One of the world’s most prestigious plein air events is found on the Forgotten Coast! Now in its 14th year, the Forgotten Coast En Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-Out is a beloved 10-day festival where artists document both the landscape and culture of the Forgotten Coast, one of the last true “Old Florida” communities. This year’s event includes demonstrations, workshops, competitions and receptions at varying venues in Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Apalachicola, St. George Island and Carrabelle.
“With plein air events popping up all over the country, we realize the importance of focusing on quality and relevance. We have developed a three year program, transcending typical event content to focus on the reason why plein air painting is important, as well as how the process and the paintings contribute to a region’s resilience,” states Event Chair Joe Taylor.
This year’s event will have a focus on the natural environment as it recovers from the impact of Hurricane Michael. While each year of the festival features a programmatic focus for the purpose of examination in the series of lectures, presentations and discussions, collectors can be assured that the paintings will be a superb mix of subject matter and styles.
The invitational features 20 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as, four “Florida’s Finest en Plein Air” artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors. Expanded exhibits, a Collectors’ Forum, distinguished guest speakers, and surprises that will be fresh and new to the plein air community are all in the making!