The New Smyrna Beach Paintout is happening very soon! On Sunday, Dec 2, til Saturday, Dec 8, 31 artists from all over the United States will paint our lovely area. Three members of the Artists Workshop will also participate: Cathy Berse, Scott Hiestand, and me, Ruth Squitieri. All of us are
very active as instructors at the workshop, and we would love to have you all come out and watch us and the other artists paint!
So, what exactly is a Plein Air Paintout?
I posted this explanation last year, but here it goes again! A paintout is an event run over the course of a week that brings artistic attention to a certain area. Usually the city, a gallery or other organization invites local and national artists to participate in painting the local scenery "en plein air", meaning outside - in front of the actual subject (which is usually a landscape). Paintouts give artists the opportunity to network, socialize and paint with other artists, while the local community can watch them at work. Some artists like to paint in groups, so it's not rare to catch several of them painting the same subject at the same time - very interesting! At the end of each day the artists hang their finished work(s) of the day in the "wet room"/gallery and by the end of the week there are hundreds of great paintings of the local area on the walls. Think 25-30 artists painting 1-2 paintings a day for 5-6 days. That results in 150-300 great pieces of art!
There will be receptions, live auctions, sunset and/or night painting, quick draws and free demonstrations included in the week. It's fun for the whole community, and a great opportunity to watch lots of artists, talk with them, and maybe even learn a bit. The event ends with the big gala with prizes given to the best artwork(s) and/or an opportunity to buy a piece for yourself. It's great fun to view the wet room and all its pieces displaying YOUR community in various colors, scenery, themes and compositions.
So what is going on at our local paintout?
The Paintout organizer is Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille on 300 Boatyard St in New Smyrna Beach. The profit of art sales will benefit Marine Dicovery Center and their environmental causes.
The artists will start painting around town Monday morning, Dec 3, with an evening paintout at the Corkscrew Bar and Grille on Canal Street. Come on out and join the fun while getting dinner and a drink at the local restaurants. On Tuesday, Dec 4, there will be a more formal nocture painting event along Flagler Ave. Wednesday, Dec 5, there will be a live auction at Outriggers, while the artists are all congregating there around 5pm to start painting the glorious colors of the coming sunset. Live auction begins at 7pm, and some of the pieces included are the ones that are still wet from hours or even minutes earlier! On Thursday, Dec 6, the Advanced Middle School class will be painting on our campus/backyard under the friendly guidance of Cathy Berse (1pm - 3pm). Cathy will also give a 1-hour art lecture at the Wet Gallery at MDC about Plein air painting at 9:30am. Friday, Dec 7 will be a private party you can buy in with a $300 Patron buy-in (includes 100% art credit!).
The wet room/gallery to view all paintings is open every day from 9am to 6pm at Marine Discovery Center. You can buy art during that time at any day.
Saturday, Dec 8, is the last day with a Patron Cocktail hour 6-7pm, then a gala at Outriggers from 6-9pm. Live music will add to the festive atmosphere.
The morning of Saturday kicks off with a Community Quick Draw. You can register for $25 at the day of the event. Bring your painting supplies and a blank canvas, and try your hand at depicting the backyard of MDC/AWI in 2 hours. You can borrow an easel from our studios, but quantities are limited! This event is timed at 2 hours, and great prizes will be given out! Please click here for a download of the flyer. All the information is there.
Please remember that the artists paint morning, afternoon and sometimes evening - all week, Monday thru Friday and constantly add to the gallery walls!
The best day to view the gallery will be of course on Friday, as it will include the largest amount of paintings. Remember, it's free and right next door to us! You can even chat with the artists as they come in and add to the walls. Please support the participating AWI members and all the other artists with your presence and interest. It's really very cool to see and chat with the artists, and especially kids and grandkids would love to get this opportunity to see ART LIVE and IN ACTION of places they recognize!
Please go to the paintout website for more info here.
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