Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

News Release

More than 40 artists will create, sell their work to support the nonprofit Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, local artists

Jacksonville, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens (JAG) and First Coast Plein Air Painters hosts A Brush with Nature, a plein air painting event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 at the arboretum, located at 1440 Millcoe Rd.

Admission is free, with donations to the arboretum encouraged.

All works of art created at the event are available for sale – with proceeds benefiting the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens and the artists.

Visitors can stroll along the trails to watch and interact with participating artists as they work.

Activities include:

• Artists’ demonstrations each day
• Art activities for children from noon to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
• Entertainment by Old Dawgs New Trixx, Al Poindexter and Eric Wendorf (noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday)
• Food trucks Hybiscus Hut and Frozen Sweets on site from 9 a.m. to close Saturday and Sunday

“We will have more than 40 of the region’s finest landscape artists setting up their easels to capture the essence of the Arboretum’s beautiful settings over the two-day event,” said A Brush with Nature Event Committee Chair and JAG Board Member Patty Miller.

Guests are also invited to attend the judging and awards ceremony for the artists on Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. for a $5 admission fee ($2 for Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens members).

Event sponsors include AB Signs, Arbus Magazine, bestbet, Champion Brands, Citi, Environmental Services, Inc., The Hartley Press, John R. Pope, Karate America, OE&S, Panera Bread, PRI Productions, The “Press On” Foundation and Toyota Southeast Distributors, LLC.

The ‘plein air’ Tradition, or “en plein air,” is a French term meaning “in the open air.” Since the mid-19th Century and the advent of portable painting supplies like the paint tube and “box” easels, artists have taken to the outdoors. The plein air ovement brought artists out of their studios and into the natural light. It birthed a new type of artist who recorded the everyday scenes of life in the colors and light that nature provided and offered artists a new way to approach their painting process, forcing the stiff formality of the studio to give way to an entirely new concept.

For more information, visit www.jacksonvillearboretum.org/events.

About the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, located at 1440 Millcoe Rd., is open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – with extended summer hours to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays – and offers a free, guided nature walk at 9:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.
The arboretum opened in Nov. 2008 with a mission to cultivate a unique environment for recreation, education and inspiration for residents and visitors to the Jacksonville area. Located on 120 acres of scenic property, the venue is
totally operated and maintained by board members and volunteers. Venue amenities include a paved parking area, an accessible Lake Loop with gardens, Jones Creek, Ravine, and five other maintained trails, benches, boardwalks, scenic overlooks and picnic tables – all built by board members and volunteers. For more information, visit www.jacksonvillearboretum.org or e-mail info@jacksonvillearboretum.org.

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