One of the best events along the coast is called "America's Great Paint-out" and is a 10-day series of artist workshops, demonstrations, and social events, all centered around painting in the fresh air, or "Plein Air." There are 22 invited artists from all over the US and England who paint and hang their work in galleries in Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, St. George, Carrabelle, and Mexico Beach. They produce around 300 paintings each year at this event, all of which are for sale to the public. It is amazing to see what they paint, and to have access to their art, fresh from the easel to the gallery. I serve on the board of this event, and so enjoy the planning and execution of this event, as well as buying art! The volunteer effort that supports this event is phenomenal - one of the best things about living here.