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

News Release

Artists from First Coast Plein Air Painters will create, sell art work to support local artists and the nonprofit Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2019) – The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens (JAG) and First Coast Plein Air Painters will host the 2019 A Brush with Nature plein air painting event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 at the arboretum, located at 1440 Millcoe Rd.

All works of art created at the event are available for sale – with proceeds benefiting the participating artists and the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens.
Admission is free, with donations to the arboretum encouraged.

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

Activities in the planning stage include artists’ demonstrations each day, art activities for children, entertainment and food truck participation.
The event is sponsored by “Cypress” sponsor bestbet, “Hickory” sponsors Office Environments & Services (OE&S) and the “Press On” Foundation, along with “Azalea” sponsor JM Family Enterprises.

For sponsorship information, contact JAG Executive Director Diane Machaby at dmachaby@jacksonvillearboretum.org.

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 movement 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
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, 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’s mission is 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 primarily operated and maintained by board members and volunteers. Venue amenities include a paved parking area, an accessible lake loop with gardens 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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