enjoy music, exceptional fare, and the opportunity to own the region's most coveted art. The Artists' Choice Award is presented and collectors are encouraged to meet the artists, Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Market Street, Apalachicola, 6-10 pm. To be a Collector, please select a package online.


Art in the Afternoon
May 15, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (ET)
Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Market Street, Apalachicola

The Apalachicola Center for History Center for History, Culture and Art will come alive for children. The festivities will include live music. As the youngsters enjoy the activiteies, adults canview the art and make their final selections. Artist will be onsite to discuss their work and personalize paintings for the collectors. 


Workshops

West Coast Influences on Plein Air, Lecture and Workshop
May 2, 2016 to May 5, 2016
West Coast Influences on Plein Air
Lecture and Workshop with
Mark Fehlman, Debra Huse & Greg LaRock
May 2 - 5, 2016
$375 per Student

Three West Coast talents bring a unique perspective on plein air painting to the Forgotten Coast. 

Monday, May 2, 7 - 8:30 pm, 
Lecture/Slide Show on the influences and inspirations of west coast plein air artists. 
7:00 - 7:20: Mark Fehlman: Simplification through Color
7:20 - 7:40: Greg LaRock: Compositional Design
7:40 - 8:00: Debra Huse: The Beauty in the Brushwork
8:00 - 8:30: Question/Answer

Workshop with Mark Fehlman, Debra Huse & Greg LaRock

Workshop Day 1, Tuesday May 3rd, 9:00 to 4:00
Mark Fehlman demo in morning: Focus on Color and
Simplicity.

Workshop Day 2, Wednesday May 4th. 9:00 to 4:00
Greg LaRock demo in morning: Focus on Massing,
Composition and Eye Direction.

Workshop Day 3, Thursday May 5th, 9:00 to 4:00
Debra Huse demo in morning: Focus on “Lay it Down and
Leave it Alone”.

The Workshop will consist of a demo each morning by one of the three master artists. Each afternoon all three instructors will be providing instruction and individual assistance at each student’s easel.

Mark Fehlman
Mark Fehlman practiced as an architect for 35 years, as the design partner for the San Diego based firm, Fehlman LaBarre. Mark started painting in 2000 and within 5 years left architecture to start a new career as an artist. He trained under many great artists, but the two who were most influential were Ray Roberts and John Asaro. Like both artists, Mark is equally comfortable in figurative and landscape subjects that feature strong composition, well defined value relationships and vibrant color. He has won numerous awards in various shows, including the “Grand Award” for the LPAPA 2014 Best of Plein Air, First Place in the Borrego Springs Plein Air Festival, as well as many other awards and recognition. His work has been included in the California Art Club “Gold Medal” show, the “On Location in Malibu” show at Pepperine’s Weisman Museum, the “Tejon Ranch” show at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and the Maynard Dixon Country Show in Utah. He is an artist member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the California Art Club. www.markfehlman.com

Debra Huse
Debra Huse uses rich color and bold fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her oil paintings. Originally from Indiana, Huse lives in Costa Mesa, CA and has a studio in a boatyard. She has a passion for painting coastal scenes and old fishing boats. Huse is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society of Marine Artists & Laguna Plein Air Painters. www.debrahuse.com

Greg LaRock
Greg LaRock has been a featured artist with Forgotten Coast en Plein Air since 2013 and was the winner of the 2015 Artists’ Choice Award. A signature member of AIS, LPAPA, ASMA, and a board member of the CA Art Club-Orange County, Greg LaRock has won numerous awards at plein air events in Easton (MD), Newport Bay (CA), Callaway Gardens (GA), and here on the Forgotten Coast (FL). He is a sought-after instructor for plein air workshops and has been featured in Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, and included in Jack Richeson’s Fine Art Series book Plein Air New Mexico. “The challenge of depicting the three-dimensional world onto canvas is a difficult pursuit, but when it all comes together, it is an extremely rewarding experience. Making it look realistic, yet having a completely loose, painterly feel is my ultimate goal in a successful painting." www.greglarock.com

