St. Augustine Art Association Hosts Citywide Plein Air Paint Out

St. Augustine’s Gilded Age is the stuff of legends. The late nineteenth century’s opulence and luxury is a marvel and worked to bolster St. Augustine’s tourist economy. Without the help of the leisure class of the age, the Ancient City might not be the booming community that it is today. So in celebration of all things gilded, the St. Augustine Art Association is hosting a ten day, citywide Plein Air Paint Out.

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The event is open to local, regional and national artists and is designed to capture “Impressions of the Flagler Era.” Selected works produced by the participating artists during the event will be featured in a juried exhibition entitled Gilded, to be held at the St. Augustine Art Association, May 5 through 28.  Images may include the town’s Gilded Age architecture, historic landmarks, the natural environment and other related perspectives. A prize purse of $2,500 will be awarded for outstanding artistic achievement, including a $1,000 Best in Show. 

“En plein air” is a French phrase for painting in the open air. The outdoor practice of creating art from first-hand observation was developed in the mid-19th century and flourishes today.

“With the support of the art and civic communities, we hope this will grow into an annual tradition,” said Elyse Brady, Art Association Executive Director. “Together, we’re building on the success of last year’s Find Your Park Plein Air event that commemorated the National Parks Centennial.”

Artists must pre-register by April 14 either by mail or online. The registration fee of $45 includes orientation, awards mixer, city tour, support staff and materials, wet room and more. The event will take place from April 21-30.

For more information or to register for the event, call the St. Augustine Art Association at (904) 824-2310 or visit www.staaa.org/pleinair.


Molly Wilson is an editorial intern at St. Augustine Social. She is a Tallahassee, Florida native who came to St. Augustine in 2014 to attend Flagler College for her undergraduate. Molly is an English and Philosophy/Religion major who spends her very limited free time reading on the beach and baking.


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