New Smyrna Beach 11th Annual Plein Air Paint Out Begins Wednesday


New Smyrna Beach, FL - Beginning Tuesday and through Saturday of this week, 20 nationally recognized artists will be in New Smyrna Beach to create outdoor paintings from dawn to dusk during each day of the event. During the 11th annual Plein Air Paint Out, artists will paint at various locations throughout the city and surrounding areas, interpreting natural flora, fauna, landmarks and landscapes onto canvas. Plein Air is French and means to paint in daylight outdoors.

The event is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center and the Artists’ Workshop, Inc., NSB. The two non-profits will share Paint Out proceeds.

“Our tag line this year is ‘Discover Nature Through Art’,” said Wendy Castino, marketing and fund development coordinator at the Marine Discovery Center and co-coordinator of the 2021 Paint Out.

“If you look at any paintings created outdoors, they are capturing nature through art and Plein Air is all about painting while outdoors,” she added.

Each of the artists will donate a piece of art from which all sales will benefit the two nonprofits. That artwork will be available at the kick-off “Collectors’ Reception” on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Grand Ol’ Barn in New Smyrna Beach. Admission is included for sponsors and patrons, but tickets are also available for $100 per person, which includes a $50 credit toward the purchase of art.

Free art demonstrations will be held at various sites beginning at 10 a.m., on Tuesday with two of them at two sites that day, followed by an “Evening Paint at JB’s Fish Camp. The free art demonstrations continue through Satuday including another  “Evening Paint” set for 5 p.m. to dusk on Flagler Avenue on Thursday.

On Friday, the public is invited to view a day of artists’ activity at Battle Island (612 Battle Island Road) on Friday,  with two art demonstrations scheduled.

For the complete schedule of events and to view the virtual gallery during Paint Out week, visit .


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