GCAA Art Market, Holiday Open House Nov. 5
50 plein air artists will convene around South Baldwin Nov. 3-5
November 5 will be packed full of activity in the Waterway Village district of Gulf Shores. The Art Market, presented by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 225 East 24th Ave.
Talented local and regional artists will be displaying their original works of art, including paintings, fabric art, pottery, jewelry, wood and metal arts. Live musical entertainment and delicious food will add to the festival atmosphere of the day.
Also on Nov. 5, the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance will celebrate its Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Artists have filled the Gallery with beautiful paintings, Christmas ornaments, greeting and note cards, driftwood trees, pottery and hand created jewelry. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes to be given all during the day.
More than 50 plein air artists will be convening in Gulf Shores Nov. 3-5. Hosted by local plein air artist Craig Reynolds, the APAA event has evolved into a gathering of artists from Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee joining together with Alabama artists for an outdoor paint out.
“Plein” is a French word meaning “open air” or “outside.” Most plein air artists use oil paints as their medium of choice, but many other mediums will be used. Attending artists will be painting outdoors in various locations all over Gulf Shores and Bon Secour. The public is invited watch these artists in action.
On Thursday night, Nov. 3, all the plein artists will be at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center on County Rd. 6 West (19470 Oak Rd W.) for a public reception from 6-9 p.m. The reception will include demonstrations by the following artists:
– Kay Lewis, Madison, “Block in Painting” with acrylic.
– Sharon Gates, Birmingham, “Light, Contrast and Nostalgia.”
– Millie Gosch, College Park, Ga., “Marsh Abstract.”
– Greg Cartmell, Meridian, “Abstract Color Sunset.”
– Jill Berry, Pensacola, “Light and Shadow.”
– Amanda Lovett, Gainesville, Ga., “Light and Architecture.”
– Tommy Vogel, Gulf Shores, “Pastel-Garden”
– Perry Austin, Sylacauga, “The Beauty of Plein Air”
The APAA Paint Out will culminate with a “Quick Draw” on Nov. 5 at 225 East 24th Ave. in the Waterway Village. All artists will be given two hours, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., to complete a painting.
The public is invited to watch and all will have an opportunity to purchase these paintings during a wet paint sale at the conclusion of the Quick Draw. The works completed during the two previous days will also be for sale. Reynolds said all artists will be offering their paintings at very reasonable prices. This will be an opportunity for corporations, businesses and individuals to acquire art from some of the best-known plein air artists in the Southeast.
For information about the Alabama Plein Air Paint Out, contact Craig Reynolds at 256-458-1881. The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance is a non-profit with an office and art gallery at 225 East 24th Avenue in the Waterway Village of Gulf Shores.
Pictured: (above) Plein artist Perry Austin.