Larry Moore, one of the artists participating in the Wekiva Paint-Out

The 7th Annual Wekiva Paint-Out in Longwood, Florida, will take place from March 3-10, with all the profits going to support the Wekiva Wilderness Trust, the citizen support organization that helps Wekiva Springs State Park and the Keep Seminole Beautiful effort. Find out what events are planned.

Wekiva Springs State Park

More than 30 artists, many of them nationally recognized, are taking part in the Wekiva Paint-Out. Among the painters already registered to participate are Cathy Berse, Linda Blondheim, John Caggiano, Scott Hiestand, Hai-Ou Hou, Larry Moore, Morgan Samuel Price, and Berto Ortega.

A painting by Kathleen Denis, one of the participating artists

During the week, the public will watch the artists painting, and then the painters’ work will be available for sale at the Wekiva Island Gallery. The scheduled events include sunset painting, a quick draw, a private patrons’ reception, and an auction. The artists will begin painting each day at first light and continue painting until sunset. Each year the artists create approximately 300 paintings during their stay, all of which are immediately hung for sale in the Wekiva Island Gallery.

Landscape painting by Charles Dickinson, an artist joining the paint-out

For the Wekiva Wilderness Trust, the paint-out could not be timelier, as the Florida Division of Recreation & Parks has just approved plans for a new Interpretive Pavilion in the park. The pavilion will replace the nature center and also serve as an outdoor classroom that can be used by all the schools in the area. “It has been our dream for a long time to have a new interpretive building that can tell the incredibly rich history of the park and provide facilities for visiting school groups and other organizations,” says WWT President Don Philpott. For more information, contact Nina Chatham 407.620.8922 or visit the Wekiva Paint Out website at


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