The 30A Gallery Trail - Must Visit Artists in South Walton FL
January 15, 2022 by SoWal Staff
South Walton has always attracted creative types who are drawn to our sand and surf, wildlife, landscapes and epic sunsets.
Artists, craftsmen, builders and dreamers are attracted to the saltwater, dunes, forests, marshes, and precious coastal dune lakes we call home. And some were even born here. Our latest SoWal List is a "gallery trail" along Scenic 30A (west to east) with well-known, award-winning, much-loved local artists. If you look behind the brush, tool, or camera you'll see that each artist is a valuable part of the fabric of our community, who often give their time and talents to help promote awareness and raise funds for our local organizations and causes.
Chroma - Kathleen Broaderick, Santa Rosa Beach
Kathleen started painting during her last semester at FSU when she filled an extra slot in her schedule with a watercolor class. She has been a student of art ever since. While living in England, Chicago and Stuart, FL she took art classes & workshops whenever she could. After moving to the Emerald Coast in 2000, Kathleen is now, a full-time artist, she wakes up early to paint or walk on the beach for inspiration.
As a former elementary school art teacher, CHROMA allows Kathleen to combine her personal art studio and love of teaching in one place. Her acrylic painting classes are ongoing and include materials and step-by-step instruction. No experience necessary.
Justin Gaffrey Gallery - Justin Gaffrey, Blue Mountain Beach
Justin’s primary body of works is executed in heavy acrylic impastos often 1-6 inches thick. Justin works in his studio outfitted with a full metal and wood working shop creating sculpture and sculptural paintings. Justin's work is loose and expressive, yet involves intense study and practice.
As a self-taught artist, his work challenges the norms of art, pushing boundaries is usually the only way he will be satisfied. His work is constantly changing like a moving target, making it hard to pinpoint any particular genre or theme of art. His earlier works have inspired a path for many impasto acrylic painters.
Moon Creek Gallery - Kurt Lischka, Grayton Beach
Photography by Kurt is decorating many walls and has been published in a wide variety of publications including numerous books, The New York Times, National Geographic Travel, Southern Living, Conde Nast Traveler, and the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
Kurt is known for vibrant beach scenes, nature-based abstracts, and images of South Walton’s unique ecosystem of dunes, the Gulf, backwaters, coastal dune lakes, nature and wildlife. He’s been taking photos in South Walton since 1988 and founded SoWal.com in 2003 to share his photos with beach lovers everywhere. Repeatedly voted "Best Beach Photographer" in South Walton, including 2020.
Saczynski Gallery - Andy Saczynski, Grayton Beach
Andy took art while at SoWal High and hasn’t stopped creating since. He is well known for his mixed-media assemblage art. His style includes characteristics of cubism, folk art, and outsider art. He primarily works with house paint, found objects, recycled musical instruments, reclaimed wood, and repurposed materials.
He loves the process of giving new life and purpose to broken, unwanted, and discarded objects. He finds his inspiration from surfing, music, Florida's coastal landscape, and wildlife. Andy and his wife have called Florida's Emerald Coast home since childhood. They married in 1999 and have five children. In his free time, you will likely find him surfing.
Fusion Art Glass - Russ Gilbert, Seaside
Russ began working with glass in 1979 using the lampworking (torch) technique with clear borosilicate glass. He learned the art of shaping glass with the torch through trial and error and attending workshops with some of the world’s best lampworking artists. After almost 30 years of working with a torch, he began creating blown pieces with furnace work.
Russ creates unique, eye catching and high-quality blown glass as well as flame-work designs- always focusing on naturalistic styles and themes. In 1996, Russ opened his first gallery in Seaside. One of the first all glass galleries in the United States, looking to create a space for himself and other glass artisans to display their work and bring contemporary design to the Gulf Coast. He is responsible for introducing dozens of established and emerging glass artists to collectors across the country.
Adaro Art & Design Gallery - Juan Francisco Adaro
Francisco is an artist of all visual media, however, he is most well known as a painter whose signature painting style is the utilization of oil, watercolor, industrial paint, gesso, and acrylic in a chaotic freestyle form.
Francisco was born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His passion for art began when he was old enough to pick up a pencil. As a teenager he used to drive around in his mobile gallery, which consisted of an old motorcycle with a ladder strapped to its side and some baskets with his painting supplies and paint murals in the streets or draw and sell single line drawings to tourists.
Enjoy visiting some of our favorite 30A artists on our latest SoWal List while you are visiting South Walton. Let us know your own favorite gallery or SoWal artist. Check the SoWal Shopping Guide for more places to find art in South Walton.