Schedule

    • 17 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

    Join artists as they document the Apalachicola River and the boats that ply it.  


    • 17 Mar 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Joe, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe

    Watch artists capture the architecture and atmosphere of Port St. Joe. 


    • 17 Mar 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Gulf County TDC, Port St. Joe

    Kick off the 2023 Forgotten Coast en Plein Air in style!  Join us for lunch with the artists, volunteers, visitors and greater arts community at (location TBA). The luncheon is from Noon-1:00 pm (no fee required).

    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mexico Beach
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    LOCATION: 

    The 2023 Quickdraw will be held in Mexico Beach this year, featuring a wide range of exceptional subject matter sure to challenge and delight all artists. Exact location to be announced at a later date. 

    Note: All of Forgotten Coast en Plein Air events run on Eastern time, so events in Mexico Beach will be one hour earlier than local time. For example, an event starting at 2:00pm Eastern, will actually start at 1:00pm Mexico Beach (Central) time.

    All completed work will be displayed on site for judging and sales. Enjoy beautiful scenery and plan to attend the reception at the The Joe, 201 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe that afternoon from 4pm-6pm to hear the Judge's comments and see the works chosen for display. 

    ARTISTS REGISTRATION: 

    Online registration closes on Thursday, March 16th at midnight EST. On site registration begins at 8:00 am EST on the day of the event 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. 

    DATES AND TIMING: 
    Saturday, March 18 - 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 16th.

    Saturday, March 18 - 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 18 - 11:00am  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 am EST. Judging will begin at 11:30 am 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 a reception will be held that afternoon at The Joe, 201 Reid Avenue in nearby Port St. Joe, from 4pm-6pm. 

    SPECIAL QUICKDRAW EXHIBITION FOR 2022: 

    A special exhibition of a limited number Quickdraw works will be selected and hung at the CRTC and the wet room as a feature of the 2023 event. Please note that all paintings must be properly framed and wired, ready to hang. Volunteers will be available to assist, but artists must provide their own frame and framing materials ... so plan in advance and bring one with you. The exhibit will be open each day from 11 am to 5 pm, March 19-26, 2023. It will close at 3:00 pm on the 26th. There is no additional charge to participate in the exhibit and sale if your painting is selected by the judge.

    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.

    Note: Any work sold prior to 2:00 pm must remain on display until 2:00 pm. Artwork and artist supplies are the sole responsibility of each artist.   
    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mexico Beach
    • 3
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    Help with the Quickdraw event - registration, set-up, assisting the artists to set up for judging at the conclusion of the painting time, helping to handout and collect ballots, etc.
    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • 26 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Armory, Apalachicola, FL
    A unique feature to the Forgotten Coast event is a fully functioning Wet room which sells paintings as quickly as the artists deliver them to the check in station. The paintings are literally “wet” as they are often completed just hours before arrival. The Wet room features the work of all invited artists. The paintings change by the hour and often art collectors arrive daily to make their selections from the most recent deliveries. Collectors from across the country watch the online gallery where each painting is photographed and posted immediately to the website. If you cannot attend in person, you may view the paintings online. A painting can be selected and easily processed over the telephone. For the cost of shipping, the painting will be delivered to your door. Simply call 800-378-8419. Open daily 11:00am-5:00pm; Closing at 3:00 pm on March 27. Also opens at 1:00pm on March 18th. 
    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • The Joe, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL
    • 5
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    Help with set up, serving, and clean up of the reception.

    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Joe, 201 Reid Avenue, Port. St. Joe, FL

    The reception to highlight the selected paintings from the Quickdraw will be held at The Joe, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe on Saturday, March 18 from 4pm-6pm. Join us to hear the Judge's comments and see the works chosen for display of the Quickdraw held that morning. Reception is free and open to all!

    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Millpond Pavilion, Apalachicola

    Enjoy gospel music as artists capture a Sunday morning service on the waterfront in Apalachicola.  Nothing could be more joyful!  

