Artist Ruth Squitieri

Artist Ruth Squitieri gives a demonstration of her painting techniques during the 10th annual New Smyrna Beach Plein Air Paint Out at the Night Swan B&B in New Smyrna Beach last year. The Marine Discovery Center and the Artists’ Workshop hosted the event.

Artists will converge on New Smyrna Beach for the 11th annual Plein Air Paint Out Oct. 19-23, hosted by the Marine Discovery Center and the Artists’ Workshop Inc.

The Paint Out links art and nature with 20 nationally recognized artists creating paintings outdoors from dawn to dusk. Artists paint at various locations throughout the city and surrounding areas, interpreting natural flora, fauna, landmarks and landscapes onto canvas.

“Our tag line this year is ‘Discover Nature Through Art’,” said Wendy Castino, marketing and fund development coordinator at the marine center and co-coordinator of the 2021 Paint Out.

“If you look at any paintings created outdoors, they are capturing nature through art and Plein Air is all about painting while outdoors,” Ms. Castino added.

The center’s educational programs are outdoor-oriented and it partners with its neighbor, The Artists’ Workshop. The two non-profits will share Paint Out proceeds.

“The Plein Air Paint Out offers the best way to capture our flora and fauna, coastal habitat, seascapes and history of this area, and then allow residents to take a piece of it home,” Ms. Castino said.

Each artist will donate a piece of art to sell. The artwork will be available at the kick-off “Collectors’ Reception” Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Grand Ol’ Barn in New Smyrna Beach. Admission is included for sponsors and patrons, but tickets also are available for $100 per person, including a $50 credit toward an art purchase.

Paint Out begins at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, with two free art demonstrations at two sites that day, followed by an “Evening Paint at JB’s Fish Camp.

Free art demonstrations will be at various sites through Saturday, Oct. 23, with another “Evening Paint” set for 5 p.m. to dusk Thursday, Oct. 21, on Flagler Avenue. The public also is invited to view a day of artists’ activity at Battle Island, 612 Battle Island Road, Friday, Oct. 22.

Events will culminate on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Marine Discovery Center/Artists Workshop, with a final art demo set for 10 a.m. followed by the Grand Finale and final art sales from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets for that event will be $50 each or $90 for two and will feature the popular “blending of the brushes,” in which five artists complete a progressive piece of work that is auctioned that evening.

Art created throughout the week will be taken to the Paint Out Gallery, which is free and open to the public at 540 Barracuda Blvd. Artwork also can be purchased at

For art patrons and sponsors seeking more information,call (386) 428-4828 or email or Cheryl Faber, president of the Artists’ Workshop, at

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