Friends of the Coastal Branch Library recently announced that their featured artist of the month for April is Mark Douglass. Douglass is a Walton county native and a resident of Santa Rosa Beach.
Growing up in DeFuniak Springs, his mother and older sister first discovered ‘his gift’ at the age of three when he showed them a drawing of a map of the United States. Curiously, they looked at one another and asked, “Where did you get that?”
As a child, Douglass drew pictures of his favorite cartoon characters, starting with Popeye and progressing to super heroes. His family lived in Sarasota for several years where he attended summer classes at the Ringling School of Art. After moving back to DeFuniak and graduating from Walton High School, Douglass studied Art at PJC and FSU, taking a position with Homes and Land Publishing’s art department.
In honor of The REP Theatre’s April performance of The Commedia Cinderella in Seaside, one lucky fan will win a week stay at a 30A vacation home provided by Sunburst Beach Vacations and 4 Season Passes to The REP Theatre’s 2014 performances!
TIP: After you enter, be sure to share this contest to win BONUS entries.
DEADLINE TO ENTER: April 14, 2014
“The bright blue circles appear on cars hundreds of miles from their source. They read ‘30A,’ the zero in yellow, drawn like the sun. A mystery to many, the stickers trigger fond memories for those familiar with one of America’s most rewarding coastal drives: Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle. For them, ‘30A’ means good times on the Gulf Coast.” –U.S. Airways Magazine
HUGE CONGRATS to all of the wonderful locals and businesses featured in the April issue of U.S. Airways Magazine. Their 3.2 million readers are checking you out this month! Click here to read the full article.
If you’ve never ventured off 30A to explore all that its communities have to offer, seeing them from an aerial perspective might just be the motivation you need. Of course, even if you have seen all there is to see, seeing an entire community all at once against the backdrop of our beautiful beaches will definitely give you a renewed appreciation for just how unique South Walton is.
Here’s a very unique look at Alys Beach, the first in the Coastal Community Flyover Series shot by Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty Broker Owner Blake Morar:
Click here for more info about Alys Beach from Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast.
Held on April 10th-13th, it’s a picture-perfect event complete with white tents, the tasting of hundreds of wines, culinary treats and live music.
Proceeds will be donated to The Fisher House, a worthwhile organization that provides free or low-cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers and to the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, making a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives.
There will be four days of unique events:
ArtsQuest — a fine arts festival produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) – announced that Juan Francisco Adaro will be this year’s Featured Festival Artist. The 26th annual festival is scheduled for May 9-11, 2014 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.
A contemporary painter born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juan currently lives in Santa Rosa Beach. Adaro started as a street and mural artist in his early twenties, and has been painting for over two decades. Today, Adaro is known for his large abstract and life size portraits. From traditional oil paintings to live performances, his paintings and works on paper merge the worlds of art and science, depicting natural forms and biological structures in vivid color and imaginative detail. Adaro was also ArtsQuest’s 2012 “Best in Show” winner and ArtsQuest’s 2013 “Award of Excellence” winner.
Gallery Nights, After Hours Beach Bash and More
This year during festival week, local galleries will participate in Gallery Nights on Monday through Thursday, offering special parties, showings and events in the spirit of ArtsQuest. These special gallery events will be open to the public.