LOCATION: This year's Quickdraw will be held at the T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. The staging area will be at the picnic pavilion on the north end of Eagle Harbor. See the map below for details. For more information on the State Park, click here.
ARTISTS REGISTER: Registration fee is $10. This event is open to anyone, over the age of 14, who wishes to participate and has their own supplies and easels. There will be no delineation between amateur or professional. All artists may use any medium, but must paint in the plein air tradition.
Pre-registration is over. Artists may still register the morning of the event at the State Park. Park entry fees are $2 per person or $6 per car.
Thursday, May 2 - Deadline for pre-registration.
Saturday, May 4 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EST Pre-registered artists may pick up their park pass at the Scallop Cove General Store on Cape San Blas. The distribution area will at the picnic area behind the store and just left of the Bait Shop. The General Store is located on Cape San Blas Road, about 4.5 miles from the Fire Station/Salinas Park area.
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM EST - Artists check in at the registration desk at the Picnic Pavilion on the north side of Eagle Harbor at St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park. and pay if they haven’t already, have their blank canvases stamped, and pick up their title & price label. No canvas will be stamped if painting has been begun prior to the starting time.
How to Get to the Picnic Pavilion; The park is located about 9 miles from the beginning of Cape San Blas Road, or about 5 miles north of Scallop Cove. The Entrance/Ranger Station is about a mile into the park. Once inside the park, follow the park road past the boat ramp and the first campground. about 1/2 mile past the first campground, the picnic pavilion will be off to the right.
10:00 AM EST, a horn will sound and artists may begin painting en plein air style on any subject. No pre-painted or pre-drawn materials are allowed. The Quickdraw artwork must be created during the Quickdraw time frame. Any violators will be banned from future events.
At 12:00 PM EST, the horn will sound and the Quickdraw artists bring their just completed artwork and easels to the exhibit/sale area for the judging and sale. There is little turnaround time, so please be prepared to have a title and price when the Quickdraw volunteer visits you and establishes your catalogue number.
All artists must be set up for judging by 12:30 PM EST.
Judging will begin at 12:30 PM EST. At 1:30 PM EST.
The 2013 judge will be Dr. Ashley White, an American archaeologist and art historian. He is an expert in the conservation of cultural artifacts including art and antiquities. Dr. White has degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University, as well has worked at Duke University. He is currently on the Governing Board of the Archaeological Institute of America, founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress. Dr. White serves on the AIA Cultural Heritage Policy Committee at Boston University which is comprised of the world’s top art historians which are responsible for investigating and responding to issues concerning the illicit trade in stolen art and antiquities. Dr. White is currently on the Advisory Council and the Collections and Acquisitions Committee for The Appleton Museum of Art and the endowment board for the purchase of Florida art.
- First Place Overall - $100
- Best Emerging Artist - $75
- Honorable Mention (3) - $50
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 Plein Air Quick Draw 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.
** Any work sold prior to 2 pm must remain on display until 2 pm. Artwork and artist supplies are the sole responsibility of each artist.