The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announced the launch event for Art Week South Walton will take place from 6-9 p.m. May 9 at The Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard with celebratory hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and music. The official kick-off event will showcase a special exhibition and live mural painting performance by internationally renowned artist Billy The Artist, as well as an introduction to the recently selected group of Summer Rotation Artists.

Guests can meet Billy, purchase his work and witness a live mural painting performance inside the gallery. The event will also introduce the work of 20 local and regional artists who will be featured in the gallery through July 22.

The Foster Gallery, 560 Grand Boulevard, Suite L101 in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center, is the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s professional artist collective that showcases rotating regional artists, special exhibitions and featured guests, in addition to special events, workshops and student educational opportunities.

An internationally renowned artist based in the East Village of New York City, this is Billy The Artist’s first introduction and exhibition to South Walton and the Emerald Coast, thanks to friends and half-year residents Andre and Diane Dominick. Billy’s projects and designs have been seen all over the world for such clients and global brands as Swatch, Viacom, Lamborghini, The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Museum, New Balance Shoes, Sony, The Champs Snowboarding Championship in Switzerland, Gibson Guitar, Smart Car, Suzuki, Hyundai, Toyota, Mountain Dew, MTV, Puma, Microsoft, Chock Full O Nuts, Vans shoes, Cow Parade, race car driver Danica Patrick, Fashion Week Athens and Madrid, Enesco, Goebel and currently the designer of the new Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine world wide.

Mural projects include Woodstock 99, Art Basel Miami, Casa Décor Miami, Delaguarda, The Rio Casino Las Vegas, the Broadway, National, and London productions of the musical "Rent." His paintings have hung at the prestigious Forbes Gallery as well as other galleries in New York, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans, Austin, Cleveland, Mexico City, Hamburg, Paris, Carib Fine Art in Curacao, Foxx Galerie Zurich, Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai, Surge Art Fair Shanghai, and The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Billy has been published in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, US Weekly, Juxtapoz, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and numerous other magazines and newspapers around the globe. He has appeared on MTV, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, TLC, Discovery, "60 Minutes" and other programs all over the world.

For the world launch of Billy’s watches for Swatch, he painted a 40-by-30 foot mural live in front of 30,000 people while 300-foot animated projections of his work adorned the walls of Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, during the Venice Biennale. Billy was also one of the first American artists to be allowed by the Chinese government to paint live on the famous Bund in Shanghai. Philanthropic projects include work with The American Red Cross, Live On NY, The Fresh Air Fund, Covenant House, St. Mary’s Foundation for Children, The JCC of Manhattan, The Breathe Foundation Brazil, and various schools both in the U.S and abroad.

The mural Billy The Artist paints during the kick-off event will be raffled off the next evening during the “Under the Sea” Underwater Museum of Art Fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. May 10 in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard Town Center. The event will feature food, a tiki bar and a special concert by Shawn Mullins with his band, Soul Carnival.