Flutterby Festival

Flutterby FestivalThe Flutterby Festival, produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, celebrates its 26th year of the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through our area with art activities, live music, theatre and dance performances, art exhibits, and a butterfly parade!  

Join us for this free, family-fun, two day event on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 from 10 AM – 4PM in beautiful Watersound Origins. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s Art For All grant programTo volunteer for the Flutterby Festival, please complete our volunteer form.

If you are an artist or vendor who would like to participate in our Artist Village, click HERE for event details and to access the application. Submission deadline is Friday, September 14. All submissions will be juried and invitations to participate will be sent out no later than Tuesday, September 18. 

We want to offer our heartfelt thanks to this year’s Flutterby Festival Presenting Sponsor, Watersound Origins. We do have additional sponsorships available for this year’s event! Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to shine a spotlight on your business and receive visible reinforcement of your dedication to the vitality of the arts in Walton County. Click HERE for details.

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Back by popular demand is our Plein Air Paint Out event as well as workshops with Mary Garrish and local plein air painter, Joan Vienot and a Quick-Draw competition!

Mary Garrish Plein Air Painting

Plein Air events are as follows . . .


Plein Air Workshop with Mary Garrish
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Thursday, Oct. 18
8 AM – 2 PM, daily
$400 advance registration through September 15 | $450 registration after September 15
Register available online HERE.
Materials list available HERE.

In this three-day workshop, Mary will emphasis how to STUDY and gain the most information from your time spent plein air painting. The emphasis will not not be on “Making Paintings” but on the art of study. She will demonstrate small quick studies first in monochromatic-3 values and then 5 values to get an abstract design. Then she will move onto color studies.

All four of these will be done on a 12×16 canvas taped into 4 equal parts. The subject matter will be our local coastal dunes,water (both still and moving), water reflections, clouds and the anatomy of the sky. Mary will edit down to only the essential elements needed to take these studies back to the studio to make a painting. Plein air is where she gets excited and generates ideas. The studio is where Mary makes her paintings.

Plein Air Workshop with Joan Vienot
Friday, Oct. 19
9 AM – Noon
$25 advance registration by September 15 | $30 after September 15
Registration available online HERE
Watersound Origins Cafe
Joan’s workshop is an non-intimidating introductory session for those who want to learn more about the plein air process. No experience required! 


Flutterby Plein Air Quick-Draw

Saturday, Oct. 20
12 PM – 2 PM
Awards Ceremony 3:30 PM at Flutterby Festival Main Stage
$15 advance | $25 day-of
Registration available online HERE.
Meet at Plein Air Headquarters at Watersound Origins

Flutterby Plein Air Paint-Out 

Monday, Oct. 15 at 3PM through Saturday, Oct. 20
Awards Ceremony 10:15 AM, Sunday Oct. 21 at Flutterby Festival Main Stage
$30 advance | $40 week-of
Registration available online HERE.
Event occurs throughout the Watersound Origins community