You can see and feel the beautiful sites on Dauphin Island, Alabama’s barrier island. You can see and experience the boats, docks and bayou scenes in the coastal fishing village made famous by Forest Gump, Bayou La Batre and adjoining Coden.

Then, watch in amazement as artists from around the Southeast put those sights you are seeing onto canvas – right before your eyes.

It is named “plein air.” It means you can watch the artists as they recreate the scenes that are before your eyes – from your viewpoint to the artists’ rendition.

This art lovers’ experience will be on Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 at the Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, Alabama.

For further information, email or call 251-978-5566.

Fresh art, with the paint still wet, will be available for purchase throughout this art lovers’ paradise weekend at the gallery. It will all be created “en plein air.”

About 50 regional artists will be painting on location around the island and the Bayou, competing for awards and offering fresh work for sale in the gallery. $1000 Best of Show is sponsored by Greers Markets. A fun event, Sunday Quick Paint, pays a jackpot to the winner.

“With plein air painting, I want the viewer to feel what I felt, to have this sense that there is so much more to our existence than what we see superficially. Through my art, I get close to the big questions. I want the viewer to feel that, too. What is reality? What is our purpose? What does it all mean?”
-- Joseph McGurl (PleinAir Magazine, October/November 2018)

Jim ‘Zig’ Zeigler writes about Alabama’s people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths. He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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