Each year, professional artists set up their easels around New Smyrna Beach, hoping to capture the essence of the coastal-chic town in their paintings. From curling, white-tipped waves to the yacht-filled marina, the scenes vary—but each one is painted outdoors. It’s all part of the Plein Art Paint Out, an annual event that brings approximately 25 artists from around the country to New Smyrna Beach. Throughout the week-long event, artists can be found from dawn to dusk at various outdoor locations throughout the city. Spectators are encouraged and invited to interact with artists as they work. At the end of each day, the artists hang their completed works in a gallery, which is open to the public for viewing. By the end of the week, the gallery contains anywhere from 150 to 300 pieces of art.
The 11th Annual New Smyrna Beach Plein Air Paint Out will be held October 19-23, 2021. The public is invited to watch the artists at work, view their recently completed paintings in the Artists’ Workshop NSB, and attend free daily painting demonstrations.
The 2021 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.