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

About The Event

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and First Coast Plein Air Painters will host the 2020 A Brush with Nature, a Plein Air painting event.

This year’s event is a mix of Plein Air and virtual!

We realize that not everyone is able to come to the Arboretum to interact with our Plein Air artists this year. With this in mind, we are creating a virtual component of “A Brush with Nature.” This includes an online auction at www.32auctions.com/abrushwithnature2020, so from the comfort of your home you may purchase works created by local artists. Also there will be some Facebook live moments during the festivities. Our board has balanced concern about the risk of COVID-19 among the artists and our members with preexisting conditions: while working toward retaining and creating a safer event.

We are accommodating artists who want to work outside – while offering their other artists an opportunity to take part in the event virtually.\Due to COVID-19, we are taking special measures to ensure the safety of our guests and the artists. Please wear masks when interacting with the artists and stand behind the barrier that will be clearly marked on the ground in front of them. Hand sanitizer will be at the registration table and throughout the other tents.

We want to thank our sponsors for their patience: Atlantic Self Storage – Millcoe location, Jenkins Auto Group, JM Family Enterprises, Robb and Pam Mitchell (The Press On Foundation), O E & S/Office Environments (OE&S ), Optiv | Cybersecurity Solutions Integration & Management and Rapid 7 – along with returning in-kind sponsor PRI Productions.


The live event schedule is as follows:

Day 1
• 9 AM – 5 PM – Food Truck Guests
• 9 AM – 3 PM – Plant Sale
• 11 AM – 3 PM – Music
• Noon – 3 PM – Children’s Art Activities
• Artists’ Demos (see schedule at the event)

Day 2
• 9 AM – 5 PM – Food Truck Guest
• 9 AM – 3 PM – Plant Sale
• 11 AM – 3 PM – Music
• Noon – 3 PM – Children’s Art Activities
• Artists’ Demos (see schedule at the event)

At this free-admission event, you can enjoy the gardens while many of the region’s finest landscape artists set up their easels to capture the essence of the Arboretum’s beautiful settings and paint their favorite scenes from locations throughout the 120-acre site.

First Coast Plein Air Painters

Purchase Onsite or Virtually!

All works of art created at the event are available for sale – with proceeds benefiting the Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and the artists. The artwork is very affordable and offers a wide range of sizes and media, from watercolors and acrylics to oils and pastels. Purchasing an original painting allows the buyer to take home a lasting memory of the Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Because we knew that all people would not be able to make it in person, there is now a virtual component so you could enjoy the event from home!

We are so excited to host the First Coast Plein Air Painters for an exclusive online art gallery.  There are many beautiful paintings that are available before, during and for several weeks after the event!  Some of the paintings created during the event will be added after the “live” event, so please return again as new items will be arriving.

ONLINE – To purchase virtual fine art pieces go to: www.32auctions.com/abrushwithnature2020

Once your art is purchased you will be able to come by the arboretum for contactless delivery.

ART PICK-UP: You MUST pick up your purchased art from Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens on either 

Saturday, November 7 from 9-12 OR 

Monday, November 9 from 5-7 

Simply pull up to the entry kiosk area and give your name to the person at the table and we will put the artwork in your car. If you do not make arrangements and pick up your purchased art within 30 days of the close of the on-line sales November 9, 2020 it will be considered abandoned and will be re-sold, and you will not be issued a refund. 

ALL SALES FINAL. Absolutely No Refunds or Exchanges. 

Proceeds from the art will benefit both local artists, as well as the Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.  Thank you so much for your support!

If you have questions please contact info@jacksonvillearboretum.org

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

The event schedule includes children’s art and artist’s demos.

More details on entertainment, food and other activities will be announced in the coming months.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Dana Doody at danad@jacksonvillearboretum.org.

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

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors!

Robb and Pam Mitchell

David and Janet English

A Plein Air Painting Event


October 17 and 18th
9 – 5

Randy Pitts Across Lake Ray.360h Randy Pitts “Across Lake Ray” 8×10 oil on linen panel – Private Collection

What is the ‘Plein Air’ Tradition?

“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. The 19th century English landscape painter, John Constable, noted that “artists should forget formulas and trust their own vision in finding truth in nature.” The stiff formality and romanticism of the studio gave way to this entirely new concept resulting in such movements as the Barbizon School and the Impressionists.

In Europe, painters you might recognize such as Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Degas, and Renoir, took to the outdoors using colors and brush strokes that captured sparkling natural light. Here in America, artists’ colonies began to spring up, particularly on the East and West coasts and in the Southwest, where artists like William Merritt Chase, Edmund Tarbell, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Edgar Payne, William Wendt and many others expanded on the plein air tradition.

Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood.
en:1885. en:John Singer Sargent. Oil on canvas. 54.0 x 64.8 cm. en:Tate Gallery, en:London.

Today, plein air is enjoying a huge resurgence, with groups forming all around the country. Open air artists study and paint the light as it appears under different weather conditions and at different times of day. The challenge of painting loosely and expressively takes the form of both finished paintings and studies that might later be finished in a studio setting.

Plein Air painting has a long and colorful history and is just as relevant today as 100 years ago, and perhaps even more so, as artists feel a particular need to capture landscapes that are rapidly disappearing from our daily lives due to both development and natural causes.

source – www.wikipedia.org

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