The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is excitedly planning for the 26th Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, taking place May 9 – 11 in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center. This year’s Festival will also feature a new event called “Gallery Nights” taking place May 7 and 8 in galleries throughout South Walton.
Thanks to the continued support from businesses like yours, ArtsQuest is a highly anticipated event in Walton County and a nationally renowned fine arts show attracting thousands of people annually to the Beaches of South Walton. The ArtsQuest flag sponsorship is an important source of funding for ArtsQuest, and we look forward to having your support this year.
For a tax-deductible $100 contribution, the CAA will place a 4’ x 5’, double sided flag bearing the new ArtsQuest logo in front of your business. The flags will fly all around our community from April 26th through May 12th.
ArtsQuest weekend will be full of art, music and fun for everyone! We hope you will enthusiastically support the Cultural Arts Alliance and celebrate the long weekend of festivities by flying the ArtsQuest flag!
Email, fax or mail your application with payment to the CAA by April 23rd! Download the application HERE!
The A+Art, Committee of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is proud to present the annual juried exhibition “Top of the Class” from April 4 until May 30, 2014. The opening reception is April 4, 2014, 5-7pm at the Northwest Florida State College South Walton Center, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
“Top of the Class” is a juried art exhibition presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County in partnership with Northwest Florida State College. This exhibition is part of the continuing effort of the A+Art Committee, whose mission is to showcase the work of Cultural Arts Alliance member artists and to enhance the public spaces of the South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College. The exhibition will be displayed at the South Walton Center of NWFSC from April 4 until May 30, 2014.
The artists in the exhibition include Susan Alfieri, Charlotte Arnold, Melody Bogle, Donnelle Clark, Heather Clements, Maria Dante, Judy Dewar, Carol Dickson, Joanna Ellington, Allison Hicks, Dinett, Hok, JoAnne Jones, Lois Kennedy, Suzanne LeLoup-West, Bonita Loman, Susan Lucas, Theresia McInnis, Kristina Perry, Susan Richardson, Kathleen Schumacher, Janet and Steve Thomas, Tanis Thomas, Joan Vienot, Richard Weber, Ann Welch, Lynn Wilson and Mary Zahner.
Our juror and judge, Brian Jekel from the Pensacola Christian College stated during the selection process, “Overall I saw a show that had a real sense of creativity, design, color, and craftsmanship. I loved the diversity and thoughtfulness that went into these works.”
Join us for a wonderful outing with hors d’oeuvres, wine and social fun at our opening reception on April 4th, 2014 at the Northwest Florida State College South Walton Center, 5-7 pm.
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County invites artists to apply to exhibit in the 26th annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival happening May 9-11, 2014 in South Walton, FL in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin along Northwest Florida’s beaches.
Grand Boulevard is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center and, in addition to hosting ArtsQuest, is also home to large-scale events such as South Walton Fashion Week and the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Located along the Scenic Hwy. 98 Corridor, Grand Boulevard is easily accessible from regional drive and fly markets, including Houston, Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, Mobile, Pensacola and Tallahassee.
Highlights of the Festival include:
· $10,000 cash in artist awards
· 7,000 quality art buyers
· Children’s activities in “ImagiNation”
· Continuous live music on multiple stages in various genres
· Food vendors & full cash bar, along with existing restaurants & shops in Grand Boulevard
With the support of the Tourist Development Council, Visit South Walton, there is a comprehensive marketing campaign for ArtsQuest, including radio (Southeastern markets), social media, postcards, posters, web ads and regional and national print media (Atlanta Magazine, Garden & Gun, Nashville Lifestyles, Southbound & more).
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Awards Quarterly Teacher Mini-Grants
Program provides teachers needed funds to purchase supplies to enhance art in the classroom
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce it has awarded six Walton County teachers more than $2,500 in teacher mini-grants and need-based grants for the fourth quarter of 2013. Teachers are awarded funds based on their application for specific arts project(s) and how the lesson will support the Florida Sunshine Standards, among other considerations.
The Teacher Mini Grant program allows teachers to enhance the visual, literary and performing arts experiences of Walton County school children in grades K-12, including public schools, private 501c(3) schools and home schools. The funding is applied toward special enhancement activities established by the teacher. Each mini-grant is up to $400 and awarded to teachers quarterly by the CAA Educational Giving Program Committee.
The 2013 fourth quarter teacher mini-grant recipients include Brook Spires of Freeport Elementary for art supplies; Laurie Hudson of Freeport Elementary for supplies that will help develop a 4th grad abstract painting project; Maerea Kent of Maude Saunders Elementary to fund a hands-on science discovery project; Heather Hester of Freeport Elementary for Pre-K art supplies for her classroom; Patsy Lathinghouse of Maude Saunders Elementary School for a multi-disciplinary project involving visual art, literature and writing; and Kathy Harrah of Maude Saunders Elementary for teacher continuing art education and art supplies for her 5th graders’ sketchbook and paint explorations. Constance Rogers was awarded funds from the Need-based scholarship fun to send under-privileged children to after school art classes.
The CAA is working hard to better support our Professional Artist members. With this in mind the CAA will feature one of our professional artists in an “Artist Snap Shot.” This Snap Shot will be featured in our ArtBeat newsletter and our website for one month. This feature will give our artists additional exposure and allow our readers the opportunity to learn more about our members.