Plein Air South had it's inaugural gathering in May 2016 in Apalachicola, Florida. The influence of today's plein air painting community is priceless. It was my pleasure to host the critique segment where participants could get advice on their paintings from three accomplished and fun artists: Larry Moore (FL), Dee Beard Dean (NC), and Bill Davidson (CO).
The event was formed during numerous go-to-meeting video conferences. From several states, on our laptops we shared ideas and hashed out possibilities. The intent was simple - we wanted a community style gathering, a place to enjoy the southern landscape in the company of artists who share the passion of painting outdoors. With camaraderie the focus, it is not a competition. All are welcome to participate and be inspired at this artistic celebration.
Our opening reception keynote address was presented by Jean Stern, Executive Director, The Irvine Museum, CA. Like a buffet three times a day there were selections of artists at nearby venues sharing a variety of engaging presentations, painting demos, and panel discussions. The grand event closed with a yummy seafood dinner and a thought provoking address on "Authenticity" by Joe Paquet, a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America.
Twenty-four artists in all made up the cast of presenters.