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

Brunch and Plein Air Painting Event

May 13 – 15th

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (JA&BG) and First Coast Plein Air Painters will host the 12th annual ‘A Brush with Nature’, a plein air painting event.

Guests can watch local artists create and sell their work on-site with a portion of proceeds benefitting the JA&BG. This event is fun for all ages with children’s art activities, food trucks, live music and more.

NEW Brunch – SOLD OUT!

New this year, guests can enjoy ‘A Brunch With Nature’ on Sunday, May 15.

A Brunch With Nature features a picnic with elegant, individually prepared meals, mingling with the artists and music by Bold City Classics, a Chris Thomas Band.


A Brush with Nature

Friday, May 13
noon to 5 pm

Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15
9 am to 5 pm

A Brunch With Nature

Sunday May 15
11 am to 2 pm


Live Oak Sponsor


Cypress Sponsors


Children’s Tent Sponsor


Band Sponsor


Paid for by Lindsey Brock, Republican, for Jacksonville City Council District 2

Hickory Sponsors


Wild Azalea Sponsors


What to Expect

Original art will be available for sale beginning on Friday, May 13 at Noon. (All other activities begin Saturday). There is a special addition this year on Sunday afternoon,
A Brunch With Nature, catered by Biscotti’s and accompanied by music from Bold City Classics, A Chris Thomas Affiliate Band. We are already hard at work making this ABWN, the best one yet!

On site activities will include:

• Artist demonstrations each day
• Art activities for children from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
• Live entertainment from 7 Street Band on Saturday and Bold City Classics on Sunday
• Food trucks on site from 9 a.m. to close Saturday and Sunday

How to Get Involved

The event always attracts an excited list of sponsors who love the combination of art and the outdoors. This year’s event sponsors include Presenting: RS&H Cypress Sponsors: Driscoll, bestbet, TLC, Atlantic Self Storage and Jenkins Auto Group: Hickory Sponsors: Robb & Pam Mitchell and PRI; and Wild Azalea Sponsors: Optiv, OE&S and McLeod Brock Law, PLLC.

Volunteer! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4baaad2caaffcf8-2022

Any person or business interested in sponsoring “A Brush with Nature” should contact Breanna Blake by calling 904-318-4342 or emailing brennab@jacksonvillearboretum.org.

Artists who would like to participate should contact First Coast Plein Air Painters President Stephen Dunn at stephendunnart@att.net.

About the “Plein Air” Tradition

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.

The 2020 Event

We realized that not everyone was able to come to the Arboretum to interact with our Plein Air artists. With this in mind, we created a virtual component of “A Brush with Nature.” The event schedule included children’s art and artist’s demos.

Previous Year’s Activities

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