The 2016 Quickdraw will be held in George Core Park in Port St. Joe featuring a wide range of exceptional subject matter sure to challenge and delight all artists. Artists may choose from the recently restored lighthouse, to the waterfront trail and park, or the vibrant Reid Avenue downtown corridor just a few blocks away. The Quickdraw will begin at the Lighthouse located at 200 Miss Zola's Drive (see map below).  All completed work will be displayed around the adjacent stage for judging and sales. Enjoy live music and great food from one of the many excellent cafes located within a short distance from the festivities.


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.  You will choose either the Professional or Open Class for the competition. All artists may use any medium, but must paint in the plein air tradition.  Canvases must not have any design work began prior to the 10 am horn.


Saturday, May 7 - 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM EST - Artists check in at the registration desk, 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/design has been begun prior to the starting time.  Deadline for pre-registration: Thursday, May 5th.

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 and end at 1:30 PM EST.

Awards will be given in the following categories: 2016 awards and categories are in development. Check back soon!

The Quickdraw Awards are announced and ribbons are awarded from the stage at George Core Park.
A special exhibition of forty Quickdraw works will be selected by a special Juror and hung at the Port St Joe Chamber of Commerce as a feature of the 2016 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, May 7-14, 2016. There is no additional charge to participate in the exhibit and sale.


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 Quickdraw 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.

Note: 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.