    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • 26 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Joe, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL
    A selection of the best paintings from the 2023 Quickdraw competition will be selected to hang as a tribute to the “two hour challenge.” Many times some of the most spontaneous and creative pieces result from the competitive process. The exhibit may be viewed and purchased. Exhibit will hang at The Joe at 201 Reid Avenue from March 19-March 22, 11:00am - 5:00pm. Exhibit will move to the wet room at 201 Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe on Thursday, March 23 and hang daily 11:00am-5:00pm until Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 pm when the event ends. 
    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Scallop Republic, 411 Cape San Blas Rd, Port St Joe, FL

    Meet artists as art enthusiasts gather to view their work and converse about the art and the setting. 

    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Scallop Republic, 411 Cape San Blas Rd, Port St Joe, FL
    A selected artist will be the featured artist for the Scallop Republic Artist's Reception. Come meet the artists and see their work! Artists will have their work on display and be ready to discuss. 
    • 20 Mar 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach, FL, 32456

    Join artists as they capture the scenes in this beautiful area. They will be painting around the Welcome Center, 102 Canal Parkway in Mexico Beach.

    Note: All of Forgotten Coast en Plein Air events run on Eastern time, so events in Mexico Beach will be one hour earlier than local time. For example, an event starting at 2:00pm Eastern, will actually start at 1:00pm Mexico Beach (Central) time.




    • 20 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach

    Come meet the featured artist and the other artists and see their work of Mexico Beach. Reception location will be the Welcome Center at 102 Canal Parkway in Mexico Beach. Artists will have their work on display, and be ready to discuss.

    Mexico Beach CDC: 888-723-2546.

    Note: All of Forgotten Coast en Plein Air events run on Eastern time, so events in Mexico Beach will be one hour earlier than local time. For example, an event starting at 2:00pm Eastern, will actually start at 1:00pm Mexico Beach (Central) time.

    • 21 Mar 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Marine Street Riverfront Pavilion, Marine Avenue Riverwalk, Carrabelle

    Watch artists capture Carrabelle panoramas at their best, from the Pavilion on the Marine  Street Avenue Riverwalk.



    • 21 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Riverfront Pavilion on Marina Drive, Carrabelle, FL

    Artists will be painting along the Marine Street Riverfront Pavilion along the working waterfront in Carrabelle.  After the demonstrations, a selected artist will be the featured artist presenting his/her work at the reception. Come meet the artists and see their work!  Artists will have their work on display, and be ready to discuss.

    • 22 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Salinas Park, Cape San Blas
    • 2
    Register

    Help set up, assist with registration, assist with lunch for students and artists, and help take down event.




    • 22 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Salinas Park, Cape San Blas

    Join the featured artists as they paint with local students from Gulf and Franklin County schools. The event will take place at Salinas Park this year on the Cape. Each artist will work one-on-one with a student to paint their own plein air piece from 10am to 1pm. The students will sign their paintings and volunteers will help frame them onsite. Artists, students, teachers and volunteers gather at noon for lunch to celebrate the day's accomplishments.  The student paintings will then be taken to hang in the Wetroom in Port St. Joe for the duration of the event.  If you miss Student Art Day, be sure to go by and see their paintings in the The Joe in Port St. Joe at 201 Reid Avenue. 




    • 22 Mar 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lighthouse Park, 2B E Gulf Beach Dr., St. George Island

    Come watch the artists as they capture the beauty that is St. George Island and the St. George Lighthouse. 


    • 22 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • St. George Island Lighthouse, 2 E Gulf Beach Dr., St. George Island

    Artists will be painting around the public beach area near the St. George Island Lighthouse. Come meet the featured artist and the other artists and see their work! Reception is held at the St. George Island Lighthouse, and artists will have their work on display, and be ready to discuss.

    • 22 Mar 2023
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Downtown Port St. Joe, Lighthouse

    You'll find it amazing what the artists  find to paint in the dark!  A unique set of challenges and techniques will be on display as the artists paint in the moonlight.   Come meet the artists and see their work! Light refreshments will be served for a relaxing evening of art and enjoying the night skies! 

    • 22 Mar 2023
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

    You'll find it amazing what the artists find to paint in the dark!  A unique set of challenges and techniques will be on display as the artists paint in the moonlight.  Come meet the artists and see their work! Light refreshments will be served for a relaxing evening of art and enjoying the night skies! 

