Cover Artist: Ruth Squitieri

2019 Celebrates the 9th Plein Air Paint Out
in New Smyrna Beach

On October 19 – 26, twenty-three of the finest professional artists will come together to paint our coastal seascapes, dune habitats, lagoon, marinas and the unique and historic scenes of our charming community.

Outdoor enthusiasts and art lovers will once again have the opportunity to come together in support of two wonderful causes. The Marine Discovery Center and the Artists’ Workshop are pleased to host the 9th Annual New Smyrna Beach Plein Air Paint Out from October 19 – 26, 2019. Twenty-three professionally-acclaimed plein air artists will paint outside from dawn through evening at locations in New Smyrna Beach and nearby areas. The public is invited to watch the artists at work, view their recently completed paintings in the Artists’ Workshop gallery, and attend free daily painting demonstrations. Special events include a Collector’s Champagne Reception and Plein Air Grand Finale. View the full schedule here.

The 2019 Plein Air Paint Out will continue the legacy of fund-raising to enhance our environmental education and art programs and to further the goals of both the Marine Discovery Center and the Artists’ Workshop of conservation and stewardship of the Indian River Lagoon and art appreciation to our youth, community and visitors.

How Can You Be Involved?

This exciting event allows you to get involved in a variety of activities.  First, we urge you to interact with the painters; they love the attention!  Attend the Quick Draw event, the evening paint outs, and the artist painting demonstrations.  Become a patron and attend the Collector’s Champagne Reception and the Plein Air Grand Finale. Click here to register for the Quick Draw or purchase tickets for the Grand Finale.

But most of all become a collector.  There is no better way to support the artists and New Smyrna Beach than to buy paintings.  While the artwork represents a mix of subject matter and styles, all paintings offer a true sense of place and your own meaningful remembrance of our beautiful surroundings.

Are you better able to donate your time than your money? Become a volunteer for the Paint Out! We need lots of help in preparation for and during the week of the event, and there are a lot of different positions available. Check out our online sign-up sheet or contact

Not in town for this event?

Not to worry! Photos of all art will be updated daily on our online gallery for viewing and purchase.

Are you an artist that wants to be considered for next year’s Paint Out?

The Paint Out is by invitation only. If you wish to be considered for next year’s Paint Out, please send your profile/website information to Cheryl Faber, President or Artists’ Workshop Inc, at

You might also want to look into this year’s Quick Draw, a friendly, fast-paced two hour competition open to the public. There are cash prizes for top 3 places and the winner is invited to participate in the following year’s Plein Air Paint Out.

• What is En Plein Air Painting? •

“One of the best things that artists can do to advance his/her art is to be in the company of other artists.  The opportunity to meet other artists, to talk to them and watch them work is of the highest benefit to anyone working to improve their art.” ~ Jean Stern, Executive Director, The Irvine Museum

Plein Air Paint Out offers just that opportunity.

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.

Artists have long painted out­doors, but in the mid-1800s paint­ing land­scapes and other scenes on loca­tion finally became prac­ti­cal due to two impor­tant inven­tions: paints in tubes and the box easel.

The high point of plein air art came with the emer­gence of Impres­sion­ism. Artists of that period included Monet, Renoir, Pis­sarro, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Inter­est in out­door paint­ing has remained con­stant since the 20th cen­tury. Today’s artists carry on the tra­di­tions of these past mas­ters by cap­tur­ing the light and move­ment in land­scapes that can only come from see­ing the sub­ject out­doors in its nat­ural form.

The last 20 years has seen a resur­gence of inter­est in plein air paint­ing in the United States. Dur­ing this time, groups of plein air artists began gath­er­ing together to paint at sin­gle loca­tions or within cer­tain geo­graphic bound­aries. These “Paint Outs” are now very pop­u­lar and give artists a chance to share their tal­ents and cre­ativ­ity with the pub­lic and with one another.

• Why is it called a Wet Gallery? •

At the wet gallery, you will see artists bring their fresh-from-the-easel work in from the field to be catalogued, priced, and hung. Watch your favorite artist’s portfolio of work grow throughout the week. It’s called a wet gallery because most of the artists work in oils, and oils take several days to dry.

• Become a NSB Paint Out Art Patron •

We invite you to support the Marine Discovery Center and the Artists’ Workshop by becoming an Art Patron. By joining our patron/sponsor program you are pledging your support for conservation of the Indian River Lagoon and art programs in our community.

Patron program deadline is Saturday, October 16.

Sponsor/Patron Level

Want to know what benefits you’ll receive by becoming a NSB Paint Out Sponsor or Patron?
Download our Sponsor/Patron pamphlet for all the details.

• Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors•