2019 NSB Paint Out Cover Art by Ruth Squitieri

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 25, 2019 – A series of free artist demonstrations will be offered to the public during the ninth annual Plein Air Paint Out.

Set for Oct. 19-26, the public will have an opportunity to observe top artists at work and to learn artistic techniques from the artists at various outdoor sites throughout the New Smyrna Beach area.

​Art demonstrations will range from Gyotaku Japanese fish rubbing and art in the park to painting a live bird. Middle school students will also have a chance to learn from experienced artists in a special “Kids’ Paint Out, Too” on campus at the Marine Discovery Center and The Artists’ Workshop, located at 540 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

​The public is invited to bring chairs and to watch these artists create, as well as to engage with the artists while they work. Art created throughout the week will also be available for purchase and public viewing in the wet gallery at the Artists’ Workshop throughout the week.

Here are the planned art demonstrations open to the public at no charge. Each session will be held at a specified site in New Smyrna Beach:

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Saturday, Oct. 19 – 10 to 11 a.m., Fish rubbing (Gyotaku) demonstration. Watch a demonstration of the ancient Japanese art of fish rubbing  on rice paper by Ken Nusbaum. Location: Old Fort Park, 115 Julia Street.

Monday, Oct. 21 – 10 a.m. to noon, Artist painting demonstration of a living bird. Watch artist Michelle Held paint a living barred owl, provided as the subject by Wild About Birds, Inc. Location: MDC/Artists’ Workshop pavilion, 540 Barracuda Boulevard.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – 1-4 p.m., Art in the Park. All artists in the 2019 Plein Air Paint Out will be painting in Riverside Park adjacent to Canal Street and along the Indian River Lagoon on Riverside Drive. Location: Riverside Park, 299 S. Riverside Drive.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 10 a.m. to noon, Artist painting demonstration with Joe Palmerio called “The Sky is the Limit.” Location: Buena Vista Park, 550 North Causeway.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 2-4 p.m., Artist painting demonstration by Frank Ferrante called “Taming the Chaos of the Waves.” Location: Best Western Hotel, 1401 S. Atlantic Avenue.

Thursday, Oct. 24 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Kids’ Paint Out, Too!” Watch talented New Smyrna Beach Middle School students create their own painted masterpieces. Supplies for this event are donated courtesy of the Atlantic Center for the Arts Volunteer League. Location: Outdoors on the MDC/Artists’ Workshop campus at 540 Barracuda Boulevard.

Thursday, Oct. 24 – 1-3 p.m., Artist painting demonstration by Chris Kling called “Figure It Out.” Location: Springhill Suites, 512 Flagler Avenue.

Friday, Oct. 25 – 10 a.m. to noon, Artist painting demonstration by Ruth Squitieri called “10 Minutes of Prep Equals Hours of Confident Painting.” Location: Christmas Park, 101 Live Oak Street.

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Proceeds from the sale of paintings throughout the week will benefit the Marine Discovery Center and The Artists’ Workshop. The event supports fund-raising efforts for environmental education and art programs at each of the nonprofit organizations.


For full details about the New Smyrna Beach Paint Out, visit NSBPaintOut.com or for sponsorship/patron information, contact Wendy Castino at 386-428-4828.