Art Week South Walton

ArtsQuest Fun

Art Week Runs Through May 26th With Events Throughout South Walton

ART WEEK SOUTH WALTON BEGINS MAY 11TH IN GRAND BOULEVARD WITH FOSTER GALLERY OPENING FOLLOWED BY ARTSQUEST AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA THEATRE FESTIVAL

SOUTH WALTON, FL (May 5, 2017) – Art Week South Walton, an initiative led by the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County and presented by Visit South Walton, kicks off this coming Thursday, May 11th with the Grand Opening of The Foster Gallery in its Grand Boulevard new location followed by many other events, including the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, Seaside Writers Conference, A Celebration of Coastal Artists at Drift Home & Gifts, Explore Creativity with Justin Gaffrey at the Justin Gaffrey Gallery, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, and the Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition. All events take place in South Walton and are part of the Art Week South Walton initiative to bring together communities, organizations and businesses to present quality and diverse arts entertainment. For details on each event, visit artweeksouthwalton.com.

The Foster Gallery, which is the CAA’s professional artist collective showcasing over a dozen rotating regional artists, special exhibitions and featured guests, will have its grand opening on Thursday, May 11th from 5pm to 9pm in the gallery located at 560 Grand Boulevard, Suite L101 (across from Grand Park). The gallery will feature the work of twelve summer rotation artists, the “Take Flight” special exhibit that includes original work by 30 additional artists, work by special guests, and a Digital Graffiti sneak preview. Appetizers and beverages, including the Signature Art Week cocktail, will be available.

May 12th is opening night of the inaugural Northwest Florida Theatre Festival featuring over 30 performances by theatre groups and playwrights from around the Southeast. Presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Company, the Festival runs nightly through May 21st.  Festival buttons are $5 and required for entry to all sessions. Tickets are $15 per show for adults and $10 for children 5-12. All access passes are also available for $100. For tickets and more information regarding performance dates and times, visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

The 29th annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival will fill Grand Boulevard’s Town Center with over 150 national exhibiting artists over Mother’s Day weekend. Produced by the CAA and presented by Grand Boulevard, ArtsQuest also includes a CAA Member Exhibition, live art demonstrations, continuous live music and performances, delicious food and beverage options, ImagiNation: where kids rule, and an #ArtMatters Parade on Saturday at noon.  ArtsQuest is open to the public Saturday, May 13th, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, May 14th, 12pm – 5pm.  A $5 donation per person is requested at the gate. A list of artists, the entertainment schedule and other details can be found online.

The Seaside Writers Conference will take place in Seaside, Fla. May 14th through 20th, featuring headlining authors Antonya Nelson and Chris Offutt. Other special guests include Oxford American Editor Eliza Borne and literary agents Dana Murphy and Margaux Weisman.

While full conference registrations are full, there are still options to participate in special events throughout the week, including seminars, readings and a shrimp boil. Register and purchase tickets online.

Drift Home & Gifts will host a Celebration of Coastal Artists and invites everyone to eat, drink and meet featured artist Tommy Crow, along with Julie Blackwell, Erin Chapin, Jamie Conley, Betsy Doody, Laurie Bivonna Gharib and Janet Thomas. The celebration will take place Wednesday, May 17th, 5pm – 7pm at Drift Home & Gifts (13123 E. Emerald Coast Pkwy., Inlet Beach). This event is free and open to the public.

Justin Gaffrey Gallery (21 Blue Gulf Drive in Blue Mountain Beach) invites everyone to “Explore Creativity with Justin Gaffrey” on Thursday, May 18th from 12pm – 6pm. Watch Justin bring his works to life during live painting demonstrations at 2pm and 5pm.  Supplies are included for kids and families to make their own Masterpieces with the gallery crew. Justin will also be preparing a special food menu for all to enjoy.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Digital Graffiti is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the white walls of Alys Beach. This year’s event takes place Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 21st and culminates with a DG brunch on Sunday, May 21st. Each year, the festival attracts international digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. Visit digitalgraffiti.com for tickets and details.

The introduction of Rosemary Beach’s first-ever outdoor sculpture exhibition will include “The Art of George Rodrigue” presentation by Mrs. George (Wendy) Rodrigue on Thursday, May 25th at 5:30pm in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. Mrs. Rodrigue will also be signing copies of her book, The Other Side of Painting. The Sculpture Exhibition Opening Reception and Unveiling will take place Friday, May 26th at 4pm in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall Courtyard.  Guests can meet some of the artists and enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibition, which will be on display through October 7th. Learn more at rosemarybeachsculpture.com.

