Forgotten Coast En Plein Air Kicks Off May 1 in Gulf County


More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists will gather on Florida's Gulf Coast to participate in the 9th annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 1-11, 2014. Painters will set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of the Gulf Coast – the coastal stretch of scenic North Florida between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point.

Events will include outdoor artist demonstrations, exhibits, workshops and even nocturne painting. On Saturday, May 3, come see the masters at work during the 2014 Quickdraw – artists check in at 10 a.m., the “put-your-brushes-down” horn sounds at noon and judging immediately follows at 12:30 p.m. We can’t wait to see the masterpieces they create!

Highlights of the week include the Artists’ Choice Exhibit changed daily at the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce building at Port St. Joe Marina, as well as an any-artist workshop led by award-winning painter Tracey Frugoli in downtown Port St. Joe. Come breathe in the fresh air and watch live demonstrations and creations from cityscapes in Port St. Joe to working waterfronts in Apalachicola.


Events kick off on Thursday, May 1 and last through Sunday, May 11, 2014.
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Lodging is still available in beautiful GCFL; plan your trip today.


Gulf County and surrounding areas from Alligator Point to Mexico Beach.


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About Gulf County Florida

Located in Northwest Florida, Gulf County boasts 43 miles of natural shoreline. Here, where water surrounds us, we don’t have high-rises or busy highways and never will. We have white-sand beaches facing westward into spectacular sunsets – on the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay. We have beckoning bayous, unexpected wildlife encounters and the mysterious Dead Lakes. We’ve got seaside bike trails, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling. We have genuine places, like the historic Indian Pass Raw Bar and flavors like Tupelo Honey. Learn more about this “no worry, no hurry” destination at and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.