Thursday, October 13, 2022

2022-2023 Annual Schedule VPA MAPs (Meet And Paint)

 We are keeping it SIMPLE this year as all are wheeling from the effects of Ian on the area.    

Venice Plein Air MAP which equals 

Meet And Paint

simple as that, and our

 Mission: "Preserving Venice One Plein Air Painting At A Time  

Since 2003

 ...No Fees

Just Outdoor painting Camaraderie! " 

 So THAT remains our plan for this upcoming season November-April 2022-23, meeting on

1st Monday & 3rd Saturday each month.


Nov 7-MAP Caspersens

Nov 19- MAP Historic Downtown Venice 

Dec 5- MAP Caspersens

Dec 17-  MAP Historic Downtown Venice 

Jan 2- MAP Caspersens

Jan 21- MAP VENICE URBAN FOREST (hit hard by Ian)

Feb 6 MAP Caspersens

Feb 18 MAP Historic Downtown Venice 

Mar 6 MAP Caspersens

Mar 18 MAP Historic Downtown Venice 

Apr 3 MAP Caspersens

Apr 15 MAP Historic Downtown Venice 


We meet 8:30ish - Noonish.  Critique if wish starts around 11:30am.

Caspersen's we paint all along the boardwalk, and usually meet down towards the end of the beach along the surf.

Historic Downtown Venice we meet at or around the Gazebo and spread out from there. 

Simply look for fellow painters, introduce yourself... and paint on.



 Follow our Facebook Page if you can for updates, and will also share there when other painting opportunities are available in our area.  Hopefully we will be able to dual MAP with Sharon's Group Peace River Painters, as we annually do.  Their area hit hard by Ian.

Karen Ann Hitt, your VPA Facilitator apologizes for so many missed dates in our last season.  She herself experienced a flood of her home and many extenuating circumstances where restoration took over a year.  Heart goes out to all in the area that are picking up the pieces of their world post Ian. Thankful to be able to still MAP this season... and hope to see lots of familiar faces at our beloved places for some good ole outdoor painting camaraderie... and yes preserving our beloved area with Art!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

2021-2022 VPA MAP season schedule

Third Saturday in January


Venice Urban Forest 15 January 2022

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Venice Plein Air M.A.P. (Meet And Paint) continues November-April

 Let the NEXT Season Begin! 

 Venice Plein Air M.A.P. (Meet And Paint) continues November-April

1st Monday's at Caspersen's Beach

3rd Saturday Historic Downtown Venice & Farmers Market!

It is as simple as that! Meet And Paint! No emails, sign ups or fees, just outdoor painting camaraderie!

We begin painting around 8:30 am.  Follow our Facebook Page Venice Plein Air  or Instagram Page for updates @venicepleinairmap 

Our 2020-2021 Season in a nutshell:

1st Mondays Caspersens, 3rd Saturday Historic Downtown Venice November-April with the 3rd Saturday in January our special community outreach MAP at Venice Urban Forest. We begin each MAP around 8:30-9am.  Critique to follow if requested.  Special guest painters host.

An Annual Community Outreach and Fundraiser for VABI and Venice Urban Forest opens 3 March 2021 at the Venice Area Beautification Office. Paintings are a culmination from the season, turned in by the artists by 27 February 2021.  People's Choice voting starts 3/3/21 with the exhibit opening and runs through 4/3/21.  A Monetary 50/50 Fundraiser Artist/Urban Forest a win win for our community.  This year TWO peoples Choice Awards; BEST VPA MAP & BEST URBAN FOREST 

Community and Artist working together to keep our beautiful Venice preserved one plein air painting at a time! Come be a part.  Follow our Facebook and instagram pages for updates. 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Venice Urban Forest Growing Up Exhibit going virtual

