FMB Art Association

2017 Paint the Beach - Public FAQ

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Plein Air painters produce art from life (as opposed to in the studio). En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein Air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by  incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works. Use of photographs is prohibited and all work must be done on location.


In public areas

Beginning on Tuesday, November 7th, be on the lookout for artists painting on Fort Myers Beach (Estero Island), San Carlos Island and Lovers Key State Park. These Locations offer picturesque settings providing opportunities for painters to capture the feel of the community in a unique and memorable way.

Or attend one of the special live painting events:

  • 4pm Wedneday, November 8th: The Sundowner 2 hour painting competition starts on the beach side of the Junkanoo and Fresh Catch Bistro restaurants. [details]

  • 9am Saturday, November 11th: The 2 hour Quick Draw competition begins in Times Square. [details]

There are two receptions during the Paint The Beach Festival

  • 7pm Wedneday, November 8th at the Fort Myers Beach Art Gallery [details]

  • 5pm Friday, November 10th at Santini Plaza [details]

Original "Paint the Beach" paintings will be available for purchase at the following venues:

  • The Sundowner Reception [details]
  • The Awards Ceremony and Reception [details]
  • The Quick Draw competition [details]
  • At the Festival Tent on Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-2pm [map]

Paint the Beach will present over $6,000 in cash awards and prizes to the Plein Air painters. In Juried Division, the First Place winner will receive $1000 and a 1/3 page ad in Plein Air Magazine. The Second Place winner receives $750 and Third Place $500. In the Emerging Division First Place is $700, Second Place is $450, and Third Place is $200. Paint the Beach will also present other cash and prize awards. The Awards Judge for the Plein Air competition is Vlad Yeliseyev.

Starting at 4pm on Wednesday, the Sundowner is a 2 hour painting competition on the beach side of the Junkanoo and Fresh Catch Bistro restaurants as the sun sets.

The unframed paintings are judged and prizes, sponsored by Jack Richeson & Co, are awarded at an 'open to the public' reception, sponsored by Junkanoo, at the FMBAA Gallery.


The Quick Draw is a separately entered portion of the Paint the Beach competition. Up to 30 artists may enter. Also, a student competition is simultaneously held.

The artists meet at Times Square on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Beginning at 9am, each artist has 2 hours to paint their own painting from start to finish. The competition is open to all skill levels, all ages, any subject and any medium. There are awards in the adult and student divisions. Come out and join the fun!

Smokin’ Oyster Brewery sponsors the adult division of the quick draw event. Cash Prizes and Ribbons for the adult division include: First Place-$100 Second Place-$75 Third Place-$25.

The student division Quick Draw event is sponsored by Santini Marina Plaza. Cash Prizes and Ribbons for Student Division include: First Place-$75 Second Place- $50 Third Place- $25.


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Why do we do it?

  • To further and provide education in the cultural aspects of life on Ft. Myers Beach and its environs
  • To promote the study, practice and appreciation of art
  • To hold art exhibitions and programs which are open to the public
  • To encourage art instruction of children and junior artists.

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    (239) 463-3909

  • Mailing Address:
    Fort Myers Beach Art Association
    PO Box 2359
    Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932

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