WEEKI WACHEE — Weeki Wachee Springs State Park has often made an inviting venue for artists wishing to capture its picturesque beauty on canvas.
This weekend, the historic attraction will play host to the first Weeki Wachee Paint-In, a gathering of more than 50 artists from around the state who will be painting to help the park's volunteer support group.
Julie Komenda, the park's artist in residence, said that the park's relationship with local artists has grown in the past couple of years through the annual Fall Harvest of Art. Her hope is that the two-day event will instill a greater sense of community among residents and artists.
"People enjoy watching artists as they paint," Komenda said. "We felt that this would be a wonderful opportunity to build a sense of community spirit through creativity."
Komenda said visitors to the attraction will be able to look over the shoulders of the artists as they work outdoors in "plein air," which allows them to capture light, shadows and textures more naturally. In addition, several artists will be creating images from inside the park's famed mermaid theater.
"It will be interesting to see the different art techniques that come from it," Komenda said.
Artists pay a $15 fee to be part of the event. Proceeds raised will go toward the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Citizen Support Organization, which volunteers to make improvements to the facility. Artists will also offer their creations for sale.
As a bonus, some of the works created during the event will be chosen for a special exhibit at the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery during April.
Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or [email protected]