Cape San Blas Quickdraw

  • 5 May 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Salinas Park (Bay side pavillions), Cape San Blas


  • This category is for those painters who do not paint professionally, specifically those who do not "earn a living" as a plein air artist.
  • This category is for professional artists who sell their work, teach workshops and paint "en plein air" as a source of income.


LOCATION: The 2018 Quickdraw will be held at Salinas Park on Cape San Blas, featuring a wide range of exceptional subject matter sure to challenge and delight all artists. Artists may choose from the pristine beaches,  charming beach cottages, or the quite marshes of St. Josephs Bay. The Quickdraw will begin at the Salinas Park pavilions located at 280 Cape San Blas Rd (Cape side), Cape San Blas (see map below). All completed work will be displayed around the pavilion for judging and sales. Enjoy live music and beautiful scenery,.

ARTISTS REGISTRATION: Online registration is now open. On site registration begins at 9:00 am EST and the registration fee is $10. 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 10 am horn.

DATES AND TIMING: Saturday, May 5 - 9:00 am - 9:45 am EST:  Artists check in at the registration desk, pay if they haven’t already, 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, May 3th.

10:00 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.

12:00 noon EST:  The 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 12:30 pm EST. Judging will begin at 12:30 pm EST and end at 1:30 pm EST. The Quickdraw Awards are announced and ribbons are awarded from the stage at Salinas Park Pavilion.  

SPECIAL QUICKDRAW EXHIBITION FOR 2018: A special exhibition of forty Quickdraw works will be selected by a special Juror and hung at The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art as a feature of the 2018 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, May 6-12, 2018. There is no additional charge to participate in the exhibit and sale.

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.   

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