South Walton celebrates art, wine, music

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM.

SANTA ROSA BEACH — The 25th annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival, based at WaterColor Inn & Resort, will bring musicians and artists to the coast this Mother’s Day weekend.

ArtsQuest features 130 exhibiting artists, art workshops, live demonstrations, concerts and more. New this year, Chan’s Wine World is partnering with the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County to host WineQuest, a wine and cheese tasting, in conjunction with the festival.

“We’re excited about the new location,” said Jennifer Steele, CAA executive director. “The beautiful setting within Cerulean Park and Marina Park provide the perfect centerpiece and the festival will extend to the streets and unique spaces throughout WaterColor.”

ArtsQuest will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but a $5 entry donation is suggested. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided from Publix Super Market in WaterColor Crossings on County 395.

One of the largest arts festivals in the Southeast, ArtsQuest attracts talented artists from around the country to participate in the juried show and compete for $10,000 in cash awards. Exhibiting artists’ mediums include glass, metal, mixed media and sculpture, among many others.

More than 40 local artists’ works will be displayed at the “Betty & Johnny CAA Member Tent,” where work will be eligible for the coveted “Best in Show” award and a $250 cash prize. Two of the CAA’s most popular workshops (basket weaving and watercolor) will take place at various times both Saturday and Sunday; check the website for the complete schedule.

Meanwhile, wine lovers will have the opportunity to try wine and cheeses from five of the world’s top wine-producing regions — Italy, France, Chile, Spain and South Africa. Wine stations will be arranged throughout the festival, and guests who purchase a WineQuest passport (only $25) may use it in a single day or throughout the weekend.

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