Art Exhibits & Presentations

NW FL State College 908 US Highway 90 West Jan. 25-26, 2019 - 8am-5pm


Alcohol Ink Paintings

Rosemary Pendery will share how to create these colorful creations, using a new and exciting technique that is becoming increasingly more and more popular: the manipulation of vibrant inks when combined with alcohol.

Art Show

The Walton County Art League will have a display of their art in Gallery 103. Art may be viewed and/or purchased directly from the artists. Some Chautauqua Teas will occur in this venue, thus adding to the ambiance of these historic events.


Veteran basket-weaver, Karen Sheehan will explain the process of making an original reed basket, using both round reed and flat reed. She will display the various materials, tools, and samples of baskets. Additionally, visitors may watch Karen weave a basket, and even try their hand at experiencing this age-old craft form.

Chautauqua Porcelain Artists

Under the direction of President Anita Harris, members will show their creations in this traditional Fine Craft genre. Their display relates to the Teas which will also be hosted at the Chautauqua Center. Come enjoy and even take home an original cup and saucer, teapot, or other trinket. 

Interactive Digital Art Grant Project

Marvin Tweedy and students from Walton County high schools will demonstrate the wave of art for future generations, incorporating laptop computers and software to integrate art into various facets of their educational experience, as well as for making new, original art.


One of our talented, Northwest Florida Jewelers will be on hand to demonstrate the art of creating a variety of jewelry, using natural resources in engaging ways.



J. Rene’e Noble, a Panhandle novelist will be on hand to promote her latest novel and talk about the other books in her series of modern-day messages for teens, not to mention the novels for her adult audience.


Jan Hannon, local soft pastel artist, will demonstrate the art of painting with soft pastels and even let visitors try their hands at this fascinating, albeit somewhat messy art-form. Pastels are inherently dusty, but layer beautifully to create an amazing sense of depth. What a great opportunity to observe a master at work!


Freeport photographer Stacy Martin will show you the ins and outs of photography over the decades, explaining the advancements of this art form to include such amazing innovations as the pinhole camera, film photography, and the current favorite—digital, not to mention the pros and cons of both black and white versus color photography. Stacy spent last summer semester in Europe studying photography, and will have some of her work on display, as well as for sale.  

Plein Air Painters:

Jackie Wagoner will head up the Plein Air painters, those intrepid artists you are sure to spot out painting around the Lake Yard and other historic locations around town. Plein Air means painting outdoors, so the paintings are quick and small and energetic. The Art Pillar will host a Wet Paint Sale, along with accompanying receptions. Some of their work will also be on display in Gallery 103. 


Ginny Liming, local potter, will share her fun, hanging pots and wall pockets, along with other hand-built and wheel-thrown pieces. Ginny will demonstrate how to add texture and character to clay.


Our local quilters’ group liaison, Lesa Harrison, will have a variety of gorgeous, hand-crafted quilts on display for your enjoyment. If you quilt and are interested in learning more about their organization, information will be available.


Spinning and Weaving

Donna Bouchard has rounded up a group of Panhandle Spinners and Weavers to demonstrate these historic skills that helped to shape the lives of our ancestors. These artisans create gorgeous textile pieces for both decoration and practical use.

Writers Group

Chaired by Dan Owens from our historic Library on the Lake Yard, the local writers’ groups will share their passion for the written word through readings and talking about how they write.


Local artisan John Lohr—well into his 90s—is a delight to talk with as he describes the art of violin-making, a hobby he took up during his mid-80s! You are sure to appreciate the intricacies of these finely-crafted instruments. If you ask, John will probably play a little tune—or if you are a musician, he may even let you try one out.

Youth Art Show

A display of art created by artists 17 and under. Some are students of local artists. Several displayed their work at the 2018 Walton County Fair, Youth Art Division. Debbie Baker and Alex Locke from the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-op will host a hands-on activity for young artists to experience their creative sides.