Author Archive | Artists of 30a

Local Artist to Open Gilbert Glassworks Teaching Studio


South Walton local, Russ Gilbert, owner of the renowned Fusion Art Glass galleries is pleased to announce the opening of Gilbert Glassworks; a private teaching studio for adults that will explore a variety of glasswork techniques. Gilbert opened his first glass gallery in Seaside, FL over 20 years ago and has over 40 years of experience creating art glass. After many years of planning, it is with much excitement Gilbert Glassworks opens it doors, with the intent of providing fun and educational opportunities for the community. 

Techniques and methods used in fused glass, flameworking and glassblowing will all be a part of the curriculum.  From beginner workshops that will explore the basics of glass techniques to advanced studies featuring national and internationally known artists, Gilbert Glassworks will be the premiere hot glass facility on the Emerald Coast.  

The Grand Opening/Open House will take place on December 30th at which there will be various demonstrations as well as giveaways and door prizes. For online scheduling or further information, please visit Gilbertglassworks.com.

Triangle Art Show and Sale

artwork by Melissa Mercer Brown

Excitement is building in DeFuniak Springs for the first-ever “Pop-Up” Art Show and Sale, to be held one night only on October 14th, 2017. The public is invited to view the works of nine regional Florida artists who have been specifically chosen to represent the variety and exceptional talent available in this area.

The show and sale will be held in the former Triangle Chevrolet service building “in the alley” in downtown DeFuniak Springs. “We specifically chose this venue because it is reminiscent of an old industrial New York loft,” said artist and show organizer John Murphy. “We also have a few surprises planned for those who attend.”

“The use of this old building for an art show reflects the changing ways that we can help revitalize our downtown and pay tribute to the history of DeFuniak Springs,” said Bruce Naylor, also one of the artists also chosen to exhibit.

In addition to Murphy and Naylor, the participating artists from North Walton include Melanie Moore, Paulette Morrison, and Jean Kittelson. Melissa Mercer Brown, Francisco Adaro, and Russell Farris from South Walton will also be showing their work. Special
guest artist Leica Baldwin from Lady Lake, Florida will show her paintings.

The public is invited to attend this unique event from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday, October 14th. The artists will be available to talk about their work, and refreshments will be served. All artwork will be available for sale.

HOW TO FIND THE TRIANGLE ART SHOW & SALE: Downtown DeFuniak Springs in the alley between Nelson Ave (Hwy90) and Baldwin Ave, and between 7th and 8th Streets. Free parking is available on Baldwin Ave, and 7th & 8th Streets. Signs will direct you to the Art Show entrance in the alley.

For Additional Information:
Contact: John Murphy
850-635-2078
totorx@gmail.com

Creative Classes at the Blue Giraffe!

Creative Classes are at the Blue Giraffe! The creative classes offered this month are Power of Journaling, Trash to Treasure and Paint Like a Rockstar.

Power of Journaling
Author and Christian Life Coach, Miriam Ezell, will lead this class where you will learn the benefits of journaling, create your own journal that resonates with your soul, and practice journaling by answering powerful, thought-provoking questions. All supplies are included but feel free to bring meaningful cards, quotes and photos to personalize your journal. Class fee is $55 and pre-registration is required. Click here to sign up.
May 19th 10am-noon OR 5-7pm
May 20th 10am-noon
 
Trash to Treasure
Join Tammy of The Moore Family Folk Art and make your own unique work of art from upcycled and salvaged materials. Choose from several different designed projects or create your own. Tammy will have all kinds of materials to choose from including weathered woods, antique metals, vintage soda cans, bottle caps, driftwood, and much more. She’ll be there to guide you in this free flow workshop where you can make as much stuff as you want in the 2-hour class time! Class fee is $55 and pre-registration is required. Click here to sign up.
May 30th 5-7pm
 
Paint Like a Rockstar
Have you ever wanted to learn to paint with complete freedom? Do you want painting to feel as natural as breathing? The answer is by learning to paint like a rock star! Local artist Aaron Sutton (BFA, Texas Tech U.) can teach you a simple formula that will erase any hang ups you may have about painting. You will learn to paint quickly, and with more confidence. There will be only 4 students at a time to maximize personal attention. 16×20 canvas and all materials are provided. Bring ripped jeans (optional) snacks, water, caffeine (also optional) and a positive attitude. Class fee is $175 and pre-registration is required. Click here to sign up.
May 11th  9am-noon
 

An Update from Artist Joan Vienot

Plein air painter Joan Vienot is displaying 3 paintings in the exhibit of New Zealand paintings by artists who traveled on Plein Air Magazine’s Publisher’s Invitational Trip in February. The New Zealand show is at On The Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, FL, with an opening reception from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Saturday May 6. 35 works by 12 artists will be shown through May 26, 2017.

Hobbiton, 8×10, oils on linen panel, painted en plein air.

Explore Creativity with Justin Gaffrey

The Justin Gaffrey Gallery will be participating in Art Week with a Family Art Day “Explore Creativity with Justin Gaffrey” on May 18, 2017 at 12pm to 6pm.

As part of the South Walton Art Week events; you are invited to explore your inner artist and watch Justin bring his works to life during live painting demonstrations at 2PM and 5PM. Kids can make their own Masterpiece with Justin and the gallery crew. Supplies are included in this free family day at the Justin Gaffrey Gallery. 
 

Many of you know that Justin used to be a chef and owned a restaurant. Justin will be preparing a special food menu for all to enjoy. The Justin Gaffrey Gallery has outdoor and indoor exhibits to experience. So Save the Date to Explore Creativity with Justin Gaffrey!
 

An Update from Artist Kay Richoux

Kay Richoux has 2 pieces in Emerald Coast Theatre pop up Gallery second floor at 560 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL “Garden By the Sea” and “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”! Pieces are for sale and a portion of the sales go to help benefit the ECTC.

Also Kay will hang her piece “Don’t Give A Hoot” in the Take Flight exhibit put on by the CAA and the Foster Gallery on May 1. It is a stained glass and resin piece in a 150 year old window.

And Kay is leaving to go to an artist’s retreat in Scotland! On May 8 she will arrive and get to create art with 24 artists from around the world until a May 16! She will be painting on this trip as she revisits the filming and historical sites associated with the Outlander series’.

Then in June, July and August her series “Bea You” series will be on exhibit. It features paintings with short stories and poems!  You can see these pieces at the South Walton Coastal Branch Library. Pieces are for sale.

Private Lessons taught by Betty Pinkston

Betty Pinkston will be taking a break from teaching acrylics at Cultural Arts Alliance for June and July, returning in August, date TBD.

In the meantime Betty Pinkston has several openings for private lessons for anyone interested during the summer months. Lessons are offered in watercolor, acrylics and mixed media. 

Contact artsylady4319@yahoo.com. Home studio viewings by appointment.