COAST en plein air Americaâ€™s Great Paint-Out
Your Guide to Events, Artists, Places, and Paintings
en plein air
COAST America’s Great Paintout
Capturing and Preserving Florida’s Forgotten Coast through the Plein Air Tradition Welcome to The Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-out! Our 10-day festival is among the world’s most prestigious of plein air events. Now in the 13th year, The Forgotten Coast en Plein Air documents the landscape and culture of the last vestige of authentic “Old Florida.”
The Forgotten Coast on Canvas
Our festival emphasizes artistic excellence and the production of investment-quality paintings. But there’s another mission: To capture the soul of the region. “With plein air events popping up all over the country, we realize the importance of focusing on quality and relevance,” says Event Chair Joe Taylor. Our event focuses as much on the artists and art as it does on depicting the landscape, cultural, architecture, and life of this special place on Florida’s coast.
Paintings That Tell Stories
Take a drive along The Forgotten Coast and you’ll see a wild mixture of coasts and forests, people and places, and businesses and homes. “We’ve developed a three-year painting program that captures not only why plein air painting is important, but how the process and the paintings contribute to a region’s resilience,” says Taylor. In short, the plein air paintings capture all the aspects of life, past and present that makes this region so extraordinary.
In 2016 we focused on habitat preservation and environmental stewardship, examining land use, conservation, and management as well as aquaculture challenges such as oyster reef restoration. In 2017, we focused on the region’s rich local culture and heritage with an emphasis on people, places, and stories that inform the plein air paintings.
But most of all, become a collector. There’s no better way to support the artists and the region than to buy paintings. While the artwork represents a mix of subject matter and styles, all paintings offer a true sense of place and your own meaningful slice of the beautiful Forgotten Coast.
This year, in 2018, we will celebrate the built environment, the human-made spaces where people live and work. This program and its paintings will showcase architecture, streetscapes, working waterfronts, and historic sites.
The Artists, the Events, and You
This invitation-only event features 20 internationally acclaimed artists, who come from around the globe. In addition, six “Florida’s Finest en Plein Air” artists (honored as Plein Air Ambassadors) will have their art available as well as teach classes. We urge you to interact with the painters; they love the attention! Attend the quickdraw event, the nocturne paints, lectures, lunches, receptions, collection exhibits, and Collector’s Gala to see all of the plein air paintings, and learn more about the artists, their painting styles and mediums. And take one-on-one classes with an artist ambassador to discover the intricacies of plein air painting yourself.
ON THE COVER: “Motherlode” by Lori Putnam. This painting represents the 2018 en plein air theme: celebrating the built environment and human-made spaces where people live and work. A Tennessee native, Lori is a nationally recognized Plein Air artist who has been a regular participant in our previous Forgotten Coast en Plein Air events. This year, Lori will also be the judge of our Quickdraw and will present several talks and exhibitions. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Lori and see her work.
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The Vision The History
Partners and Supporters 2018 Invited Artists Painting Stations Floridaâ€™s Finest Ambassadors
Plein Air at a Glance
Quickdraw Judge Lori Putnam Residency Exhibits Plein Air Exhibits Venues Map
Student Art Day 10 Day Schedule of Events Collect Plein Air Art Plein Air Marketplace Plein Air South Guest Presenter Roger Brown Plein Air South Presenters
Board of Directors Susan Bassett, President Mission and Strategic Planning Joe Taylor Vice President, Event Chair, Branding Kimberly Shoaf, Secretary, Gala, Student Art Day Leslie Wentzell Treasurer, Budget, Sales, Arts Engagement/Education, The Joe Liaison Danny Collins Director, Sponsorship Development and Opportunities Chuck Koch Director, National Outreach Penny Easton Director, Co-Event Chair, Cataloging Melissa Farrell Director, Co-Event Chair, Maecenas Pidge Gollbach Director, Artist Housing, Volunteer Development Cheryl Ploegstra Director, Marketing/PR, IT, The Joe Liaison Denise Rose Director, Plein Air South Liaison, Volunteer and Sponsor Development Valentina Webb Director, HCA Liaison and Floridaâ€™s Finest en Plein Air
The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition appreciates the long history of support from Visit Florida.
Lunch and Learn
Design/Production: Bay Media Services Karen and Doug Jimerson Printing: Panaprint WWW.FORGOTTENCOASTENPLEINAIR.COM
Honoring Event Founder
History, Organization and Purpose Paintings, relationship-building and more The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition is a 501c3 organization whose primary activity is organizing the annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Paint Out, each May. This event enhances the vitality of the local communities along Florida’s Forgotten Coast. From Mexico Beach to Alligator Point, the event depicts the natural beauty and unique culture of the Forgotten Coast.
Like many great projects, the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air started with a simple idea— inviting artists to capture the culture and beauty of the people and places of this amazing coastline. It was in 2004 when Richard Carrell first introduced the idea of a plein air event that eventually launched in 2006. Sadly, Richard only lived to see four years of plein air events, which has since grown to become one of the leading plein air events in the country. We continue to honor Richard and his wife Julia and their family for their commitment and passion.
Forgotten Coast en Plein Air also allows local residents and visitors a rare opportunity—to actively engage, as volunteers and art lovers, with nationally known plein air artists from around the world.
Giving Back To Our Communities
In turn, the plein air artists donate a percentage of each painting sale to benefit arts education for the communities of the Forgotten Coast. The Forgotten Coast Coalition also provided the permanent Richard Carrell Plein Air Collection to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf as well as grants for arts initiatives to many area partners.
Proceeds from Forgotten Coast en Plein Air support the mission of the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition. By organizing cultural activities, the coalition enhances the vitality of local communities along Florida’s Forgotten Coast from Mexico Beach to Alligator Point. By supporting this event you:
• Document regional history and culture • Highlight the preservation and awareness of Florida’s natural resources • Enrich the quality of life for residents by encouraging regional cultural events • Build community by empowering local non-profit organizations to be partners • Reach out to a broad-based, multi-community, multigenerational audience
Richard Carrell, at far left, celebrating the winners of the first Forgotten Coast Quickdraw. Now in 2018, the Quickdraw continues the legacy.
The support of the plein air community, partnering organizations and the contributions of local volunteers make this event possible. The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition is grateful! Aaron and Diann Farnsley Al and Carol Cathey Al and Serena Mirabella Ann Harris Anna Maria Cannatella Apalachicola Bay Charter School Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce Artists of Apalachicola Area Betty Webb Beverly Coxwell Billie Kinnett Boyd and Paula Pickett Brianna Wheatley Cal and Tamara Allen Cape San Blas Ladies Group CareerSource Gulf Coast Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce Chris and Cindy Clark Charley and Carrie Kienzle Cheryl Ploegstra Chuck Spicer City of Apalachicola City of Carrabelle City of Mexico Beach City of Port St. Joe Constance Peck Current Solutions Danny and Jo Ann Raffield Danny and Mindy Gilbert Dave Wentzell David and Trish Warriner Duke Energy Ed McNally Erin and Joseph Payner Franklin County Parks and Recreation Franklin County Schools Franklin County Seafood Workers Association Franklin’s Promise Coalition George and Bella Rudo Gretchen Mayes Gulf County Chamber of Commerce Gulf County Schools Helen and Mel Magidson Hillside Dancers for Christ Hillside Community Choir Historic Apalachicola Main Street Holly Brown Horace Solomon Jeanette Taylor Jane Durant Jennifer Corbin Jenny and Heath Galloway Julie Baxley
Karen and Doug Jimerson Kerry Burditt Jim and Susan Bachrach Julia Carrell Julia Cunningham Natalie Shoaf Knut and Barbara Rittweger Lacey and Fran Robinson Larry Johnson Linda BeHage Linda Matela Linda Quinlan Lorinda Gingell Lynn’s Quality Oysters Lynn Wilson and Bill Spohrer Marcy and Rich Trayhan Martha Linn Mary and Tom Gibson Matthew and Deborah Kemple Melissa Farrell Mike and Tara Craft Mize Plumbing Morgan Martin Nancy Stuart and Allen Ware No Worries Vacation Rentals Pamela Frizzell Pat Van West Paulette Moss Peggy Childs Pidge and Bill Gollbach Piggly Wiggly Polly Searle Project Impact Rusty’s Heating and Air Sandie Yarbrough Sarah and Torben Madson Server Solutions Inc. Steve Ramsay Shannon Hartsfield Shaun Donahoe Shawn Shattuck St. George Lighthouse Association St. George Island State Park St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Terry Kemp The Coombs House Valentina Webb Wanda Barfield Water Street Hotel Will and Jody Rosenbaum
The list of supporters continues to grow. Please check online at www.ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com for an up-to-date list of events.
Our Community Partners Franklin County Education Foundation (2009) Gulf Alliance for Local Arts (2009) Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf (2010) Weems Memorial Hospital Foundation (2010) Apalachicola Center for History, Culture, and Art (2011) Port St. Joe Port Theater (2011) Historic Apalachicola Main Street (2012) Proposed Port St. Joe Art and Culture Center (2012) Community Grant Writer (2012) PSJ High School Art Program (2013) Apalachicola School of Art Youth Academy (2013) CareerSource Gulf Coast Youth Arts (2014) Franklin County Arts in Community Resiliency (2014) Artist Residence, Mary Erickson Examines Coastal Habitat Management (2015) Artist Residence, Lori Putnam Examines Oyster Reef Restoration (2016) Artist Training, Strengthening Volunteerism Through the Arts (2016) Artist Residence, Mark Shasha Examines Childhood Literacy (2017) Artist Residency, Dawn Whitelaw Examines Volunteer Service and Community Engagement (2017) Excellence in Volunteer Management Training (2017) Artist Residency, David Boyd, Jr. Examines Sense of Place (2017) Initiated St. Joe Arts, Visual Arts Center (2017) Artist Residency, James Richards, Churches in Built on Faith, 2018 Artist Residency, John P. Lasater IV, Captures Boat Building (2018) Artist Residency, Morgan Samuel Price, Captures Shrimpers (2018)
Invited Artists Years of training, dedication to their craft and an acute eye for composition enables the twenty invited artists to produce fine quality art in the plein air tradition. Gathering from across the globe, these artists will paint for 10 days to capture the natural beauty, character and local culture of the last vestige of Old Florida. Forgotten Coast en Plein Air welcomes these artists and invites you to experience the magic of this annual event and take the opportunity to own a piece of Florida’s Forgotten Coast on canvas.