Art Week South Walton is sponsored by Grand Boulevard, Visit South Walton, Dugas Family Foundation, Grayton Beer Company, Courtyard Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, the University of Mississippi, the Seaside Institute, Oxford American, Donner-Peltier Distillers, Emerald Coast Magazine, Sundog Books, Fancy Camps, The Watson Family, Cecelia Baker, Wine World, Ocean Reef Resorts, Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, Amavida, UPS Store Grand Boulevard, Grayton Beach Catering, 30A Kids Club Magazine, Cabana Man, the Community Children’s Chorus, Walton, Abrakadoodle, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, Pizza By The Sea, The Donut Hole, Tam Tam Stitches, Frank’s Cash & Carry, and The Walton Sun. Additional event sponsors are listed in individual event websites.

For more information on all Art Week South Walton events, please visit Artweeksouthwalton.com. Information on the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County can be found at Culturalartsalliance.com.

ART WEEK SOUTH WALTON SCHEDULE

MAY 11
ART WEEK SOUTH WALTON KICK-OFF PARTY
The Foster Gallery, 560 Grand Boulevard, Suite L101, Miramar Beach

May 12 – 21
NORTHWEST FLORIDA THEATRE FESTIVAL
560 Grand Boulevard, Upstairs, Miramar Beach

MAY 13 & 14
ARTSQUEST
Town Center in Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach

MAY 14 – 20
SEASIDE WRITERS CONFERENCE
Academic Village and other locations in Seaside, FL and Hibiscus in Grayton Beach

MAY 17, 5PM – 7PM
CELEBRATION OF COASTAL ARTISTS AT DRIFT HOME & GIFTS
13123 Emerald Coast Parkway, Inlet Beach

MAY 18, 12PM – 6PM
EXPLORE CREATIVITY WITH JUSTIN GAFFREY
21 Blue Gulf Drive, Blue Mountain Beach

MAY 19 – 21
DIGITAL GRAFFITI
Alys Beach

MAY 25
THE ART OF GEORGE RODRIGUE PRESENTATION & BOOK SIGNING
Part of the Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition
Rosemary Beach Town Hall

MAY 26
ROSEMARY BEACH SCULPTURE EXHIBITION OPENING + UNVEILING
Rosemary Beach Town Hall Courtyard

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About The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County:

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is a Local Arts Agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to be the catalyst for Walton County’s growth as a destination for cultural and artistic excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened.

About Grand Boulevard:

Grand Boulevard is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located in the heart of South Walton along Northwest Florida’s Beaches. Based on the prominent mixed-use architectural model, Grand Boulevard offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping and dining options, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and lodging.

ArtsQuest 2017 Christon Anderson

CAA Announces Christon Anderson As ArtsQuest 2017 Featured Artist

SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL—(March 1, 2017)—ArtsQuest, the 29th annual fine arts festival produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), announces the 2017 Featured Festival Artist, Christon Anderson.

A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, ArtsQuest is a juried show that will take place May 13 & 14, in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The festival is part of Art Week South Walton, a collaboration of visual, performing and literary arts events presented in diverse formats and venues throughout South Walton in May. Art Week South Walton also includes the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, Digital Graffiti and the Seaside Writers Conference.

Anderson’s custom artwork titled “Next Quest” will be the featured image on all ArtsQuest marketing materials for the festival, including posters and merchandise.  

“I’ve been a participant in ArtsQuest for years and feel honored to be this year’s featured artist. I love this festival and everyone involved in it,” says Anderson. “I am proud to work with the Cultural Arts Alliance and appreciate their philosophy of total dedication to the arts and artists in our area. I am happy to play my part in their cause.”

“I have personally been a fan of Christon’s work since I first met him at ArtsQuest many years ago,” says CAA Executive Director Jennifer Steele. “His talent has often been recognized by our judges, and it is our honor to feature him and showcase his beautiful custom ArtsQuest creation, ‘Next Quest.’”

Presented by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, ArtsQuest will feature Anderson and over 150 other artists in various mediums including, but not limited to, works on paper, ceramics, glass, oil and acrylics, photography, sculpture, metal and wood. These exhibiting artists from around the United States will compete for awards and cash prizes totaling $10,000.

