VERO BEACH – Let’s face it – we live in an artists’ paradise, with sparkling river views, fiery sunsets, gorgeous beaches, an abundance of natural landscapes and wildlife, and temperate enough conditions to tempt anyone to get out and paint.
And so they will.
This weekend, look for more than 40 plein air painters to take paint brush to canvas for the Cultural Council’s I Love Vero Beach Plein Air Paint-Out.
There is no shortage of talent in this town, and while many of the participants are local, artists come from all over the country for a chance to capture the beauty of Vero Beach.
The Paint-Out runs all weekend, with artists using a variety of mediums from oil and acrylic to pastels and watercolors, setting up their easels by 9 a.m. each morning at locations of their choosing.
Completed and framed artwork will be on sale as soon as the paint dries, in the I Love Vero Beach paint-out sales center – a tent on the grounds of the Vero Beach Masonic Lodge #250, (corner of 14th Avenue and SR 60 East).
Sales are first come, first served, so check back often.
A closing reception, open to everyone, will be held in the tent Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Many of the local galleries will present new February exhibitions as well.
The Admiralty Gallery on Ocean Drive, known for its fine art depicting seascapes, marine paintings, and Indian River scenes, will host an Opening Reception of its new Ocean to River – Visions of Vero Beach exhibit on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The exhibit features the works of artists Reid Christman, John Phillip Osborne, Marc Petrovic, Francis Sprout and Luke Steadman.
Watercolorist Judy Mercer is the featured artist this month at the Artists Guild Gallery. Her Facets of Florida exhibit showcases her vibrantly colored Florida Flora and Fauna pieces.
Watercolors and oils by Alana Drew, sculpture by Bob Richardson, and oils by Sloane Keats who recently won First Prize in a Central Brevard Art Association Show are on display at Gallery 14’s Fabulous February exhibit, along with works by on-going exhibiting artists and Gallery 14 partners.
Tiger Lily artists, Julia Carter, Shotsi Cain Lajoie, Chris Adams Johnson, Linda Proctor, Sharon Sexton and Glenda Taylor are hosting a reception for their new show, Six in the City, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18.
Theirs is a working studio, located in a historic former church in downtown Vero Beach, where the gifted ladies continually hone and update their craft.
And every Sunday in February, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., creative members of the Vero Beach Art Club are out in full force for their Art in the Park Outdoor Exhibit and Sale at Humiston Park.