Annual Punta Gorda Quickdraw Competition (More Info)
The Annual Punta Gorda Quickdraw is presented by the Visual Arts Center and Peace River Painters. This is a fun and friendly competition where artists have three and a half hours (8:30am - 12:00pm) to depict picturesque historical Punta Gorda in the medium of their choice. This competition is open to all 2D artists.
Registration is limited to 50 artists on a first come, first served basis. Registration is typically $35/person and includes lunch. You may also register the day of the event with cash or check, IF there are spots left. Be sure to download the registration packet, which includes a detailed timeline timeline of events for the day.
Collector's Preview Luncheon
A Collector’s Preview Lunch is held in the Main Gallery. The public is invited to enjoy a meet and greet with participating artists and preview the freshly‑finished paintings and the current plein air show, in the Main Gallery. Visitors wishing to stay and eat lunch during the event can also reserve a lunch.
Usually, prizes are in the form of ribbons and cash. Our sponsors provide awards for $300 First Prize, $200 Second Prize and $100 Third Prize plus Merit for best non-oil medium, Merit for best architectural subject, and Merit for best use of light. There will also be a Best of Show award for the combined Annual Show and Quickdraw paintings.