ORLANDO, Fla. (February 9, 2023) — The Wekiva River is already as pretty as a picture. But from Feb. 27 to March 4, it’s going to be a work of fine art.
The Wekiva Paint Out returns for its 17th year, bringing world-class artists from around the country to Wekiva Island and Wekiwa Springs State Park for a week of plein air painting inspired by the natural Florida surroundings.
The event raises money for the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and Keep Seminole Beautiful to help keep the river clean, protect it and make it a place future generations can enjoy.
“There’s nothing like the Wekiva Paint Out,” said Mary Weinaug, the event’s organizer and Executive Director of Keep Seminole Beautiful. “The surroundings are already stunning, but to see what these incredible artists create and capture here brings it to another level. You truly have to see it with your own eyes.”
Visitors can do just that around Wekiva Island, the state park and the river during the week, as they can stop by to watch artists work. They can also see completed works at the gallery at Wekiva Island, all of which are for purchase. They can even buy work straight from the easel. In addition, the Wekiva Paint Out features several special events:
- Live Auction—7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. Bids will fly as an auctioneer leads the live auction for pieces from each artist. The energy is electric, and bidders might even get a deal on an original piece of art.
- Nocturne and Pasta Bar—5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3. Guests can tour the full gallery and grab a bite at Without a Paddle Café’s build-your-own-pasta bar night at Wekiva Island for $14.95. Artists will also be working around the Island to capture the evening scene.
- Amateur Quick Draw competition—Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Paint with the pros and potentially win! Amateurs can enter to compete for cash prizes for $30/person.
- All-Inclusive Gala—See what the artists have created all week long and celebrate with food, live music and beer/wine for $50/person or $90/couple.
Stella Artois and Nutrl are the presenting sponsors for the event. Certified Financial Group, Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster and Wells Fargo are title sponsors. Other sponsors include Seminole State College.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses, and individuals can become patrons to receive tickets to special events throughout the week as well as art credits.
The first Wekiva Paint Out was held in 2007. Wekiva Island became the host in 2009, after Bill Weinaug purchased the property. The event combines two of Wekiva Island core tenets: Art and Sustainability.
For more information, as well as a full schedule and tickets to special events, visit https://wekivapaintout.com/.
For more information about the host site, Wekiva Island, visit https://wekivaisland.com/.
For a selection of photos from the event, click here.