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Thursday, May 9: “Under the Sea” UMA Fundraiser and Official Art Month Kick-Off Party

Grand Park, 600 Grand Boulevard; Miramar Beach

Dust off your dancing shoes THIS Thursday from 6 – 10 PM in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard Town Center for a night of music, food, spirits, dancing and fun with Yacht Rock Schooner to benefit the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA). Get an exclusive opportunity to meet the 2019 UMA artists and see their sculptures before they are permanently installed into the UMA in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Yacht Rock Schooner throws the smoothest dance party on the high seas, taking guests on a journey to a time when good-times music had heart and musical integrity. The 8-man Schooner specializes in the smooth sounds of the late ’70s and early ’80s. It’s a party that spans generations, and the band is comprised of some of Atlanta’s top players with a dual keyboard setup, multiple ace vocalists and (of course) a sax man. 

Door open at 6PM for guests to enjoy complimentary light bites and a cash bar. 

Light Bite Stations Include Tasty Treats From Local Favorites:
45 Central Wine & Sushi Bar | Great Southern Cafe
Grayton Beach Catering
Grayton Corner Cafe & Wine Shop
Redfish Taco | Stinky’s Fish Camp
Roux 30A
Shunk Gulley

Many of the 12 sculpture designs selected by jury for permanent exhibition in the second installation of the UMA will be on display at the fundraiser and throughout the weekend during the ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival before they are transferred to Orange Beach, AL to prepare for their deployment into the Gulf in a one-acre permit patch of seabed off Grayton Beach State Park.

In addition to the art, music, food, and fun…we will host a silent auction including bid lots for seats aboard a luxury Galati Yacht to witness the summer 2019 deployment, original art work from Justin Gaffrey, an excursion with 30A Snorkel, hand-crafted jewelry from The Salty Sparrow, and more! Can’t attend and still want to bid? Or want to get registered early? No problem! Text “underthesea” to 243725 to receive your registration link to create your account so you can begin viewing and bidding on items. 

Event tickets: $65 at umafl.org

The UMA is a presentation of the Cultural Arts Alliance’s ‘Art in Public Spaces’ program and augments South Walton Artificial Reef Association’s mission of creating marine habitat and expanding fishery populations while providing enhanced creative, cultural, economic and educational opportunities for the benefit, education and enjoyment of residents, students and visitors in South Walton.

Artists Called to Submit Work

The CAA invites artists to apply to exhibit in the 31st Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival happening May 11 – 12, 2019 in South Walton, FL, along Northwest Florida’s beaches.

Artists who apply before January 31, 2019 will receive an early bird jury and booth rate fee. Artists are invited to apply in the categories of Mixed Media, Ceramics, Works on Paper, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Oils & Acrylics, Photography, Digital Art, Sculpture, and Wood (including furniture). Read the full press release here.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: January 31, 2019
DEADLINE: March 8, 2019
APPLY TO THE EVENT AT: Zapplication.org

The Artist Call is NOW LIVE for those interested in submitting work for consideration in the 2019 Underwater Museum of Art deployment scheduled for Summer 2019. Click HERE for details and to access to the application. Please note, interested artists must create an account at CaFÉ prior to beginning the application process.

The submission deadline is Thursday, January 31 at 11PM CST. 

The Cultural Arts Alliance is calling all member artists interested in submitting work for consideration in the 2019 Foster Gallery Spring Rotation. The Grand Boulevard location rotation is scheduled for January 29 – April 22, 2019. The Ruskin Place Artist Colony location rotation is slated for February 5 – April 29, 2019. Artists with an interest is both locations can indicate such on the application and need only complete one. The submission deadline is Friday, January 18 at 11PM CST. Click here for details and to access the application.


SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL (August 24, 2018) – Yesterday, TIME revealed its first annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, which highlights 100 destinations that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering visitors an extraordinary experience.

The Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) was included in the list of World’s Greatest Places in the Visit category. The UMA is the first presentation of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s (CAA) Art In Public Spaces Program and was produced in collaboration with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) with a purpose to create art that becomes marine habitat, expanding fishery populations and providing enhanced creative, cultural, economic and educational opportunities for the benefit, education and enjoyment of residents, students and visitors in South Walton.

The UMA opened in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Fla. on June 25, 2018. Seven sculptures became part of the inaugural UMA installation: “Propeller in Motion” by Marek Anthony, “Self-Portrait” by Justin Gaffrey, “The Grayt Pineapple” by Rachel Herring, “JYC’s Dream” by Kevin Reilly, “SWARA Skull” by Vince Tatum, “Concrete Rope Reef Spheres” by Evelyn Tickle and “Anamorphous Octopus” by Allison Wickey. A one-acre permit patch of seabed off Grayton Beach State Park has been dedicated for the purpose of a permanent underwater sculpture exhibit. The UMA patch will continue to be filled with several sculptures annually. 

Admission to the UMA is free. No ticket or reservation is required. However, there is a fee to enter Grayton Beach State Park. The UMA is only accessible in person as a dive location. Divers who wish to visit the site can take a dive boat .7 miles off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park. The coordinates for the center sculpture (SWARA Skull) are Latitude N 30 18.754 Longitude W 86 09.522. Out of respect for the art, boaters are asked to find the center location and then move away from the park to anchor in order to avoid damage to the artwork. For non-divers, there are photos and videos of the sculptures online, which will be updated periodically to document the marine growth on each sculpture.

Artists interested in submitting artwork for consideration to the 2019 UMA installation can visit UMAFL.org to complete a pre-application.


Underwater Museum of Art is Open

The Underwater Museum of Art is a permanent sculpture park located in the Gulf of Mexico off Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. It lies approximately 60ft below the surface and 0.7 miles off shore. The Cultural Arts Alliance partnered with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association to create the nation’s first underwater museum. Seven sculptures were chosen after a nationwide call to artists for the first installment of the UMA. The sculptures will attract a variety of marine life, and over time will transform into a living reef. Ever since the deployment on June 25th, 2018, the UMA is officially open to divers and marine life!