Quickdraw 2022

The 2022 Quickdraw will be held in Apalachicola this year, featuring a wide range of exceptional subject matter sure to challenge and delight all artists. Exact location is the Millpond, 479 Market Street, which is located at the north end of Water Street. If you use Google Maps however, it drops you before the actual location, so make sure to go to the end of the street to find the registration location. All completed work will be displayed for judging and sales. The reception will be held that afternoon for those artworks selected for display at the Coastal Resiliency Training Center, located at 60 Island Drive, from 4-6pm. Everyone is welcome!

ARTISTS REGISTRATION:  

Online registration will be available soon. On site registration begins at 8:00 am EST and the registration fee is $20. 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. Artists may use any medium, but must paint in the plein air tradition. Canvases must be blank, and design work cannot begin prior to the 9 am horn.  Contact us at info@pleinairfl.com if you have questions about this. Please click HERE to register. 

DATES AND TIMING: 
Saturday, March 19 - 8:00 am - 8:45 am EST:  Artists check in at the registration desk, pay if they haven’t already paid online, 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 is Thursday, March 17th.

Saturday, March 19 - 9:00 am EST:  A horn will sound and artists may begin painting en plein air style on any subject.  The Quickdraw artwork must be created during the Quickdraw time frame.  Any violators will be banned from future events.

Saturday, March 19 - 11:00  EST:  The closing horn will sound and the Quickdraw artists bring their just completed artwork and easels to the exhibit/sale area for the judging and sale.  Artists are responsible for returning on time even if they are not within hearing distance of the horn.  There is little turnaround time, so please be prepared with a title and price when the Quickdraw volunteer visits you and establishes your catalog number.

JUDGING/AWARDS:  

All artists must be set up for judging by 11:30 pm EST. Judging will begin at 11:30 pm EST and end at 12:30 pm EST. The Quickdraw Awards are announced and ribbons are awarded. The judge will make comments about the winning paintings selected and an outdoor reception will be held immediately afterwards here at this location. 

SPECIAL QUICKDRAW EXHIBITION FOR 2022:  

A special exhibition of a limited number Quickdraw works will be selected and hung at the Coastal Resiliency Training Center in Eastpoint at 60 Island Drive as a feature of the 2022 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, March 21-27, 2022. It will close at 3:00 pm on the 27th. There is no additional charge to participate in the exhibit and sale if your painting is selected.

SALES:  

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 Forgotten Coast en Plein Air 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.

Quickdraw Judge - Kevin MacPherson

Kevin Macpherson has lived a life beyond his wildest dreams because he followed his muse. Paints in hand, he has globe-trotted to over thirty-five countries and counting. Art is his mistress as he travels in search of inspiration. His colorful, compelling oils cross international borders, speaking with the universal language of color. Kevin is a gifted teacher with keen intellect who has influenced thousands of aspiring artists. Through years of writing and teaching, he has crystallized his thoughts into a simple, direct, and highly effective painting method. Kevin can teach anyone to see and paint this visual language. If you have had the pleasure of studying with him, you know his youthful enthusiasm and intense curiosity are contagious.

Kevin is recognized as one of America's most accomplished Impressionistic plein air painters. His discipline and dedication have earned him critical success and numerous awards for his artwork. He is a member of many top organizations and has been recognized for his accomplishments and influence, including Master Oil Painters of America, Master American Impressionists Society, Master member California Art Club, member of the Salmagundi Club and Founding member and first president of the Plein Air Painters of America.

His work has been featured in more than 75 publications, books, television series and video. In addition to writing three popular books on landscape painting he has established stimulating artistic adventures. These include international venues and opportunities such as Chateau des Arts, En Plein Air Masters, Brush with Life and Artist’s Mentor Online and the television series, Passport and Palette.

Throughout his career he has devoted significant energy nurturing the next generation. Today finds him more energized, bringing art and joy to the aspiring hearts of underprivileged children especially in Central America and China with his foundation, “Art Ambassador for a Colorful World,” artambassador.org.

Kevin’s story is still being written.

See Kevin's website and work at Kevin Macpherson - About the Artist




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