2018 Poster Design Selected

Posted September 07, 2018

Michelle Corley’s worked for 23 years as a graphic designer and art director in the advertising world. An internship during her studies at a small Louisiana college opened the door to life at an ad agency and she’s never looked back. Throughout her career, she’s worked in practically every facet of advertising design, from logo development to digital design and broadcast production. Winner of multiple industry awards, she currently works to use her powers for good as Art Director for Duncan McCall Advertising in Pensacola. She also serves on the board and handles design work for Choral Society of Pensacola.

While she’s grateful her poster design was selected, Michelle’s not quite comfortable being labeled an artist because at the end of the day she doesn’t consider herself one. “I solve communication problems. Those talented people who allow the world to inspire them and then express that inspiration through their fingertips, a paintbrush, or the sharpened end of a pencil – they’re the artists.”

Born and raised in Louisiana, Michelle’s called the Pensacola area home for 20 years.

The design is turned into a limited-edition poster, t-shirts, and other items which will be available for sale at the festival. The poster and shirts have become local collector’s items. The only way to get them is at the Festival.


2018 Invited International Artist: Abigail Nnaji

Posted August 08, 2018

The 2018 Invited International Artist is Abigail Nnaji, an artist from Abuja, Nigeria. Her style is influenced by the academic and constant exposure through cultural interactions. She believes that expression should not be restrictive, rather a freedom of exploration should be employed in the creative process.

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2018 Emerging Artists Announced

Posted May 31, 2018

James Amerson

A ceramicist and a photographer have been chosen as the 2018 Great Gulf Coast Emerging Artists this year. James Amerson of Pensacola uses a combination of ceramic techniques to create his unique sculptures. Lawrence Lazare, also of Pensacola, is a landscape and street photographer whose works suggest the grandeur of nature and the role of the human within it. 

The two artists will share a booth on O’Keeffe Alley at this year’s Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Nov. 2-4.

Lawrence Lazare

This is the third year for GGAF’s Emerging Artists program. The program is designed to introduce new artists to the art festival scene. Each year, two artists from the Escambia/Santa Rosa County area are chosen to participate. GGAF waives their booth fee and provides the booth that they will share.

The two Emerging Artists also are required to make at least one presentation about their art at a school in either Escambia or Santa Rosa County.


2017 Artist Awards

Posted November 05, 2017

Harold Miller, Sculpture, Turner 8

Gloria McRoberts, Fiber/Leather, Rodin 11
Jodi Perry, Painting, Picasso 21
Thomas Dumke, Wood, Warhol 5
Vern Yan, Fiber/Leather, Warhol 12
Jon Smith, Painting, Dali 4

Jeannie Maddox, Painting, Lewis 1
Don McWhorter, Ceramics, Renoir 5
Aaron Hequembourg, Mixed Media, Renoir 4
Guilloume, Sculpture, Warhol 31
Scott Hartley, Painting, Renoir 8

Rosario Garcia, Jewelry, Darby 3
Nicario Jimenez, Mixed Media, Warhol 13
Steve Edgar, Fiber/Leather, Dali 9
Michael Bond, Printmaking/Graphics, Warhol 6
Janine Monroe, Painting, Miro 16

Steven Olszewski, Sculpture, Picasso 25
Russell Grace, Photography, Dali 14
Mark Grosser, Jewelry, Warhol 9/10
Bobby Goldsmith, Drawing, O’Keeffe 5
Whitney Powell, Fiber/Leather, Picasso 4

Mark & Carol Reynolds, Sculpture, Picasso 18
Randal Spangler, Drawing, O’Keeffe 4
Timothy Sullivan, Ceramics, Rodin 21
Jean Yao, Fiber/Leather, Renoir 3
John Kellum, Ceramics, Picasso 6


GGAF International Artist Yume Matsuo on WUWF

Posted November 01, 2017

WUWF's Sandra Averhart talks with Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival 2017 Invited International Artist Yume Matsuo from Waykayama , Japan. Reaching World Peace By Making Circles.

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2017 Invited International Artist: Yume Matsuo

Posted September 18, 2017

The 2017 Invited International Artist is Yume Matsuo, an artist from Japan. Born in 1986, Yume began drawing in her early childhood. Yume's home state, Wakayama, is the sister state of Florida.

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2017 Poster Design Selected

Posted September 08, 2017

A design by Daniela de Castro Sucre has been selected for the Festival Poster for 2017. Daniela was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Daniela has been painting since she was 7 years old. She is currently studying Graphic Design at Pensacola State College and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. Daniela is proficient in realistic oil painting, but she considers herself a multimedia artist. Through her studies, Daniela now has a newfound interest for graphic design.

Daniela moved to the United States in 2006 to attend high school, and a few years later moved again to Madrid, Spain. While in Madrid, she met her now husband, Tyler Long, who grew up in Pensacola. They both relocated to Pensacola in 2015.

The design is turned into a limited-edition poster, t-shirts, and other items which will be available for sale at the festival. The poster and shirts have become local collector’s items. The only way to get them is at the Festival.



2017 Emerging Artists Announced

Posted August 23, 2017

Emerging Artists for 2017 are Kelsi Adams of Navarre, FL and Christopher Mills of Pensacola, FL. 

Each artist will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the 2017 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and work with a mentor to help them navigate the festival. The mentors this year are local photographers Marty Campbell and Jim McDade, both with Marty Campbell Gallery and Frame Shop in Gulf Breeze.


Kelsi Adams

Kelsi Adams is an artist, designer, wife and mother. Raised in northwest Florida, she attended Pensacola State College and earned her A.S. in Graphic Design in 2015. Kelsi’s artistic journey however, began in 2010 in a concert photo pit in North Carolina. She fell in love with the challenge of capturing the theatrics of the show, and like all of the things that go into putting on a great show, she uses her experiences in photography and design to create a unique esthetic of storytelling through her artwork.  

Inspired by our history as a species, our mythologies and fairytales, and most of all our achievements as mankind, she dedicates her work to the tiny moments of invincibility of the human spirit. She uses the ancient art form of storytelling with the modern tools of photography to create unique and theatrical landscapes and characters out of real world objects and people. Her interpretations of the best of the human spirit are personal statements made to stimulate and inspire the emotions of independence, defiance and freedom, while commenting on the relationship we have with the world around us.


Christopher Mills

Christopher Mills is an artist who uses digital and analog photography as his medium.  He lived around the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains of Virginia for 20 years before moving to Florida.  Although he took the mountains for granted when he lived there, he now returns every chance he gets to explore and photograph the mountains and trails.  Nature plays a major role in most of his work, and is the inspiration for his In to the Forest and Dark Forest series.

Christopher holds an A.S. degree in Photographic Technologies from Pensacola State College and is currently working toward a BFA at the University of West Florida.  He has won many awards with his photography and digital imaging including 1st place in the 2016 juried members show at the Pensacola Museum of Art and multiple awards at Artel Gallery including Best of Show, 1st place, 2nd place, juror’s awards and honorable mentions.  He has also won  awards from the Power of Photography Show held by the Wide Angle Photo Club.  Christopher has had two solo shows in 2016 with the first being his Xrays series in the awards alcove at Artel Gallery during January & February 2016 and second his In to the Forest series was shown at Marty Campbell Gallery June-July 2016.


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