Brush With Nature

May 15-16, 2021

Online entry deadline has passed.



DO NOT hand out your business cards or promote yourself in any way at this event. This is a FCPAP event, you can promote FCPAP. We have brochures you are welcome to pass out.

If someone wants to purchase art off the easel at this event it must go through the sales tent. This event is a fundraiser for the arboretum. The Arboretum will get 40% of each piece sold. 

Art take in is on Friday. Saturday and Sunday are the show and paint out. 

Eligibility: Members who are current with membership dues paid

There will be absolutely no membership dues taken during the event, if you up to date and not on the membership roster you will not be able to participate.

Members may submit artwork done prior to the event provided artwork was produced at the Jacksonville Arboretum and only of the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens within the last 2 years.

Eligible Work: Only original artwork completed “en plein air” are eligible. No giclee prints, work copied from other artists, work from photographs, advertisements, or reproductions of any kind will be permitted. Works created in-studio are not eligible, though paintings done on location that are corrected, or touched up in studio are permitted. 

Media: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and pastel are acceptable media.

Size and Framing: Artwork is to be no larger than 22×30” in size, not including matting and framing. Paintings must be 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. 1.5″ or bigger Gallery wrap canvases without frames are permitted provided sides are finished. No staples are to be visible. Cradled hardboard panels are also acceptable without framing provided sides are finished.

Artist Check In:  Artwork Check-in: All art needs to be checked in with a volunteer at the Exhibition Tent. Early art work check-in for the event will be on Friday The work must be logged in to the logbook and a form with artist’s name, title of painting, size, and medium must be filled out and attached to the bottom of the frame back where it is visible to the viewing public. The number of each form must also be logged in along with the artwork information. The artwork may remain on display in the Exhibition Tent until the end of the event or until it is sold.

Submission Limit: Due to the enormous response by our members to participate, and in order not to overwhelm the exhibition tent, each artist may only have four pieces on exhibition at any time. If a piece sells, the artist has the right to replace any sold work with another painting.

The Event: All registered artists are expected to paint at least one full day during the event. Both days are preferred.    All unsold artwork needs be collected at the close of the reception. Each artist is responsible for collecting their own work. If someone other than yourself is picking up your artwork, please make one of the FCPAP volunteers working the exhibition tent aware of your arrangement. The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens and First Coast Plein Air Painters will not be held responsible for any artwork left accidentally beyond the conclusion of the event, nor will they be held responsible for any artwork that may be lost or stolen during the event. There will be a security volunteer staying Saturday evening, but there is no guarantee against theft, nor assumption of responsibility by The Arboretum or FCPAP should theft occur.

Sales: All Sales will be handled by First Coast Plein Air Painters. Artists agree that the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens shall take a 40% commission of each painting sold during the two-day event. Artists will receive a check from First Coast Plein Air Painters within 30 days of the close of the event for artwork sold. Absolutely no private sales off of the artists’ easels. Sales are to be handled and logged in through the sales staff in the exhibition tent only.

Liability: First Coast Plein Air Painters will take every reasonable precaution to safeguard artwork from damage. However, they are not responsible for loss or damage to any artwork. The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens or First Coast Plein Air Painters are not responsible for any injuries any artists might incur while participating in this event.

Parking: Parking for participating artists will be available near the storage shed down the dirt road to the left of the main parking area. Spaces will be somewhat limited so it will be first come first serve. If all spaces are taken, please park out along Millcoe Road in available overflow parking and not in the main parking lot. Please leave the main parking area for the public. You may drop your equipment off near the kiosk at the east end of the main parking area before parking.



Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Botanical Garden 

1445 Millcoe Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225