“Pastels are Perfect for Plein Air (Oils are Fine Too!)” with Nanci King Mertz
May 4, 2016 to May 5, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 AM (ET)

Intensive 2-day workshop with Nancie King Mertz,

PSA-M, CPP-M, IAPS Master Circle, Plein Air Convention Faculty

May 4 - 5, 2016
$200 per Student

The purpose of this workshop is to share the methods and techniques
I use to capture scenes en plein air, both quickly and confidently in soft pastel, or oil paint.
It is my hope that you will successfully complete 1-2 paintings each day—at the minimum!
Details: One or two paintings will be fully completed each day, depending on your comfort zone.
Individual attention is stressed in this workshop, rather than group lecture. Short demos will be offered as needed, throughout the workshop, to help clarify techniques.
Preferred materials list for pastel:
Plein air easel with sturdy surface to hold your pastel box (or portable table sturdy enough to hold your
painting materials with table top easel)
Assorted soft pastels (if buying, the Sennelier Plein Air set is a good start)
4 or more painting surfaces/sizes of your choice: Ampersand pastel boards, Wallis paper, etc.
Small closed container for alcohol (denatured alcohol will be provided)
Fan brush or cheap 1”brush
Charcoal
Preferred materials list for oil:
Plein air easel with sturdy surface to hold your palette (or portable table sturdy enough to hold your
painting materials with table top easel)
Assorted oil paints that you’re familiar with: white, aliz. crimson, cad. orange lt., yellow ochre, a lt
yellow, cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, black.
A limited number of colors is key when hauling your
gear onsite!
4 or more painting surfaces/sizes of your choice.
Asst. brushes that you have.
Small closed container for turps (provided)
Also need:
a roll of waxed paper and blue painters’ tape (to protect finished work for transit)
Wet wipes, apron, hat or visor, bug spray & sunscreen
Optional: sun umbrella, chair, sketchbook and charcoal or pencils
In case of rain, please bring a few photos along if we’re forced inside. Meet at the Wetroom in Apalachicola at 9am EST
we’ll paint until 4pm EST with an hour lunch break.
We can grab food nearby or bring a sack lunch and your energy! Nancie

Receptions

Florida’s Finest and Quickdraw Reception
May 7, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Reid Avenue Gallery at 306 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe

Come enjoy a discussion with the Judge and Juror (Judge and Juror to be announced at a later date) of the Quickdraw and find out what and why they chosen the paintings. Tickets online $20. 


Oyster Heaven
May 8, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Lynn's Quality Oysters, 402 U.S.Highway 98, Eastpoint

Talk with artists David Boyd and Leon Holmes about their inspirations found in the small fishing village, Lynn’s Quality Oysters, 402 U.S. Highway 98, Eastpoint, 4-6 pm

 


Salinas Park Reception and Presentation: Exploring Watercolor
May 9, 2016 4:00 AM - 6:00 AM (ET)
Salinas Park, 240 Cape San Blas Road, Cape San Blas

Enjoy a presentation by watercolorist Luke Buck discussing his mastery of watercolor in the plein air process. Meet the artists David Boyd and Thomas Jefferson Kitts as well.


Carrabelle Reception and Presentation: Stories en Plein Air
May 10, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Rio Carrabelle, 102 St. James, Carrabelle

Shelby Keefe leads a discussion about the plein air process. Meet the artist Katie Dobson Cundiff and Thomas Jefferson Kitts and enjoy the hospitality of the Carrabelle Artists Association. 


Mexico Beach Tableaus Reception and Presentation: The Color Palette
May 11, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach

Bill Farnsworth will lead a group through a hands-on process of color thoery. Meet John P. Lasater the IV and Nanci King Mertz along with local patrons from the Mexico Beach community. 


St. George Island Reception and Presentation Capturing Authenticity en Plein Air
May 12, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Lighthouse Park, 2 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island

Leon Holmes leads a discussion about the plein air process. Meet Lori Putnam and Jason Sacran and enjoy the hospitality of the St. George Island community. 


