• Cultural Arts Alliance Announces Art Month Activities

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    May 03, 2021
    Art Month South Walton, an initiative led by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and sponsored in part by Visit South Walton, is a month-long celebration of the Arts featuring events and programs presented in locations throughout Walton County. This year’s planned activities include the inaugural South Walton Street Art Festival, Digital Graffiti Drive Thru at Alys Beach, Arts Night in DeFuniak Springs, a 5th Birthday Party for The Foster Gallery, Music on Main, a Sip & Stroll at J.Leon Gallery, an online Art & More Auction benefiting the CAA, theatre performances at ECTC, and more. 

    All events are part of the Art Month initiative to bring together Walton County’s communities, organizations and businesses to present quality and diverse arts entertainment. For details on each event, visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com

    On Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., The Rep Theatre in Seaside will feature singer-songwriter duo My One and Only as part of its LIVE AT THE REP series. With their polar-opposite musical backgrounds, Kassie and Benjamin meld old-school country, singer-songwriter, and alternative folk-rock into a sound that can only be described as “Southern-Soul and Curious-Grit.” Presented the “Discovery Award” by acclaimed music critic Robert K. Oermann (Nashville’s Music Row Magazine), My One And Only declares performance as their love-share to the world. Tickets can be purchased at LovetheRep.com.

    Downtown Arts Night will take place Saturday, May 1, from 4-8 p.m., on Baldwin Avenue in DeFuniak Springs. Arts Night is an annual event that brings an evening of Art, Food, Music, & Fun to the charming downtown of DeFuniak Springs. Arts Night showcases dozens of local artists and crafters and will feature live music by Mike Whitty and the Sand Ole Opry and the Forrest Williams Band. Come experience great art, great music, plenty of food and drink, and a fun night for all!

    On Monday, May 3, the CAA will debut its Art + More Auction featuring original artwork by some of your favorite artists, food and beverage experiences, overnight stays, spa packages, and more. The auction will run through May 9 and proceeds support the CAA and local artists. Browse and bid at 2021ArtMonth.givesmart.com.

    The new Street Art Festival is planned for Friday, May 7, from 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 9 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Artists, families, friends and school groups will be creating works or art using only chalk and their imaginations. Awards will be announced Sunday at 5 p.m. Continuous live music and family lawn games will be featured in Grand Park, and a full cash bar will be available so guests can enjoy refreshments as they stroll the streets of Grand Boulevard to watch the progress of each mural from beginning to end.

    J.Leon Gallery + Studio will host a Sip ‘N Stroll on Friday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m., debuting the gallery’s newest featured artists. Attendees will have the first chance to meet the artists and purchase their work. In addition, artist Kathy Schumacher and her daughter Krista Schumacher will reveal their one-of-a-kind mother/daughter painting. Only collaborating on one piece a year, this reveal is one you don't want to miss! More information can be found at jleongallery.com.

    Main Street DeFuniak Springs, in partnership with Visit South Walton will continue its “Music on Main” concert series throughout Art Month. Taking place every Friday in May from 6 to 9 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a listening room experience at the historic Florida Chautauqua Theatre, located at 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32435. The concerts are a continuation of the non-profits inaugural series held this past February. Doors open at 6 p.m., for cocktail hour. Guests can grab a bite to eat before the concert at one of the downtown restaurants or from the food truck setup in front of the theatre. The lineup of musical acts includes regional artists and bands, including Anthony Peebles Trio (May 7), West Hine (May 14), Longleaf Drive (May 21), and The Wortheys (May 28). Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and are available at fcweb.org/musiconmain. Ticket prices increase $5 on the day of the show. 

    The 8th Annual Longleaf Writers Conference will take place in Seaside, May 10 through 17, featuring award-winning, visiting authors and other special guests, including Elizabeth Stuckey-French (The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, The First Paper Girl in Red Oak) and Snowden Wright (American Pop, Play Pretty Blues). Full conference registrations and a la carte in-person and remote seminars are available, along with options to participate in special events throughout the week, including personal consultations, and readings. Register and purchase tickets online at LongleafWritersConference.com

    Digital Graffiti is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the white walls of Alys Beach. This year’s reimagined event will be an immersive drive-thru experience taking place Wednesday, May 12, through Saturday, May 15. Each year, the festival attracts international digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. Visit DigitalGraffiti.com for tickets and details.

    On Saturday, May 15, from 1-3 p.m., The Shard Shop in Grayton Beach will host a special Art Month event called "Western Lake Confetti Class.” Guests will enjoy refreshments, an art raffle, live music, and an opportunity to create a stunning piece of art using repurposed glass!  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance. Visit shardshop.com/Grayton for details.

