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Harding Art Show 2017

Harding Art Show 2017

Last week, Andy participated in the Harding Art Show 2017. This was his fourth time to do this show, now in its 42nd year. This is Harding Academy’s biggest fundraiser, and it attracts over 3000 visitors. We were honored to have Andy included again! Plus, it was a great excuse to visit our daughter, who now lives just outside Nashville. Below are some of our artist friends, both new and old. Check out their web sites (by clicking on their photos) and please tell them we said hello.

Andy Saczynski
Andy’s booth, obviously
Amber Wallace
Amy Crews
Blaire Wheeler
Brian Nash
Caleb Groh
Cassi Wright + her boyfriend
Christina Cohn
Grant Garmezy
Hannah Lane + her husband
Jacqueline Saporiti
Kent Youngstrom + his daughter
Lauren Dunn
McKenzie Dove
Melanie Morris
Robin Cooper
Ryan Gothrup
Sarah Kaufman
Valentina Harper
Vicki Denaburg
Woody Patterson

Where to Find Fish in Destin

So, you’re planning a vacation and you need to know where to find fish in Destin? This post is for you.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park where to find fish in DestinGo to the Gulfarium
Since August 1955, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park has been a great place to see marine life up-close, where education and entertainment come together for a unique experience. It’s about 10 minutes west of the Destin harbor. The whole family will enjoy the Gulfarium!

Go Snorkeling
There are quite a few good places to snorkel around Destin. Three popular spots are the jetties, Gulf Islands National Seashore, and South Walton’s artificial reef.

Go Fishing
If you’d rather catch fish than swim with them, you’re in the right place. Destin didn’t get the nickname “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for no reason! Try the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, the jetties, or right from the beach. If you choose the beach, be respectful of people swimming! Nobody likes swimming next to fish guts.

Rent a Boat
If you’re vacationing in Destin, I suggest renting a boat to access the best fishing spots. Don’t wait until the last minute! Boating is very popular here, and boats sometimes get booked months in advance.

Fishing Charters
If you’d rather take the guesswork out of it, a charter boat will be your best bet. It’ll cost you more money, but you’ll have local experts lead you to the right places.

Fishing Report
If you’re a fishing enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to use this chart, which tells you what you can find both inshore and offshore in the Destin area throughout the year.

Visit Andy’s Art Gallery
If you like fish, you should definitely make a trip to Andy’s Grayton Beach art gallery, which is located 20 minutes east of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets. He has some beautiful fish art, most of which are mixed media assemblage pieces that really need to be seen in person to fully appreciate. For example, here are a few pieces available for purchase now:

Andy Saczynski mixed media fish art assemblage fish art mahi mahi art
Mahi Mahi ($2500) | 80×33 inches
Andy Saczynski mixed media fish art assemblage fish art mahi mahi art
Blue Mahi ($975) | 62×24 inches
Andy Saczynski mixed media fish art assemblage fish art guppy art
Guppy ($1200) | 54×36 inches
Andy Saczynski mixed media fish art assemblage fish art anglerfish art
Monty ($2800) | 70×50 inches
Andy Saczynski mixed media fish art assemblage fish art lionfish art
Liono ($1200) | 73×37 inches

If you have any questions about this artwork or want to make a purchase, call Andy directly at (850) 502-0072.

Beach Art

Destin FloridaI was recently at the beach and a family visiting from Tennessee sat near us. When they realized we lived here, they asked, “Do you ever get sick of the beach?” My answer? Absolutely not. This view never gets old. Rarely does a day pass that I don’t at least drive by for a glimpse of that turquoise water and sugar white sand. Before I moved here in 1990, I visited several times each year. It was always so hard to leave! So, for those of you who do not call our shores home, I feel your pain. A week vacation is hardly enough time.

One way to bring the beach home with you is beach art. At the moment, Andy has seven “beach art” options:

Andy Saczynski beach art
Dunescape ($1800) | 61×37 inches

Dunescape is Andy’s loose interpretation of WaterSound. If you’ve ever seen their boardwalks winding through the dunes, you know this place is magical.

Andy Saczynski beach art
Gulf Coast Daydream ($700) | 36×24 inches

If your idea of heaven is spending the day in a beach chair listening the waves lap on the sand, Gulf Coast Daydream might have your name all over it. This painted photography on canvas is a collaboration between Andy and local photographer Ryan Manthey, as are the next three pieces. (Read more about their collaboration in VIE Magazine.)

Andy Saczynski beach art
Afternoon Showers ($1900) | 60×40 inches

If you’ve driven down scenic 30A, you’ve surely noticed the trees surrounding Western Lake. This scene is a favorite for both artists and photographers. Afternoon Showers would look fabulous on a big, open wall.

Andy Saczynski beach art
Painted Sunset ($1300) | 60×20 inches

Don’t have that much wall space available? Painted Sunset would fit perfectly over a sofa or bed.

Andy Saczynski beach art
Seaside ($1900) | 60×40 inches

One of 30A’s most well-known structures is Seaside‘s Coleman pavilion. Oh, Seaside… it never gets old, does it?

Andy Saczynski beach art
Mermaid Dreaming About Longboarding ($1900) | 62×23 inches

If you prefer something whimsical, how about a mermaid on a longboard playing a cello and a violin while drinking coffee… wait, what?! There’s so much going on in this fun piece!

