Time to paint the town.
The third annual Art Walk, hosted by the Society of Expressive Artists (SEA) will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Beach Walk shopping area in Mexico Beach.
The event will showcase more than 20 artists from Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe and along the Forgotten Coast as they display their talents and sell their wares.
Rather than be spread out along U.S. Highway 98 as in years past, the bulk of artists will be stationed near the Fish House Restaurant and spill down the road as far as The Grove gift shop.
“The event is going to be a little more centrally located this year,” said SEA president and owner of the Seagrass Gallery, Dolores Lowery. “We felt like if we were all together, people wouldn’t have to walk so far.”
Those showcasing their talents will do so across a myriad of mediums and will feature art from creators who work in encaustic, watercolor and acrylic paints, along with photographers, crafters and jewelers.
This will be the second year showcasing for Gretchen Mayes, a fused glass artist from St. Joe Beach. The artist has been working with glass since 2006, first inspired when she stepped into a glass gallery in San Antonio, Texas.
Some of Mayes’ glass works are functional, like bowls, while others are purely decorative, like a sign she was recently commissioned to make for a beach home.
“Not only is it a great place to meet local artists, but a good place to meet new people,” said Lowery.
Mayes urged any new artists in the area to apply for a showcase spot during the Art Walk.
“It’s a great way to break into the art community,” said Mayes. “There are lots of people there and it brings a nice mix of people to the area.
“The amount of talent for our area is amazing – people will be amazed at what everyone does around here.”
Formed in 2010, SEA has more than 30 members made up of locals and some snowbirds who become involved with the art community during visits.
The Art Walk will also feature a booth to raise funds for the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society complete with raffles for donated art.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and all proceeds will benefit the SJBHS and their effort to help the numerous stray and homeless animals that come through their doors.
Lowery will be raffling off several of her own original pieces and one winner will be eligible for a custom piece of art where Lowery will recreate a photo of their pet, done in her encaustic style.
The humane society will have adoptable pets on-site for those who may want to leave with a little something extra.
The goal of SEA is to provide a forum for local artists to promote their work, share ideas and opportunities, to network with other artist organizations and to identify and create art exhibit venues. They work closely with artists groups in Panama City and Panama City Beach.
SEA has plans to host an indoor art show in the summer.
The Art Walk will coincide with the annual Gumbo Cook-off being help simultaneously at Sunset Park in Mexico Beach.
“Where else can you get great gumbo in a great town with great art?” said Mayes.
Any artists interested in joining SEA or seeking additional information should email firstname.lastname@example.org.