Paint the Beach Draws Artists to Fort Myers Beach

By: Lauren Tjaden


It’s been said that nature is a writer’s best friend. But I think that nature is an artist’s best friend.

After all, if you’re looking for inspiration, you can’t do any better than dolphins arcing through the surf. Or light playing across the waves. Or the expression on a child’s face when she discovers a starfish and clutches it in the palm of her hand.  

And you can’t find more inspiration than on the shores of Fort Myers Beach, a laid-back sliver of paradise nestled against the Gulf of Mexico. Which makes it a fabulous destination for Paint the Beach…Sandcastles to Shrimp Boats, Nov. 4-10, 2013, a plein air festival that is staged throughout the barrier island.

More than $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded to a maximum of 60 participating artists who will have an opportunity to paint the local scenery for three days over the course of the six-day festival. Artwork will be judged by American impressionist painter John C. Terelak on Nov. 8, with a gala collectors preview and awards party that evening in the festival tent at Santini Marina Plaza (7205 Estero Blvd).

Artists will participate in a Quick Draw event on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Times Square on Fort Myers Beach. Evening entertainment at the festival tent and a Jazz Café round out the festival. Artwork will be on display and for sale until Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. when the annual FMBAA painting raffle will culminate with a drawing for the winner.

See for tickets, complete details and registration. Proceeds support the promotion education, appreciation and study of the arts in the Town of Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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