Tips & Trips
South Walton Artsy Hotspots
The natural beauty, warm climate, and laid-back lifestyle of South Walton have made for fertile ground for the area’s arts scene, as a growing number of artists in a variety of mediums have set up galleries, colonies, and shops in South Walton’s 16 unique beach neighborhoods. Here’s a quick list of places in the area where you can find and purchase a large variety of artistic treasures.
Artists at Gulf Place - Art is a shared experience at this charming little co-op in Santa Rosa Beach. Not only can you buy amazing works of art from glass works to paintings to tie dyed t-shirts, you can sign up for one of the many classes and workshops the artists offer here, or participate in the Wine Walkabout, a wine tasting with live music held on the third Thursday of every month.
Bayou Arts Center - Nestled among the long leaf pines on historic Hogtown Bayou, the Bayou Arts Center is the headquarters of the Walton County Cultural Arts Alliance and a peaceful destination for art, culture, heritage and nature. Check out the wares of local artists in the Cypress Gallery, explore one of the traveling exhibits, or marvel at the 360 degree folk life mural in St. Francis Chapel.
Shops of Grayton – You can’t miss the pack of perfect pastel-colored shops near the intersection of Scenic Highway 30A and State Highway 283, but you’d definitely be missing out if you didn’t stop in to take a look at some of the swimwear, locally designed women's apparel, children's clothing and toys, gifts, and art offered in these cute little cottages. This is also home to the pearl-and-leather jewelry designs of Visit South Walton’s 2012 Artist of the Year, Allison Craft.
The Shops of Ruskin – Located behind Seaside’s bustling Central Square, The Shops of Ruskin was built to be a natural, peaceful refuge where artists can live, work, and sell their wares to locals and visitors alike. It’s a great place to find one-of-a-kind paintings, prints, apparel, and garden objects, as well as more traditional beach souvenirs.
Other Notable Local Galleries:
Arriaga Originals - Richard Arriaga travels the world to find high quality pearls, turquoise, opals and gemstones for his handcrafted jewelry. He often takes up to a week to create one piece of his stunning, wearable art, which he displays in his Seacrest studio.
Big Mama’s Hula Girl Gallery – Transport yourself back to a simpler time at this cottage/gallery in the Shops of Old Seagrove. Find whimsical signs, paintings, “30A Art” items, jewelry, and more!
Gaffrey Art Gallery – Justin Gaffrey became an artist in 2001, but quickly developed a style of “sculpting with paint” that eloquently expresses the color and textures of the area’s natural beauty. You can see some of his work in his gallery/studio in Blue Mountain Beach.
The Hidden Lantern - Established in 2010, The Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach displays a number of local and regional emerging artists. Exhibitions feature works in various media, with an emphasis in art that uses traditional materials in unconventional ways.
Studio b – With seminars, classes, and inspirational lectures from talented pros from around the world, Studio b in Alys Beach is a great place to find information and instruction on creative mediums from photography to literature to food and wine.
Weatherall Fine Art – Curtis Weatherall’s art is a juxtaposition of images, mediums, and colors that incorporates harmony, balance and subtlety into a unified piece of natural, unexpected artwork. His gallery/studio is located in Blue Mountain Beach and is open by appointment.
A. Wickey Studio-Gallery – This Rosemary Beach gallery is the home studio for Allison Wickey, who creates antique-style artwork using a 13-step process involving Venetian plaster, acrylic paint, and various glazes. Prints of her work are featured in Crate & Barrel and Ballard Designs catalogs.
The Donna Burgess Gallery – Located in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, you’ll find ethereal watercolors alongside intense acrylics, brightly painted frames, and museum quality fine art. A Northwest Florida native, Donna been active on the art scene for more than two decades. Her work has often been selected for commemorative posters for major local events.
Teresa Cline Gallery – Working from her Santa Rosa Beach studio, this abstract painter’s art captures the many moods of the Gulf of Mexico. A proponent of animal welfare, Teresa’s commissioned pet portraits are also in high demand, with a portion of those proceeds benefitting a local animal refuge.Work from her “Horse” series is on display at the 2012 Southern Living Idea House located in Senoia, Georgia.
Modified: January 18, 2013 5:24 pm