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Media Contact: Natalie Shoaf 850-227-4355 April 26, 2012
FLORIDA'S FORGOTTEN COAST * AMERICA'S GREAT PLEIN AIR PAINT-OUT
MAY 3 - 13, 2012
AMERICA'S GREAT PLEIN AIR PAINT-OUT
May 3-13, 2012 marks the 7th Annual America's Plein Air Paint-Out all along Florida's Forgotten Coast.
Nationally known artists can be spotted with easels set-up all along the Forgotten Coast, capturing what some believe is the last vestige of authentic "old Florida." From Mexico Beach to Alligator Point, these artists can be seen on-site capturing images of nature, flora and fauna, and local color of every type as exemplified by the meaning of "Plein Air." Translated in the 19th century, the French past time of 'open air' painting was started near the village of Barbizon and soon became associated with Impressionistic scenes that became a new vision for the art world.
The Forgotten Coast America's Great Plein Air Paint-Out is made up of a number of exhibits, daily artist demonstrations, workshops and sales of the locally created art. The public is invited to three receptions; one on May 7th at Salinas Park in Cape San Blas from 4-6pm (EST), another on May 8th at the St. George Lighthouse from 4-6pm (EST), and the third to be held on May 10 at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center from 5-7pm (EST). A complete Schedule of Events is available online at www.pleinairfl.com, and the public is encouraged to visit the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day event.
'Local Color' at the Port St. Joe Marina Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Plein Air Classics, work gathered from the first five years of the event which are all available for purchase. The “Wetroom” will be at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art in historic Apalachicola and will be stocked daily with fresh paintings that the artists deliver throughout the event. "Many local artists gather and paint alongside the event's invited artists; it is amazing to see the art being created" stated Joe Taylor, event chair.
America's Great Plein Air Paint-Out is coordinated by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition, a non-profit organization established to produce regional multi-community cultural events that improve the quality of life for the coastal area. The communities of Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, Apalachicola, Eastpoint, St. George Island, Alligator Point and Carabelle have all joined forces to produce the most impressive art event along the coast. Support from both the Gulf and Franklin County Tourist Development Councils as well as Visit Florida has insured the event has gained a national following.
See: www.pleinairfl.com for schedules and additional information.