Small Business Saturday

November 24, 2013
Small Business Saturday

Support local business when you SHOP SMALL®. Small Business Saturday® is a great opportunity for you to show your support for your favorite small, local businesses. Register any eligible American Express® Card¹ to get $10 back when you spend $10 or more at a qualifying small business location on Small Business Saturday, Nov 30, 2013.

Here’s how it works …

1)  Register any eligible American Express Card online at Registration is limited. Registration opens at 12:00 A.M. MST (Mountain Standard Time) on Nov 24, 2013 and continues until 11:59 P.M. on Nov 30, 2013, unless the registration limit is reached sooner.

2)  Use your registered Card on Nov 30, 2013 to spend $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction at a qualifying small business location that appears on the Small Business Saturday Map. Online transactions do not qualify. To view the map, visit

3)  Get a one-time $10 statement credit from American Express within 90 days of your qualifying purchase.



The Blue Giraffe Celebrates Year #3 with a Sea Turtle Event

November 5, 2013
The Blue Giraffe Celebrates Year #3 with a Sea Turtle Event

Join us along with South Walton Turtle Watch as we celebrate our 3rd anniversary on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 1:00-4:o0. There will be a book reading for children and Q&A about sea turtles at 2:30. Have fun with ‘make & take art’ hosted by Folk Artist Alan Moore. Sassy Jewels will be there with sea turtle inspired jewelry. New in the gallery, TurtleSafe flashlights and sea turtle books. Raffles and prizes, free turtle stuff, educational. For more details, call 850-231-5112 or like “The Blue Giraffe on 30A” on Facebook.

Proceeds from sea turtle art sales will benefit South Walton Turtle Watch.

SWTW volunteer and gallery co-owner, Debbie, with baby turtles from nest #52

Photo credit – Valerie Lofton Photography

MountainFilm on Tour at WaterColor

October 6, 2013
MountainFilm on Tour at WaterColor

Live painting demonstration with Aaron Sutton, local colorblind artist!  Join us under the tent Saturday at 6:00pm!  The Blue Giraffe is excited to be a sponsor of the 13th Annual MountainFilm Festival at WaterColor Resort on November 1st & 2nd, 2013.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

MEYER Board Painting Workshop w/ Artist Alan Moore

July 31, 2013
MEYER Board Painting Workshop w/ Artist Alan Moore

You won’t want to miss the super-popular MEYER Board Painting Workshop, featuring the super-rad artist Alan Moore!

On August 7th from 11:30 -3:00 The Blue Giraffe will host one of Meyer’s last workshops of the year. Come on out and have a blast creating some cool artwork on a skim or skate!  Complete skateboards start at $120, skims start at only $60!

Please call us at 850.231.5112 for more info or to pre-register.

Learn to Paint with Aaron Sutton

June 28, 2013
Learn to Paint with Aaron Sutton

Learn to paint with local artist, Aaron Sutton! Sign-up for a semi-private class with an incredibly gifted, colorblind artist. Aaron will meet you at one of the gorgeous coastal areas along 30A and teach you a simple technique using acrylics on canvas. You’ll be amazed at the beautiful artwork you will create and you’ll have such fun doing it! No experience is needed and supplies will be provided. You only need to bring sunscreen, water, and a positive attitude.

Classes are on Thursdays from 2:00 to 5:00 and the cost is $200 per person. Space is limited so sign-up now by calling The Blue Giraffe at 850.231.5112.

Aaron has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University. He has been painting for over 10 years and is a full time artist and graphic designer on 30A. He is also red/green and blue/violet color blind. If he can do it, you can too! Read more about Aaron Sutton by visiting our ARTISTS page and our BLOG.


We would like you to meet Rob and Ginger … they had a blast learning to paint with Aaron while recently vacationing on 30A :


Testimonial from one of Aaron’s former students:

“I am an art major at Union University. For my spring break I got to spend a couple of hours meeting Mr. Aaron Sutton as well as painting with him at a local park on the beach. I am not an experienced painter, but it is one form of art that I enjoy doing. I have taken a couple of art lessons and classes while growing up, but I learned more from Mr. Sutton in just one lesson. I enjoyed viewing his work that was in his gallery as well as a few current pieces he was working on. He guided me while I painted a landscape of the beach. I got to experience techniques that he uses himself, which were very new to me. I had a great time and I was impressed that I painted the painting I did. Mr. Sutton was not only a good teacher, but also very encouraging and intentional. As an art student i appreciated that because pursuing art as a career is my goal and it is usually not an easy one. As soon as I got back home I bought certain things Mr. Sutton uses and I am now practicing the methods and techniques that he practiced with me. Overall my experience with him has given me way more confidence as a painter and helped me explore things about paint I did not know before.”  – Kenzie Carter


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