BRIENNE M. BROWN Julian, Pennsylvania “I find beauty in everyday life, the so called ‘mundane.’ Ordinary people going about their everyday lives inspire me. I enjoy painting en plein air, where each painting reminds me of where I was, of the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met.” Much to her mother’s indignation, Brienne owned little clothing that was not covered in paint. From a very young age, Brienne showed talent in art and music, but wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Chemistry, she soon found that art was more than a hobby. After leaving her job as a toxicologist to raise her first child, Brienne had the opportunity to paint more. Brienne holds signature membership in several watercolor societies, including the National Watercolor Society. Brown’s work can be seen in Splash 17, PleinAir Magazine, and Watercolor Artist Magazine. www.briennembrown.com
LUKE BUCK Nineveh, Indiana “I am in awe of this life and this world. It is overwhelming. It’s obviously a miracle. This is God’s creation and his gift to us. No artist can come close to duplicating the beauty or even the feeling we may have as we behold the scene before us, but it is enjoyable to attempt to convey to others with our painting and share our own insights, or to capture the moment of our own feelings and appreciation of what we are experiencing.” Luke Buck grew up in Indiana with a love for life, art, and nature that is evident in his nostalgic paintings of American landscapes and wildlife. Earning a scholarship, Luke studied figure drawing at the John Heron Art Institute. However, most of Luke’s art education and influence came from his artist father, Harold Buck, with whom he shared a studio with for many years. Buck’s talents have won him numerous honors and awards through the years and his work has been exhibited in many major juried and invitational art shows, including museum, gallery, and solo shows throughout North America. www.lukebuckart.com 6
Invited Artists KEN DEWAARD Hope, Maine For Ken there is nothing more rewarding and challenging than painting under an open sky, surrounded by the scents and sounds of nature and ever-changing color and harmonies to excite one’s creativity. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors, Ken began working in a commercial art studio in Chicago. He continued his studies at the American Academy of Art, where he studied with nationally recognized watercolorist, Irving Shapiro. Upon Irving’s recommendation Ken joined the acclaimed Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, where he soon began studying with Scott Burdick as well as Dan Gerhartz. It is here that Ken adapted his direct and pure approach as well as his bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting directly from life. He has won numerous awards around the country in many of the top Plein Air Competitions. www.kendewaard.com
CHARLES DICKINSON St. Augustine, Florida “I find the world in all of its variety an endless source of inspiration. I use rich color, strong compositions, and solid drawings as the foundation of my paintings to capture what I see and feel. My goal is to create lasting works that express the spirit and beauty of nature.” Charles Dickinson began drawing in early childhood. Later he received four years of formal training at the Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, and earned a scholarship at Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut where he studied painting and sculpture. He has since dedicated his life to the study of painting and has been a full-time plein air artist for the last forty years. Dickinson is an award-winning artist and his work is collected internationally. For sixteen years, He is inspired by the challenges of painting new landscapes with limited time and the opportunity to paint alongside his peers. www.charlesdickinson.net
MARK FEHLMAN San Diego, California “I love to paint from the life that surrounds me. I paint in an impressionistic style, marked by energetic brushwork, and use thick and thin layers of paint, patterns of light and dark, and a rich palette of colors to capture the moment.” Mark Fehlman practiced as an architect for 35 years, as the design partner for the San Diego based firm, Fehlman LaBarre. Mark started painting in 2000 and within five years left architecture to start a new career as an artist. He trained under many great artists, but the two who were most influential were Ray Roberts and John Asaro. Like both artists, Mark is equally comfortable in figurative and landscape subjects that feature strong composition, well defined value relationships and vibrant color. He has won numerous awards in various shows, including the “Grand Award” for the LPAPA 2014 Best of Plein Air, First Place in the Borrego Springs Plein Air Festival, as well as many other awards. www.markfehlman.com 800/378-8419
Invited Artists KATHLEEN B. HUDSON Lexington, KY “When I envision a new painting, I focus on points of shifting light and atmosphere in the scene. To me, these are the source of a landscape’s beauty: the things that make us stop and look before continuing on our way.” Kathleen B. Hudson is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and an Artist Member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA. In 2017, Hudson received the Grand Prize in the 6th Annual Plein Air Salon for her painting Bright Morning, Timberline Falls, which was featured on the July 2017 cover of PleinAir Magazine. Hudson now undertakes several national juried competitions each year, and when she’s not outside painting from life, you can find her in the studio creating larger scale landscapes that emphasize the dynamic interplay of light, shadow, and atmospherics. www.kathleenbhudson.com
CHARLIE HUNTER Bellows Falls, Vermont “My goal is to paint beautifully that which is not traditionally considered beautiful. Sorta like a less-grotesque Anselm Keifer in a better mood. Thanks for looking.” Charlie Hunter was raised in the house built by his great great, great grandfather, majored in art at Yale University, and spent the early part of his career as a graphic designer. He has won numerous awards for his distinctive, near-monochromatic work in water-miscible oil. Hunter has said, “My goal is to paint beautifully that which is not traditionally considered beautiful,” to which Richard Schmid in Alla Prima II responds “If it is within the realm of human evolution to allow one individual to possess the gift of a natural sense of design then Charlie Hunter is certainly the lucky winner.” Curiously, his cats remain unimpressed. www.CharlieHunter.art
DEBRA HUSE Costa Mesa, California “Artist Debra Huse takes a loving look at the quintessential California lifestyle: the beaches, boats, gardens, and people, all partaking of the “good life” in the Golden State. An astute observer of everyday life, Debra presents her subjects immersed in the unique light and warmth of coastal Southern California. A true “plein air” painter, her paintings are direct and honest views of what is all around her.” -Mr. Jean Stern, Art Historian, Author and Lecturer Debra Huse uses rich color and bold fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her oil paintings. Originally from Indiana, Huse lives in Costa Mesa, CA and has a studio in a boatyard. She has a passion for painting coastal scenes and old fishing boats. Huse is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society of Marine Artists & Laguna Plein Air Painters. www.debrahuse.com
Invited Artists SHELBY KEEFE Milwaukee, Wisconsin “I am passionate about drawing and depicting my subjects with honesty as well as expressiveness. My goal is to create a fresh perspective to the recognizable world without being predictable or mundane. Being comfortable at rendering in oil paint, I enjoy tackling complex subjects from cityscapes to the figure in the ala prima method of wet on wet.” Shelby Keefe is an award-winning impressionist painter, teacher and performance artist. Utilizing a vibrant underpainting technique of complimentary colors, her oil paintings are complex, but not overly-worked. With a BFA in 1981 and a career in graphic design, she became a full-time fine artist in 2005 painting, teaching and competing nationwide and working in her studio/gallery. She has collectors all over the country in corporate, museum and public collections. www.studioshelby.com
THOMAS JEFFERSON KITTS Portland, Oregon “When people view my efforts, I want them to see a painting, not a photograph. I want them to experience a surface made alive with color, texture, and the movement of my hand, yet also feel tethered to the reality that gave birth to the work. Up close, I want my surfaces to explode. But most of all, I want my audience to appreciate why I prefer to paint from life—and thus discover our common sense of wonder.” Thomas is both inspired and exhilarated by the way light plays across the landscape and he has devoted most of his life to capturing it in oil. He prefers to work directly from life for its honesty and immediacy, incorporating many alla prima techniques developed by 19th century master painters such as Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn. Thomas has been been featured in several issues of PleinAir Magazine and named as an Artist to Watch by The Informed Collector. www.thomaskitts.com
JOHN P. LASATER IV Siloam Springs, Arkansas “I make simple visual statements with my artwork, regardless of the subject matter. Simplicity is peaceful, and reinforces the blessing of our existence. Through the medium of oil paint, I have a language for my gratitude.” John P. Lasater IV developed a love for art working as a designer and illustrator for Hallmark Cards. His honors include top awards in national plein air invitationals (Maui Plein Air, Door County Plein Air, Easels in Fredrick, Sedona Plein Air, Plein Air Rockies, Telluride Plein Air, Plein Air Southwest), signature memberships in Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and Outdoor Painters Society, an award of excellence from the Oil Painters of America national exhibition, and feature articles in Southwest Art and PleinAir Magazine. He also served as a speaker and demonstrator for the 2015 Plein Air Convention and the 2016/17 Plein Air South Conventions. www.lasaterart.com 800/378-8419