Exhibits

Seafood Heritage Collection
May 6, 2016 to May 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (ET)
Eastpoint Visitor Center, 731 Hwy 98, Eastpoint

Highlighting Oyster Reef Restoration

The plight of Apalachicola Bay’s oyster industry, the restoration process, and the people who work the bay is examined through a selection of work by Lori Putnam. Putnam has been drawn to the subjects for the 9 years she has been invited to paint in the event. This Spring, she spent a week investigating the issues with her paints, brushes and sketchbook in hand.

This exhibition celebrates the region’s maritime history. Eastpoint Visitor Center, 731 Hwy 98, Eastpoint, 10 am-3 pm daily.

 


Wetroom Exhibit
May 6, 2016 to May 15, 2016 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

Art Fresh Off of the Easel

A unique feature to the Forgotten Coast event is a fully functioning Wetroom which sells paintings as quickly as the artists deliver them to the check in station. The paintings are literally “wet” as they are often completed just hours before arrival. The Wetroom features the work of all 21 invited artists. The paintings change by the hour and often art collectors arrive daily to make their selections from the most recent deliveries. Collectors from across the country watch the online gallery where each painting is photographed and posted immediately to the website. If you can not attend in person, you may view the paintings online. A painting can be selected and easily processed over the telephone. For the cost of shipping, the painting will be delivered to your door. Simply call 800-378-8419.

 

Visit the Wetroom for art sales and information, Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola, 11 am-5 pm daily.

 


Masters Gallery
May 6, 2016 to May 15, 2016 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Market Street, Apalachicola

Inspired Paintings

On the second floor of the Wetroom, the collector will find a selection of fine studio works inspired by plein air studies completed in the Forgotten Coast event. This gallery exemplifies the plein air tradition of completing a series of smaller pieces “in the field” and then returning to the studio to create the larger more detailed painting.

 

Visit the Masters Gallery for information and sales at  the Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola. The gallery is open 11 am-5 pm daily.


Artist’s Choice Collection
May 6, 2016 to May 15, 2016 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Port Inn, 501 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe

Invited Artists Select the Best of the Best

Each year at the “Collectors’ Gala,” the invited artists select what they consider the “best” painting of the 10 day event. The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition purchases that painting and adds it to a growing collection.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Port Inn, 501 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe, 11am-5 pm

 


Founder’s Collection
May 6, 2016 to May 15, 2016 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, 3801 Highway 98, Port St.Joe

An Artists’ Tribute
In 2010 a special collection of plein air work was donated by the invited artists to honor the event’s founder, Richard Carrell. The exhibit can be seen at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, 3801 East Highway 98, Port St. Joe, 11am-5 pm

 


Florida’s Finest en Plein Air
May 6, 2016 to May 15, 2016 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Reid Avenue Gallery at 306 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe

A Tribute to Florida’s Plein Air Talent

A special tribute to the remarkable wealth of plein air talent in the State of Florida, the exhibition will bring together paintings from across the state’s 65,758 square miles. Each of the paintings feature Florida scenes, painted in Florida, by Florida artists. The exhibit will highlight the work of the Florida’s Finest Ambassadors, a special presentation of paintings submitted by Florida’s plein air artists juried by Morgan Samuel Price, and work by invited artists Katie Dobson Cundiff, Charles Dickinson, Bill Farnsworth, Morgan Samuel Price, and Hodges Soileau.

 

The work is available for viewing and purchase at the Reid Avenue Gallery at 306 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe, open 12-5 pm daily.

 


Plein Air Storytelling
May 6, 2016 to May 15, 2016 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Rio Carrabelle, 102 St. James Avenue, Carrabelle

The Focus for 2017

For 2017, the event will focus on the region’s rich culture and heritage, examining human capacity and storytelling through plein air painting. These paintings are a sample of what is to come. A series of artist residencies will take place throughout the year to ensure a body of work for the coming year.

 

Hosted at Rio Carrabelle, 102 St. James Avenue, Carrabelle, open 12-5 pm daily.

