Local Artist Allison Wickey Opens New Gallery At The Hub

June 27, 2016 by Sarah Robertson

The HUB is already well known for its dynamic dining and live music lineup. Now, next door to its entertainment epicenter, guests can get their shop on. Among the new retail spots is a creative space from local artist Allison Wickey that definitely stands out: A Wickey Studio Gallery.

Allison was honored as the 2011 South Walton Artist of the Year, and she has made a big impact on the art community in SoWal. When we enjoy a sunset, trying to capture its beauty with our smart phone cameras, it tends to fall short. Allison's artwork truly captures the unparalleled beauty of SoWal's coastal geography. Her well-honed technique is layered and her expressions echo truth. They expertly capture nature's mood and the result is powerful.

For any of us who spend time in South Walton, we know it is a place where artistic spirits gravitate. Allison and her family made the leap in 2007, moving here from Illinois. She began experimenting with her favorite mediums and materials and quickly found her rhythm.

Allison's new gallery features all her own works as well as jewelry and t-shirts showcasing her most popular paintings. While her creations honoring our beaches, coastal lakes, and sea life put her on the map, Allison is also now developing her abstract works. These pieces are created in a freestyle method – a stream of consciousness that comes from pure emotion. The result is palpable and admirers respond to the raw feelings they evoke.

Allison's visions come in towering week-long waves where she feels she could paint 24 hours a day straight.

“I try not to force it when it's not there” she shares.

And while life as a SoWal local is in her blood now, Allison still gets a lot of inspiration from travel.

“It's a time to recharge my brain” she explained. She soaks it all in, reveling in texture, structure, and colors from the cities she visits.

The new gallery space itself is full of light with impressive 12 foot ceilings. Her larger format pieces line the walls, beckoning guests to stop, pause, and soak them in. Visit and see for yourself the art that was born in SoWal! Like the artist herself, this is a serene place – always championing the importance of contemplation and reflection.

Located at 7000 East Scenic 30A in the group of shops on the east end of The Hub. Open Monday through Saturdays 10 am – 6 pm. For more information call 850.420.8419.


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Sarah Robertson

After years of May and October visits to South Walton, Sarah Murphy Robertson and her husband and young son made the leap to become locals in March 2011. Along with long lazy days spent beachside, Sarah also loves watching documentaries, voracious reading, spinning a witty pun, and homemade bread just out of the oven.

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