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 5th annual Paint the Beach Nov. 3-9, 2014-   Register below

 Welcome Plein Air Artists!

Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Friends of the Arts, The Town of Fort Myers Beach, Santini Marina Plaza and Fish Tale Marina are pleased to invite interested artists to apply to Paint the Beach – A Plein Air Festival in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, a non-juried painting competition and show.  This festival is intended to bring the excitement and beauty of the plein air painting tradition to Ft. Myers Beach Florida.

 About The Exhibition

This non-juried event will run from November 3 until November 9.  Artists may paint within specified areas from November 4-6. Possible scenes include beach views, historic buildings, beach businesses and marine subjects. Artists may turn in up to two completed, framed and ready to be hung artworks. Work must be done “en plein air” without the assistance of photography.                                                                                                                                   

Quick Draw Event

The Quick Draw Competition will take place on Saturday, Nov 8 from 8-11am. Everyone is invited to enter this exciting art competition – competitive painters and amateurs. All contestants will set up their supplies and paint or draw “en plein air” at Times Square.

 The Awards

Paint the Beach will present over $2500 in cash awards to the Plein Air painters with a Best in Show prize of $1000 Second Place $750 and Third Place $500, Awards of Merit and various named Awards. Award amounts may be changed at the discretion of FMBAA.. The Awards Judge for the plein air competition is Phil Fisher .

Artists Perks

Many businesses of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and especially those in the Santini Marina Plaza are pleased to welcome participating artists to this new festival!  As a gesture of hospitality, many businesses will host various gatherings and offer gifts and discounts to the artists, including complimentary food and drinks, discounts on meals, etc. More information will follow as these services are confirmed. Registration fee includes a gala ticket for each artist and a bag of special items.

  Exhibition Space and Awards Ceremony

Paintings created during the week of the Paint the Beach plein air festival will be displayed on the grounds of Santini Marina Plaza on Estero Boulevard, FMB. The paintings will be on display, and for sale on Friday, Nov.7th in the Propeller Lounge, and on Saturday Nov. 8 through Sunday Nov. 9  in the Festival Tent. The Awards Ceremony and Collectors Preview Gala will be on Friday, November 7 from 6-9pm. in the Propeller Lounge. There will be musicians performing for the evening event. Refreshments and delectable hors d’oeurves will be served.   Paint the Beach artists will receive one complimentary ticket to the party.   Additional tickets may be purchased in advance for $ Fish Tale Marina, Fort Myers Beach Art Association or at the door for $35.

Presenting sponsors: Fort Myers Beach Art Association, The Greater Fort Myers Friends of the Arts, Fish-Tale Marina, Santini Marina Plaza, The Town of Fort Myers Beach

Contributing Sponsors: Plein Air Magazine, Nervous Nellies, Smokin Oyster Brewery, Beach Pub, Island Sand Paper, Good Time Charters, Edward Jones, Guerrilla Painter, Winsor Newton, Michis Art, Sun-Eden Artist Gear, Watercolor Magazine, Arches-Canson, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Southwest Florida Community Foundation


Event Full.  A waiting list Full. Quick Draw has openings

Click here for 2014 Paint the Beach registration and mail in   Includes complete schedule of events

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Click here for Paint the Beach Submission guidelines

Click here for Quick Draw Guidelines

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Click Here for Town of Fort Myers Beach Map

Click Here to Purchase Gala Tickets    Tickets on sale NOW!!


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