Plein Air Paint Out

Events in the 2019 Plein Air Paint Out will get started on Saturday, Oct. 19, with the lively “Quick Draw” competition set to kick off the weeklong celebration of outdoor painting in New Smyrna Beach.

Live Painting and Artist Events held October 19 through 26 in New Smyrna Beach

Hosted Oct. 20-26, by the Marine Discovery Center and The Artists’ Workshop, the “Quick Draw” event gives local artists a chance to create for cash in a two-hour timed competition set from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The event will be staged in Old Fort Park, located at 115 Julia Street in New Smyrna Beach.

“Quick Draw” participants pay a $25 registration fee in this competition to create a painting for cash prizes. Winner of the event will collect a prize of $100 and will receive an invitation to participate in the weeklong Paint Out 2020. Runner-up will also win $100, with $50 awarded to the third-place finisher. Visit for details or to register.

Public Events and Artists in New Smyrna Beach

Also on Saturday, Oct. 19, the public may experience the Japanese Gyotaku art form of fish printing on rice paper, which will be demonstrated by Ken Nusbaum. That event will also be held at Old Fort Park and will be the first of six free art demos offered to the public.

Here are the planned art demonstrations open to the public at no charge. Each session will be held at a specified site in New Smyrna Beach:

Saturday, Oct. 19 – 10 to 11 a.m., Fish printing (Gyotaku) demonstration. Watch a demonstration of the ancient Japanese art of fish printing on rice paper by Ken Nusbaum. Location: Old Fort Park, 115 Julia Street.

Monday, Oct. 21 – 10 a.m. to noon, Artist painting demonstration of a living bird. Watch artist Michelle Held paint a living barred owl, provided as the subject by Wild About Birds, Inc. Location: MDC/Artists’ Workshop pavilion, 540 Barracuda Boulevard.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – 1-4 p.m., Art in the Park. All artists in the 2019 Plein Air Paint Out will be painting in Riverside Park adjacent to Canal Street and along the Indian River Lagoon on Riverside Drive. Location: Riverside Park, 299 S. Riverside Drive.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 10 a.m. to noon, Artist painting demonstration with Joe Palmerio called “The Sky is the Limit.” Location: Buena Vista Park, 550 North Causeway.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 2-4 p.m., Artist painting demonstration by Frank Ferrante called “Taming the Chaos of the Waves.” Location: Best Western Hotel, 1401 S. Atlantic Avenue.

Thursday, Oct. 24 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Kids’ Paint Out, Too!” Watch talented New Smyrna Beach Middle School students create their own painted masterpieces. Supplies for this event are donated courtesy of the Atlantic Center for the Arts Volunteer League. Location: Outdoors on the MDC/Artists’ Workshop campus at 540 Barracuda Boulevard.

Thursday, Oct. 24 – 1-3 p.m., Artist painting demonstration by Chris Kling called “Figure It Out.” Location: Springhill Suites, 512 Flagler Avenue.

Friday, Oct. 25 – 10 a.m. to noon, Artist painting demonstration by Ruth Squitieri called “10 Minutes of Prep Equals Hours of Confident Painting.” Location: Christmas Park, 101 Live Oak Street.

This year’s ninth annual Plein Air Paint Out invites highly respected guest artists from throughout Florida, the Southeast region and several other states to capture the landscape and culture of New Smyrna Beach and surrounding areas through their plein air (open air) creations.

The 2019 roster of artists will be:

  • Natalia Andreeva
  • Cathy Berse
  • Susie Covert
  • Charles Dickinson
  • Elisabeth Ferber
  • Frank Ferrante
  • Michelle Held
  • Catherine Hillis
  • Scott Hiestand
  • Mike Jakubowski
  • Stuart Jones
  • Jane Keeling
  • Chris Kling
  • Barbara Ortiz
  • Joe Palmerio
  • Barbara Perrotti
  • Randy Pitts
  • Antwan Ramar
  • Patrick Rausch
  • Orit Reuben
  • Craig Reynolds
  • Manon Sander
  • Ruth Squitieri

Invited artists will paint from dawn through the evening each day during the event at sites ranging from Old Fort Park and historic Canal Street to scenic waterways. Visitors are encouraged to attend free art demonstrations throughout the week to observe the artists at work and to engage with them about their craft.

Daily original art creations will be available for public viewing and purchase. The art will be exhibited at The Artists’ Workshop and studio, located at 540 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach – located in the same building as the Marine Discovery Center.

Proceeds from the sale of the paintings will benefit the Marine Discovery Center and The Artists’ Workshop. The event supports fund-raising efforts for environmental education and art programs at each of the nonprofit organizations.

Plein Air Paint Out Events for Kids

Parents and the general public may also enjoy watching young artists test their skills on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the “Kids’ Paint Out, Too,” which brings New Smyrna Beach Middle School students to the MDC campus to create their own paintings. Youngsters will create their own works of art outdoors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., using supplies donated by the Atlantic Center for the Arts Volunteer League.

Local art enthusiasts also have an opportunity to become patrons and sponsors of the Plein Air Paint Out, enabling them to participate in special private events, such as the Collector’s Champagne Reception, set for Oct. 24, and the Grand Finale, a ticketed dining event from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 — providing the final opportunity for collectors to purchase art created throughout the week.

For full details about all events and free art demonstrations during the week of the New Smyrna Beach Plein Air Paint Out, visit For sponsorship/patron information, contact Wendy Castino at 386-428-4828. 

About The Marine Discovery Center

The Marine Discovery Center (MDC) was founded in 1997 with the goal to protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MDC has become widely recognized for its quality educational and hands-on, feet-wet learning programs for kids, as well as adults. Using its 40-passenger Discovery boat and fleet of kayaks, the center offers learning opportunities as a floating classroom, in adventure camps, as well as for guided eco-tours by certified naturalists. The center showcases engaging exhibits for experiential learning and invites community participation in stewardship opportunities. For more information, visit

About The Artists’ Workshop

The Artists’ Workshop Inc. of New Smyrna Beach strives to enrich the community by offering a supportive, vibrant environment that promotes opportunities to learn, create, exhibit and appreciate the arts. Since its inception in 1957 by 15 local art enthusiasts, the Artists’ Workshop has grown to over 300 members. Programs include a wide variety of classes, workshops, demonstrations, open studios, community exhibits and outreach programs, as well as art shows. For more information, visit

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