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Insider Tip: Join In the Local Art Culture

One of the things that most sets South Walton apart from other beaches is how much there is to do when you're not on the beach. There is an arts culture here that's remarkable for any area – not just for the beach. On top of that, there's a serious desire to include everyone in the artistic process, from art classes to events focused on participation.

If you're looking to take a break from the beach, you've got plenty of options for dipping your toe into the art world.

Paint with the Artist of the Year

Kathleen Broaderick, Artist of the Year

2018's Artist of the Year, Kathleen Broaderick, holds regular painting workshops at her studio, CHROMA, in Santa Rosa Beach. Often focusing on the flora, fauna and landscapes around her, Kathleen imbues beautiful subjects with bold colors and deep emotions. She encourages participants to bring snacks and drinks as they learn to paint one of Kathleen's works, step-by-step.

Create Your Own Shard Art

Make your own masterpiece with the unique Shard Art technique at The Shard Shop! Apply shards of glass to painted canvas to create a mosaic-like effect that's like nothing you've seen before. Nestled in a cute cottage in Grayton Beach, it's also a great option for a party or event, bringing friends together to have a good time and create works of art!

Learn More at the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County

Cultural Arts Alliance

The CAA is the hub for art in South Walton, focusing on advocacy, programs and education. Many of South Walton's most popular events are sponsored by the CAA, from 30A Songwriters Festival to Art Month South Walton, a month-long celebration of the arts with events showcasing visual arts, performing arts and even writing.  

The CAA also holds frequent classes and workshops, so you're sure to find something that piques your interest.

And if making art isn't your thing, there are over 40 galleries for you to explore in our 16 beach neighborhoods. In South Walton, world-class art and world-class beauty are a natural pair.

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