Invited Artists NANCIE KING MERTZ Chicago, Illinois Nancie King Mertz, has spent her lifetime painting in oil and pastel. She was awarded the Master Circle by Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies, Eminent Pastelist in 2018, and is a Master Signature member of Pastel Society of America & Chicago Pastel Painters. She teaches in the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention, where she was awarded the 2017 Silver Medal. Her pastels are included in exhibits worldwide and she has traveled to nearly 20 countries for inspiration. Her work is featured in Pastel Journal and Plein Air Magazine. She has won numerous painting awards, teaches and juries around the globe, has an Urban Set and Atmospheric Landscape Set of pastels in her name. Her husband, Ron, publishes her sold originals in Giclée prints and together they own ArtDeTriumph and Artful Framer Studios in Chicago. www.NancieKingMertz.com
VICKI NORMAN Bridgnorth, Shropshire, UK “I just love paint. And I love to travel. And to teach other people to paint. That’s it really.” Born in Hertfordshire, England, Vicki Norman received her BA Hons in Fine Art in 2000 and has been painting and teaching professionally ever since. Travelling worldwide, she creates studies in oil that capture a sense of place through color and light. Vicki’s paintings have won awards in the UK and Ireland where she is a regular contributor to plein air events and competitions. Achievements in 2017 included ‘Best Painting in Show’ at Bermuda Plein Air and exhibiting with the Royal Society of Painters in Oils at London’s Mall Galleries. www.vickinormanstudio.com
MORGAN SAMUEL PRICE Altamonte Springs, FL Morgan sees light as a tool to explore the visual pleasure of the movement over the objects. Capturing that movement sets the time of day. Retaining that choice of actual time creates the plausible illusion. The painting is never about the subject; it is about the physical sensation of temperature. At age 15, Morgan knew enough about painting to learn Sumi brush strokes. Even at 15, Morgan had the mindfulness to view her own practice and go learn specific skills to improve. No technical issue was going to hold Morgan back. Now, decades later, Morgan Samuel Price has technical skills few painters ever possess. Many artists teach but not all see teaching itself as an art. Morgan did. Morgan learned to explain a single concept many ways. She tuned into how different people hear information. She has produced over 14 DVD’s and numerous on-line Video Educational Products. Morgan has exhibited in 60-plus National Exhibitions, Plein Air Invitational Events throughout the country and numerous solo gallery exhibitions. www.morgansamuelprice.com 10
Invited Artists JAMES RICHARDS Tucker, Georgia “My goal in painting is to give a glimpse of the beauty in the ordinary everyday objects and places passed by daily without recognition.” James Richards is an American Impressionist painter who specializes in oils. He was born and raised in rural Georgia and spent the days of his youth exploring the farms, fields and forests of his hometown. James has spent years studying the nuances of paint and developing a keen sense of understanding and control over the medium. He is now regarded as one of the top oil painters and instructors in the country. He considers teaching and sharing his knowledge to be his primary purpose and true calling as an artist. He has recently lent his teaching talents to Paula Deen and President Jimmy Carter. www.jrichardsstudio.com
RAY ROBERTS Angela Camp, California Award-winning artist, Ray Roberts, was born in 1954 and grew up in an Orange County, California with orange groves, before the days of freeways and sprawling housing developments. It has given him an enduring affection for the untamed, undeveloped California of his youth. In 1969, after the early death of his father and mother’s ill-health, Ray was sent to Orme School in the Arizona desert. Its strong fine arts program helped Ray to discover his artistic talent. Like many successful artists before him, Ray first pursued a career as an illustrator. He got up the courage to switch to fine art in 1992 and has never looked back. Ray currently teaches figure and landscape workshops with Plein Air Liaison in Petaluma, California, as well as several other locations across the country and abroad. Ray and Peggi now live on a 20-acre ranch in Angels Camp, an old California gold rush town, surrounded by the oak-studded hills. www.krollroberts.com/ray-roberts-portfolio
TONY ROBINSON Wexford, Ireland
“I enjoy working in new places, new landscapes and the challenges and surprises they bring.” Forgotten Coast 2018 is Tony Robinson’s second plein air event in the United States, having won an award for his painting of Chesapeake Bay at ‘Paint Annapolis’ in 2017. Originally from the north-east of England, Tony has lived in Ireland for most of his life. He worked as a teacher, signwriter, mural painter, artist-in-the-community, picture framer and gallerist. In the last 15 years has he sought to exhibit and gain recognition and in that time, he has won plein air events worldwide. “Working from life is important to me. Whether painting the figure or a plein air landscape, it is what I find inspiring. I aim for an authentic atmosphere but I also try to leave the door ajar for the paint to take over and surprise me. It doesn’t always turn out like that but sometimes it does—and then it is worth the risk. I remind myself, it is only paint!” www.tonyrobinsonart.com 800/378-8419
Invited Artists MARK SHASHA Swampscott, Massachusetts An award-winning author, illustrator and educator, an occasional actor and singer, Mark Shasha’s paintings, drawings and prints are found in public and private collections around the world and have appeared in museums and galleries for more than three decades. His children’s books appear regularly on bestseller lists and have been read by millions worldwide. Mark Shasha is one of New England’s leading artists. He is an elected member of The Guild of Boston Artists, The Copley Society and the Rockport Art Association. He is represented by Bonnie Crane Gallery, Willoughby Fine Art Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard and a few other select galleries. When he is not painting Shasha is likely to be acting or singing on a stage. He has had several key roles in notable Boston-area productions including Willy Wonka (playing “Willy Wonka”), “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Peter Pan,” “Blood Brothers” and others. www.markshasha.com
WILLIAM A. “BILL” SUYS Kettle Moraine, Wisconsin Oil painter Bill Suys is a Signature Member of both the Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America whose greatest joy in life is standing behind his easel, indoors or out, with a brush in his hand. Bill creates plein air and studio works using wide-ranging subject matter: portraiture/figurative, landscape, animals, still life and architecture. Suys paints, teaches, judges, lectures and demonstrates. He has won multiple awards and was recently elected to the OPA Board of Directors. In addition to numerous group and one-man gallery shows, event invitations, awards earned and juried show acceptances Suys’s devotion to his craft, his participation in plein air invitationals, judging, and teaching, have helped him grow as a soulful painter who believes in lifelong learning, ‘no excuses’, and the power of observation. www.williamasuys.com
VLADISLAV YELISEYEV Sarasota, Florida “Painting outdoors with its ever changing conditions is my passion. I see my paintings as a testament to light. Capturing the underlying mood and telling the story based on subtle nuances of the scenery is my source of inspiration.” Classically trained Russian-born American artist Vladislav Yeliseyev received his formal art education in 1977 and later earned his Master’s Degree at The Moscow Institute of Architecture where he received academic training in Fine Arts and Architecture. Vlad is a signature member of National Watercolor society, Florida Watercolor Society and American Impressionist Society. His work has been featured in Watercolor Artist, Plein Air Magazine and Art of Watercolor. In the last three years Vladislav participated in about thirty national paintout events including plein air conventions where he was a demo and teaching artist. Currently he is represented by Troika Gallery in Easton Ma, Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery, Galleria Silecchia in Sarasota, Fl, Le Prince Gallery in Charleston, SC. and Susan Powell Gallery in Madison, Ct. www.yeliseyevfineart.com 12
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Florida’s Finest Ambassadors
One-on-one sessions Paintings, workshops and more Imagine spending two hours in a one-on-one session with a professional en plein air artist. You’ll leave with your own artistic creation! A schedule of available sessions are posted on the event website under Painting Stations. Visit www. ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com to sign up. Book your artist, location, and time slot early because spaces are limited. Each painting station session costs you just $25. No prior painting experience is necessary. Just sign up and have fun! This event is funded with support from Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs.
Six Florida artists are the en Plein Air Ambassadors for the 2018 season. This year’s ambassadors include Michelle Held, Robert Simone, Jeff Ripple, Ruth Squitieri, Shawn Escott and Chris Kling. See & Buy Paintings
Each of these talented artists will be highlighted in the Florida’s Finest en Plein Air juried exhibit and sale located at The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture, and Art at 86 Water Street, Apalachicola.
Paint your own painting
The Florida’s Finest Ambassadors will also share their plein air knowledge and experience by hosting painting stations. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at plein air painting or looking for tips and techniques to improve your style? If so, be sure to sign up for one or more of painting station session.
Meet the Florida’s Finest En Plein Air Artists
Meet the Florida’s Finest en plein air artists (as well as the winning Quickdraw artists) at the Gallery Reception at the Quickdraw Gallery, upstairs at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts (HCA) on May 5 from 7 to 9pm. Tickets are $20 per person. Please register online at www. ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com
Events at a Glance Florida’s Finest and Quickdraw Gallery Reception May 5, 7 to 9pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts (HCA). Register online; event cost $20. Painting Stations. Sign up for time and artist at www.ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir. com. Event cost $25.
