Great Painting Days Ahead!

FCPAP Paints at Big Talbot Island, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 16, 17, 18.
Time to get out and paint!! We will paint at Big Talbot Island at The Bluffs area. The entrance to the Bluffs is easily seen on the East side of A1A. There is parking, picnic tables and facilities (port-o-lets). There is a trail that leads down onto the beach which overlooks Nassau Sound and there are many large dead trees on the beach offering plenty of subject matter for artists. The park opens at 8:00 am and there is a $3.00 per car entry fee (honor system). Weather conditions for Friday and Saturday look to be on the cool side, but sunny. Temps on Friday expected to be in the 40s in the morning rising to low 60s during the day with NW winds about 10 mph, so a little breezy. Saturday is predicted to be in the 50s – high 60s with NNE winds at about 7 mph. Bugs should not be an issue, but be prepared. Bring sunscreen and water.
Once again First Coast Plein Air Painters has been invited to participate in Winterfest by having our artists paint throughout the day around the park. Please arrive earlier than 11:00 am to allow time to set up before the crowds arrive. Parking is available in the church parking lot across the street. This is a great time to make connections and have fun!  Be prepared to paint most of the day. Let Stephen Dunn know if you plan to participate so he has a head count to give to the organizers.
FCPAP Paints at Dutton Island Nature Preserve, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 14, 15, 16.
We will paint at Dutton Island Nature Preserve located on Dutton Island Road off Mayport Road. The park opens at 8:00 am. Plenty of marsh, trees and intracoastal views with a fishing pier on the North end of the Island.

New Paint Out Scheduled

FCPAP Paints at Alpine Groves Park
Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28
FCPAP Paints at Alpine Groves Park. Plan on BOTH Friday, the 27th and Saturday, the 28th of July. The park opens at 7:00 am so any time after the park opens, come on out. I put 1:00 PM as the end time, but paint as long as you want. Lots to paint here with farm house and barns and great views of the St Johns River.,+Fruit+Cove,+FL+32259/@30.0766528,-81.6513503,16.78z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88e5d02ada2ba2db:0x6bdb1bd6a3570d4d!8m2!3d30.0756501!4d-81.6479063

Upcoming Paint Outs

Come play and paint with your fellow members!

FCPAP Paints Little Talbot Island
Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th.  8:00 am till whenever.
With more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida. Maritime forests, desert-like dunes and undisturbed salt marshes on the western side of the island allow for hours of nature study and relaxation. The diverse habitats in the park host a wealth of wildlife for viewing, including river otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats and a variety of native and migratory birds.
Directions: Exit I-295 on to Heckscher Drive (SR A1A) Eastbound. It’s about 10-12 miles to the entrance of the park, which will be on the right. Do not confuse with Hugenot Park which is before the Fort George Inlet Bridge. The entrance to Little Talbot is about 1/2 mile-1mile past the Bridge on the right. Nice dunes and beach access at the first parking area past the entry gate. There is another parking area where the park road ends. It also offers access to beach and dunes. There is also a nice wooded trail where you first enter the gate before getting to the guard station. Parking for the trail is just past the guard station on the left. No facilities on the trail.
Park hours are 8:00 am till sunset. $5.00 per carload (2-8 people). $4.00 per car with single occupant (per website)
St Augustine Plein Air Paint Out and Juried Exhibition, April 22-29, 2018
PAINT OUT REGISTRATION – Online or Mail Register and pay Online ( or Mail completed Registration form and pay $45 Entry Fee (checks payable to St. Augustine Art Association). Must be 18 years or older. Mailed applications must be received by April 16, 2018. Online application deadline is April 16, 2018. Late Fee: Add $10.  
Registration for the Paint Out includes: Access to paint on approved private properties during the event; Free entrance to the Fort all week; Use of the Wet Room; Discounted parking at selected lots; Brunch on Sunday April 22; Artist Receptions and Events; Souvenir Bag; Water; Artist IDs
JURIED EXHIBIT: WHERE ART MEETS HISTORY– MAY 4-27, 2018 at the St. Augustine Art Association ELIGIBILITY Works produced in the field (not the studio) on stamped canvas/support during the Paint Out by registered artists will be eligible for the juried exhibit. Artwork must be finished with a frame and wire for hanging. (No gallery wrapped canvas. White/Off white mattes only) Size may not exceed 48″ (any side). LIMIT: 3 pieces; FEE: $10/per piece. STAAA will process all sales and will retain 30%. DELIVERY/RECEIVING: Tuesday, May 1, noon – 6pm & Wednesday, May 2, noon – 4pm at STAAA, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, FL 32084. (Early Deliveries may be accepted during the Paint Out.) INSTALLATION/JUDGING: Thursday, May 3, 2018 AWARDS $1000 Best in Show; $750 First Place; $500 Second Place; $250 Third Place and additional cash prizes. Judge’s decision is final.
Reception & Awards, Friday, May 4, 5 to 9pm.
See the St. Augustine Art Association website for more information and entry instructions

Come Paint with Us!

FCPAP Paints at the Arboretum, Friday and Saturday, February 9 and 10.
Let’s grab our gear and head for one of our favorite places, the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. We will meet on Friday and Saturday beginning at 8:00 am. The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is located just East of I-295 off of Monument Road at 1445 Millcoe Road, in Jacksonville 32225.
FCPAP Paints at Ramblin Rose Farm. Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17.
Come paint at Ramblin Rose Farm for and opportunity to paint farm animals and scenery. There is always some activity going on at the farm so there should plenty of subject matter to choose from like riding, herding, etc.
There are some rules we need to follow like if a gate is closed and you go through it, please close it behind you.  Feeding any livestock is discouraged although there are several farm sheep that love bread and donuts. If you feed them watch your fingers they have no manners.  There is a black faced ewe named Sophie..that will respond to her name especially if you have bread. She is the only one that knows her name.
If you have questions about where you can go just ask.
There is a picnic table at the pond. There are some chairs and table in the yard you are welcome to utilize.
The road entrance gate is normally kept closed to keep livestock off of 16 in case of escapes.
The address is 3199 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Take I-295 to US 17 (Roosevelt Blvd.) Head South on US 17 through Orange Park and Fleming Island to Green Cove Springs and turn right on State Road 16. OR Take I-95 South to World Golf Hall of Fame and exit onto International Golf Parkway Westbound to State Road 16 and turn right. Follow State Road 16 across St. Johns River until 16 comes to US 17 and turn Right. After a short distance on US 17, turn left onto State Road 16 again. Travel on SR 16 towards Penney Farms.  Turn left at the Penney Farms City Limit sign (green).  There is a cemetery on the right. (Paso Fino Road is a Right turn) the Farm lane is the left. WARNING: GPS will dump you at the farm on Highway 16 called Smoak Farm. Ramblin Rose is next drive on left off of 16 (they are behind Smoak Farm.)

New Year New Work

We have a show coming up at th Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach – Breath of Talent. We and the art loving community should be very excited. This is an opportunity to share the best of our current work in a beautiful venue with astute aficionados. Receiving will be Monday, January 22nd from 2-6pm and the Reception is Friday January 26th 6-8 pm (along with their always excitingJuried Artiste Member Exhibit).