The folks at DestinBoardwalk.com, AJ's Seafood Restaurant, Olin Marler Charters and Pelican Design Group have created a new event to showcase the works of the Emerald Coast's wealth of talented artists.
The premier Destin Boardwalk's Artwalk on the Harbor will feature the works of at least 30 local and regional artists Sunday, Sept. 15. Essentially a three-hour pop-up arts district, the Artwalk will showcase a wide range of art forms, including paintings, drawings, crafts, photography, clothing, jewelry and music recordings.
The Artwalk will be a monthly event, taking place on the third Sunday of every month on the boardwalk. Official artist liaison Sarah Simon said it is a great opportunity for local artists to connect with each other and their fans alike on a regular basis.
"There are a lot of festivals. There really are," Simon told The Log. "But this is something where they can come out every month."
Simon is also an artist. She designs jewelry, mostly pocket watches, which she sells at various events and from her Facebook account. She said her work is an example of why it's important to have a regular showcase of local artwork.
ďArtists always change what they are doing," Simon said. "People aren't always going to see the same things. They aren't going to see the same artists down there. It exposes everybody to something different. I think it's important for adults, as well as children to get to see that. And these are local artists. These are people who live here."
One of those artists is Navarre resident Chuck Chunn. A full-time painter since December 2012, Chunn has displayed his marine-life-inspired work at festivals in Pensacola. It won't take long for the Artwalk to grow into an event that can rival more established arts festivals.
"It's going to grow dramatically," Chunn told The Log. "It's a great venue with a lot of exposure. It's a great opportunity for both Destin and artists. And it's a fun place."
While the event is about having a good time, Chunn said artists can also use it to raise awareness for some good causes.
"I've done a series of paintings about the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, along with the Gulf side reef system," Chunn said. "As a person who likes to fish, I also like to try to influence people a little bit, without being pushy, to protect the environment."
Aspiring artists will also get a chance to learn some tools of the trade at the Artwalk. The Emerald Cork will offer a painting class on the boardwalk every hour during the event. Brushes, paint and canvasses will be available for purchase to take part in the classes.
Enchanted Parties will bring some kid-friendly fun to the harbor. Princess Bell and Cinderella will be on site to meet the kids, and a face painter will help the kids look the part of the afternoon of fun.
The Artwalk will start at 1 p.m. and go until 4 p.m. The event will stretch along the docks from right below the zip line to AJ's Seafood Restaurant. For more information, visit the Artwalk online at destinboardwalk.com or email organizers at email@example.com.