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.
Call Andy directly at (850) 502-0072 for purchase inquiries.
So, you’re planning a vacation and you need to know where to find fish in Destin? This post is for you.
Go 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!
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.
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.
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:
If you have any questions about this artwork or want to make a purchase, call Andy directly at (850) 502-0072.
I 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:
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.
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.)
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.
Don’t have that much wall space available? Painted Sunset would fit perfectly over a sofa or bed.
One of 30A’s most well-known structures is Seaside‘s Coleman pavilion. Oh, Seaside… it never gets old, does it?
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!
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.
We 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.
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!
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?
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!
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).
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.
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.
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 loves surfing (and paddleboarding when it’s flat), so he painted two ladies doing likewise.
He also painted two fun ladies wearing sunglasses, both with a California vibe. Notice the CA state bird in the diptych?
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?!
If you are interested in purchasing any of the above flower paintings, call Andy at (850) 502-0072.