Quickdraw 2021

The 2021 Quickdraw will be held on St. George Island this year, featuring a wide range of exceptional subject matter sure to challenge and delight all artists. Exact location is the Lighthouse area. All completed work will be displayed for judging and sales. Enjoy live music and beautiful scenery at the reception that evening and receive a ticket to this reception included with your participation in the quickdraw. Guest/spouse tickets can be purchased separately online also before the reception. 


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. NOTE: If you have a credit from last year's canceled event, please register to secure your place but do not pay the invoice you will receive. We will apply any credits daily, so do not worry if you receive a payment reminder. Contact us at info@pleinairfl.com if you have questions about this. Please click HERE to register. 

Saturday, March 20 - 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 18th.

Saturday, March 20 - 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 20 - 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.


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. 


A special exhibition of a limited number Quickdraw works will be selected and hung at the wet room as a feature of the 2021 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 22-28, 2021. It will close at 3:00 pm on the 28th. There is no additional charge to participate in the exhibit and sale if your painting is selected.


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.

Sam Knecht, Quickdraw Judge 2020 and 2021

We've invited Sam back with us to judge our 2021 Quickdraw. Sam Knecht is a painter dedicated to representational tradition. Inspired by the finest American artists of the past he pursues both portraiture and landscape painting. Knecht first came to national attention with an article he wrote for American Artist magazine (November, 1980) comparing practice in egg tempera and watercolor.  He has a track record in national invitational exhibitions and juried competitions. Knecht’s portraits have earned awards in competitions hosted by the Portrait Society of America, the American Society of Portrait Artists, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Michigan Water Color Society. Knecht is a seasoned plein air landscape painter who has worked on location either with oil or watercolor. 

Knecht is also a full-time college art teaching at Hillsdale College in Michigan. He has taught in programs of the University of Michigan, including its program in Florence, Italy (1985).  Knecht chaired the Hillsdale College Department of Art from 1978 to 2013 and ran the Department’s exhibit series. Knecht serves on the Board of Artist Advisors for the American Renaissance for the Twenty-first Century (ART) Foundation in New York City. He served as Chairman of the selection jury for that organization’s national invitational exhibit The Legacy Lives that premiered in 1996 at Lever House Galleries, Park Avenue. Knecht’s artwork is represented by Rob Rousseau, Toledo, Ohio. See his work at https://www.knechtstudio.com

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