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Plein Air 2018 Florida’s Finest Ambassadors Meet and paint with the pros and take home a painting SHAWN ESCOTT Boca Raton, Florida “From capturing sunrises and sunsets, to painting the light of a fleeting moment, Shawn enjoys chasing the effect of nature’s brilliance.” Attention to detail and painterly strokes make the plein air paintings of Shawn Escott uniquely his own. His major influences are the American Impressionists, Plein Air Painters of America and many contemporary artists working today. Shawn studied for a short time at the Lyme Academy of Art but is mostly self taught. His work has been shown at Sotheby’s International Realty, the Boca Raton Museum All Florida Exhibition, The Boca Raton Museum of Art School, The Boca Raton Historical Society and others. Shawn occasionally teaches at the Boca Raton Museum of Art School and holds workshops. He was also given the honor of being elected to the board of Plein Air Palm Beach. www.shawnescott.com
MICHELLE HELD Sarasota, Florida Painting en plein air confirms Michelle’s love for this beautiful world and the wonders of the Florida environment. She has an insatiable appetite for color, light, and texture! Michelle strives to inspire happiness, trigger your imagination and make an emotional connection with the viewer. Michelle has been a working artist in Sarasota Florida for 23 years. Her passionate work in historical restoration, grisaille, and unique contemporary wall finishes has propelled her into a career in fine art. Her work has been featured in many publications, most recently American Art Collector and Home and Design. Michelle has also been featured on HGTV’s Extreme Homes. Michelle is especially known for her heartfelt paintings of iconic Florida birds and wildlife. Some recent awards include: Best Automobile - Solomons Quick Draw 2017; Honorable Mention - Solomons Paint Out 2017; Plein Air Magazine Award - Paint Palm Beach 2018; American Art Collector, Joshua Rose award - Lightchaser Feature Artist Show 2018. www.artbymichelleheld.com
CHRIS KLING Port Charlotte, Florida “Being an artist is not just my career. It is an integral part of who I am and is something that I am compelled to do. My work reflects my interest in boats, water, nature, and the human figure. I work in oil, primarily in a traditional manner but with a contemporary flair through color, composition, value, and application of paint. Color sings to me and I try to use its harmony to evoke an emotional connection with others.” Chris Kling has worked as a professional artist since 1978 and has received numerous awards and commissions for her landscapes and portraiture throughout the US and with the Portrait Society of America. She teaches Plein Air and Oil Portraiture and has a studio in Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor in Stuart, FL. www.chrisklingartist.com
Florida’s Finest Ambassadors JEFF RIPPLE Micanopy, Florida “I am dedicated to a poetic realism in landscape painting. For me, that is the artistic combination of an accurate depiction of a scene infused by my emotional response to the light and atmosphere on that landscape. Such a painting may or may not be of a precise location or moment in time, but it is always believable and true to place.” Jeff Ripple’s oil paintings in the field and studio are inspired by intriguing compositions, mood and atmosphere in the landscape. His style involves carefully planned drawings, a reliance on sketches and studies painted in nature to inform studio work, and a treatment of light and atmosphere reminiscent of 19th Century artists working in the uniquely American Hudson River School and Luminist traditions. Jeff is a self-trained artist who relies on rigorous daily practice in drawing and painting as part of his process. www.jeffrippleart.com
ROBERT J. SIMONE St. Petersburg, Florida “For me painting is a prolonged meditation on the beauty of nature. Such beauty invites us to participate in it’s splendor. It calls us to higher heights and beacons us to consider the mysteries of life.” Robert J. Simone is a nationally recognized artist who has received awards in such prestigious events as Plein Air Easton, Lighthouse Plein Air, Plein Air Richmond and Cape Ann Plein Air. He holds Signature Member status in the American Society of Marine Artists and has exhibited in OPA’s Eastern Regional. www.robertjsimone.com
RUTH SQUITIERI Port Orange, Florida “When I paint on location, I want to convey the mood and sunshine that I felt at that moment. The best compliment is when a viewer tells me they can put themselves into the scene and feel the warmth of the sun and enjoy it with me.” Ruth was born and raised in Germany where art has featured prominently for her, although her whole family was more musically inclined. After moving to Florida in the early 1990s, she expanded her knowledge about art via books and self-study, and discovered plein air painting in 2006. Since then she has taken her brushes and paints on location and has depicted alleyways, boats and palm trees in glorious Florida sunshine. In addition to loving the outdoors and eager to chat, encourage and advise passers-by, Ruth has taken on a permanent instructor’s position at her local art association in New Smyrna Beach, teaching everything from the basics of sketching to composition and perspective to plein air painting. On top of that Ruth is an active blogger, writing bilingual posts about her own art. www.paintingsbyruth.com 800/378-8419
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Welcome to the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air. If this is your first time attending, here’s a quick glance at some terms you may hear during this amazing and fast-paced event.
One of the most exciting and fun events of the week, Quickdraw is a competition where all the artists must complete a finished work in a two-hour period. Works are then judged, displayed, and available for sale. Quickdraw is an excellent event if you want to see all of our invited artists in action creating finished pieces right before your eyes.
Every year the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air showcases the talents of some of the best artists in the Sunshine State. Their work will be highlighted in a juried exhibit and be available for sale. Florida’s Finest exhibit is also a great place to meet Florida’s finest artists.
Talk about an exciting venue! At the Wet Room, you’ll see artists bring their fresh-fromthe-easel work in from the field to be catalogued, priced, and hung. Watch your favorite artist’s portfolio of work grow throughout the show.
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Do you love to paint? Or, did you ever wish there was an easy way to get started? If so, check out our Painting Stations. Here, for a very modest price, you can spend two hours with a professional artist for a one-on-one painting experience. It’s fun, easy, and everything you need is provided. It’s an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up, so sign up early.
Lunch and Learn
Here’s another great opportunity for you to get involved. In our series of Lunch and Learn events, you’ll get to listen to our amazing artists share tips and techniques that both novice and experienced artists can learn from. The artists are also more than willing to answer any questions you might have.
Student Art Day
One of the events that Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is most proud of is our Student Art Day. An annual tradition, mentor artists are paired with students from area schools to create amazing works of art. If you love watching creativity blossom, be sure to attend Student Art Day and share a community lunch with artists of all ages.
Hone your artistic skills at one of our Workshops. Here, you’ll meet with one or more of our nationally known instructors who, through lectures, slide shows or demonstrations, will greatly help you improve your own painting technique.
The Water Street Hotel & Marina offers 30 richly appointed suites, features a fitness center, outdoor pool, meeting facilities and guest services. The marina hosts 19 slips which will accommodate boats up to 55’.
Each year, at the Collectors’ Gala, we ask all the artists to submit a few of their favorite works for the ultimate competition, Artists’ Choice. Then, the artists themselves vote for best in show and their top pick is displayed with winners from previous years. If you want to see a window into our Forgotten Coast en Plein Air history, this exhibit is a must.
Small Painting Sunday
Small Painting Sunday caps off a week of great activities with all our artists working on a variety of smaller sized works that will be displayed and available for sale. See your favorite artist in action from start to finish.
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Quickdraw More than $10,000 in prizes will be presented as five distinct awards in professional and open categories. Come see artists paint against the clock! Quickdraw is a 2-hour painting event thatâ€™s open to anyone over the age of 14. You will choose either the Professional or Open Class for the competition. Artists may use any medium, but must paint in the en plein air tradition. Bring your own supplies and easel and paint with the pros. The entry fee is $10.
The Quickdraw Event The 2018 Quickdraw will be held at Salinas Park pavilions located at 280 Cape San Blas Road on Cape San Blas. The location features a wide range of subjects which will challenge and delight all artists: pristine beaches, charming beach cottages, or the quiet marshes of St. Joseph Bay. Artists gather on Saturday, May 5 at 9:00 am to check in, have their blank canvases stamped, and pick up their title and price
label. No canvas will be stamped if painting has been begun prior to the starting time. All artwork must be created during the Quickdraw time frame. At 10 am, a horn will sound and artists may begin painting en plein air style on any subject. At 12 noon, the horn will sound again and the Quickdraw artists bring their just completed artwork and easels to the exhibit area for the judging and sale.
Judging the Paintings This year’s Quickdraw competition will be judged by Lori Putnam. The Quickdraw awards will be presented from the stage at approximately 1 pm. All completed work will be displayed around the pavilion for judging and sales. Watch the judging and enjoy live music and beautiful scenery.
The Judge’s Perspective Talk Later in the day, attend “The Judge’s Perspective” talk, featuring the event judge, Lori Putnam. The talk will be from 2 to 4 pm at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts (HCA), 86 Water Street, Apalachicola. You can celebrate the results of the Quickdraw, hear Putnam’s perspective on judging, and learn why she selected the paintings that were winners.
Florida’s Finest and Quickdraw Gallery Reception
That evening, attend the Florida’s Finest and Quickdraw Gallery Reception. Meet the Florida’s Finest en plein air artists as well as the winning Quickdraw artists who have
works in the Quickdraw Gallery, upstairs at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts (HCA), 86 Water Street, Apalachicola. All paintings are for sale. Refreshments are served. Tickets at $20 per person. Please register online.
2018 Quickdraw Judge
Quickdraw at a Glance Quickdraw: Saturday, May 5, 9am to 1pm, Salinas Park, Cape San Blas. This is a free event. Quickdraw Exhibit Judge’s Talk: Saturday, May 5, 2 to 4pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts (HCA). This is a free event. Florida’s Finest and Quickdraw Gallery Reception, May 5, 7 to 9pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts (HCA). Register online; event cost $20.
Lori Putnam will be this year’s Quickdraw judge. Putnam is a nationally acclaimed en plein air artist from Charlotte, TN. Her abstract-impressionist paintings are recognized for her expressive brushwork and use of color. Regarded as one of the country’s top artists and instructors, Putnam travels to paint, teach, and lecture across the U.S. and abroad. Past Forgotten Coast Plein en Air invited artist, she is the winner of the 2016 Artist Choice Award. Lori’s work will be showcased in The Judge’s Collection: Exhibition of the Work of Lori Putnam. The Exhibit can be seen at the Mexico Beach Visitor’s Center. www.loriputnam.com
Residency Exhibits and Presentations Documenting the culture of the Forgotten Coast through art Every year the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air selects several artists to document aspects of the region’s cultural, architectural, and environmental heritage. These residencies have become an important part of our local outreach and result in an impressive portfolio of work.
“Shrimpers” Residency Exhibit
Highlighting the work of Morgan Samuel Price Examine the subject of shrimpers through the eyes of Morgan Samuel Price. Her residency explores the work, people and environment of the shrimping community on the Forgotten Coast. Exhibit Dates May 4-11: Port Inn, 501 Monument Avenue (on Highway 98), Port St. Joe. Special Presentation, May 4: Morgan discusses the people, vessels, and stories of the shrimping industry. 6:30 pm, Port Inn, 501 Monument Avenue (on Highway 98), Port St. Joe.
