Another annual arts event I really enjoy takes place in Port Aransas every October. The Port Aransas Museum and Farley Boat Works host a four day "paint out" fundraiser with invited artists painting "en plein air" all along the coast. This literally means "in the open air" and at the end of the four days, they hold a reception featuring the newly minted works (some oils aren't even dry yet) for an art sale and auction. As I type this, I'm enjoying an oil painting on the wall in my office that I bought a couple of years ago (at a great price, by the way) that was done in the "Quick Draw" competition.
The "Quick Draw" is basically a race to complete a painting in only two hours with all artists starting from a totally blank canvas. It takes place at Roberts Point Park just off the ferry landing at 9:00 in the morning and all works go on sale at that evening's reception. Folks watching this competition get to vote on their favorite at the finish line. I was amazed at the quality of the paintings, knowing the short deadline these artists were courageous enough to tackle.
It also coincides with the Port Aransas Old Town Festival so it's a great weekend to catch the ferry and spend the day watching artists finish their work, enjoy the parade, eat lots of fresh seafood and support the museum there. Given the nature of the event, you're sure to get a quality painting of local scenes, all at great prices and for a great cause, too. So, mark your calendar and plan on a day in Port A with some fabulous artists!
Fridays & Saturdays through September 30, 7:30 p.m. - "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Harbor Playhouse. Admission: $6-$16
Fridays & Saturdays through October 31, 7:30 - "Rocky Horror Show" Aurora Arts Theater. Admission: $14
Daily through October 2, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. - "Island Beaus" Exhibit. Port Aransas Art Center. Admisson: Free.
Daily through October 13 - "Breaking the Mold: Four Sculptors" Exhibit. Rockport Center for the Arts. Admission: Free.
Saturday, October 20, 7:30 p.m. - "TK & Sweetfire" concert. Rialto Theater. Admission: $15.
Saturday, October 27, 4:00 p.m. - "5th Annual Port A Coastal Paint Out" benefit for Port Aransas Museum & Farley Boat Works. Admission: Free.
Friday, October 31, 5:00 p.m. - Deadline for submissions to the Port Aransas Ferry Art Contest. Port Aransas Ferry Operations Office. Admission: Free.