TARPON SPRINGS — Passing by someone framing up a photograph at the Sponge Docks or artistically capturing a moment in time at Spring Bayou isn’t a terribly uncommon occurrence throughout Tarpon Springs.
This cozy coastal town offers a variety of natural and man-made beauty worthy of that special attention.
But if it seems as though the frequency of those sightings has noticeably increased of late, you’d be correct.
Roughly 50 artists are canvassing the city limits from Wednesday until Saturday, selecting their picturesque sites of choice to paint, draw or photograph as part of the 2013 Tarpon Springs-A Plein Art Event.
Having artists creating their works right in public view and in a relatively expeditious four-day fashion is what helps set the event apart from other art shows throughout the year, said Heather Risley, special events coordinator with the Tarpon Springs Art Association.
“Painting on location is really the big difference,” she said. “All of these artists are out there in public. People, if they spot them, are invited to watch them or maybe ask them questions.
“There’s a bit of participation and interaction between artists and the public, which we really encourage. Also I think it’s a chance to feature the uniqueness and beauty of Tarpon Springs. It combines a couple of purposes there.”
Participating artists range from locals to in- and out-of-state visitors. They will be seen throughout town until Saturday’s finishing deadline.
The event culminates with a reception at downtown’s Artists’ Faire Gallery to be held 5–7 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be presented after creators have their pieces rated and judged.
To allow a larger number of residents to view the paintings and photographs of familiar vistas, all the works will be displayed at Artists’ Faire Gallery the following week, from Nov. 10-16.
“Lots of times we have residents of the city who see someone painting in their neighborhood and they never get to see the end result,” Risley said. “So this is an opportunity for them to come by and get a look.”
Also part of the four-day event is an additional quick draw contest that’s open to the public. Anyone interested can take part in a two-hour paint off that will be held at a specific location and judged separately from the main competition.
To get more details about the quick draw or this week’s event, call (727) 937-7125.