Local Artists Giving their Hearts and Arts this Saturday

 

 

An intimate group of artists from all types of mediums are joining together this weekend for “Celebrate the Arts”, an event that will raise awareness and funds for Beach Care Services and local resident, Aaron Nichols, who is in need of medical equipment.

The artists will gather in front of Beachy Beach Real Estate (22600 Panama City Beach Parkway), Cerulean Interiors and Emerald Coast Family Medicine, a small plaza about a half mile east of Carillon Beach this Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The artists will be selling their wares, all locally designed and made and donating a portion of their proceeds back to Beach Care Services.  They will also be providing a piece of their work to be raffled off to help the cause of Aaron Nichols, who after a traumatic car accident in 2007 is still undergoing intense but hopeful rehabilitation.  The pieces they are donating are one of a kind pieces of work, some several hundred dollars in retail value, all yours possibly for the price of a few dollars for a raffle ticket.

Some of the artists that could not participate in this now annual event will still donate to the cause and we will tell you more about them later, but until then…...here is the official artist line up for CTA, this Saturday Nov. 3rd.

 

Original Stained Glass Jewelry – Eve Allgood provides beautiful stained glass jewelry that just “makes you happy” as one customer says. From necklaces to earrings, Eve’s take on somewhat simple design concepts like hearts and crosses, are anything but simple.  Her handcrafted work is highly sought after, especially her famous “Roll Tide” elephant earrings.  Email her: Eveatlarge@gmail.com

Mixed Media and Acrylic Paintings – Sharon Kator, a local favorite, many of her pieces, including those featured on WMBB, Channel 13 last week can be purchased at Cerulean Interiors.  She will be donating her original painting “Summer Beach” for the raffle, which can also be viewed inside Cerulean Interiors on PCB Parkway next to Beachy Beach Real Estate. Look for the unveiling of her website: www.glasseyedseahorse.com or email her at: swkator@bellsouth.net

Sea Inspired Custom Made Jewelry – Constance Snellgrove, Aka Sassy Jewels whose love for not only sea life but life in general, is infectious.  Once you meet her you will never forget her!  Many are familiar with her work in The Blue Giraffe in Watercolor, which is celebrating its’ Two year anniversary this week! Connie utilizes only the best of semi-precious stones, pearls from around the world, crystals and antique glass and sterling silver for her creations. Email her: sassyjewels1@yahoo.com

Reclaimed and Custom Designed Furniture– Linda Shannon of Cottage Collages.   Reclaimed designs are all the rage right now, but this woman has been doing it for over two decades.  She is a master at turning Trash into Treasure.  You have seen her work in magazines, local markets, and area stores from Peaches to Beaches, Retail Therapy and more.  Visit her Facebook page or email her: lindacottagecollages@gmail.com

Whimsical Ceramics– Dianne Register brings us “Fish Pots“.  Fun, colorful, care free, the cute little ceramic fishes by this woman look like they are ready to start a conversation with you.  She hopes you will see her “love for the Gulf Coast in the colors” she chooses. Email her at: fishpotstn@gmail.com or see some of her pictures on our Celebrate the Arts Facebook page.

Jessie Shepherd Photography – Original and Inventive perspective from a local photographer who can shoot anything from a tiger to a toddler in a tiara.  If you want something other than the cliche posed portrait, this is your girl.  Jessica also works at the North West Florida Art Center. Email her: jessieshep@gmail.com

Original and Vintage Jewelry – Fun beaded bracelets donned with vintage gypsy coins she hand picked, Carrie Vitullo also knows the art of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. And you can’t wear just one, many of her bracelets are designed to be mixed and matched.  She also offer the leather and pearl jewelry that is so popular right now. Email her: Carrievitullo@yahoo.com

Beachy signs and Home DecorGallery30A – Local artist Abby Nefe infuses her carefree spirit with her work. She is also new to CTA this year. Email her: gallery30a@gmail.com

Acrylic Paintings and Signs – Susanne Leloup-West provides a fresh, folksy take on sea and animal life of the Emerald Coast with her birds and fish not just showing up on canvas but on fun surfaces like old cabinet drawers.  The best part….the price tag. Suzanne, who showcases some of her work in Retail Therapy off of Hwy 98 in Santa Rosa Beach, offers something for every pocketbook.  Find out more about her: leloupwest@yahoo.com

“Wall Jewelry” as she calls it…PJ Lewis offers colorful and decorative tile pieces and paintings unlike any you have see in our area.  This is PJ’s first year supporting Celebrate the Artists, but she is very involved in our local artist community, also a director at the City Arts CoOP.  Email her: thatmakeuplady@gmail.com

 

Please come out and support this compassionate group of artists as they use their gifts not only to CELEBRATE the ARTS but to CELEBRATE LIFE as they raise funds for two great causes, Beach Care Services and Aaron Nichols.

Celebrate the Arts will take place on Saturday, November 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm on the West end of Panama City Beach at 22600 PCB Parkway.

