8th Annual Paint the Beach En Plein Air Festival runs November 7-12, 2017

October 10, 2017 Daily Update

Calling all art aficionados to join us at Paint the Beach, Nov. 7-12 on Fort Myers Beach. At this eighth annual event, hosted by Fort Myers Beach Art Association, artists are invited to paint throughout the town of Fort Myers Beach from Main Street to Lovers Key Park on Nov. 7-9 then show the work in the festival tent in Santini Plaza from 5 -8pm Friday Nov. 10, Saturday Nov. 11 9am-6pm and 10 am until 2pm on Sunday Nov. 12. Art will be for sale. Over 60 artists from all over the country are participating in the weeklong event. As the artists paint, everyone is invited to watch.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8 there will be a special “Sundowner” painting event in front of Junkanoo as the sun is setting. Artists start at 4 and end at 6 with a gathering at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association across the street immediately afterward. Meet the artists and see the art all in one place. Fort Myers Beach Art Association is at 3030 Shell Mound, FMB.

Join the artists at the Collectors Preview and Awards Reception on Nov. 10, from 5-8 p.m. under the tent at Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Tickets $10 for this reception are available at www.paintthebeach.com. The art will be on display for the first time at the reception and prizes will be awarded. The art will on display until 2 p.m., Sunday Nov. 12.

A great opportunity to watch artists again is at the Quick Draw held Nov. 11 at Times Square. Artists will have from 9 – 11 a.m. to create a painting. Adult and student divisions will be awarded prizes immediately after and art will be for sale. Thirty adults and as many high school art students will participate.

Sponsor opportunities: To find out more about sponsorship opportunities and support, please visit www.PainttheBeach.com or contact Marie Crist at [email protected] for more information.

Host opportunities: Would you like to host an out of town artist in your home for the week of the event? Enjoy getting to know the artist and have a personal investment in this event. Please contact Dorothy McDowell at [email protected]