Find Your Park Plein Air is an event debuting this year during the Park Service’s Centennial and National Park Week, April 16 to 24. Presented by The National Park Service and St. Johns Cultural Council, it provides artists with the opportunity to create art in plein air, or in the open air with the subject in view, at the national parks in St. Johns County; the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument at 1 S. Castillo Dr. and Fort Matanzas National Monument at 8635 A1A South.
The 2016 Find Your Park campaign to celebrate the Park Service’s Centennial is a way to bring together history, art, culture, and enjoyment of The Great Outdoors and enjoying the St. Johns County national parks.
Find Your Park Plein Air has two components. The first is the actual creation of art in plein air at the national parks from April 16 to 24, 2016. The second is a juried show featured as part of the America’s Parks exhibition at the Lightner Museum from June 9 to August 31, 2016. Artists can submit up to two pieces created during the Find Your Park Plein Air event to be juried for inclusion into the show.
All artists interested in participating are encouraged to register. Whether artists participate in just the artwork creation event or want to submit artwork for the juried show, each artist is requested to register. The cost to participate in the artwork creation event at the parks is free. The cost to submit up to two pieces of artwork created during the Find Your Park Plein Air event to be considered as part of the juried show is $30. Registration is open until April 14, 2016 — click on the event website link to register! The actual ‘paint out’ is April 16-24, with artists picking up their registration packets April 14 and 15. Benefits of registering include a welcome bag and credentials, access to Hospitality Gallery Nights, a plein air demonstration by well-known artist/gallery owner Mary Hubley, and access to the opening reception of the America’s Parks exhibition on June 9, 2016.
The awards for the juried show include one $1,000 award for Best of Show, two $500 awards for best of media, and two $250 awards for honorable mention.
For additional information, call 904-808-7330 or visit the event website.