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Apply to be the 2019 South Walton Artist of the Year



August 20, 2018


August 20, 2018 – Visit South Walton is now accepting applications for the 2019 South Walton Artist of the Year award. Now in its 17th year, the award seeks to recognize a local artist who lives and works in Walton County and whose signature style embodies the creativity and beauty for which the area is known.

Artists who meet the criteria can download the application and instructions from Visit South Walton’s webpage; direct link: https://www.visitsouthwalton.com/artist-of-the-year

The South Walton Artist of the Year award is a community program that showcases local artists, promoting the selected artist’s work throughout the year through a variety of publicity opportunities and events. The winner will also receive an award of $4,000 in exchange for a piece of artwork that will be put on public display.

“Art is an important part of the South Walton experience – it enhances the quality of life for locals and visitors to our area, and each year our Artist of the Year program gives us an opportunity to put a spotlight on one of the artists who helps our community thrive,” says Visit South Walton Executive Director Jay Tusa. “Past, current and future South Walton Artists of the Year are terrific ambassadors for South Walton and our vibrant arts scene.”

Submitted artwork will be evaluated based on criteria such as originality, authenticity, and overall appeal. Finalists will be interviewed in-person and must present 3 examples of artwork during that panel discussion.

The deadline for submissions for the South Walton Artist of the Year program is September 12, 2018. The winner will be announced at the Perfect in South Walton Awards ceremony in January. Winners for niche categories will also be announced at that time.

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Former Artists of the Year include:

Kathleen Broaderick:

Kathleen Broaderick, Visit South Walton’s 2018 Artist of the Year, first fell in love with watercolors while attending college. Since then, Broaderick has added acrylics to her resume and currently showcases her work at her studio and gallery, CHROMA, in Santa Rosa Beach where she also offers instructional classes. She draws her inspiration from South Walton’s natural beauty.  To learn more about Broaderick, visit https://www.visitsouthwalton.com/kathleen-broaderick.

Marisol Gullo:

Marisol Gullo was named the 2017 Artist of the Year. Gullo’s artwork incorporates a variety of textures and colors and draws inspiration from the natural beauty present in South Walton. Gullo and her husband own the Not Too Shabby Boutique in Santa Rosa Beach. To learn more about Gullo, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/marisol-gullo.

Melody Bogle:

Melody Bogle was named the 2016 Artist of the Year. Bogle’s work focuses on oil and pastel paints on canvas painted “en plein air,” meaning “in the open air” setting. Bogle, who began her professional career with the Federal Aviation Administration, has found her calling in the art world. To learn more about Bogle, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/artists/melody-bogle.

Juan Francisco Adaro:

Juan Francisco Adaro was named the 2015 Artist of the Year. Adaro’s signature style utilizes oil, watercolor, industrial paint, gesso, and acrylic in a chaotic freestyle form. Adaro, who operates a gallery along 30A, moved to Northwest Florida from Argentina in 2012. To learn more about Adaro, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artists/artist-of-the-year-award/juan-adaro.

Mary Hong:

Mary Hong was named the 2014 Artist of the Year. Hong is known for her works that feature a combination of paint and glass on canvas. Hong, who moved to the Emerald Coast in 2004, operates the Mary Hong Gallery and The Shard Shop, where visitors can receive guidance while they create works of “ShardArt” for themselves! To learn more about Hong, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/mary-hong.

Andy Saczynski:

Andy Saczynski was named the 2013 Artist of the Year. His work focuses on the use of acrylics along with found items, reclaimed wood, or other repurposed object. Saczynski grew up along the Emerald Coast and always dreamed about owning his own gallery in Grayton Beach, a dream he accomplished in 2012. His signature pieces are not only beautiful works of art, but also intrinsically speak to a message of eco-friendly practices and a conservation. To learn more about Saczynski, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/andy-saczynski.

Allison Craft:

Allison craft was named the 2012 Artist of the Year. Craft’s primary medium is leather and pearl jewelry, which she accents with turquoise, recycled glass and antique coins. Craft, who operates a gallery in Grayton Beach, was the first jewelry artist to win Artist of the Year honors. To learn more about Craft, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/allison-craft.

Allison Wickey:

Allison Wickey was named the 2011 Artist of the Year. Her work, which uses a four-day, 10-step process, focuses on the use of Venetian plaster, acrylic paint, glazes, and an orbital sander. Wickey draws inspiration from her surroundings on 30A and landscapes from her Midwest roots. To learn more about Wickey, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/allison-wickey.

Michael Granberry:

 Michael Granberry was named the 2010 Artist of the Year. Granberry specializes in fine art photography that showcase natural settings as the main focal point, while the individual is a small part in the grand scheme of the photograph. To learn more about Granberry, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/michael-granberry.

Michael McCarty:

Michael McCarty was named the 2009 Artist of the Year. McCarty creates contemporary, modern art. His works showcase an abundance of color interwoven with subtle visual suggestions. To learn more about McCarty, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/michael-mccarty.

Donna Burgess:

Donna Burgess was named the 2008 Artist of the Year. Her works are a study in the use of colors being used capture the beauty and joy of coastal life through multimedia interpretations. Burgess operates the Donna Burgess Gallery at Grand Boulevard. To learn more about Burgess, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/donna-burgess.

Bill Stephenson:

Bill Stephenson was named the 2007 Artist of the Year. As a woodturner, his works are revelation in what can be created using recycled wood, talent and patience. To learn more about Stephenson, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/bill-stephenson.

Phil Kiser:

Phil Kiser was named the 2006 Artist of the Year. Kiser specializes in dimensional mosaics, creating beautiful works from recycled glass that combines hundreds of pieces of hand-cut glass. To learn more about Kiser, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/phil-kiser.

Justin Gaffrey:

Justin Gaffrey was named the 2005 Artist of the Year. An artistic icon of South Walton, his work uses acrylics to create thick, textured paintings, many of which depict scenic local landscapes and wildlife. Gaffrey has a gallery along 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. To learn more about Gaffrey, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/justin-gaffrey.

Susan Lucas:

Susan Lucas was named the 2004 Artist of the Year. Lucas uses acrylic paints on canvas to capture emotion in her works that showcase the rare natural beauty found along the coast, and the interplay of light in natural settings. To learn more about Lucas, visit http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/susan-lucas.

Dorothy Starbuck:

Dorothy Starbuck was named the 2003 Artist of the Year. She specializes in painting natural landscapes using oil paints on canvas, and her use of color and attention to detail are masterful. Dorothy’s works have been exhibited at the Florida State Capitol, the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida and the Elliot Museum in Stuart, Florida, among other venues, and she was commissioned by the US Air Force to paint “Camp Pinchot” as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. To learn more about Starbuck, the inaugural Artist of the Year, visit, http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/industry/partner-programs/artist-of-the-year-award/dorothy-starbuck.