National Park Services celebrate Centennial with Plein Air art

// by Serenity Hansberry

In an effort to get people out to enjoy the great outdoors and take advantage of the numerous national parks in St. Johns County, the National Park Service has partnered with the St. Johns Cultural Council to create the Find Your Park Plein Air to St. Johns County, which is also celebration of the Parks and Services Centennial.

“It's also a way for us to bring together history, art, culture and enjoyment of The Great Outdoors,” says Steven Roberts, chief of interpretation and education at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Fort Matanzas National Monument.

The event will be set up into two parts. First is the creation of art in plein air at the national parks from April 16 to 24, 2016, followed by a juried show featured as part of the America's Parks exhibition at the LightnerMuseum from June 9 to Aug. 31, 2016. The En Plein Air event provides artists with the opportunity to create art in the open air with the subject in view, at the national parks in St. Johns County—Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, 1 S. Castillo Dr., and Fort Matanzas National Monument, 8635 A1A South.

Artists are welcomed to create two pieces during the plein art show regarding the Castillo de San Marcos and/or Fort Matanzas and submit the pieces for consideration for the exhibition.

Artists who wish to participate are encouraged to register, which will be open until April 14, 2016. Registration includes a welcome bag, access to Hospitality Gallery nights, a plein air demonstration by Mary Hubley, artist/gallery owner, and access to the opening reception of the America’s Parks exhibition which will be held on June 9, 2016. The fee to enter up to two pieces of artwork to the show is $30.

Prizes for the juried show include a $1000 award for Best of Show. Two participants will be awarded with a $500 prize for Best of Media. And two awards will be given out for honorable mention with a prize of $250.

Participation in Find Your Park Plein Air is free. findyourparkpleinair.com, facebook.com/findyourparkpleinair.