We are Going Virtual
Bill Farnsworth Conception Painting "A Walk In The Forest" 24x36
as Continue the "Venice Urban Forest Growing Up" Exhibit...
The People's Choice Voting for your favorite works; AND THE MATCHING GRANT to every dollar donated... CONTINUES.  Offering each of you the opportunity to play a part in this community project that will serve our area for generations to come. 
Link to the video on Venice Plein Air FB Page: Venice Urban Forest Growing Up-Exhibit Video
"A Walk In The Forest" conception painting by Bill Farnsworth is available at the exhibit; along with 22 paintings by National, Regional & Local Artist's painted over the past two years at the Venice Urban Forest, in an effort to record its growth in ART.
While we work out PayPal buttons for your purchases and votes, please know that you can Call the VABI office (open Mon, Tue, Thur, 10-3pm on a limited basis) or leave a message if you are interested in ANY of these paintings not already SOLD. Contact info: Mary at; Phone: 1.9412078224
email:  Please just share Artist's name and Title of the painting. As we all work through these unique times, thank you for being a part of Art Preserving Venice and Recording its Growth At the Venice Urban Forest.
Why It Matters
Conservation Foundation is partnering with VABI (Venice Area Beautification, Inc.) to reforest the former CSX railroad adjacent to the Venetian Waterway Park. Once completed, the Urban Forest will extend about 1.75 miles and provide a sanctuary for many insects, birds, and animals, and a natural-area park for all to enjoy. Your support is needed now as VABI works to complete the first phase. Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded a $100,000 matching grant, raising the visibility of this transformative community project. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar!

The Urban Forest is integral to the City of Venice's urban design introduced by noted American landscape architect John Nolen in 1926.  This greenbelt corridor compliments Nolen's design principles based on "nature leading the way." The Urban Forest will stretch from the Venice Train Depot to Center Road and will provide a beautiful woodland trail for pedestrians parallel to the Venetian Waterway Park. All native trees and shrubs are being planted so that the forest provides habitat specifically for migratory songbirds and native wildlife.

Venice Plein Air MAP (Meet And Paint) Artist's Jan. 2019
 "The Urban Forest is integral to the City of Venice's urban design introduced by noted American landscape architect John Nolen in 1926." The Venice Plein Air painting group, has now designated the 3rd Saturday in January MAP (Meet And Paint) as their annual visit to the Venice Urban Forest. All Artist's visiting the area invited to be a part, and the paintings in the exhibit reflect vast medium and styles offered in a manner that either 50,70 or 100% of the sale price goes directly back to VABI & Venice Urban Forest. Also you will find that many of the Artists that you collect are offering their work in a manor that you won't want to miss the opportunity to not only collect their work at a great price, donate to Venice Urban's Forest AND having that donation MATCHED 100% !  What could be better?!!?? 
(in no particular order; note a red dot on the tag means that the painting has sold.  ALL THE REST are available including the Concept Painting Above.){click on ANY image to enlarge}
Patricia H Everson Venice Urban Forest The Beginning

Anne Wedler Venice Urban Forest Oil2020

Edward Wedler Venice Urban Forest 2020 w/c

Karen Ann Hitt New Phase

Susie Covert Native Species SOLD
Mary Erickson Hidden Treasure SOLD

Bill Farnsworth Treasure...

Bill Farnsworth Urban Trail

Cindy Mott McGarry Venice Urban Forest 2020

Patricia H. Everson Venice Urban Forest Butterfly Garden

Karen Ann Hitt Old Made New

Hodges Soieleau The Begining

JoAnne McLaren Venice Urban Forest '19

Tony D'Amico A Walk Through Venice Urban Forest

Kathy Scott Urban Forest Venice

Abby Ober Singing Palms

Barbara Gernat Urban Forest Project 9x12

Faith Bradburn Keller Urban Forest Fog -SOLD

Faith Bradburn Keller Urban Forest 8x10

Joe Kanoza Urban Gathering SOLD

Linda Banas Where Butterflies Roam

Kathy Scott Urban Forest Entrance SOLD