St. George Island Quickdraw

  • 4 May 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Lighthouse Park, 2B East Gulf Beach Drive on St. George Island, Eastpoint, FL


  • This category is for those painters who do not paint professionally, specifically those who do not "earn a living" as a plein air artist.

    Your entry comes with a complimentary ticket to the QuickDraw Reception at 7:00pm the evening of May 4, at The Plantation. Additional tickets to the Reception may be purchased on-line.
  • This category is for professional artists who sell their work, teach workshops and paint "en plein air" as a source of income.

    Your entry comes with a complimentary ticket to the QuickDraw Reception at 7:00pm on May 4, at The Plantation. Additional tickets may be purchased on-line.


The 2019 Quickdraw will be held at Lighthouse Park on St. George Island, 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 surrounding quaint views. The Lighthouse is located at 2B East Gulf Beach Drive, Eastpoint, FL, on St. George Island. All completed work will be displayed around the lighthouse 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 is now open. 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. Your QuickDraw entry fee also gets you a complimentary ticket to the QuickDraw Reception at The Plantation at 7:00pm the same evening.


Saturday, May 4 - 8:00 am - 8:45 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 2nd.

Saturday, May 4 - 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, May 4 - 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 from the Lighthouse area. 


A special exhibition of forty Quickdraw works will be selected by a special Juror and hung first at the QuickDraw Reception the evening of May 2nd, then at The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art as a feature of the 2019 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 5-12, 2019. There is no additional charge to participate in the exhibit and sale.


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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