Paint the Beach


Art lovers filled the Festival tent at Santini Marina Plaza last weekend as stunning artwork created by over 50 artists during the 6th Annual Paint the Beach Plein Air Art Festival was on display. DSC_0116The Fort Myers Beach Art Association sponsored the event that resulted in over 100 works of art in a variety of mediums capturing dozens of beach scenes. Winners, as determined by Judge Joseph Palmerio, were announced at the Collector’s Preview Friday night. They included:

PIC 1st Place MPL1st Place: Neil Walling for “Bowditch Beach”

2nd Place: David Belling for “Shrimpers Workshop”

3rd Place: Barb Valentine for “Afternoon Light”

Most Representative of the Beach: Christa Friedl for “Shrimp Boats”

Merit Awards: Katherine McMahon and Peter Zell

Honorable Mention Awards: Mary Klunk, Linda Richichi, Randy Pitts, Michele Barron Buelow, Manon Sander and Velda Musgrove

People’s Choice: Neil Walling for “High of 90 Degrees”

Saturday’s Quick Draw Winners

Student Division

1st Place: Meghan Stanwood

2nd Place: Anderson Eraus

3rd Place: Rebecca Casimir

Honorable Mention: Angeliris Llorens, and Timmy Le

Adult Division

1st Place: Sandi McCabe

2nd Place: Neil Walling

3rd Place: Gail Trent RisnerPIC Winners MPL