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“The greatest pleasure for me as an artist is the capture of the present moment, a little piece of Now.” ~ Joan Vienot
Ever the elusive goal of plein air painters, the capture of light on a subject is the thrill of painting en plein air for Joan Vienot. She moved to sunny Florida in 1980 after attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and teaching art for three years in a public high school in her home state of Colorado. She says, “Plein air painting requires intense focus and present moment awareness in order to execute a scene before the light changes radically. I feel compelled to share the beauty I see.” Joan makes her home in Northwest Florida where she is active in her local arts community. She served on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County from 2011 to 2017, in particular working with the Visual Art Committee to showcase member artists’ works in the Alliance’s Art in Public Places. She also is the volunteer Coordinator for the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters, notifying members of weekly Wednesday plein air painting locations.
Recent art awards, recognitions, and activities:
Selected as Florida’s Finest Plein Air Ambassador, Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, Apalachicola, Florida, 2019.
Selected to be one of 12 artists juried into The Foster Gallery at Ruskin Place in Seaside, FL, Winter Quarter, 2018-2019.
Awarded Second Place, Pike Road Paint-Out, Pike Road, AL, 2018.
Awarded Third Place, Blue Ridge Mountains Paint Out, Blue Ridge, GA, 2018.
Selected to be in Estes Valley Juried Plein Air event, Estes Park, CO, 2018.
Awarded Second Place, Plein Air South attending artists exhibit, Port St. Joe, FL, 2018.
Awarded Second Place, 2018 St. George Island Plein Air Invitational Paint-Out, Eastpoint, FL, and workshop instructor.
Awarded Second Place, 2017 Flutterby Festival and Plein Air Paint-Out Quickdraw, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and workshop instructor.
Awarded Second Place, New Zealand Exhibit, Plein Air Magazine Publisher’s Trip 2017, On the Waterfront Gallery, Apalachicola, FL, May 2017.
Selected to be one of 15 artists juried into The Foster Gallery in Sandestin, FL, Winter Quarter, 2016-2017.
Judge, Alabama Plein Air Artists Gulf Shores Paint-Out Quickdraw, Gulf Shore, AL, Nov 2016.
Best in Show, Santa Rosa Arts and Culture Foundation’s Bagdad-Milton Plein Air Paint-Out Quickdraw, Milton, FL, 2016.
Selected Florida’s Finest Plein Air Ambassador, Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, Apalachicola, Florida, 2016.
Featured Plein Air Painter, and workshop instructor, 2016 Florida Chautauqua Assembly, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 2016.
Awarded Third Place, “Western Lake with Umbrella Trees”, a plein air painting, Southeast Regional Juried Art Show at Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Florida, 2016.
Best in Show/People’s Choice, “Victoria’s Potted Flowers”, Local Color Plein Air Quickdraw, Lynn Haven, Florida, 2015.
Board of Directors, Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, 2011-2017.
Volunteer Coordinator, Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters, 2015 to present.