The 30A Songwriters Festival silent auction site is live and bidding is now available! This is your opportunity to own a piece of 30A Songwriters Festival history in the form a huge painting by Andy. This backdrop was painted for the 2012 festival and used as a stage backdrop the past few years. The auction benefits the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.
Captain Cliff Cox runs Sweet Jody Fishing, one of Destin’s most popular deep sea fishing boats. When he and his wife April approached Andy about featuring his art on their Sweet Jody Fishing shirts, Andy happily agreed. They requested a “funky red grouper,” which made Andy even happier. If you look closely, you can see that Andy included squid and octopus tentacles, tiny fish, shrimp, hearts, waves, and a crescent moon. Andy gave Cliff and April the original artwork to keep, and they had their designers put it on their new line of short- and long-sleeve shirts. The shirts are available in a variety of colors (see photos below). Short-sleeve shirts are $25 and long-sleeve shirts are $30. To purchase a shirt, stop by their booth at 210 Harbor Boulevard in Destin. Not local? No problem! To order, contact Sweet Jody Fishing at SweetJodyFishing@gmail.com or (850) 650-2500.
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If you pick up a copy of the VIE Magazine November 2017 “Art & Culture” issue, you’ll probably recognize the art on the cover! It’s Andy’s Poetic Composition, which is assemblage art measuring 26×48 inches. We are so thankful and honored to have been chosen to represent this issue. Tori Phelps wrote a wonderful 6-page article about Andy, which we feel really captures the heart of who he is and what he does. And Brenna Kneiss’ photos are beautiful! Thank you so much, ladies. We really appreciate it!
The magazine is on newsstands now, so be sure to grab a copy. You may also read the article here.
Please join Andy at the Fairhope Art Walk on October 6, 2017. He will be showing his art at Bellator Real Estate, located at 217 Fairhope Avenue. Stop by between 5:00-8:00 PM to meet Andy, watch him work on a new painting, and have an opportunity to purchase some of his recent pieces. Perks: free admission, Big Beach Brewery samplings, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and music. We look forward to seeing you there! (Invite your friends!)
Andy is always evolving as an artist, experimenting with new subject matter and techniques. It isn’t that he hasn’t figured out what “his thing” is – it’s that “his thing” isn’t limited. Every time he gets a creative idea, he puts it into action. Most recently he’s been creating new abstract paintings. This, of course, is very different from what he usually creates, but he’s having so much fun with it. This post highlights some of his new abstract paintings.
If you would like to purchase any of these paintings, please call Andy directly at (850) 502-0072.
Andy uses random found objects and antiques to create assemblage face and mask art. Of course, these masks aren’t costumes and can’t be worn. Instead, they are dimensional wall art. People love these masks! He’s made so many over the years, varying in size and craziness. Just last week a customer bought an especially wild one. He said, “Make it so bizarre that people who see it in my house wonder if they should be there.” Haha! That was a very fun project for Andy! Here are a few masks available now…
Our family enjoyed our first Washington vacation June 17th-28th. Andy went with his family 25 years ago, and hadn’t been to the Pacific Northwest since. The rest of us had never been there. So when we were invited to join my extended family on Orcas Island, we jumped at the opportunity. We also extended our trip by a few days so we could explore Olympic National Park and Seattle. Below is a breakdown of what we did each day, with photos below.
- June 17 – Anacortes and Orcas Island (I definitely recommend the house we stayed in!)
- June 18 – Mountain Lake Loop at Moran State Park and Crescent Beach
- June 19 – Cascade Falls Trail and Cascade Lake at Moran State Park
- June 20 – Outer Island Excursions whale watching tour in Strait of Georgia northwest of Vancouver (arranged by The Isla Vida Group) and drive up Mount Constitution
- June 21 – Indian Island at low tide, part of Mountain Lake Loop & Twin Lakes trail at Moran State Park, and Obstruction Pass State Park
- June 22 – kayak tour of Sucia Island (arranged by The Isla Vida Group)
- June 23 – La Push
- June 24 – Hoh Rainforest‘s Hall of Mosses & Spruce Nature Trail, Hoh River, and La Push
- June 25 – Sol Duc Falls, Lake Crescent, Moments in Time Nature Trail, and Port Angeles
- June 26 – Hurricane Ridge and the Space Needle in Seattle
- June 27 – Seattle: Artists at Play, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pike Place Market, and Olympic Sculpture Park
- June 28 – Seattle: Pike Place Market
The craziest thing happened our first night on Orcas Island! We were tired after a long day of traveling, and decided to eat dinner at The White Horse Pub. While we were standing at the hostess stand waiting for a table, Andy said, “Hey, is that Kevin’s wife?” Before it registered what he had said, he was walking towards a woman. I thought, “Oh, geez. He’s going to embarrass himself.” Sure enough, he said, “Aren’t you Kevin’s wife?” Just as he did that, in walked our friend Kevin from high school! How was it possible that we were 3,000 miles from home and just happened to be in the same restaurant, at the same time, as our childhood friend?! These sort of things don’t happen often, but it’s awesome when they do! Kevin’s family lives in Seattle and they were camping on Ocras Island the same time we were there. Crazy, right?!
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Even though our Washington vacation was awesome, Andy really missed being at the gallery for two weeks. He was excited to get back to work yesterday, full of new creative inspiration from our trip. If you came by while he was gone, you would have had the chance to meet Lori of Reinvented Jewel. You’ll be seeing more of her in the future, as she’ll be creating her jewelry at the gallery whenever Andy has the day off. We are thankful for her, as it allows us to have extended business hours at the gallery.
Baytowne Provisions opened this week in The Village of Baytowne Wharf, and you’ll find Andy’s art on their walls! This is the newest restaurant by award-winning and nationally recognized chef Jim Shirley. In addition to their traditional and specialty grilled cheese sandwiches that you love from The Melt Down on 30A, Baytowne Provisions will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, family-friendly environment. You can also enjoy a full bar offering panoramic marina views and breathtaking sunsets from their upstairs deck. It’s more than just a restaurant and bar, though! You’ll find everyday necessities, groceries, gourmet grab ‘n’ go items, and local fresh goods at their general store. They’ll be open every day, and also have accommodations for private events.