Painter Ivo Alcala and printmaker Missy Graham were chosen in April 2020 to be that year’s Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Emerging Artists. In August, the GGAF Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the 2020 festival due to the pandemic.
Since Alcala and Graham did not get to participate in the festival last year, the Emerging Artists Committee decided to offer them the chance to participate in this 2021 festival and they both have agreed.
Ivo Alcala said his focus is figure drawing and portraits. “I love classical painting, but I am stuck in a world of contemporary art,” he said. He uses mainly charcoal, water and one or two acrylic colors to achieve a wide range of tones and values, but has recently started using oil paints. “After producing a handful of pieces with oils, I have discovered a whole new world of possibilities with painting,” he said. Alcala often shows his work at Artel Gallery and has won awards there.
Missy Graham’s work mostly consists of hand pulled monotypes. She was an apprentice of master printmaker Sumi Putnam for four years at the University of South Alabama. At the same time, she was a graphic design and photography student, and learned the techniques of early digital printmaking. She combined these two passions, but ultimately, is a modern printmaker.
This is the sixth year for the GGAF Emerging Artist Program, which is designed to introduce two artists to the outdoor festival experience and is sponsored by Artel Gallery.