    • 23 Mar 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lynn's Quality Oysters, 402 Highway 98, Eastpoint

    Watch artists capture the atmosphere, tradition and lifestyle of the small fishing community of Eastpoint around Lynn's Quality Oysters.



    • 23 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lynn's Quality Oysters, 402 Highway 98, Eastpoint

    Artists will be painting around the waterfront in Eastpoint. Come meet the other artists and see their work! The reception is held on the back deck at Lynn's Quality Oysters, overlooking the bay.  Artists will have their work on display, and be ready to discuss.

    • 23 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Armory, Apalachicola, FL

    Come see the new selection of small paintings painted this week by the artists! These will be hung for the first time this evening so be sure to get your first choice by coming to the reveal! Public is invited (no tickets required) from 5:00-7:00pm at The Armory in Apalachicola. Don't miss out on purchasing one of these little jewels for your collection!

    • 24 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Armory, Apalachicola, FL

    This special event is by invitation only for Maecenas level ($1000 and up) Collectors. Held at the Wetroom this year in Apalachicola, this event brings together artists, collectors, and special guests for an evening of relaxed conversation and relationship building in a beautiful setting. Macenas level Collectors will have first choice in purchasing the reserved paintings from the event. The artists vote on the Artists' Choice award painting at this event, and the winner is announced during the evening. The Artists' Choice painting is traditionally purchased by the FCCC board for its permanent collection.  
    Come enjoy the evening of great food and great music, talk with the artists, and choose that special masterpiece to purchase for your own collection!  Please contact us for details, at info@pleinairfl.com.

    In order to sign up to attend the Maecenas Dinner, you must sign up as a Collector at the $1000 level or above. Please click HERE to access our Collectors Page to sign up to attend this event.  or contact us for details, at info@pleinairfl.com. 

    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola

    Join artists as they document the Apalachicola River and the boats that ply it.  


    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • The Armory, Apalachicola, FL

    The Collector's Gala is held on Saturday night, March 25th, and is open to all Collectors. In order to attend, you must purchase a Collector's package at the $100 level or above. Please purchase at this link

    On this special night, the artists will be displaying all their paintings from the week. Come enjoy the evening of great food and great music, talk with the artists, and choose that special masterpiece to purchase for your own collection! Please contact us for any questions or details, at info@pleinairfl.com.

    • 26 Mar 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Wetroom, The Armory, Apalachicola
    Our second Sunday and final day of the 2023 event will be the last opportunity to purchase artworks that capture the essence of our beautiful community and landscape. Come celebrate the end of the week together in Apalachicola. 
    • 26 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • The Armory, Apalachicola, FL

    Watch the artist that was awarded Artists' Choice for this year. Who is it? We will only know after the reveal on Friday evening so come to the demo to watch this artist and a demonstration of their choice!


    • 27 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Mar 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Apalachicola, FL
    • 15
    Register

    Join artist Kathleen Hudson for this post event three day plein air workshop in Apalachicola! You will meet daily from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with Kathleen to paint the beautiful area. See workshop description below. 

    Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to you as the artist to decide how to tell it. Join award-winning artist Kathleen Hudson as she reveals how she infuses her landscapes with atmosphere. You will learn how to see subtle color and value shifts that give your paintings depth. You will also learn tools for effective self-critique so you can strengthen your own work at each stage of progress. Hudson will bring example of her preparatory sketches and color studies so you can thumb through those in person.

    Each morning will feature a presentation and/or demonstration, and then exercises for students focusing on value and composition. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one instruction and will take place outside. Points of study will include:

    • Seeing as an artist: painting light rather than objects

    • Planning your painting: envisioning your painting, using varied reference material, honing value and design, doing color studies

    • Stages of painting: drawing, block-in, color mixing, approaches to working a larger painting, refining texture & edges, tools for self-critique

    • Experimentation: exercises you can do at home to continue your growth as an artist

    One-on-one instruction will be individually tailored. Students are encouraged to email several landscape painting examples beforehand and list some specific things they would like to work on. Tuition includes 40-page full-color workshop handbook.

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