About Event

One of Jacksonville's newest treasures, the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is hosting A Brush with Nature, a juried plein air painting event, where 36 of the region's finest landscape artists from our region will set up their easels to capture, on canvas, the essence of this beautiful natural park in the midst of our city. From Thursday, March 21, 2013 through Saturday, March 23, 2013, the artists will paint their favorite scenes from locations throughout the park. Visitors can stroll the grounds to watch the artists at work. On Saturday, there will also be food, music, artists' demonstrations and a special art tent for children.

All works of art will be for sale at the free event and at a special, ticketed Artists' Reception and Show, with proceeds benefiting both the artists and the Arboretum. Purchasing an original painting allows the buyer to take home a lasting memory of the Arboretum, one that can be enjoyed for many years to come. The artwork is very affordable and offers a wide range of sizes and media, from watercolors, acrylics, oils, oil pastels, and pastels. Best of all, proceeds from art sales benefit both the artist and the Arboretum.

This year, the Arboretum is partnering with the Arlington Council of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, which will bring additional resources and greater exposure within the community. A portion of the revenues generated through sponsorship, ad and ticket sales will go to the Arlington Council's education fund, which provides support to Arlington area elementary schools.

Thank you to artists, sponsors, partners, patrons, friends, advertisers, event committee and volunteers!

A Brush with Nature, our third annual plein air painting event March 21-23, was a success in spite of the weather. The Board of Directors thanks all of the many people and organizations involved, including our participating artists, sponsors, partners, patrons, friends, advertisers, event committee and volunteers.

For those who were unable to make it out to the event and are looking for a beautiful painting to grace your home or office, you can always purchase a fine work of art from one of our participating artists. During the event, the artists donated 50% of their sales to the Arboretum, so now we want to promote their efforts as professional artists. Under the Artists Tab, you can see work from each of our participating artists. By clicking on the artist’s name, you will be redirected to his or her website where you can purchase directly from that artist.

We also want to give additional recognition to our sponsors and advertisers and ask that you consider giving them your business, support their cause and thank them for supporting the Arboretum!


Baywood Animal Hospital - www.baywoodanimaljax.com 904-262-1986
First Coast No More Homeless Pets - www.fcnmhp.org 904-520-7900
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens - www.jacksonvillezoo.org 904-757-4463
Monument Road Animal Hospital - www.mrah.net 904-721-2119
The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary - www.cattyshack.org 904-757-3603


Michael Dunlap Architect, P.A. - www.michaeldunlap.com 904-358-1002
Smith McCrary Architects, Inc. - www.smithmcrary.com 904-242-7200


Archway Gallery & Framing - www.ArchwayGalleryAndFraming.com 904-249-2222
Beth Haizlip, Artist - haizart@comcast.net
Diantha York-Ripley, Artist - www.dianthayork-ripley.com 904-476-7666
First Street Gallery - www.FirstStreetGalleryArt.com 904-241-6928
Jen Jones Art Consulting - www.jenjonesart.com 904-612-5959
Keith Doles, Graphic Artist - www.keithdoles.com 904-697-6012
Lyn Asselta, Pastel Landscapes - www.lynasselta.com
Paul Ladnier, Artist - www.paulladnierart.com
Randy Pitts, Artist - www.randypittsfineart.com 904-641-1642
Reddi Arts - www.reddiarts.com 904-398-3161
Southlight Gallery - www.southlightgallery.com
The Art Center - www.tacjacksonville.org
The Art Restorer - Patrick Mahoney - www.TheArtRestorer.com
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens - www.cummer.org 904-356-6857


Lindsey C. Brock, lll, Attorney at Law - www.rumrelllaw.com 904-996-1100
Barry A. Bobek, P.A. - 904-632-2010
Alexander G. Smith, P.A. 904-733-2000


JM Family Enterprises/Southeast Toyota Distributors - www.jmfamily.com


Jacksonville University - www.ju.edu
UNF Gallery - www.unf.edu/gallery


Blackcreek Outfitters - www.blackcreekoutfitters.com 904-645-7003
EarthWorks - www.earthworksgardencenter.com 904-996-0712
Environmental Services, Inc. - www.esinc.cc 904-470-2200
Fireflies 904-536-7239
Florida Native Plant Society - www.fnps.org
The Garden Club of Jacksonville - www.gardenclubofjacksonville.org 904-355-4224
OnSite Environmental Consulting - www.onsiteec.com 904-384-7020
Rose Garden Circle of the Garden Club of Jacksonville
St. Johns Riverkeeper - www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org 904-256-7591
Trad’s Garden Center - www.gardencenter.com 904-466-0465


PRI Productions - www.priproductions.com 904-398-8179
Designed Events - www.designedeventsinc.com 904-396-3299


Collins Capital Management, Inc. - John R. Pope, Financial Advisor - jpope@collinscmi.com 904-493-7500
Harbor Financial Services - Ron May, Financial Adviser - www.harborfs.com 904-373-0261
The Driscoll Group 904-620-9906


