Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America's Great Paint-out

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Name: Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America's Great Paint-out
Date: May 4, 2018 - May 13, 2018
Event Description:

Now in the 13th year of documenting the landscape and culture of the last vestige of authentic "Old Florida,”  Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America's Great Paint-out, is among the world's most prestigious plein air events. Artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art continues to be the trademark of this 10-day festival. As the event moves into its second decade, organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional. “With plein air events popping up all over the country, we realize the importance of focusing on quality and relevance. We have developed a three year program, transcending typical event content to focus on the reason why plein air painting is important, as well as how the process and the paintings contribute to a region’s resilience,” states Event Chair Joe Taylor.

May of 2018 will focus on the built environment. This human-made space in which people live, work, and recreate will showcase architecture, streetscapes, working waterfronts and historic sites. While each year will have a programmatic focus for the purpose of examination in the series of lectures, presentations and discussions, the collectors can be assured that the paintings will be a superb mix of subject matter and styles.

The invitational features 20 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as, six "Florida's Finest en Plein Air" artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors. Expanded exhibits, a Collectors' Forum, distinguished guest speakers, and surprises that will be fresh and new to the plein air community are all in the making!

For a full list of more than 120 exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, receptions and painting opportunities, please visit
Individual events and exhibits will be located in Carabelle, Eastpoint, St. George Island, Apalachicola, Indian Pass, Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. The wetroom exhibit will be located at The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe.
Date/Time Information:
Exhibits will be open daily from 11:00am to 5:00pm Eastern. The Quickdraw (May 5), demonstrations, painting stations and Student Art Day (May 9) start as early as 9:00am Eastern. Please see individual event schedules at
Contact Information:
Most events are free and open to the public. For paid events, please see individual event details at
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