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2019 Emerging Artists Announced

Posted May 23, 2019

James Amerson

A bead artist and a painter have been chosen as the 2019 Great Gulf Coast Emerging Artists this year. Crystal King of Pensacola describes herself as a jewelry designer and beadwork artist primarily working in bead embroidery and bead weaving using glass seed beads, gemstones, and crystals.  Robert Uniacke, also of Pensacola, is a painter, whose work is inspired by local area animals such as sea turtles, crabs, fish, pelicans, and herons.  

The two artists will share a booth on O’Keeffe Alley at this year’s Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Nov. 1-3.

Lawrence Lazare

This is the fourth 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.

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2019 Invited International Artist: Esmeraldo Abalde »

The 2019 Invited International Artist is Esmeraldo Abalde, an artist from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. His style is influenced by his experiences, culture and the world around him. He paints a variety of subjects from representational to abstract, to express his deeper appreciation of the beauty around him.

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival ranked #9 by Sunshine Magazine »

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival ranked #9 in the Sunshine Artist magazine Best Art Shows list. Each year this Wisconsin-based magazine announces their 200 best art shows based on the categories of Fine Art & Design and Classic & Contemporary Crafts. This year, for the first time, Great Gulfcoast Arts Fest broke into the top ten in the Fine Art & Design category.

2019 Emerging Artists Announced  »

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, in partnership with Artel Gallery, announce the artists selected for the Emerging Artists grant program. Crystal King of Pensacola describes herself as a jewelry designer and beadwork artist primarily working in bead embroidery and bead weaving using glass seed beads, gemstones, and crystals.  Robert Uniacke, also of Pensacola, is a painter, whose work is inspired by local area animals such as sea turtles, crabs, fish, pelicans, and herons.  

2019 Emerging Artists Applications Open »

Applications are open for the GGAF Emerging Artists program. This program seeks artists who have limited experience participating in arts festivals to give them guidance in what is involved in being in an arts festival. Two artists will be chosen to participate in this year’s festival. GGAF will waive fees for the two chosen artists and will provide a mentor to help guide them through the process. Details…

2018 Artist Awards »

Best of Show, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Honor, and Awards of Merit winners from the previous year’s festival are exempt from the jurying process for next year's Festival.

GGAF International Artist Abigail Nnaji on WUWF »

WUWF's Sandra Averhart talks with Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival 2018 Invited International Artist Abigail Nnaji from Nigeria. 

2018 Poster Design Selected »

The selected 2018 poster was designed by Michelle Corley. Michelle’s worked for 23 years as a graphic designer in practically every facet of advertising design, from logo development to digital design and broadcast production. 

2018 Invited International Artist: Abigail Nnaji »

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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