We are excited to announce that Andy was commissioned to create a mandolin assemblage piece for Mandolino’s Artisan Pizza, which opened last month. It’s in a beautifully restored space located in the heart of Davidson’s Historic District, about 30 minutes north of Charlotte. Executive Chef Bill Schutz has created a menu of carefully-sourced ingredients reflecting his Italian family heritage. The sheet pan pizza is scratch-made and brick-oven baked, a style historically known as “Grandma’s Pizza.” When you have an opportunity to visit, you’ll see Andy’s mandolin piece hanging in the dining room!
Mandolino’s Artisan Pizza
206 South Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
Andy just released limited edition canvas prints! The first two available are Deep Blue Octopus and Southern Wildflowers. Each canvas print is 20×20 inches, stretched over a 1 1/2 inch wooden frame. They are $275 each. The canvas prints are available at Andy’s gallery, or you can call him at (850) 502-0072 to have one shipped.
Although he didn’t officially launch his art career until March 2010, can you guess when Andy’s first art show in South Walton was held? If his dated outfit and hairstyle don’t give you a clue, I’ll tell you… March 4, 2005!
Andy and I grew up on the Emerald Coast, but moved away for a few years after we got married. When we moved back to the area in 2004, we reconnected with Arix Zalace, our friend from high school. Andy and Arix were both experimenting with mixed media assemblage art and discussed doing a show together. Arix had a connection with a homeowner in Seaside who was excited about opening her home for an art show. Of course, art was still only a hobby for Andy back in 2005, but this was a good opportunity to get his feet wet in the business.
I get nostalgic looking at these old photos. Andy has developed his skills so much in the past 13 years! If someone had told me that night that we’d someday have a gallery in Grayton Beach and that Andy would be a full-time artist, I don’t think I would have dared to believe them. We’re thankful for these humble beginnings.
If you’ve been to the Mirror Maze in Pier Park, you’ve surely noticed the gigantic mural on their walls. This was one of Andy’s first big commissions. He painted it in October 2008, long before being a professional working artist was on his radar. (I’d say that painting this mural was what really motivated him to pursue being a full-time artist, although his first official introduction to the public was at an art festival in March 2010.)
Andy’s mural at the Mirror Maze in Pier Park is 12 feet tall and 65 feet wide. It’s loosely based on Pier Park itself, featuring coastal architecture, palm trees, and the nearby beach. His signature can be found beside a palm tree by the front door.
Next time you visit Pier Park, stop by Mirror Maze and check it out!
South Walton artist Kyle Paxton is currently working on “FACES of SANTA ROSA.” It’s an exhibit featuring between 10 to 20 portraits; sharing the stories of the day-to-day people of Santa Rosa Beach/South Walton. He desires to capture the people who make Santa Rosa Beach what it is today; as a unique place to live, work, and visit. This is part of his mission for culture care; to leave a deposit of work to benefit his community and even those beyond. He desires this show to be one of the most significant exhibits for his local community. It will be his biggest show to date.
In Kyle’s words: “I’ve known Andy as a fellow artist, friend, and surf buddy for the past couple years. Andy is considered one of the most well-known artists in South Walton. I guess it makes sense he received the 2013 South Walton Artist of the Year and Best Local Artist three years in a row. Not only is Andy highly acclaimed in the local arts, but he is a great person. I can’t imagine the faith it took for him and his wife, Lori, to jump from a stable job to pursuing a fine art career with their 5th child on the way. His faith, his commitment to family, and his craft inspires me. Though his art is obviously important, one must appreciate his passion for surfing and his connection to the ocean to fully understand him. This permeates his work and life – being in the moment and letting each wave take him where he needs to go. I must add that Andy is probably the best surfer I know. Andy, the great artist and the inspiring person. I believe he deserves such recognition.”
We are honored that Kyle selected Andy as one of his portraits for FACES of SANTA ROSA! We can’t wait to see who else will be represented in this collection. Given Kyle’s incredible talent, it’s going to be an amazing show. Kyle is a kind, genuine, and humble guy. We are excited to see the opportunities this project will generate for him. As the date for the exhibit approaches later in 2018, we will be sure to share the details with you so you can make plans to attend the opening. In the meantime, check out Kyle and his work:
The 2018 30A Songwriters Festival will be held January 12th-15th! The ninth annual weekend event will feature over 175 artists performing at multiple venues along 30A in South Walton. Tickets can be purchased here. For those attending, be on the lookout for Andy’s backdrop, shown below. If you see it at The Lakehouse in WaterColor (one of the 25+ venues), be sure to tag Andy in your social media posts.