A dozen local art students made art happen on the Eastpoint waterfront last week.
The group met at 11 a.m. at the Eastpoint Waterfront Pavilion of Patton Drive. The Franklin County School, Apalachicola Bay Charter School and First Baptist School all sent students to participate in this year’s plein air student art day, hosted by the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational.
For most, the rugged scenery of the working waterfront was very familiar. Adriana Reeder painted her grandmother’s oyster barn with a little guidance from artist John Guernsey.
Kerri Williams, who lives in Eastpoint, said she hopes for a career in the arts. The senior said she has already been accepted by Gulf Coast State College. Her mentor for the day was Nancie King-Mertz.
Brittany Bryant, a senior at the Franklin County School said she hopes to become an art teacher. Artist James Richards, who was paired with her for the workshop, said, “She can do it too. You should see her drawings.”
Karlie Tucker, who painted with Lori Putnam, wants to be a veterinarian, but Putnam praised her attitude. “You can tell she’s really smart,” said Putnam. “And she was so happy with her work.”
Julie Hodges, who teaches art at Port St. Joe High School, attended the plein air workshop. She said she thought the students were all, “pleasantly surprised at how well their art worked out. It was a positive experience and gave them the opportunity to see real artists who are making it work as their career.”
Other students participating in the student art day were Franklin County School students Jennifer Stratton, who worked with Charles Dickinson, and Haley Mathes who painted with Paul Arsenault.
The Apalachicola Bay Charter School sent Adria Valenzuela, who worked with Hodges Soileau, and Davis McGee, who painted with Greg La Rock.
The First Baptist School sent Sara Strickland, who painted with Haidee-Jo summers, and Skylah Obee who was mentored by Shelby Keefe.
A luncheon of fried chicken with all the fixings was provided by the Plein Invitational and the ladies of Eastpoint, many of whom were on hand to host the event.