Visit the CTA Facebook page for updates and pictures of some of the artwork as well as info on how you can get involved.

http://www.facebook.com/celebratetheartspcb

You can also order the first ever CTA EVENT Tshirt with proceeds going directly to Aaron Nichols to help him purchase the equipment he needs by visiting: http://www.beachybeach.com/celebratetheartspcb

 

See you Saturday!

 

Event to Benefit Beach Care Services and Aaron Nichols

 

 

Celebrate the Arts to Help PCB Locals

 

2nd Annual  “Celebrate the Arts” Local Artists Market to benefit Beach Care Services will take place this year on Saturday, November 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm.

The event co-hosted by  Beachy Beach Real Estate and  Cerulean Interiors unites local artists and craftsmen to share their gifts and “celebrate” art, including its’ power to improve the lives of others.  The event will be located in front of the aforementioned businesses at 22600 Panama City Beach Parkway on the West End of Panama City Beach, just a little bit east of Publix at Carillon.

Co-host, Roy Calvin Eure, Jr , owner of Cerulean Interiors , an artist in his own right, says  “ as a member of the local business community, I think it is important we encourage the creation of art and it’s power as a vehicle for social change.  “

When asked why she was involved with Celebrate the Arts, Karen Smith, Broker of Beachy Beach Real Estate said , “we just try help people with the gifts we are given…when you are blessed, you are called to bless others.  Beach Care Services helps people directly, Roy and I want to be a part of that.”

Celebrate the Arts (CTA) will feature artists and craftsmen from a variety of disciplines, from jewelry to woodworking to photography.  CTA will also feature live music,  door prizes and special giveaways and activities for kids, including a booth just for them hosted by the Beachy Beach Kids Club.

This family friendly event is FREE to attend, but participants are encouraged to bring their pocket books, as all the artists are donating a portion of their profits to Beach Care Services and this year the first ever CTA event T-shirt will be available for sale with all profits going to Aaron Nichols, a local resident and Bay High graduate whose near fatal car accident five years ago left him and his family in dire need of financial help.

This year at the event, there will be an additional booth selling the CTA logo shirt and Beachy Beach merchandise, with all profits going to the Aaron Nichols fund to help him purchase much needed medical equipment to help him learn how to walk again.  Many residents may know Aaron’s father, Gary Nichols who teaches music at Breakfast Point Academy.  To learn more about getting  Aaron back on his feet, visit http://www.giveforward.com/aaronnichols

In addition, if you cannot come to the event but you would like to help in some way, whether it be an item donation, volunteer or whatever your heart moves you please reach out to the Panama City Beach location of the Beachy Beach Real Estate office at 850 233 4351 or email Tammy@beachybeachy.com or Britt@beachybeach.com.   To find out more about  the event  please visit the facebook page, www.facebook.com/celebratetheartspcb.   Beach Care Services, who epitomizes their slogan of “Locals helping Locals”  are  also on Facebook if you would like to learn more about them.  Thanks to the generous support of businesses like Pineapple Willy’s and successful fundraisers like last month’s Duck Races, Beach Care Services has been able to help a large number of local families in need in our area.

 

Isaac Benefit at C-Level this Saturday

A hurricane can change your life forever, and no one knows that more than Shane Johns, local musician who is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.

So this Saturday he is going to use the other powerful force of nature he has…..his music…. to help bring people together on Saturday for he victims of Hurricane Isaac.  When I saw his level of enthusiasm and compassion about his fellow Gulf Coast residents….well, I had to share it with you.

 

I ran into Shane a couple nights ago at Hook’d Pier Bar and that is where he shared about a benefit he and some fellow musicians are a part of this Saturday, September 15th at C-Level Bar and Grill of Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach.

The family friendly event will have something all ages including raffle prizes, snow cones, and a bounce house for the little ones.  The fun begins at 11 am on Saturday and doesn’t end until closing time.

There will be live, original music by Shane Johns, Faust, DJ Fatt and other guests.

Guests are encouraged to bring much needed items such as:

Non-perishable goods

Clothing

Cat and Dog food

If you are moved to help or maybe you can not go on Saturday but you would like to contribute in some way….call  Celeste Sphar 850-303-5602.

I had heard of Shane before, but didn’t know  a lot about him, so after he shared the event information for our wonderful PCB Daily readers, I asked him if he could answer a few questions and quench my curiosity.

Our little Q and A is below for those of you that are curious like me.

Q: Ok, so I know you  have been a solo artist for many years but who have you been working with lately?

A: I have been performing with a trio called Lounge Act recently and while we work with featured artists as well, our main line up is  myself, Shane Johns: Guitar,  Vocals: Jordan Faust: Vocals, Guitar: Chris Peralta: Bass and Vocal.  Jordan was born and raised in Panama City Beach.  Chris was born and raised in Miami, while I was born in Atlanta but grew up in New Orleans.  But we all have the same mission to bring original music to Panama City Beach.

