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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Applications are open for the Heritage Arts area of the Festival. The area is always an extremely popular area offering learning and sharing experiences combined with the unique artistry of objects crafted as they were in times past. Located in the Pensacola Historical Village, GGAF Heritage Arts area is nestled along Zaragosa Street and on the grounds of historical buildings.

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