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FLORIDA'S FORGOTTEN COAST * AMERICA'S GREAT PLEIN AIR PAINT-OUT
MAY 2 - 12, 2013
Grand Patrons' Party - May 11, 2013
The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition is hosting the 8th Annual Plein Air Invitational - America's Great Plein Air Paint-Out. An event like this does not happen without the support and year-long enthusiasm of many community groups and individuals.
The Grand Patrons' Party is an opportunity for past, present and future Plein Air supporters to experience the"Wetroom" in Port St. Joe (234 Reid Avenue), view the reveal of the paintings the artists think is their best work, meet the artists, purchase art, and be among the first to learn which artist was selected for the Artists' Choice Award. The Grand Patrons' Party is a more than a good excuse for everyone to relax with the Plein Air participants, but a way to learn more about the Plein Air process from the artists themselves. Attire is business to evening casual and will take place from 6:00 - 10pm EST, Saturday May 11th, and tickets are available for $40.00 on the Plein Air website www.pleinairfl.com.
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. 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.
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 & 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.
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, and Carrabelle have all joined forces to produce the most impressive art event seen 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.