Beautiful art met an equally beautiful day.
The third annual Art Walk, hosted by the Society of Expressive Artists (SEA) was held at the Beach Walk shopping area in Mexico Beach and ran simultaneously with the annual Gumbo Cook-off last month.
The event showcased 23 artists from Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe and along the Forgotten Coast as they displayed their talents and sold their art, sculptures, jewelry or crafts.
“The weather was perfect, the sidewalks were full and there were tons of people,” said Dolores Lowery, president of SEA and the coordinator for the event. “We couldn’t have had a better day.”
In addition to participating artists, the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society held a fundraiser complete with raffle tickets and adoptable animals.
Lowery auctioned off a prize to create an encaustic painting of the winner’s pet which brought in $120 for the humane society and an additional $300 were collected in donations. One lucky chocolate lab-mix puppy named Kevin went home with a visiting family from Mississippi.
The humane society also put out a special donation jar for Slugger, a big black and white tom in need of an expensive eye surgery. The jar was stuffed by the end of the day.
“It was an awesome day for the shelter,” said Gena Wich, who serves on the Board of Directors as secretary. “Many people stopped to play with the animals and ask questions about the shelter, which is what we were hoping for.”
Entertainment for the event was provided by Slim Fatz, whose mellow blues were a perfect fit for the sunny day.
In previous years the artists were spread out along Highway 98 but Lowery said that the event benefitted from being concentrated in a central area and planned to take the same approach in the future.
In looking toward next year’s event Lowery also planned to offer a longer registration period for artists in order to get more interest from surrounding regions.
“The humane society was a really nice addition,” said Lowery. “Between the Art Walk and the Gumbo Cook-off, it was a great day for Mexico Beach.”