Now in the 12th 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 2017 will focus on the local culture with an emphasis on the people, the places and stories behind the plein air paintings. The region’s rich culture and heritage,. And in 2018, we will celebrate 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, and the Plein Air Academy's Master Artist Faculty. 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! Book your reservations early for the best rates!
2017 Commemorative Collector's Guide
Plein Air artists spend time in advance of the event to study and capture the culture of the region.
Master plein air artists will return to Florida’s Forgotten Coast for a series of artist residencies focused on capturing the culture and stories of the region. Their paintings will a catalyst for discussions and education about life here on the Forgotten Coast.
For 2017, Mark Shasha has examined Childhood Literacy, Dawn Whitelaw will document volunteers serving to improve living conditions for the region's seniors, and David Boyd will spend a week capturing the communities efforts to preserve this last vestige of "Old Florida".
The work from these weeks will inspire exhibitions and discussions which will be featured highlights at the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event in May 2017.
If you are not a plein air painter, how would you like to be coached by a professional! Would you like to create your own plein air painting?
Forgotten Coast en Plein Air has committed to everyone having a chance to join in the excitement of plein air painting. Even if you have never put paint to canvas, here is the opportunity. Plein Air Painting Stations will be set up in each community throughout the 10 day event. A schedule will be posted soon outlining locations and times to sign up for a session to paint your own painting. In addition, there will be "community canvases" where you can walk up and paint on your own! You will have a chance to be "coached" by one of six plein air artists representing Florida's incredible plein air talent.
The 2017 Quickdraw will be held in Carrabelle at the Marine Street pavilion featuring a wide range of exceptional subject matter sure to challenge and delight all artists.
Artists may choose from the recently restored streetscape, the working waterfront, or the charming downtown corridor just a few feet away. The Quickdraw will begin at the Marine Street pavilion. All completed work will be displayed around the pavilion for judging and sales. Enjoy live music and great food from one of the excellent cafes located within a short distance from the festivities.
Student Art Day
High school students in the area have come to look forward to Student Art Day, where students chosen by their teachers are paired with professional artists for a morning of painting.
This experience of one-one work with an artist is unforgettable for the youth of our community, and is part of our mission of arts education through this event. Students are supplied with a canvas, paints, and brushes, and are allowed to choose their subject with their artist for the morning. Paintings are displayed at the Wet Room all week, so come see what our young people are doing!
Students, please contact your art teacher or principal for details!
Small Painting Sunday
Looking for just the right painting at the end of the week? Our focus on the final Sunday of the event is on Small Paintings, at tempting price points!
Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is ending the 10-day event with a bang! Artists will be asked to create and display special "small works" on this final Sunday. Canvases capturing the essence of the area in a smaller format, and at excellent price points gives everyone a chance to go home with a beautiful work of art. Take this last opportunity to see the 2017 body of work and select your final purchases. Say goodbye to tour artist friends and wish everyone a safe trip back to their home and studio. Join us at the Wet Room to see the new offerings of Small Paintings on Sunday, May 14.
Began as a special feature of our 10th Anniversary Celebration, Florida’s Finest en Plein Air is an exhibition of paintings produced in Florida by Florida plein air artists. This exhibition was first juried by Morgan Samuel Price and was showcased in the Ried Avenue Gallery in Port St. Joe for the 2016 event.This year, 6 new Ambassadors will join the exhibition and the collection will be shown at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art.
The exhibit features a special presentation of work by Morgan Samuel Price as the original Juror; work by invited artists from Florida, past Ambassadors and featured work by the 2017 Florida's Finest Plein Air Ambassadors. The exhibit showcases the plein air paintings from Florida's great wealth of painting talent.