Each year, Visit South Walton honors a local artist that represents the style, sophistication and scenic beauty of South Walton to bring attention to 30A’s thriving arts community. The 2014 Artist of the Year is mosaic glass artist Mary Hong!
The Blue Giraffe discovered Mary several years ago and has been carrying her work ever since. Her passion for glass and unconventional mosaic techniques has gained her notoriety in South Walton and beyond. In November, Mary will be featured in Southern France at “A One Woman Exhibition of Contemporary Art” at the Galerie Arthe in GAUJAC.
Mary has been a professional artist for more than 20 years and has been working with glass the last 13 years. She uses dimensional glass techniques to stand glass rigidly on its edge to allow light to pass through the glass while reflecting colors and textures onto a surface.
We especially enjoy Mary’s coastal color palette, unique subjects and one-of-a-kind-style. We think Mary is the perfect choice to represent the South Walton artist community and the Artists of 30A. We invite you to stop by the Blue Giraffe to see some of her latest creations.
Jeanie Posey is more than just a fun-loving woman, she is an incredibly gifted artist who paints primarily in oil on canvas. Her artistic journey spans a lifetime, but for many years her focus was on building a successful career in the educational systems of Florida and Georgia. She likes to say that she started painting in 2009 but the fact is, she received a First Place in Portrait award at the Florida State Fair in the early ‘70s. While her artistic creativity may have been on hold for more than 40 years, it was always an integral part of who she was.
After retiring in 2007, Jeanie plunged back into the artistic world. Being a woman who not only loves to teach, but also to learn, Jeanie committed to studying under the best of the best. She credits her new level of artistic skill to her total immersion in week-long workshops with nationally-acclaimed portrait painter, Thomas Nash, expressionist artist, Michelle Torrez, and world-renowned plein air artist, Morgan Samuel Price. Learning from these master oil painters helped Jeanie hone her skills doing what she loves best – painting action portraits. Her training also taught her “how to make the color gray a hundred different ways”; knowledge that only a true artist can appreciate. One of Jeanie’s proudest accomplishments was winning the People’s Choice Award at the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance Show in 2011.
Jeanie lives in Atlanta, Georgia with Ken, her husband of 12 years, whom she met on a blind date. She likes to say she got married so she could have grandchildren “the easy way”. Jeanie has no children of her own and Ken blessed her with five grandchildren – they are her greatest joy! She and Ken live a rich and full life in Atlanta, staying busy with a variety of cultural activities. Their beautiful home in Roswell is where Jeanie paints; in fact, she turned the Great Room into the perfect studio where she can paint surrounded by their home life. It has windows that are two-stories high with beautiful lighting and two sofas, so when guests visit they are surrounded by beautiful artwork! She also has friends join her on a regular basis to paint together and inspire each other.
Jeanie and Ken also love their monthly visits to Scenic Highway 30A and staying in their vacation home in Blue Mountain Beach. Jeanie belongs to a local tennis team that keeps her busy playing her favorite sport. She is also a member of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the local Women’s Art Network and the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters. She feels blessed and humbled by the life she leads and the people who are a part of it.
The Blue Giraffe is proud to represent Jeanie Posey exclusively in the 30A area. We accept requests for commission work and will happily help you obtain a custom oil painting based on your vision, working with photographs of the things you love most. Jeanie has a passion for action portraits but also loves to paint beach scenes and our coastal dune lakes. Contact us at 850.231.5112 for more information. When you’re in the area, come by our gallery to see her amazing, original artwork and browse the variety of prints we now have available.
Below are examples of Jeanie’s beautiful oil paintings on canvas. The original piece titled “Watersound Beach” was commissioned by Larry and Debbie Taylor, co-owners of The Blue Giraffe. You can read more about Jeanie Posey on our Artists page.
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 -3:00The 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 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
The Blue Giraffe is proud to present colorblind artist, Aaron Sutton’s new series of ocean themed paintings honoring his Grandfather, Clophas Sutton (1925-2012) who served in the U.S. Navy during WW2. In each painting, Aaron struggles to discover the emotion of color in the ocean as he sees it in his own eyes and feels it in his soul. Now on display in our gallery and at The WaterColor Inn & Resort … you will need to see this collection by the gifted, local 30A artist, Aaron Sutton to appreciate the size, depth and beauty of each piece!