We are right in the thick of things with this year’s Plein Air Paintout, a 10 day event that features over 20 nationally acclaimed artists who gather from Mexico Beach to Alligator Point. These artists set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic “Old Florida”. The 10 day art-inspired celebration is jammed pack with events such as the Quickdraw which is open to anyone over the age of 14. Pick a location, paint it, name it and then sell it. There’s a student art day, different Artists’ receptions throughout the area, Plein Air TGIF, the Wetroom Exhibit and Sale, Art in the Afternoon and the list goes on. Throughout the Plein Air Paintout, you can experience art as it happens and then have the opportunity to purchase it when it is done. This is truly a great time for not only the patrons, but also the artists. Our area is one like no other, and offers the perfect backdrop for a variety of styles of painting. If you’ve not made plans to catch it this year, please start your plans for next. The organization that puts this together does a fantastic job of organizing this event and getting information out early so check out the website, www.pleinairfl.com< often.