Coastal refresh: 10-year-old among local artists featured on Main Street banners in Destin

Devon Ravine
Northwest Florida Daily News

DESTIN — The art banners that fill the median on Main Street were refreshed Monday, as city employees changed them out with eight new banners, all created by local artists and based on a common theme.

“The theme is coastal,” said Ron Sandstead of Flutterby Antiques, who created the Destin Banner Art Project more than three years ago. “It’s been coastal since we began, except for our Christmas banners.”

This new batch of art includes sandpipers feeding along the shoreline, a humorous cartoon of an old masked angler fishing from a tiny boat dubbed the USS COVID, and a stylized sea turtle by one of the program’s youngest artists, 10-year-old Trey MacDonald. 

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Reese Monson (below) hands a poster to Mathis Wyren on Monday as they hang art banners in the median on Main Street in Destin.

For Trey, who has been doing art for about four years, the project was a labor of love.

“It took me about three months because I had to keep restarting it,” he said. 

His father, Brent MacDonald, elaborated on the creative process.

“He did probably three or four other ones that had different themes like dorado or mahi mahi” Brent said.  “When he was done he didn’t think it was the best quality he could do, and then he finally landed on the turtle and it turned out good.”

Trey MacDonald, 10, poses for a photo next to his artwork of a sea turtle, which was one of eight banners that went up Monday along Main Street in Destin. Taking the photo is Ron Sandstead of Flutterby Antiques, who organized the Destin Banner Art Project.

Done entirely with Sharpie pens, the turtle floats in a deep blue sea above a field of coral and white sand.

Barring a major weather event, the new banners will hang from the poles on Main Street for about four months before they are replaced with a new group. Sandstead said the old banners will be taken first to the Destin Community Center where they will hang and then later moved to banner hangers outside Destin City Hall.

Sandstead said the original artwork will be auctioned off in January, with proceeds going to help cover the cost of printing the weather-proof banners.

Mathis Wyren installs one of eight new art banners in the median on Main Street in Destin.

On Monday morning, artist Holly Bain watched with satisfaction as city workers put up the second banner she has made for the project: a smiling fish sitting on a hook that resembled a swing.

Bain, who has been involved with the project since the beginning and also sits on the board of the Arts and Design Society in Fort Walton Beach, said she’s a big proponent of showcasing the area’s talented artists in Destin’s public spaces.

“The more people that get to see it, the better,” she said.