In Plein Sight

Please join us for The Third Annual First Friday Art Walk Event “In Plein Sight”

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 28th

Details: The Gulfport Merchants Chamber seeks 20 artists to participate in the Third Annual 2023 Gulfport Plein-Air Event: In Plein Sight. This painting & presentation event will take place on Friday, April 7th from 2PM to 9PM where paintings will be on display during Gulfport’s Art Walk celebration. Artists must be able to attend the judging event.

Up to 20 artists will be selected to paint Boca Ciega Bay and Clam Bayou, as well as the local parks and historic architecture of this Florida waterfront town. The Plein-air event culminates in exhibits during The First Friday Art Walk. An Awards Reception will be held Friday evening, April 7th where cash prizes will be presented. All plein-air paintings must be painted in the vicinity between Wednesday, March 29th and April 5th. 

The 2023 Gulfport plein-air is open to all artists 18 and older.

Artists will bring up to 4 canvases to the Gulfport Welcome Center to be stamped by March 29th. All Plein Air paintings must be painted during the allotted timeframe above.

Locations throughout the city of Gulfport will be designated as Plein Air sites. 

On April 4th & 5th, artists can submit their work to the Plein Air event at the Welcome Center between 9am and 3pm. Canvases must be ready to display. We will be displaying paintings on easels so if you have one to lend with your submission, it would be greatly appreciated. 

All artwork will be judged between 1-3 pm on Friday April 7th. The Art walk event begins at 2pm. Artists who would like to enter a painting into the event and also have a booth in the Friday Art Walk event will need to begin to set up their booths at 12pm. 

The award presentation will be 4pm.

The Plein Air Painting Workshop, taught by Jane Haskins last year’s In Plein Sight 2nd Place winner, will be Friday, April 7th from 10am-12pm.