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

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

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

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

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


Find this ad in The Walton Sun on June 29, 2013:

Karen White Author Event – ‘Grit Lit’ in The Walton Sun

Karen White Author Event – ‘Grit Lit’ in The Walton Sun
Interview with the Author – Special to The Walton Sun by Deborah Wheeler.

Karen White, a part-time resident of the WaterColor community, has penned her 16th novel — “The Time Between” — and will be reading from it and signing copies at The Blue Giraffe on June 25.

White said her latest work spans between 1944 Hungary to modern-day South Carolina. “It’s about sisters and forgiveness,” she said. The idea for the book came through an article the author came across in a newspaper a few years back.

The article was about two sisters who escaped Hungary in 1944, never married, lived in the same house together and were very socially active in their community. However, the sisters suddenly became reclusive, and a couple of years later, both were found dead in their home within days of each other. “Obviously something happened to make them become reclusive, and while I didn’t know what it was, it sparked my imagination and I made up my own story. So, it is a work of fiction,” White said. White doesn’t have a sister, but her mother had five and she always enjoyed sitting in on their sisterly talks and watching their close interactions. “I always wished I had a sister and the way sisters interact intrigues me,” she said.

A native of “nowhere” while growing up, White lived all over the world, with the longest time spent in one place — the seven years she lived in London. A constant, though, were summers spent with her grandmother in DeFuniak Springs. So, it became a given that she would bring her own family to vacation in South Walton. White says reading has always been her favorite thing to do. She describes writing as a dream that she never took seriously even though she still remembers a teacher telling her “You’re so creative, you should write!” Instead, she went into the field of business management until her daughter was born and she moved from Washington, D.C., toAtlanta. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she began writing her first novel in 1996 just to see if she could. “In the Shadow of the Moon” took three years to complete and came out in 2000. She entered it in a literary contest and was thrilled when it won. One of the judges was an agent who asked to represent her. “In the Shadow of the Moon” was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for national contests including two more RITAs and the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Association) Fiction Book of the Year. She has also twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for “Learning to Breathe” and “On Folly Beach.”

She enjoys writing what she refers to as “grit lit” — Southern women’s fiction. However, White’s creative writing sparks could be ignited by almost anything, she said, such as someone saying something interesting, or a picture she might see in a coffee table book. Her interests are varied and easily inspired.

“I know when I get a tingly feeling that I am on to something,” she said. That tingly feeling has paid off as the author’s work has made it onto the New York Times Best Sellers list twice. “That achievement came as a complete surprise, but it is good to know that more than family and friends are buying my work,” she said. Her 2012 releases, “Sea Change” and “After the Rain” debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number 12 and 14 respectively. Her fourth and final book in her Tradd Street series, “Return toTradd Street,” is scheduled for publication in January 2014.

Debbie Taylor, who co-owns The Blue Giraffe at WaterColor with daughter Christi Sheffield, said White’s publisher contacted The Blue Giraffe to be a part of a multi-city national tour as the author debuts this first hardcover and novel, “The Time Between.” “”The Time Between” is by far one of the best books I have read in many years,” Sheffield said. “I started reading it on a Monday night and was finished by Thursday night. I literally stayed up reading past midnight every night because I didn’t want to put it down. What a beautifully written and enthralling story with such an important life message. We are thrilled to be part of her national book signing tour.”

White will read an excerpt from the book, followed by a short Q&A session before the signing. The event begins at 10 a.m.

Published in The Walton Sun 6-22-13