“Ripples” Boat Builders Residency Exhibit Highlighting the work of John P. Lasater, IV
As the fishing and oystering business has dried up along the Forgotten Coast, so has the need for new boats. Former apprentices have given up the trade to take work elsewhere. Fortunately, John P. Lasater, IV tracked down two boat builders and spent a week’s residency painting the work and faces of the boat builders still plying their craft in the area, including Luther Hatfield of Eastpoint and Fred Buskins of Port St. Joe. Exhibit Dates May 4-11: Eastpoint Visitors Center, 731 Highway 98, Eastpoint. Special Presentation, May 8: John’s residency documents two boat builders, one current and one retired, and their work in what was once a key industry along the Forgotten Coast. 6:30 pm, Eastpoint Visitor’s Center, 730 Highway 98, Eastpoint.
“Built on Faith” Residency Exhibit Highlighting the work of James Richards
Churches have long played an important (and prolific) role in the Forgotten Coast community, showing evidence of the many faiths that built this part of old Florida. Some neighborhoods seem to offer a church on every block. James Richards spent a week capturing these structures for his residency. Exhibit Dates May 4-11: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 140 West 1st Street, St. George Island, FL Special Presentation, May 9: James discusses the culture and stories of the region as they relate to faith and churches, evidence of faith in the built environment. 6:30 pm, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 140 West 1st Street, St. George Island.
Artist Residencies Celebrating nature and culture With the idea that art validates the nature, culture, and people of an area, in 2015 a series of artist residencies began which focused on the how the plein air process celebrates and builds stronger communities. Their paintings have been an annual catalyst for discussions and education about life here on the Forgotten Coast. The selected artists spend time in advance of the event to study and capture the culture of the region. Below is a snapshot of the residencies that have occurred to date. Artist Residency, James Richards Examining Churches in Built on Faith (2018) Artist Residency, John P. Lasater IV Captures Boat Building (2018) Artist Residency, Morgan Samuel Price Captures Shrimpers (2018) Artist Residency, David Boyd Jr. Preservation of Original Homesteads and Working Class Cottages (2017) Artist Residency, Dawn Whitelaw The role of Volunteer Engagement in Local Communities (2017) Artist Residency, Mark Sasha The Role that Art Plays in the Lives of Children (2017) Artist Residency, Lori Putnam Oyster Reef Restoration (2016) Artist Residency, Mary Erickson Coastal Habitat Management (2015)
Area Culture and Beauty Presented in Regional Exhibits The Wet Room: Art Fresh Off the Easel 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 20 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. Visit the Wet Room for art sales and information, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue. Open11 am-5 pm daily. Florida’s Finest en Plein Air Exhibition: A Tribute to Florida’s Plein Air Talent A special tribute to the remarkable wealth of plein air talent
in the State of Florida, the exhibition will bring together paintings from across the state’s 65,758 square miles. Each of the paintings feature Florida scenes, painted in Florida, by Florida artists. The exhibit will highlight the work of the Florida’s Finest Ambassadors, a special presentation of paintings submitted by Florida’s plein air artists juried by Morgan Samuel Price. The work is available for viewing and purchase at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water Street. Open 11 am-5 pm daily.
Masters’ Gallery: Inspired Paintings
Hosted this year at The Joe Center for the Arts, invited artists display their finest studio work, inspired by plein air studies from the Forgotten Coast event. This exhibit exemplifies the tradition of artists taking a series of smaller pieces produced out of doors back to their studio, and producing the larger, fully developed paintings you will see in the Masters’ Gallery. All works are available for viewing and purchase. Visit the Masters’ Gallery for information and sales at The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe. Open 11 am-5 pm daily.
Quickdraw Exhibit: The Best of the 2018 Quickdraw Competition A selection of the best paintings from the 2018 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 at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water Street. Open11am-5 pm daily.
Artists’ Choice Collection: Invited Artists Select the Best of the Best Each year at the “Collectors’ Gala,” the invited artists select what they consider
the “best” painting of the 10-day event. The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition purchases that painting and adds it to a growing collection. The exhibit can be viewed at the Rio Carrabelle Gallery, 102 St. James Avenue, Carrabelle. Open11 am-5 pm daily.
Founder’s Collection: An Artists’ Tribute
In 2010 a special collection of plein air work was donated by the invited artists to honor the event’s founder, Richard Carrell. The exhibit can be seen at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, 3801 East Highway 98, Port St. Joe. Open 11 am-5 pm daily.
The Judge’s Collection: Selected Works of Lori Putnam
Nationally known Plein air artist, Lori Putnam, will be the invited judge for the 2018 Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event. Lori will be showing studio works derived from Plein Air studies. The exhibit can be seen at the Mexico Beach Visitor’s Center, 102 Canal Pkwy, Mexico Beach. Open 11 am-5 pm daily. 800/378-8419
VENUE MAP FOR EVENT ACTIVITIES
Nineteen venues unite eight communities along more than 100 miles of the Forgotten Coast.
Port St. Joe
Port Inn 501 Monument Avenue
Cape San Blas
Salinas Park 240 Cape San Blas Road
Apalachicola Riverfront Park 90 Water Street
Lynn’s Quality Oysters 402 U.S. 98
Eastpoint Visitor Center
Port St. Joe
Welcome Center 102 Canal Parkway
The Joe Arts 201 Reid Avenue
Mill Pond Pavilion 479 Market Street
Port St. Joe
Sunset Park Highway 98
Cape San Blas Lighthouse 200 Miss Zola’s Drive
Community Center 1 Bay Avenue
Port St. Joe
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Sacred Heart Hospital 3801 East Highway 98
Port Theater 314 Reid Avenue
History, Culture, Art Ctr 86 Water Street
Marine Avenue Pavilion Marine Street
Eastpoint Visitor Center 731 Highway 98
St. George Island
Rio Carrabelle 102 St. James Avenue
Berkshire Hathaway Ofc. 140 1st Street West
St. George Island
Eastpoint Pavilion Patton Drive
Lighthouse Museum 2 East Gulf Beach Drive
CARRABELLE MEXICO BEACH
EASTPOINT PORT ST. JOE APALACHICOLA ST. GEORGE ISLAND
CAPE SAN BLAS
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Thank you to Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for their Ongoing Support of the Arts in our region. Because of their support, most of our activities are free and open to the public.
The Lookout Lounge is your place for fun and good times on the beach! Enjoy daily drink specials, karaoke, live music and sunsets on the deck. Located at the Mexico Beach city limits in Beacon Hill. 9454 West Highway 98, Beacon Hill
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Lunch and Learn Get valuable insights about en plein air painting from en plein air painters. And enjoy a delicious lunch, too. Monday, May 7
Reflections with Ray Roberts Ray Roberts, a master of landscape and figure painting, shares his expertise in understanding reflections and translucence. Ray says “Water is a mesmerizing and magical subject for me to paint. I will be exploring many of the optical effects when observing water, reflections and translucence.” Noon-2pm, Port Theatre, 314 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
Tuesday, May 8 No Shame in Being Different with Charlie Hunter “Plein Air Painting” conjures images of bright beaches, colorful skies and highly chromatic romps through the color spectrum. Charlie Hunter’s work on the other hand, while still pure plein air, tends toward the monochromatic, relying on value, edges and composition to create a compelling image. Noon-2pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola
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Thursday, May 10 Art Up with Mark Shasha If you attended Mark’s residency presentation about “Art in Education,” you’ve had a preview of what Mark will present at his Lunch and Learn. He will riff on the ways art intersects with culture, literacy, and science. Mark’s presentations are multi-media and highly entertaining, combining his paintings with poetry, music, children’s book illustration and even a little science. Noon-2pm, Port Theatre, 314 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Friday, May 11
What’s Cool about Watercolor with Brienne Brown Watercolor is a versatile medium and it’s exciting to see how modern watercolor artists are using it. Brienne Brown shares her love of watercolor, explains what makes watercolor unique, and presents art from many watercolor masters, as well as fantastic modern artists. Noon-2pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola
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Bringing Animals to Life with William A. “Bill” Suys Bill’s presentation provides participants with a better awareness and understanding of painting in general, along with a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the animal characters that populate their paintings. Bill will address keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of art work, improving the result while bringing greater joy and depth to the process. Noon-2pm, Port Theatre, 314 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
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The Legacy of Art
Student Art Day Watch talent take root and bloom
Nothing is more exciting and satisfying than watching talent take root and blossom at an early age. That’s why we consider Student Art Day to be one of jewels in the crown of the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event. Started in 2007, Student Art Day has become one of the most popular events. Join us at The Mill Pond
This year you can join our featured artists at the historic and picturesque Mill Pond in Apalachicola as they help mentor local students from Gulf and Franklin county schools. Each artist will work side-by-side with a student to help create a plein air piece of art. The students will sign their paintings and volunteers will frame them
onsite. Artists, students, teachers, and volunteers will then gather for a noon lunch to celebrate the day’s accomplishments.
Join us at the Wet Room
In the afternoon, the student paintings will be hung in the Wet Room at The Joe in Port St. Joe for the duration of the event. Please join us for activities celebrating this wonderful tradition of student and professional collaboration. And, if you happen to miss Student Art Day, be sure to stop by the Wet Room and see their paintings up close.
