This whole week, you can immerse yourself in a tropical oasis while watching gifted artists in action.

  1. This week is Wekiva Paint Out. With special events nightly, nearly two dozen invited artists from around the country take over the Longwood attraction to do what they do best: paint nature.
  2. Michelle Held is this year's cover artist. She was “discovered” locally five years ago at Paint Out and had become an immediate fan favorite.
  3. Michelle has been a working artist in Sarasota for 26 years. She and her husband put their kids through school thanks to her artwork and gallery showings.
  4. Wekiva Paint Out is now in its 16th year. It started Monday, February 28, 2022 and goes through Saturday, March 5.
  5. Saturday is the Paint Out Gala from 6-10 p.m. at Wekiva Island. This all-inclusive event features the work of 25 plein air artists, who all paint throughout the week during Wekiva Paint Out. They also have special meal & carving stations from Without A Paddle Cafe, plus wine, beer and a bonfire on the river. It's $40 per person or $70 per couple.