 


Plein Air Classics
May 6, 2016 to May 15, 2016 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach

A Moment in Time

Artists have saved many of their favorite Forgotten Coast pieces to hang in this retrospective exhibition and sale. These paintings now represent a moment in time which has passed and only the painting remains. This is an opportunity to purchase a piece of Forgotten Coast history.

 

Hosted at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach, open 12-5 pm weekdays.

 


Conservation Collection
May 7, 2016 to May 14, 2016 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)
St. Joseph State Buffer Preserve, 3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe

Examining Coastal Habitat Management

Preserving and restoring coastal environments was the focus for Mary Erickson last October. She spent a week with fellow artists, environmental experts and community volunteers learning about prescribed fire, longleaf pine restoration and hydrology. This exhibit honors the work and mission of the Buffer Preserve and the professionals committed to environmental stewardship.

Visit the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve, 3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe, open 10 am-3 pm, weekdays.

 


Quickdraw Exhibit
May 7, 2016 to May 14, 2016 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Reid Avenue Gallery at 306 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe

The Best of the 2016 Quickdraw Competition

More than 40 of the best paintings from the 2016 Quickdraw competition will be selected to hang as a tribute to the “two hour challenge.” Many times some of the most spontaneous and creative pieces result from the competitive process.

 

The exhibit may be viewed and purchased at the Reid  Avenue Gallery at 306 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe,open 12-5 pm daily.

 


Artist Demonstrations

A Working Waterfront
May 6, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

Demonstration by oil painters Katie Dobson Cundiff, Charlie Hunter and Morgan Samuel Price


Reid Avenue Streetscapes
May 6, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
downtown Port St. Joe, 308 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe

Demonstration by oil painters Bill Farnsworth, Mary Erickson and Greg LaRock


A Working Waterfront
May 7, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

Demonstration by pastel painter Greg Barnes, and oil painters Mary Erickson and Hodges Soileau


“Plein Church” Gospel en Plein Air
May 8, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

Enjoy gospel on the dock as Debra Huse, John P. Lasater the IV and Jason Sacran capture this joyful blessing for a beautiful world to paint. 


The View Across Apalachicola Bay
May 8, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Lynn's Quality Oysters, 402 U.S.Highway 98, Eastpoint

Demonstartion by oil painters David Boys and Leon Holmes


Salinas Park Vistas
May 9, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Salinas Park, 240 Cape San Blas Road, Cape San Blas

Demonstration by oil painters David Boyd and Thomas Jefferson Kitts, and water color painter Luke Buck


Nocturne Paint: Riverfront Park and Cape San Blas Lighthouse
May 9, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park in Apalachicola and Cape San Blas Lighthouse in Port St. Joe

Nocturne painting draws more than lighting bugs. Charles Dickinson, Shelby Keefe and James Richards share their thoughts on painting in the dark. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse will be the backdrop for Greg LaRock, Nanci King Mertz and Hodges Soileau to discuss why they are drawn to nocturne painting. In Apalachicola at 86 Water Street, and in Port St. Joe at 200 Miss Zola's Drive, 8-10 pm


Marine Avenue Panoramas
May 10, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Marine Street Pavilion, 701 Marine Street, Carrabelle

Demonstration by oil painters Katie Dobson Cundiff, Shelby Keefe ans Thomas Jefferson Kitts


Mexico Beach Tableaus
May 11, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach

Demonstration by oil painters Bill Farnsworth and John P. Lasater the IV, and pastel painter Nanci King Mertz.


The Lighthouse Silhouette
May 12, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Lighthouse Park, 2 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island

Demonstration by oil painters Leon Holmes, Lori Putnam and Jason Sacran


Local Color
May 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
Cape San Blas Lighthouse, 200 Miss Zola's Drive, Port St. Joe

Demonstration by oil painters Mark Fehlman, Charlie Hunter and Morgan Samuel Price


A Working Waterfront
May 14, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

Demonstration by watercolorist Luke Buck, and oil painters Charles Dickinson and James Richards 


Art in Afternoon
May 15, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (ET)
Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

Demonstration by pastel painter Greg Barnes and oil painter Debra Huse.