Former Student Art Day participant becomes teacher
“I was in 9th grade when I participated in Student Art Day and loved every minute of it. It was my first time painting with oils and because art has influenced my life so much, I eventually became an art teacher at an after school/summer program called Project Impact. Later I became an art teacher at the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. Now, I have a full time classroom to myself and I make sure to teach my kids to see the beauty in the world and people. I believe that’s the start of igniting their creativity.” ~ Joy Carrino
Event at a Glance Student Art Day May 9,10 am - 1 pm Mill Pond, 479 Market Street, Apalachicola
Daily Events: Exhibits, Workshops and Demonstrations Throughout the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event, there are a host of exhibits, presentations and demonstrations you can attend. SATURDAY, MAY 5
Cape San Blas Quickdraw The 2018 Quickdraw will feature a wide range of exceptional subject matter; artists may choose from the pristine beaches, charming beach cottages, or the quiet marshes of St. Josephs Bay. All completed work will be displayed around the pavilion for judging and sales. Enjoy live music and beautiful scenery. $10 entry fee. 9am-1pm, Salinas Park, Cape San Blas Salinas Park Vistas, Artist Demonstrations: Charles Dickinson and Luke Buck Watch and interact with artists as they paint land- and seascapes. 2-4 pm, Salinas Park, 240 Cape San Blas Road, Cape San Blas
EVENTS BY DATE FRIDAY, MAY 4
A Working Waterfront, Artist Demonstrations: Brienne Brown and Morgan Samuel Price The fishing vessels scarred with years of patina from everyday use, attract all ages to the river. Watch artists paint among the seafood houses and docks in downtown Apalachicola. 9-11 am, Riverfront Park, 86, Water Street Apalachicola A Mini-Workshop: Ken DeWaard Mastering the Quickdraw Polish your Quickdraw skills with an experienced professional. The two hour Quickdraw challenge (on Saturday, May 5), does not have to be intimidating. In fact, it can be a fun and productive exercise. The workshop covers strategies forachieving a great Quickdraw painting; a winning “point of view,” simplification through color, compositional design and beauty in the brushwork. Ken has placed and won Quickdraw competitions across the country. Register online at www.ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com; cost is $95 per person. 9-11am, George Core Park, Miss Zola Drive, Port St. Joe
Opening Luncheon Kick off the 2018 Forgotten Coast en Plein Air in style! Join us for lunch with the artists, volunteers, visitors and greater arts community at the wonderful The Joe Center for the Arts on Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe. Enjoy the Master’s Gallery while you lunch and learn about the upcoming events. 12 pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Street, Port St. Joe Reid Avenue Streetscapes Artist Demonstrations: Kathleen Hudson and John P. Lasater, IV Watch artists paint downtown activity in a quaint, picturesque setting. Stop by the Wet Room to locate artists and pick up event information. 2-4 pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe First Friday Reception Celebrate the start of 2018 Forgotten Coast en Plein Air with a reception at the iconic Port Inn. Join us for a fun evening of talk, music and laughter with the greater arts community in downtown Port St. Joe. 6 pm, Port Inn, 501 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe Shrimpers Residency Presentation: Morgan Samuel Price Morgan discusses the people, vessels and stories of the shrimping industry. 6:30 pm, Port Inn, 501 Monument Avenue (on Highway 98), Port St. Joe
The Judge’s Perspective: Lori Putnam Nationally acclaimed Plein Air artist (and past Forgotten Coast invited artist), Lori Putnam is the Quickdraw judge. Hear her judging perspective and learn why the selected paintings are winners. 2-4 pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola A Working Waterfront, Artist Demonstrations: Ken DeWaard and William A. “Bill” Suys The fishing vessels scarred with years of patina from everyday use, attract all ages to the river. Look for artists among the seafood houses and docks in downtown Apalachicola. 2-4 pm, Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola Salinas Park Artists’ Reception: Charles Dickinson Meet Charles and the other artists and see and discuss their work. 4-6 pm, Salinas Park, 240 Cape San Blas Road, Cape San Blas Florida’s Finest and Quickdraw Gallery Reception Meet the Florida’s Finest en Plein Air Artists, as well as the winning Quickdraw Artists who have works in the Quickdraw Gallery. All paintings are for sale. Register online at www.ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com; cost is $20 per person. 7-9 pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola
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SUNDAY, MAY 6
Plein Church/Gospel en Plein Air, Artist Demonstrations: James Richards, Brienne Brown, John P. Lasater, IV, and Morgan Samuel Price Enjoy gospel music as artists capture a Sunday morning service on the waterfront in Apalachicola. Nothing could be more joyful! 9-11 am, Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola How the Landscape Elevates Us: Kathleen Hudson Hear a presentation from a new Forgotten Coast en Plein Air participant. Kathleen says, “A powerful landscape is more than just scenery—it’s transformative for the viewer. Since before the days of medieval pilgrimage, people have journeyed to particular places in hopes of drawing their eyes outwards and upwards and finding renewal.” 11am-12pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola Event: Maecenas Dinner This special dinner is by invitation only for Maecenas level Collectors. This event brings together artists, collectors and special guests for an evening of relaxed conversation and relationship building in a beautiful setting. Register online at www.ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com. 7-9 pm, Rivercrest Lodge, 501 Bay City Rd, Apalachicola
MONDAY, MAY 7
Lunch and Learn: Reflections with Ray Roberts A master of landscape and figure painting shares his expertise in understanding reflections and translucence. Ray says “Water is a mesmerizing and magical subject for me to paint. I will be exploring many of the optical effects when observing water, reflections and translucence.” Register online at www. ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com. Cost is $15 per person. 12-2pm, Port Theatre, 314 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
The View Across Apalachicola Bay, Artist Demonstrations: Thomas Jefferson Kitts, Nancie King Mertz and Tony Robinson Watch artists capture the atmosphere, tradition and lifestyle of the small fishing community of Eastpoint around Lynn’s Quality Oysters. 2-4 pm, Lynn’s Quality Oysters, 402 Highway 98, Eastpoint Eastpoint Artists’ Reception: Thomas Jefferson Kitts Artists will be painting around the working waterfront in Eastpoint. Thomas Jefferson Kitts will be the featured artist at this reception on the back deck at Lynn’s Quality Oysters overlooking the bay. Artists will have their work on display and be ready to discuss. 4-6 pm, Lynn’s Quality Oysters, 402 Highway 98, Eastpoint Nocturne Paint in Apalachicola, Artist Demonstrations: Vladislav Yelseyev, Nancie King Mertz and Tony Robinson 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! 8-10 pm, Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola Nocturne Paint at the Port St. Joe Marina, Artist Demonstrations: Shelby Keefe, William A. “Bill” Suys, James Richards, and Mark Fehlman 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. Light refreshments will be served for a relaxing evening of art and enjoying the night skies! 8-10 pm, Port St. Joe Marina, 200 Miss Zola’s Drive, Port St. Joe
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TUESDAY, MAY 8
Lunch and Learn: No Shame in Being Different with Charlie Hunter ‘Plein Air Painting’ conjures images of bright beaches, colorful skies and highly chromatic romps through the color spectrum. Charlie’s work, while still pure plein air, tends toward the monochromatic, relying on value, edges and composition to create a compelling image. Register online at www. www.Forgotten CoastEnPleinAir.com. Cost is $15 per person. 12-2pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola Marine Avenue Panoramas, Artist Demonstrations: Shelby Keefe, Mark Shasha, and Charlie Hunter Watch artists capture Carrabelle panoramas at their best. 2-4 pm, Marine Street Pavilion, Marine Avenue Riverwalk, Carrabelle Rio Carrabelle Artists’ Reception: Shelby Keefe Artists will be painting along the Marine Street Riverwalk along the working waterfront in Carrabelle. After the demonstrations, Shelby will be the featured artist presenting her work at the reception. Artists will have their work on display and be ready to discuss. 4-6 pm, Rio Carrabelle Gallery, 102 St. James Avenue, Carrabelle Ripples Boat Builders Residency Presentation: John P. Lasater, IV John’s residency documents two boat builders, one current and one retired, and their work in what was once a key industry along the Forgotten Coast. 6:30 pm, Eastpoint Visitor’s Center, 730 Highway 98, Eastpoint
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
Student Art Day Join the featured artists as they paint with local students from Gulf and Franklin County schools. Each artist will work one-on-one with a student to paint their own plein air. The student paintings will be in the Wet Room in Port St. Joe for the duration of the event. 10-12 pm, Mill Pond, 479 Market Street, Apalachicola The Lighthouse Silhouette, St. George Island, Artist Demonstrations: Vladislav Yelseyev, Debra Huse and Ray Roberts Come watch the artists as they capture the beauty of St. George Island and the St. George Lighthouse. 2-4 pm, Lighthouse Park, 2 E Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island St. George Island Artists’ Reception: Vladislav Yelseyev Artists will be painting around the public beach area near the St. George Island Lighthouse. The featured artist at the reception will be Vlad. Artists will have their work on display, and be ready to discuss. 4-6 pm, St. George Island Lighthouse, 2 E Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island Built on Faith Residency Presentation: James Richards James captured the culture and stories of the region as they relate to faith and churches, evidence of faith in the built environment. 6:30 pm, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 140 West 1st Street, St. George Island
THURSDAY, MAY 10
Lunch and Learn: Art Up with Mark Shasha If you attended Mark’s residency presentation about Art in Education, you’ve had a preview of what Mark will present. He will riff on the ways art intersects with culture, literacy, and science. Register online at www. ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com; cost is $15 per person.12-2pm, Port Theatre, 314 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
FRIDAY, MAY 11
