11th Annual 

“A Brush with Nature”

May 13 – 15 2022

Event Time: Friday and Saturday 8AM – 5pm Sunday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm


What is this event?

“A Brush with Nature” is a large publicized event. The event is FCPAP’s way to give back to the community. This is a large fundraiser for Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens exclusive to First Coast Plein Air Painters. There are food trucks, live music, plant sales and kids activities. 


How do we give back?

We paint on location throughout the weekend of the event as the visitors enjoy viewing the works in progress. Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a place to paint and explore year round.  Throughout the year, artist paint there en plein air in preparation for this big event. The trails and lake are lined with award winning trees, flowers and unique species of plants which lend to excellent opportunities for landscapes. Plan to paint en plain air throughout the weekend.

Artist bring up to 4 paintings at the beginning of the event. The sale of a painting allows artists to replace that piece with another at no additional cost after the first four have been paid for. The sales are excellent as this is well advertised as a fundraiser. The tent is manned by FCPAP volunteers.  Your participation in the event  and as a volunteer is appreciated. 

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens receives 40% of every sale. 

Painting during the event

Marilyn Antram

Painting the Birds of Paradise

Lori Ann Sweet

Painting the flowers

Eve Albrecht

Quick Draw


Sat. May 14

➢ Quickdraw Registration

on or before 11AM Saturday

➢ Quickdraw: Set up Sat- 11AM

➢ Quickdraw: Sat 12PM-2PM

➢ Quickdraw Sat Judging 2:30 – 3PM

$100 prize and a free tshirt

Important Times

Early Artwork Check-in: Friday: May 13 th , 8am Arboretum Sunday:

May 15th 7:00 am – 4:00 pm


Gates Open: 7:00 am all 3 days FCPAP


Members Only Final Reception and Awards: Sunday, May 15, 4-5pm



Artwork for display and sales.

One-time fee: first four paintings @ $5 each painting. Then additional paintings entered are free!

Please: get your wrist band when checking in each morning. Anyone who does not check in or have a wrist ban on will not be allowed to participate in this event.


Check In: All artists that are signed up to participate in this event must register before painting on each day to receive your name badge and wrist band

Eligibility: Members must have paid dues in full on or before May 1ST 2022. You will need to be in good standings with FCPAP.


Artwork Size Max.

22″ x 30″


Acrylic, Gouache, Oil, Pastel, Pen & Ink, Watercolor

Artwork Age

2 years old maximum


22″ x 30″ max, not including matting and framing.

All artwork must be framed and ready to hang. You must have the artwork framed and ready to hang with picture wire. No frames with sawtooth hangers. Watercolor and pastel works must be properly matted and framed under glass. or Plexiglas. Gallery wrap canvases without frames are Not permitted. No staples visible. Cradled hardboard panels are also acceptable without framing provided the artwork is properly prepared for outdoor environment. Watercolors need to be mounted on hardwood board, sprayed and sealed. Artist