ArtsQuest at Seaside 2012 Photos and Video

May 14, 2012 by SoWal Staff

An expanded ArtsQuest was a resounding success as music and art was showcased in Seaside over three days. Stormy weather made way for beautiful blue skies for a Mother's Day surprise! Congratulations to Francisco Adaro who took home the prize for Best In Show.

Held every Mother’s Day weekend, ArtsQuest's main attraction is the juried fine arts show that features more than 130 participating artists exhibiting and selling their work throughout Central Square and the Seaside Lyceum. Art buyers can spend the weekend perusing booths that offer only the highest-quality work by artists who are competing for $10,000 in prizes including Best In Show and Best In Category.

The festival showcases forty of the CAA’s finest member artists in the Betty & Johnny Main Tent, hundreds of students’ work in the Walton County Student Exhibit and art demonstrations by local artists and groups like the Plein Air Painters. Attendees of all ages and skill-levels can get create their own masterpieces, either at KidZone or in one of our adult workshops, like basket weaving and watercolor. “A favorite aspect of ArtsQuest has become the workshops,” says Jennifer Steele, executive director of the CAA. “A piece of artwork created by you or your child is the best vacation keepsake I can imagine.”

For the music lover, ArtsQuest offers a diverse lineup of local and national acts in genres ranging from classical and jazz to bluegrass, pop and gypsy swing on two stages all weekend. Other live entertainment includes interactive storytelling by the Seaside Repertory Theatre and performances by 30A Dancewave.

Seaside’s existing galleries, shops, restaurants and beautiful accommodations are the perfect backdrop for South Walton’s signature arts event. ArtsQuest provides a special experience for every member of the family and continues to be an annual Mother’s Day tradition. To learn more about the Cultural Arts Alliance and ArtsQuest, visit and


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