Art en Blanc

Art en Blanc 2018

Fashioned after the wildly successful Le Dîner en Blanc International®, the Temple Terrace Arts Council personally invites you to an elegant evening picnic under the stars at breathtakingly beautiful, historic Woodmont Park.

Art en Blanc, the 6th annual evolution of the French picnic invented in 1988 by Francois Pasquier, is a potpourri of all things artistic and enchanting. Guests are required to adorn themselves in tones of white from brilliant to khaki, in casual or costume style, from bonnet to slipper. Recognition for spectacular table art encourages attendees to unveil creative genius and collaborate with friends to create a signature white tablescape, perhaps in theme with their elegant attire. Competition to win the Artistry Award is fierce and yet friendly.

True to the original Art en Blanc notion, guests dine on picnic fare of their own creation using their personal collection of dinnerware, flatware, and vessels. The Temple Terrace Arts Council provides chairs, tables, table drapes (white, of course), and five-star entertainment from award-winning Josh Walther and the Phase5 Band. See them on YouTube.

Guests who do not wish to spend their precious time in the kitchen are encouraged to choose from a menu inspired with a wink and a nod to our French cousins in Louisiana. The Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club, 813-988-1791, will be delighted to deliver your hot or cold selections directly to your table, you need not be a club member to partake in this convenience.

In addition to dancing in the moonlight, guests are welcome to purchase art raffle tickets and perhaps become the proud owner of an exclusive en plein air painting created that very evening by beloved local artist Terry Klaaren. Sophisticated paparazzi, an expressions area, and a few secret surprises await you at this unusual fundraiser for the arts which promises to deliver an evening of visual treats you will not soon forget.

Terry Klaaren painting the Art en Blanc

St, Patrick’s Day Special! Reserve your table of 8 or 10 by March 17 to receive two Free Art Raffle Tickets—a $20 value! Rain or shine. Buy your tickets at EventBrite.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available next to the Woodmont Club House. A convenient drop-off zone directly in front of the park allows you to transport your precious decorations and dinner accoutrements to your table before relocating your car to the parking lot.

What can I bring into the event?

Your creativity and love of the arts! Bring your beautiful self dressed in white (silver and gold enhancements are appropriate) white table decorations, your selection of food and refreshments, and utensils. Your culinary talents will not be limited to any color palette and your selection of paper or china, plastic or silver, cardboard or crystal, is yours alone. Suggestions for additional items to enhance your basket are a bottle opener, ice, wine, napkins, bourbon or craft beer. Tables and table drapes, chairs, entertainment, and ambiance are provided by the Temple Terrace Arts Council.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call 813-988-ARTS (2787) and leave a voice mail, an Arts Council Member will return your call. Contact by email:, please use subject line Art en Blanc to enhance your response time.

Rain or Shine! Please note:

Many details will be lovingly addressed by the Temple Terrace Arts Council, but the weather remains in the hands of Mother Nature. Update your email and phone number and be certain the Council has them! Messages with adjustments due to weather will be sent to the contact information you provide. Suggestion for savvy guests: Plan ahead for the possibility of moving your party to one of your homes in the event the festivities are rained out. You will already have your dear friends, decorations and culinary selections!

We unfortunately cannot offer refunds because our arrangements are made and paid for well in advance. We thank you for your reservation in support of our fundraiser for the arts, all proceeds are directed to our mission of bringing arts and culture to the community and beyond.

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