Andy Saczynski beach art
Surfer Girl ($875) | 20×53 inches

Last but not least, we have Surfer Girl. Don’t be misled by the colors… she most definitely does NOT have the blues!

If you would like to purchase any of the above pieces of Andy’s beach art, give him a call at (850) 502-0072.

Reinvented Jewel now available at Andy’s gallery!

Reinvented JewelWe have a special announcement… Reinvented Jewel is now available at Andy’s gallery!

Local designer Lori Priest uses vintage materials to create wearable art. She is a fashion design major who loves vintage and industrial glam. She uses vintage and/or industrial items that are unique and could have an interesting past. 

Lori’s use of different materials creates a textural quality – such as rhinestones, fur, chains, leather, bridal lace, and antique pins. She also loves patina, which you’ll find on several of her pieces. Don’t worry – her jewelry is sealed.

The Reinvented Jewel collection includes necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, rings, and hair clips.

Because Andy uses repurposed and reclaimed materials in his artwork, we thought Lori’s jewelry would be a perfect addition to the gallery. Come by and see it in person! You can also find Reinvented Jewel on Etsy and Instagram.

Grayton Beach Ice Cream Shop Opens

Great news for ice cream lovers on 30A! A Grayton Beach ice cream shop just opened in Uptown Grayton! Andy was commissioned to hand-letter their logo. Rumor is that t-shirts featuring this logo may be available by this summer. The Grayton Cone is located at 29 Uptown Grayton Circle, right beside Bad Ass Coffee. They will be serving both Working Cow Homemade Ice Cream and Edy’s Ice Cream. You can find them on both Facebook and Instagram. Thank you for supporting local businesses!

Grayton Beach ice cream the grayton cone logo

Snowboarder Art

Check out this custom snowboarder art Andy just finished! A family gave Andy a photo of their daughter in Park City, Utah. They said they wanted a mixed media piece based on this photo. Luckily, a friend had donated an old snowboard to Andy awhile back. Lucky coincidence, huh?

snowboarder art

This life-size piece is 37 inches wide (with the board), and 63 inches tall. The Chicago Blackhawks logo is attached to a record player and still has the ability to spin. Pretty fun piece!

Mahi Mahi Mixed Media

Andy’s most recent assemblage art is a mahi mahi mixed media piece. In addition to layered wood and house paint, a few unusual and unexpected found objects were included. If you take a closer look, you’ll find items such as…

  • antique luggage
  • antique egg beater
  • old vise grip
  • door lock
  • parts of one of Andy’s “tree easels”

This is one piece you definitely need to see in person to fully appreciate. Come by Andy’s Grayton Beach gallery during regular business hours (weekdays 10 AM – 5 PM or Saturdays by appointment).

Mahi Mahi Mixed Media Andy Saczynski
Mahi Mahi | $2500 | 80×33 inches

Mahi Mixed Media

Mahi Mixed Media

Mahi Mixed Media

Win this Painting at “Living Loved” with Lysa TerKeurst

Join us on April 7th, 5:30-9:30 PM, at Destiny Worship Center for LIVING LOVED with guest speaker Lysa TerKeurst! $10 raffle tickets may be purchased at the event with an opportunity to win this original painting valued at $1800. Winner will be announced at 9:30 PM. Proceeds will go to local pregnancy support and adoption support via Bethany Christian Services on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

original painting by Andy Saczynski
original painting by Andy Saczynski, valued at $1800 (61×25 inches)

living loved

living loved at Destiny Worship Center

Flower Paintings

This week Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. But it sure doesn’t feel that way on the Emerald Coast! We’ve had one of the mildest winters I can remember and we’ve barely worn our jackets. No complaints from us! With spring just around the corner, I thought it was an appropriate time to share a few of Andy’s flower paintings.

The first four are traditional floral paintings.

Andy Saczynski flower paintings
February Wildflowers | $875 | 36×36 inches
Andy Saczynski flower paintings
Wildflowers (triptych) | $2800 | 25×49 inches each
Andy Saczynski flower paintings
Blue Blooms (triptych) | $3200 | 25×50 inches each
Andy Saczynski flower paintings
Overflowing Fruit and Flowers | $700 | 49×32 inches

The next one combines flowers with the ocean, which makes no sense but I love it anyway. Why wouldn’t a whale leave a trail of flowers? Haha!

Andy Saczynski flower paintings
Whale Song 2 | $975 | 49×31 inches

Andy loves surfing (and paddleboarding when it’s flat), so he painted two ladies doing likewise.

Andy Saczynski flower paintings
Surfer Girl | $875 | 20×53 inches
Andy Saczynski flower paintings
Mermaid Dreaming About Longboarding | $2600 | 62×23 inches

He also painted two fun ladies wearing sunglasses, both with a California vibe. Notice the CA state bird in the diptych?

Andy Saczynski flower paintings
Head Over Heels | $875 | 25×41 inches
Andy Saczynski flower paintings
Valley Quail and Girl (diptych)| $500 | 18×26 inches each

Last but not least, I really like this Garden of Eden diptych. Eve is so pretty, and who doesn’t like a man with a beard?!

Andy Saczynski flower paintings
Adam and Eve | $900 for set | 17×49 inches each

If you are interested in purchasing any of the above flower paintings, call Andy at (850) 502-0072.