Plein air events are informal gatherings of artists who enjoy painting outdoors in a variety of locations. Occasionally, there may be a painting demonstration if an artist volunteers to do so. There is no instructional teaching provided. Locations vary, some may be rough where there is only mowed grass or mulched paths. Selected locations provide restroom facilities and parking. Artists should consider bringing a lunch and beverage.
September 21, 2019 Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Kraft Azalea Gardens – 1365 Alabama Dr., Winter Park, 32789
October 19, 2019 Saturday 11 am- 3 pm
Altamonte Chapel Campus – 825 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, 32701
Arts and Crafts Fair and Plein Air Painting
November 16, 2019 Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Mead Botanical Gardens – 1300 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park, 32789
December 2019 – No plein air event scheduled
January 15, 2020 WEDNESDAY 10 am – 2 pm WEDNESDAY!
Nehrling Gardens – 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha, 34734 (open 10am-2pm)
Mulched rough paths only, benches along the paths. Please use the Pedestrian Entrance. Public parking is only available across the street at the Church parking lot, or at the extension parking lot. There is no public parking available at the gardens.
The Orlando Science Center on January 26 was a resounding success for Central Florida Watercolor Society. CFWS artists were able to interact with many different age levels—from eight to eighty. The facilities were especially nice and the OSC staff was well prepared for us. I think we would all agree that comments from the staff, observers and, particularly the participants, were very positive. Since all three of our sessions were full—and we’ve been invited back—OSC is obviously a great venue for future public interaction.
It was another fun and educational day at our Backyard Biodiversity Day Plein Air/Pop Up in the lovely Mead Botanical Garden, on October 20. We had 27 audience surveys filled out by folks who came from Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Most of our ratings were 10 out of 10! The comments were very positive, some examples are – “Loved the interactive painting.” “Wonderful experience! Haven’t watercolored in a long time!” “love the ability to have my child participate in a relaxed setting” “My 7 year old daughter loved painting and learning!”
Karen, Mary, Diana and Terri thank all the families who stopped by our tables and learned about painting the native plants and animals of Florida. Many purchased native plants, and took them home to help feed pollinators and birds.
Our next Plein Air/Pop Up is December 21 at the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts. We will be teaching from 1 – 4 in the gallery . Stop by and join in the fun!