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2019 Poster Design Selected

Posted September 13, 2019

The 2019 Festival poster is based on a painting by Emily Woodson, an illustrator, graphic designer, and painter living in Pace, Florida. She has a BFA in Illustration Kansas City Art Institute. Emily is part of the marketing team at Levin Rinke Realty.

2019 Poster

 

Artist's Statement:

My grandmother was an artist who fell in love with the Gulf coast. I grew up watching her paint incredible seascapes and every year, we went to the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival together. She inspired me to further my creative skills at the Kansas City Art Institute where I graduated with my BFA in Illustration. I enjoyed every moment in KC but I simply couldn't live landlocked. Returning home with a passion for Pensacola and design, I've had the wonderful opportunity to be a member of the marketing team for Levin Rinke Realty.

In her final days, my grandmother said to me "I should have painted more" and I took that to heart. When she passed away earlier this year, I started doing plein air paintings of the shoreline that has captivated my family for generations. Every year she would tell me to enter this poster contest. I know she's looking down proudly to see that I finally did and my work was chosen to represent the festival we love!

 

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.

 

COVID-19 Forces Cancellation of 2020 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival »

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. The decision to cancel the Festival is a tough one, but with COVID-19 cases on the rise, the health and safety of arts patrons, volunteers, artists, sponsors, vendors, and festival participants must be our top priority.

2020 Children's Poster Contest »

The winners of the 2020 GGAF Children's Poster Contest have been announced. Prizes will be awarded November 7, 2:00, at the Children's Stage in Bartram Park. The contest was open to Escambia and Santa Rosa county children ages 4 – 11. This year's theme is “Home Sweet Home.”

2020 Invited International Artist: Lara Sophie Benjamin »

The Festival selected Lara Sophie Benjamin, a painter from Nicosia, Cyprus, as this year's Invited International Artist. However, due to the uncertainties around the COVID-19 pandemic, we've decided to postpone Lara's visit until the 2021 festival. We hope to see her then.

2019 Artist Awards »

Best of Show goes to Don McWhorter, Ceramics. Find his booth at Picasso 29. See the complete list of award winners…

GGAF International Artist Esmeraldo Abalde on WUWF »

Sandra Averhart talks to the 2019 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Invited International Artist Esmeraldo Abalde from the Philippines.

2019 Poster Design Selected »

The 2019 Festival poster is based on a painting by Emily Woodson, an illustrator, graphic designer, and painter living in Pace, Florida. She has a BFA in Illustration Kansas City Art Institute. Emily is part of the marketing team at Levin Rinke Realty.

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.

 

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