The Festival will also offer heritage art demonstrations, a CAA member artist exhibit, a Walton County student exhibit, continuous live music and entertainment, and “ImagiNation: where kids rule.” A full cash bar will be available throughout the weekend in Grand Park.

Volunteers are needed throughout the weekend to work on all aspects of the festival.  Those willing to help can sign up at www.culturalartsalliance.com/volunteer or email renee@culturalartsalliance.com.

ArtsQuest is presented by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and sponsored in part by Visit South Walton. The event is open to the public, and a $5 admission donation is requested. Visit ArtWeekSouthWalton.com for more information about ArtsQuest as well as other Art Week events.

About Featured Artist Christon Anderson:
Born and bred in Florida’s Northwest panhandle, Christon Anderson was provided an opportunity for his many talents to blossom. His athletic skill and ability were recognized in high school where he received both local and state accolades. After a stint in the military, he returned home with a hunger to find his voice and be heard as these journeys brought him outside his everyday routine and opened his eyes to a whole new world.

He studied drawing with local luminary Roland Hockett and was fascinated by the artistic visual possibilities of photography under the tutelage of the late Johnnie Ihlfeld. Anderson was encouraged by commissioned works and fine art portraiture. These positive responses continue to bolster the serious interest in his work.

He has now developed a recognizable style using a variety of traditional mediums that both stand alone and meld, creating visionary, intuitive, abstract, three-dimensional works of art. His anchor on this stormy sea of creativity is his wife Kristina. Their daughter Isabel Rain and son Coleman Ray will always be works in progress providing endless inspiration.     

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About ArtsQuest:
ArtsQuest began as a small community gathering in Grayton Beach in 1989 and now features nearly 200 exhibiting national, regional and local artists competing for $10,000 in cash awards, art workshops, live art demonstrations, music, food, wine, ImagiNation (where kids rule) and more.

About Cultural Arts Alliance:
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is a Local Arts Agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to be the catalyst for Walton County’s growth as a destination for cultural and artistic excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened.

About Grand Boulevard at Sandestin:
Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located in the heart of South Walton along Northwest Florida’s Beaches. Based on the prominent mixed-use architectural model, Grand Boulevard offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping and dining options, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and lodging.

Seaside Writers Conference

4th Annual Seaside Writers Conference Slated For May 14 – 20

4th Annual Seaside Writers Conference Slated For May 14 – 20
Featuring Headlining Authors Chris Offutt and Antonya Nelson

SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL (February 21, 2017)— The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County announces the 4th annual Seaside Writers Conference taking place May 14 – 20 in Seaside, Fla. as part of Art Week South Walton.

The Seaside Writers Conference (SWC) includes a full week of intensive writing workshops, one-day seminars, agent consultations, school outreach programs and social events. The conference, which takes place in the Academic Village in Seaside, Fla, provides an opportunity for beginning, intermediate, and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network, and to hone their craft.

Headlining authors Chris Offutt (True Blood, Weeds, My Father The Pornographer, The Same River Twice, No Heroes: A Memoir Coming Home) and Antonya Nelson (Funny Once, In The Land Of Men, Bound, Live To Tell) will each lead a seminar and reading while guest editor Margeaux Weisman (Vintage Anchor/Knopf Doubleday) and other agents and editors to be announced, will offer one-on-one consultations with attendees.

“We are so fortunate to continue to attract high-caliber writers such as Chris Offutt and Antonya Nelson,” said SWC co-founder, author and faculty member Matt Bondurant (The Wettest County In The World, made into the film Lawless; The Night Swimmer; The Third Translation). “We know we have a secret weapon, though. There is no other writers conference that allows you to step out of intimate workshops with national award-winning authors and agents directly onto the white sand of the Gulf of Mexico. Our writers love that, and they also appreciate the people and culture of the community.”

Bondurant and conference co-founder, faculty member and poet Seth Brady Tucker (Mormon Boy; We Deserve The Gods We Ask For), are joined by visiting faculty members Michelle Tea (The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl, Valencia – now a film; The Chelsea Whistle, Rent Girl; How To Grow Up) and Anton Disclafani (The Yonalohssee Riding Camp For Girls; The After Party).

