GGAF News

Local Author and Launches Eighth Book

Posted August 17, 2021

Janice Ryan Hall is excited to launch her eighth book. She will be signing Dawn Breaks from 5-7 p. m., Fri., Aug. 20, at Lili Marlene’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. You may purchase copies of the novel for $21.95 at the event. Ron Hall, an award-winning digital designer, designed the cover.

In her 23-year Army career, Hall worked primarily in personnel and public affairs, serving her last four years in the Washington, D.C., area. Since retiring in Pensacola, she has held jobs ranging from a women’s assisted living facility administrator (Woman’s Home) to Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher and intervention specialist/behavior coach at Warrington and Bellview Middle Schools. She retired from the Escambia County School District last year.

She has served as chair of the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and currently serves on the Art Show and Emerging Artists Committees.

Hall’s writing/editing credits include articles and photos published in Climate and Pensacola Today magazines and the Pensacola News Journal, including several of its specialty publications.

She has participated in the “So, You Want to Write for the Pensacola News Journal” forum at then-Pensacola Junior College, as well as served as a panelist for two sessions of a Gulf Coast Writers Conference in Panama City, Fla. In 2007 she was a featured speaker at the Friends of the Pensacola Public Library Meet the Author Series. She co-chaired and presented at the 2019 Pensacola Writing and Book Festival.

In 2006 Hall won the First Annual Florida Noir Festival noir script competition for The Red Heron, set in Pensacola in August 1941. In 2008 she won a national WOW! Women on Writing Honorable Mention for her flash fiction, Sex and Money, which also won first place in a Gulf Coast Writers Conference Gulf Coast Idol contest.

Hall’s published books include Killing the Past, Art Attack, Blood Ties, Peckerheads (writing as Erin Jay Lachlan), [Un]Gone (writing as Jan Hall), Deadly Ties and Lost and Found. These books and Dawn Breaks are also available through Amazon or other retailers or by contacting Hall at janrhall@yahoo.com. For a synopsis of each book, please visit www.gulfcoastauthor.com and go to Jan Hall’s page.

 

Covid Forces Postponement of Invited International Artist Visit »

Due to issues with international travel due the COVID, Invited International Artist Lara Sophie Benjamin will not be able to attend this year's Festival. We hope she will be able to join us in Pensacola in 2022.

Local Author and Launches Eighth Book »

Janice Ryan Hall is excited to launch her eighth book. She will be signing Dawn Breaks from 5-7 p. m., Fri., Aug. 20, at Lili Marlene’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. You may purchase copies of the novel for $21.95 at the event. Ron Hall, an award-winning digital designer, designed the cover.

2021 Emerging Artists Announced  »

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, in partnership with Artel Gallery, announce the artists selected for the Emerging Artists grant program. Ivo Alcala said his focus is figure drawing and portraits. “I love classical painting, but I am stuck in a world of contemporary art.” Summer Sevi works primarily in oils and charcoal, she creates haunting portraits conveying the struggles that we all share.

2020 Children's Poster Contest »

The winners of the 2020 GGAF Children's Poster Contest have been announced. The contest was open to Escambia and Santa Rosa county children ages 4 – 11. This year's theme is “Home Sweet Home.”

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.

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.

 

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