The Destin Seafood Festival has revealed the new artwork that will be used to promote and showcase the event this year.
For the second time, Theresia McInnis of Niceville will have the honor to have her artwork showcased to thousands of seafood lovers during the 39th annual Destin Seafood Festival, which will run from Oct. 6 through Oct.8 at the Destin harbor. McInnis first won the artist poster contest in 2015. Her artwork will be displayed on T-shirts and posters that will be available at the festival.
“This year’s theme was ‘Heritage of the Destin harbor’ and I think her entry will be a beautiful poster and T-shirt,” said Jami Jones, the festival’s chairwoman.
Jones said property host, sponsors, the committee and the Destin Charter Boat Association voted for the best artwork piece this year.
“(McInnis) will also get her own booth and exhibit her art,” she said. “We are very excited, before you know it the festival will be here.”
McInnis said she was happy with the theme for this year's festival.
“The Destin Fishing and History Museum was very fundamental when I was doing my research,” she said, “They really showed the rich history of Destin and I really wanted to depict the history of the harbor.”
McInnis' art piece is a profile of all the recognizable buildings in Norriego Point. The background is decorated with different types of historic boats along the skyline. The center shows how fishing started in Destin and the postcards drawings display how people can enjoy the Destin Gulf Coast waters.
“I wanted to show how boating and fishing has changed over the years on the harbor.” McInnis said.
McInnis said she had to take time to research and take photos of the shoreline and capture exactly what she wanted to draw. Painting the watercolor piece took her about a week.
“I am really looking forward to seeing the logo (of the festival) along with my art and see what it will look like as a finished product,” she said.