More than 70 artists gathered at Salinas Park on Cape San Blas on Saturday morning, May 5 to compete in the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Quickdraw.
Artists are given two hours in the morning to complete a plein air painting, frame it, and return it to the judging station. This year’s Quickdraw Judge was Lori Putnam, a nationally known plein air painter who has participated in the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air paint-out for more than 10 years.
Charlie Hunter from Bellows Falls, Vermont, was the Judge’s Choice First Prize winner in the Professional category this year, for his painting Five Five Eighteen.
Kendall Portis of Eastpoint, Georgia, was both the Judge’s Choice First Prize winner and the People’s Choice First prize winner in the Open category for his painting, Houses on the Park.
Judge’s Choice, Second Prize, Professional Class, was John P. Lasater, IV
Judge’s Choice, Third Prize, Professional Class was Vladislav Yeliseyev
People’s Choice, Professional Class was Vladislav Yeliseyev
Judge’s Choice, Second Prize, Open Class was Erin Bailey
Judge’s Choice, Third Prize, Open Class was Frances Mangino
The paintings are on display at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water St., Apalachicola, until May 13. They may also be seen online at
Putnam’s work will be on display at the Mexico Beach Visitor’s center until May 11, and then will move to The Joe Center for the Arts for the remainder of the event.