Any Lab Test Now! - www.anylabtest-jacksonville.com 904-220-4840
Jacksonville Yoga - www.jacksonvilleyoga.com
Kanehl Dental Group, P.A. - Dr. Bruce A. Kanehl, D.D.S. 904-731-2162
Karate America - www.karateamerica.info
Pila-te-dah - www.pilatedah.com 904-534-7041
Pilates Incoreporated - Sylvia Lassus 787-354-9995


About Floors n’ More - www.aboutfloorsnmore.com 904-726-1700
Adkins Electric - www.adkinselectric.com 904-765-1622
Boca Bargoons (fabric store) - 904-777-2878
Holy Hands Cleaning Service - holyhandscleaningsvcs@yahoo.com 904-716-6961
KnockOut Pest Elimination 904-739-2989
Koncepts Kreations Incorporated, Ken Cranford - ken_cranford@msn.com 904-591-2200
Millwork Design Studio - www.millworkdesignstudio.com 904-399-1636
Office Environments & Services - www.oesjax.com 904-398-9761
The Home Depot - Regency - www.homedepot.com 904-727-7574
The Wardroom, Ltd. 904-396-1091
Tile Market of San Marco - www.tilemarket.net 904-854-0747


Marcia Mederos
Mary Ann & Shep Bryan
Pat & Wayne Hogan


Bradley & Associates - Allstate Insurance - BruceBradley@allstate.com 904-647-4111


Arbus Magazine - www.arbus.com
BROOKSLACAYO - www.brookslacayo.com 904-636-5085
First Coast Signs, Inc. - www.firstcoastsigns.com 904-398-3993
SJK PR - www.SJKPR.com 904-388-7447
The Hartley Press - www.thehartleypress.com 904-398-5141


bestbet - www.bestbetjax.com
The Boeing Company - www.boeing.com
Gate - www.mygatestore.com
GF Florida - www.gfflorida.com 904-731-1555
The Dreaming Tree Wine Label - Southern Wine & Spirits
Intuition Aleworks - www.intuitionaleworks.com 904-683-7720
Hometown Threads - 904-646-4004


Mandaloun Mediterranean Cuisine (Deerwood Village Shopping Center) 904-646-1881
Panera Bread - www.panerabread.com
Firehouse Subs - www.firehousesubs.com


ElderSource - www.myeldersource.org 904-391-6699
Pat Vail, Senior Advocate & Master Gardener - patvail@att.net


JAX Chamber Arlington Council - www.arlingtoncouncil.org
The Greater Arlington Civic Council - www.greaterarlingtonciviccouncil.org
The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. - www.jaxpenwomen.com
The “Press On” Foundation
The Rotary Club of East Arlington - www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/HOme.aspx?ci


DiscoverTec - www.DiscoverTec.com 904-680-3000

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My first plein air painting experience was at the inaugural A Brush with Nature paint-out at the Jacksonville Arboretum. I was primarily a studio artist who loved painting buildings of the places I remembered as a child. Skyscrapers, vehicles, and people walking on the street fascinated me; they all were characters that created a geometric landscape. The plein air experience took me away from the street noise and opened me to whistling sea breezes on the beach, to birds chirping in the forest, and early morning sunlight glistening through the trees. It challenges me to simplify my palette and focus on a few simple subjects. Since then, I have continued to paint outdoors with my artist friends whenever possible and I now have a greater appreciation for the natural world. Whether painting in the studio or “en plein air”, the intent of my work is to explore the interrelationship between people and their environment.

Keith is a graphic artist who has produced commercial art for small businesses and corporations and designed websites for non-profit organizations. He has taught college-level graphic design courses and a series of acrylic painting workshops. He shows his work in galleries in Northeast Florida. One of Keith’s greatest honors was to have one of his earliest paintings chosen to be included in the permanent art collection of the University of North Florida Vice-President’s Office.


The approximately 120-acres that make up the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is unique in that within its boundaries lie 13 distinct and different eco-systems. From fresh water ravine to salt marsh, from oak hammock to upland sand hill, the park offers a bio-diversity matched by few other areas in Northeast Florida.

This diversity offers the artist a cornucopia of enchanting subjects to capture on canvas. The glint of sun on water, the early-morning mist-shrouded forest canopy, a fiddlehead fern and a babbling brook, an owl perched on his throne above and trees reaching towards the sky, all available for the artist’s interpretation.

Please join us and witness the magic transformation of oils and watercolors into the vision unique to each artist’s eye. Be there for the electrifying moment when the painting comes to life and you suddenly see the world in a different light.

Become a part of this exciting juried art event. The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is an independent non-profit organization and depends heavily on community volunteer support. If you would like to participate in A Brush With Nature or other Arboretum volunteer activities, please go to the Volunteer page above.

To keep abreast of all Arboretum programs and activities, sign-up for our email newsletter here: NEWSLETTER. The Arboretum is free and open to the public during daylight hours seven days a week.

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“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.


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