    Friday, May 14, is the opening night of Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Theatre for Young Audiences production of Treasure Island. Stow away on the Hispaniola with Long John Silver and the crew as they hunt for hidden treasure on a remote Island.  Our young hero Emily finds mutiny, treason, and double dealings around every corner in this reinvented classic tale that promises twists at every turn. For tickets and more information regarding performance dates and times, visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org.

    The Foster Gallery, which is the CAA’s professional artist collective showcasing over a dozen rotating regional artists, special exhibitions and featured guests, will celebrate five years in business with a birthday party on Wednesday, May 26, from 5 - 7 p.m., in the gallery located at 495 Grand Boulevard, Suite J104 (next to Chicos). Guests can meet the artists, purchase one-of-a-kind artwork, and enjoy live music, food, champagne, and birthday cake! 

    The Cultural Arts Alliance will host a celebration of its “Con-scious Expressions: An Insider’s Perspective” exhibit at Perla Baking Company in DeFuniak Springs on Friday, May 28, from 4 - 7 p.m. The exhibit features original artwork created by residents of three dorms in the Walton Correctional Institution. See this powerful and emotional work, hear live music, enjoy refreshments, and then stroll down the street for a Music on Main performance by The Wortheys.

    Art Month is made possible with support from Visit South Walton, Grand Boulevard, Florida Department of State; Division of Cultural Affairs, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Alys Foundation, Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, Blick Art Materials, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 30a.com Additional event sponsors are listed on individual event websites. For more information about Art Month and the Cultural Arts Alliance, please visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com/art-month.

    ART MONTH SCHEDULE
    MAY 1
    ARTS NIGHT IN DEFUNIAK SPRINGS
    Baldwin Avenue, Downtown; DeFuniak Springs
    4 - 8 p.m.

    LIVE AT THE REP
    Featuring My One and Only
    216 Quincy Circle, Seaside, FL
    7:30 p.m.

    MAY 3
    ART & MORE AUCTION GOES LIVE
    Browse and bid at 2021ArtMonth.givesmart.com
    Auction closes on Sunday, May 9, at 5 p.m. 

    MAY 4
    JR. COMPANY & THESPIAN SHOWCASE
    560 Grand Boulevard, Upstairs; Miramar Beach
    7 p.m.

    MAY 7
    SOUTH WALTON STREET ART FESTIVAL
    Grand Boulevard Town Center; Miramar Beach
    3 - 8 p.m.

    SIP & STROLL
    J. Leon Gallery, 13370 Hwy 98; Miramar Beach
    5 - 7 p.m.
    MUSIC ON MAIN
    Featuring Anthony Peebles
    Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs
    6 - 9 p.m.

    MAY 8 - 9
    SOUTH WALTON STREET ART FESTIVAL
    Grand Boulevard Town Center; Miramar Beach
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    MAY 10 – 17
    LONGLEAF WRITERS CONFERENCE
    Academic Village and other locations in Seaside, FL 

    MAY 12 - 15
    DIGITAL GRAFFITI
    Alys Beach
    8 p.m.

    MAY 14
    MUSIC ON MAIN
    Featuring West Hine
    Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs
    6 - 9 p.m.

    MAY 14-16
    TREASURE ISLAND, THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
    560 Grand Boulevard, Upstairs; Miramar Beach
    May 14 - 15, 7 p.m., and May 16, 2 p.m. 
    MAY 15
    WESTERN LAKE CONFETTI CLASS AT THE SHARD SHOP
    26 Logan Lane, Grayton Beach
    1 - 3 p.m.

    MAY 20-23
    TREASURE ISLAND, THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
    560 Grand Boulevard, Upstairs; Miramar Beach
    May 20 - 22, 7 p.m., and May 23, 2 p.m. 

    MAY 21
    MUSIC ON MAIN
    Featuring Longleaf Drive
    Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs
    6 - 9 p.m.

    MAY 22
    LIVE PAINTING & MEET + GREET AT JUSTIN GAFFREY GALLERY
    21 Blue Gulf Drive, Blue Mountain Beach
    7 - 9 p.m.

    MAY 26
    FOSTER GALLERY 5th BIRTHDAY PARTY
    495 Grand Boulevard, Ste. J 104; Miramar Beach
    5 - 7 p.m.

    MAY 28
    CON-SCIOUS EXPRESSIONS: AN INSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE EXHIBIT RECEPTION
    Perla Baking Co., Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs
    4 - 7 p.m.

    MUSIC ON MAIN
    Featuring The Wortheys
    Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs
    6 - 9 p.m.
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