”We started this conference with a few key goals in mind:  create a personal experience for our writers, give them a beautiful place to write and discuss with great teachers and good people, and to give back to the local community,” said Brady. “In the past few years, we have accomplished these goals, and the feedback from our attendees shows they feel the same way.”

Other components of the conference are the Scholars and Fellows Program, including the Celia Baker Veteran Scholarship, and the public-school outreach program organized by conference co-founder and Seacoast High School Principal Jonathan D’Avignon in which Scholars and Fellows work directly with 8th and 11th grade writers in the schools. Some of the students go on to read their work publicly as part of the conference alongside a headliner.

The Seaside Writers Conference is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and sponsored by the University of Mississippi, Visit South Walton and The Seaside Institute.

“The Cultural Arts Alliance is proud to have partnered with the SWC Founders to produce this conference,” said CAA Executive Director Jennifer Steele. “Attendance increases each year and we know it will continue to grow as word spreads of the special nature of SWC.  The conference fulfills part of the CAA’s mission to bring literary programming to the community while providing opportunities for hands-on literary arts enrichment in our public schools. We are grateful to the partners that have made the conference possible.”

Participants who pay the early bird rate for the full conference tuition ($550 up until March 20) will be able to take part in an intensive workshop and all daily activities, including special events, receptions and dinners. A la carte pricing is available for classes, workshops, consultations, and events perfect for locals who want to see what the SWC has to offer. Accommodations can also be secured through the registration process by paying the all-inclusive fee of $1550.

Visit www.SeasideWritersConference.com to register and for more information.

About Chris Offutt:
Chris Offutt is an award-winning novelist, memoirist, and screenwriter. He worked on the HBO drama True Blood and the Showtime series Weeds. His books include the memoirs My Father, The Pornographer, The Same River Twice, and No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home, the story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, and the novel, The Good Brother. His work has appeared widely and has been featured in The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and many other anthologies. He lives near Oxford, Mississippi.

About Antonya Nelson:
Antonya Nelson is the award-winning author of seven short story collections and four novels, including most recently, the short story collections Funny Once, and In the Land of Men, and the novels, Bound and Living to Tell.  She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. Her awards include the Rea Award for Short Fiction, Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, and an American Artists Award. She lives in Telluride, Colorado, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Houston, Texas.

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About The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County:
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is a Local Arts Agency that is the driving force for the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to be the catalyst for Walton County’s growth as a destination for cultural and artistic excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened.

ArtsQuest

CAA Announces ArtsQuest 2017 Call to Artists

Santa Rosa Beach, FL— (December 15, 2016) The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County invites artists to apply to exhibit in the 29th Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival happening May 13 – 14, 2017 in South Walton, FL, along Northwest Florida’s beaches.

The festival takes place in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Town Center, which is also home to large-scale events such as the 30A Songwriters Festival and the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Located along the Scenic Hwy. 98 Corridor, Grand Boulevard is easily accessible from regional drive and fly markets, including Houston, Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, Mobile, Pensacola and Tallahassee.

ArtsQuest is the kick-off event for Art Week South Walton, which is an initiative of the CAA. The purpose of Art Week is to bring communities, organizations and businesses together to present quality arts and entertainment to the community. Spanning several days, Art Week will feature visual, performing and literary arts programming in diverse formats and various venues throughout South Walton.

Highlights of ArtsQuest include:

  • $10,000 cash in artist awards
  • 5,000 quality art buyers
  • Children’s activities in “ImagiNation”
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Food vendors & full cash bar, along with existing restaurants in Grand Boulevard

With the support of the Tourist Development Council, Visit South Walton, there is a comprehensive marketing campaign for ArtsQuest, including radio (Southeastern markets), social media, direct mail, posters, online advertising, and regional and national print media (Atlanta Magazine, Garden & Gun, Nashville Lifestyles, Southbound & more).

Grand Boulevard and the surrounding area offer affordable accommodations, including hotels, camping and condo and home rentals.

Other artist amenities include conveniently located artist parking, booth sitting, overnight security, continuous artist hospitality.

Award winners from the 2016 ArtsQuest show do not need to submit jury fee and will be automatically admitted into the 2017 ArtsQuest show should they meet the application deadline.

DEADLINE March 1, 2017
APPLY TO THE EVENT AT: Zapplication.org

 

About The Cultural Arts Alliance:

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to make Walton County a creative place in which to live, work and visit – a destination for cultural and artistic excellence where lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened. Learn more at CulturalArtsAlliance.com

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