Local Color, Artists Demonstrations: Mark Shasha and Charles Dickinson Watch artists paint the last of five lighthouses built on Cape San Blas. The 90-foot, pyramidal skeleton tower was completed in 1885, fitted with a third-order lens, and moved to its present location in Port St. Joe in 2014. 9-11 am, Cape San Blas Lighthouse, 200 Miss Zola’s Drive, Port St. Joe Master’s Gallery Tour: Lori Putnam The Master’s Gallery is comprised of studio paintings from the invited artists, often in larger formats than are possible en Plein air. Join this year’s judge, Lori Putnam, as she discusses what make the pieces presented in the Masters’ Gallery so valuable.11-12 am, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Lunch and Learn: What’s Cool about Watercolor with Brienne Brown Watercolor is a versatile medium and it is exciting to see how modern watercolor artists are using it. Brienne shares her love of watercolor, explains what makes watercolor unique, and presents art from many watercolor masters, as well as fantastic modern artists. Register online at www.ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com; cost is $15 per person.12-2pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola Artists Roundtable Discussion: Moderated by Lori Putnam Join judge Lori Putnam and a panel of artists including Mark Fehlman, Nancie King Mertz, Tony Robinson and Debra Huse, for a discussion about their perspectives on storytelling through the plein air process. 2-4 pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola
Collectors’ Gala Artists will be displaying all their paintings from the week, including their selections of their best work. 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. The Gala is open to all Collectors. Collector packages can be purchased on the Collectors online at www. ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com. 7-10 pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
SATURDAY, MAY 12
A Working Waterfront, Artists Demonstrations: Kathleen Hudson and Charlie Hunter Join artists as they document the Apalachicola River and the boats that ply it. 9-11 am, Riverfront Park, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola Reid Avenue Streetscapes, Artist Demonstrations: Vicki Norman and Debra Huse Watch artists capture the architecture and atmosphere of Port St. Joe. 9-11 am, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Open House at the Wet Room Our biggest day for art at the Wet Room! All paintings the artists have produced are turned in on Friday afternoon, and will be on display and for sale. Artists will be on hand to talk with you about their work, and light refreshments will be served throughout the day. Come join us and pick out your painting to take home! 11am5pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
Mexico Beach Tableaus, Artist Demonstrations: Luke Buck, Mark Feldman, and Vicki Norman Observe artists as they paint the white sand beaches, coastal cottages, and people who flock to them. 2-4 pm, Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach Mexico Beach Tableaus Reception Luke Buck will be the featured artist at the Mexico Beach Tableaus reception. Come meet Luke and the other artists and see their work of Mexico Beach scenes. Artists will have their work on display and be ready to discuss. 4-6 pm, Mexico Beach Welcome Center, 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach
Lunch and Learn: Bringing Animals to Life with William A. “Bill” Suys Bill’s presentation provides participants with a better awareness and understanding of painting in general, along with a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the animal characters that populate their paintings. Bill will address keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of art work. Register online at www.ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com; cost is $15 per person. 12-2pm , Port Theatre, 314 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Collector’s Consultations: Lori Putnam This year’s judge Lori Putnam offers personal art consultation in the Wet Room. Lori will help you select the masterpiece that is exactly the right fit for your taste. Consultations are on a first arrival basis. 1-4 pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Artists’ Choice Wet Room Artist Demonstration: Ken DeWaard Join artist Ken DeWaard, 2017 Artists’ Choice recipient, as he demonstrates the techniques that make him a consistent winner. 2-4 pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
SUNDAY, MAY 13
Warm or Cool? Understanding Color Perception presentation by Vicki Norman Check out the Small Painting Sunday exhibit and listen to Vicki Norman’s presentation. 11am-12 pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Small Painting Sunday This event is an opportunity for artists to produce “small works” that capture the essence of our beautiful community and landscape in the smaller formats, and at price ranges everyone can appreciate! 11 am-3 pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Wet Room Artist Demonstration: Ray Roberts Join Ray as he demonstrates his mastery of capturing the landscape. 1-3 pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
Plein Air South Plein Air organizations and painting groups across the South come together for the third “Plein Air South” regional gathering in Port St. Joe. There are presentations, demonstrations, instruction, vendor exhibition, and of course, painting outdoors! The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
See art from the Forgotten Coast May 4-13, except where noted*
Artists’ Choice Collection: The Best of the Best At the “Collectors’ Gala” the invited artists select what they consider the “best” painting of the 10-day event. The Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition purchases that painting to add to the collection. View 10 years of paintings chosen as the Best of the Best! *Date: May 4-11, 11-5pm, Rio Carrabelle Gallery, 102 St. James Avenue, Carrabelle Wet Room: Art Fresh off the Easel The Wet Room is where all new paintings come. The paintings are literally “wet” as they are often completed just hours before arrival. The Wet Room features the work of all invited artists. Painting displays change by the hour. 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 to the website. 11am-5pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Masters’ Gallery: Inspired Paintings Invited artists display their finest studio work, inspired by plein air studies from the Forgotten Coast event. This exhibit exemplifies the tradition of artists taking a series of smaller pieces produced out of doors back to their studio, and producing the larger, fully developed paintings you will see in the Masters’ Gallery. All works are available for viewing and purchase. 11am-5pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe Florida’s Finest: A Tribute to Florida’s Plein Air Talent A special tribute to the remarkable wealth of plein air talent in the State of Florida, the exhibition will bring together paintings from across the state’s 65,758 square miles. Each of the paintings feature Florida scenes, painted in Florida, by Florida artists. The exhibit highlights the work of the Florida’s Finest Ambassadors, a special presentation of paintings submitted by Florida’s plein air artists. The work is available for viewing and purchase. 11am-5pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola The Best of the 2018 QuickDraw Competition A selection of the best paintings from the 2018 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. 11am-5pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola
Founder’s Collection: An Artists’ Tribute In 2010, a special collection of plein air work was donated by the invited artists to honor the event’s founder, Richard Carrell. This is part of the permanent artwork collection at Sacred Heart and provides comfort and interest to families waiting for their loved ones in the surgery center. 11am-5pm, Sacred Heart Hospital, 3801 East Highway 98, Port St. Joe Shrimpers Residency Exhibit: Highlighting the work of Morgan Samuel Price Examine the subject of shrimpers through the eyes of Morgan Samuel Price. Her residency explores the work, people and environment of the shrimping community on the Forgotten Coast. 11am-5pm, Port Inn (on Highway 98), Port St. Joe Ripples Boat Builders Residency: Highlighting the work of John P. Lasater, IV As the fishing and oystering business has dried up along the Forgotten Coast, so has the need for new boats. Former apprentices have given up the trade to take work elsewhere. Fortunately, John P. Lasater, IV tracked down two boat builders and spent a week’s residency painting the work and faces of the boat builders still plying their craft in the area, including Luther Hatfield of Eastpoint and Fred Buskins of Port St. Joe. 11am-5pm, Eastpoint Visitor’s Center, 730 Highway 98, Eastpoint Built on Faith Residency Exhibit: Highlighting the work of James Richards Churches have long played an important (and prolific) role in the Forgotten Coast community, showing evidence of the many faiths that built this part of old Florida. Some neighborhoods seem to offer a church on every block. James Richards spent a week capturing these structures for his residency. 11am-5pm, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 140 West 1st Street, St. George Island The Judge’s Collection: Exhibition featuring the art of Lori Putnam Nationally know Plein air artist, Lori Putnam is the judge for the 2018 Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event. Lori is a long-time favorite of Florida art collectors and recognized for her expressive brushwork, contemporary compositions, and intelligent use of color. Lori’s work will be showcased in this exhibition. 11am5pm, Mexico Beach Visitor’s Center, 102 Canal Pkwy, Mexico Beach
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Collect Plein Air Art If you love plein air, consider becoming a collector. Owning your own piece of the local scenery also makes you a patron of the arts. When you collect art from the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event, you support arts in our local communities all along the coast. When you purchase a Collector Package you also get to participate in the event in a variety of amazing ways:
The collector is critical to completing the artistic process. Without the patron of the arts, the creations go uncelebrated and the artist does not reach the highest potential. Thank You Collectors! Grand Patron Jerry and Barbara Burg Tom and Mary Gibson Wes and Heather Jones Port St. Joe Lions Club Linda Lillycrop Jim and Diane Lowry
You get art! A pre-paid art credit for any purchase you make of art from one of our venues during the 2018 event. You attend special events! Invitations to ticketed events as outlined below with the different Collector levels. You are appreciated! Your name will appear in our Commemorative Collectors’ Guide and be listed on our Thank You Boards. Join the group of honored collectors, visit www.ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com to secure your package of benefits. Check the website for the growing list of Forgotten
Collector Events When you become a collector, you gain access to all events as well as some special inspiring ones. Visit www.ForgottenCoastEnPleinAir.com for details.
Florida’s Finest and Master’s Gallery Reception May 5, 7 to 9pm, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts (HCA), 86 Water Street, Apalachicola. Maecenas Dinner May 6, 7 to 9 pm, Rivercrest Lodge, 501 Bay City Road, Apalachicola (for Maecenas, Benefactor, and Master level collectors only) Collectors’ Gala May 11, 7 to 9pm, The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe.
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May 14-17 Port St. Joe Florida Plein Air organizations and painting groups across the South are coming together to host the third “Plein Air South” regional gathering, May 14-17, 2018 in Port St. Joe, Florida. The event will feature four days of presentations, demonstrations, instruction, vendor exhibition, and of course, painting outdoors!
2018 Plein Air South Keynote Speaker Roger Dale Brown “To capture the essence of the scene, making the viewer feel they can step into a different day, understanding the mood, and beauty of that day is my goal.” Originally from Nashville, Roger now resides in Franklin Tennessee. Avid about traveling he is compelled to explore regions and subjects that capture his interest. Roger has made it his life’s study to gather and understand information from these special places. This expands his knowledge of nature, history, architecture and culture, which inspires him to create his poignant oil paintings. Crediting historical artists, such as John Carlson, Isaac Levitan and John Singer Sargent for their example. Roger has developed his own unique voice in his art. He spends countless hours painting on location or from life capturing important nuances of a scene, day, or an object. Roger embodies the emotion of the scene he is painting by drawing on his knowledge and his dedication to art. Roger will deliver our closing keynote address at Plein Air South 2018. www.rogerdalebrown.com
Uniting Plein Air Painters Across the Southeast
Faculty David Boyd Jr David Boyd, Jr. attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, receiving a degree in illustration. After college, he returned to his hometown and taught art to middle and high school students for 20 years before pursuing his love of painting full time in 2014 . In 2016 Boyd co-founded The Studio School at Three Hearts farm where he teaches. Boyd also teaches workshops across the southeast. In the fall of 2017, he opened The Boyd Gallery in Newnan, Georgia. Boyd is an avid outdoor painter and is an active member of several groups including the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Portrait Society of America, American Association of Marine Painters, and is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. He is the founder of the Southside Outdoor Sketchers group, SOS, and a founding member of the Society of Seven. Boyd is an award winning artist and his work can be found in private collections across the globe. www.davidboydjr.com Anne Blair Brown Anne Blair Brown lives in Nashville, TN. Her work centers on both rural and urban landscapes, people, and interior spaces. While she enjoys the quiet solitude of her studio, she delights in painting on location. Anne Blair Brown is past president of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and a Signature Member of both The Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. She is also an active member of The Cumberland Society of Painters and The Chestnut Group, a nonprofit group of artists dedicated to preserving endangered ecosystems, historic locales, and aesthetically and environmentally significant places. www.anneblairbrown.com
Bill Farnsworth An illustrator of over 60 Children’s Books, Bill has seamlessly moved into fine art and is a Signature member of ASMA, OPA, and AIS. He has participated in 6 Forgotten Coast Paint Outs and his work has been deeply inspired by the region. He has garnered awards of excellence from the Oil Painters of America’s National and Regional shows. He won Best in Show at The 10th Biennial National Show in Punta Gorda, and a Bronze Medal in the 2013 OPA Summer Salon. “My goal with my work is to paint what I love and convey that honestly so the viewer can feel that as well.” www.billfarnsworth.com Trey Finney Born and raised in South Carolina, Trey Finney attended the College of Charleston, then transferred to the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where he graduated in 1987 with a degree in Illustration. In 1989, after two years of working as an architectural illustrator, he was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation and spent the next fifteen years as an animator with the Florida studio in Lake Buena Vista, contributing to nine animated features and several animated shorts. During his time there, Disney offered many continuing education drawing and painting classes; painting inspired a more personal journey, culminating in the decision to leave the animation field and pursue a full-time career in fine art. Since then, he has been painting feverously. In 2014 he won an “Award of Distinction” at The American Impressionist Society’s annual show, and in 2016 won second place at the prestigious “Plein Air Easton” show and sale. Other highlights include an “Award of Excellence” presented by the Society of Animal Artists and acceptance in national shows such as “The OPA Salon”, “The OPA Eastern Regional” and Honorable Mention at 2014 “Plein Air Richmond.” www.treyfinney.com
John Guernsey Originally form southern California, contemporary landscape artist, John Guernsey, moved to Georgia in 1993 for a business career, and transitioned to an art career in 2006. Having developed his drawing skills through college courses and workshop study, he now concentrates primarily on landscape painting. Most of his work is ‘en plein air’, or alla prima; although he is gradually increasing the output of larger studio paintings. His work reveals a keen observance of atmosphere and light and he is inspired not only by nature, but by city life and architecture. Mr. Guernsey maintains a busy schedule of classes and workshops, and regularly participates in nationally ranked plein air festivals throughout the country. Some of his recent plein air awards are, Best of Show Los Gatos CA 2017 and 2014, Best of Show Richmond VA 2013 , and awards of excellence at Carmel CA, 2017, 2016 and 2014. He is currently represented at Mountain Mist Gallery, in Cashiers, NC. www.johnbguernsey.blogspot.com Marc Hanson Marc was born in Oxnard, California and spent some of his early school years there. Marc began college as a biology major, but soon applied to and was accepted into Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, majoring in illustration. After Art Center and a brief stint as a staff illustrator in Sacramento, California, Marc moved to Minnesota where he lived for 33 years while raising a family and pursuing his art. Marc relocated to Colorado in the Fall of 2012 and currently lives in Mississippi. “A naturalist at heart, the landscape is the perfect vehicle for expressing the joy I have for the world that surrounds me.” Marc has shown his work in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. He is a Master Signature Member of The Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.M.) and has many awards. www.marchansonart.com
Faculty Kathleen B. Hudson Kathleen B. Hudson emphasizes dynamic light and atmospherics in her work. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and a member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA. In 2017, Hudson received the Grand Prize in the 6th Annual PleinAir Salon for her painting Bright Morning, Timberline Falls. Hudson moved from her native Kentucky to Boston in 2005 to pursue an undergraduate degree at Harvard University. During her years in Boston, she came to love the beautiful New England landscape as she painted, studied mountain travel narratives, and led backpacking trips for fellow students. She undertakes several national juried plein air competitions each year. When she’s not outside painting from life, you can find her in the studio creating paintings that highlight the dynamic interplay of light, shadow, and atmospherics. www.kathleenbhudson.com Andre Lucero An impressionistic oil painter based near Richmond, Virginia, Andre Lucero was trained in a traditional academic setting but in recent years has combined his love for the outdoors with his art. Completing more than 100 plein air paintings a year, his work includes landscapes and figures and still life painted from life. Operating out of a studio in picturesque Goochland County, Virginia, Andre designed the working and exhibition space. While Goochland is one of his favorite painting locales, he’s also painted in Maine, Colorado, Ireland and Italy. Andre is a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and enjoys participating in plein air paint-outs. Andre’s work is represented by a half dozen galleries on the East Coast, including J.M. Stringer Gallery in Vero Beach. www.andrelucero.com
Larry Moore “I’ve been a Plein Air painter and instructor for a very long time. Before that I was an illustrator, a graphic designer and an art director, a career in visual communication that has spanned 45 plus years. One thing I’ve found is that to be unique, to stand apart, requires a mastery of method combined with a process of thought and self-discovery in order to achieve authentic expression. A process I’ll be bringing to the PAS table.” www.larrymoorestudios.com Morgan Samuel Price Morgan Samuel Price’s career began in 1968 with Hallmark Cards as an illustrator, but in 1972 she focused on becoming a fine artist. Her motivation to paint is energized by the light as it flows across the scene. Morgan sees light as a tool to explore the visual pleasure of the movement of light over the objects. Painting is not about the objects rather it is a narrative of the scene and the mood created by the artist. Techinically this can be accomplished by the manipulation of the academic principles of painting. Observation is an acquired skill that constantly needs refinement through your lifetime as an artist. Her 40+year career as an artist has been sustained by an overwhelming desire to elevate each moment with uplifting thought. Sharing her knowledge through teaching has brought endless rewards on all levels of her life. www.morgansamuelprice.com
Lori Putnam Recognized for her expressive brushwork, intelligent composition, and superb use of color, Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio. Her contemporary, abstract-impressionist style engages viewers, inviting them to look more closely and follow her clues. Appreciators become artists themselves, if only for a brief time. Following a long career in graphic design, Putnam’s life as a full-time fine artist began in 2005. In 2008 and 2009, she and her husband sold all of their belongings and traveled to the Italian countryside for more than seven months with the sole purpose of the painter’s self-study. Concentrated work during that period culminated in an impressive breakthrough for Lori. Now regarded as one of the country’s most sought-after artists, her work and career have been the focus of major art magazines. She maintains a studio in Charlotte, Tennessee. Lori is giving the opening address at Plein Air South. www.loriputnam.com James Richards James Richards (AIS) is an American Impressionist painter who specializes in oils. He was born and raised in rural Georgia and spent the days of his youth exploring the farms, fields and forests of his hometown. James is driven by a passionate connection with nature and a deep sense of obligation to relay his vision in the most truthful manner possible. James has won numerous national awards and is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society. He is a two-time winner in the American Impressionist Society’s Annual Competition. His work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections including Disney, King and Spaulding, The Ritz Carlton, The Georgia State Capital, John Sherholz, The Atlanta Braves, Prince of Doha Qatar, The University of Georgia, Reynolds Plantation, Budweiser, and Lieberman’s. www.jrichardsstudio.com 45
Faculty Plein Air South Events at a Glance Monday, May 14 Networking Continental Breakfast, Masters in the Morning, Artist Demonstrations, Registration, Lori Putnam Opening Keynote Address, Break Out Sessions, Networking Lunch, Paint on Your Own, Opening Dinner Reception Tuesday, May 15 Networking Continental Breakfast, Masters in the Morning, Artist Demonstrations, Break Out Sessions, Networking Lunch, Paint on Your Own, Masters in the Field Artist Demonstrations Wednesday, May 16 Networking Continental Breakfast, Masters in the Morning, Artist Demonstrations, Break Out Sessions, Networking Lunch, Paint on Your Own
Bill Suys Bill Suys creates plein air and studio works using wide-ranging subject matter: portraiture/figurative, landscape, animals, still life and architecture. Suys paints, teaches, judges, lectures and demonstrates. He has won numerous national and international awards and is a Signature Member of both the Portrait Society of America and Oil Painters of America, also serving on the OPA Board of Directors. Suys believes ‘a rising tide floats all boats’ and generously shares his acquired knowledge; he is committed to lifelong learning, the quest for excellence, and to creating work that stands the test of time. www.williamasuys.com
Thursday, May 17 Networking Continental Breakfast, Masters in the Morning, Artist Demonstrations, Break Out Sessions, Networking Lunch, Paint on Your Own, Roger Dale Brown Closing Keynote Address, Dinner
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Wyatt Waters Widely known for his watercolors of Southern culture, Wyatt Waters creates paintings of the roadside South. Waters’ works have been featured in Art & Antiques, American Artist, Watercolor, Mississippi Magazine and Delta Magazine. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections. He’s had solo shows at the MS Museum of Art, The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, The Meridian Museum of Art and The Jackson Municipal Gallery. He owns and operates the Wyatt Waters Gallery in Clinton, MS. He has collaborated with Robert St. John on A Southern Palate, Southern Seasons and An Italian Palate. He received the MS Institute of Arts & Letters Award for An Oxford Sketchbook and the MS Library Association Special Award for Art for his collaboration with Robert St. John, A Southern Palate. He lives with his dog, James in Clinton, MS. www.wyattwaters.com
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