Q: For  those of us that are not familiar with your music, could you tell us about the style?

A: Our style is acoustic based alternative rock and beach rap but we do not have a specific genre, our  music can go from jazz to blues to rock to rap.

Q: What inspired you to help Hurricane Isaac victims?

A: Being from New Orleans, I have close friends there and other coastal parts in Louisiana, they are like family. I was around for Katrina and Gustav and dealt with its’ aftermath.

Q: Have you done a benefit like this before?

A: Yes,  I have performed for many relief benefits in the past. I enjoy performing with the purpose (sic) of helping people in need.

Q: So refresh us again , when are you playing on Saturday?

A: We open the benefit at C-level on Thomas Drive at 11 am and then we are on again at 6 pm at Hook’ed Pier Bar at Pier Park.

 

I found Shane to be a  gracious young artist and am looking forward to seeing what he does in the future.  He performs a lot locally in Panama City Beach and the tri-state area.  You can hear his music on Reverbnation or check Faust out on Youtube.

If you can not make it to C-level this Saturday and want to help his Hurricane Isaac Relief Efforts, call Celeste Spar at 850-303-5602.

 

 

 

 

 

Share the Shelter Music Fest Hits 30A

Shelter House and Alaqua Animal Refuge are joining forces once again to raise awareness and funds to save the lives of people and animals impacted by violence in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The 2nd Annual Share the Shelter Music Fest will take place Saturday, September 29 at Gulf Place on 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Concert goers should expect a full day of music, art, food and fun. Gates open at 11 am with performances running from noon to 10 pm.

In addition to music, the festival will feature local food vendors and artists with selections ranging from jewelry to clothing to refurbished furniture. A bounce house will be on-site for the kids to enjoy.

Invite Friends with their  Event Page.

 

Performers include: Geoff McBride of NBC’s “The Voice” , singer and songwriter of hits such as “American Honkey Tonk Bar Association” Bryan Kennedy; Florida GRAMMY Showcase winner Chris Alvarado; and 2012 Best Band on the Emerald Coast in Emerald Coast Magazine Heritage. Kelsey Anna, Boukou Groove, Megan McCormick, Forrest Williams and Daphne Willis round out the lineup.

 General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children (ages 2 to 12). VIP tickets are $125 and include VIP lounge seating, food and drinks. The VIP section sold out last year, so be sure to purchase your pass early.

Leashed dogs are also welcome at this year’s concert. VIP Pooch Passes are available for $20 and include access to the VIP lounge (with human VIP) and a Puppy Pampering Bag with treats. Advance tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.sharetheshelter.org. There will be an additional $5 charge for tickets purchased at the gate.

Like the Share the Shelter Facebook page for the latest updates on musicians, vendors and more.

 The 2011 concert drew more than 500 music fans and brought in over $21,000 for Shelter House and Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Survey: Should The Martin Theatre Bring Back Movies?

Residents of Panama City and Panama City Beach don’t consider themselves art lovers if they have never attended at least one show at the “Martin.” Originally built in 1936, the Martin Theatre first opened it’s door as the “Ritz”, one of a chain of movie houses that covered Georgia, Alabama and NW Florida. Early memories boast visits by such notables as Clark Gable, Constance Bennett, Michael O’Shea, William Boyd, and cowboy great Bill Elliot. The cinema operated until 1978, then sat vacant until 1987 when it was bought by the, then, chairman on the Panama City Downtown Improvement Board, H. Mack Lewis. It reopened in 1990 as an entertainment facility and to this day, the 460-seat state-of-the-art facility is known for hosting many popular plays and attractions.

But times have been a’changing.

The Martin brass is considering taking the downtown staple back to it’s roots and they need your help. Should the Martin go back to showing movies? You be the judge…

Click Here to post your thoughts.

Infuse: Visual and Performing Arts for Autism

Raising awareness and funds for for the Autism Education Center through an art exhibit and DJ show.  The event will showcase several local artists including student artists from the school, who are donating all or some of the sales to the school.  There will also be a raffle for prizes, each entrant will receive one ticket and additional tickets will be for sale.  The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $3.  (Donations will go directly to the Autism Education Center.)

DJ performances will include DJ Wes Rolan, DJay Markie Mark, DJ Yoya, and Dee Jay Link with more possible performances to be announced. Local Artists Trent Soto, Helen Ezell, Ryan Acevedo, Travis Dutton, The staff at Image Evolution, Vladamir Borissov, Camille Butchikas and many more including students from the AEC.
Infuse will be held January 28th from 7:00pm-10:00pm, with a thank-you after party from 10:00pm-4:00am at the C level Bar and Grill.
Enjoy the arts and help the Autism Education Center!  

Stars and Guitars: A Concert Preview

It’s time!  This Saturday night the concert you have all been waiting for takes the stage!  Stars and Guitars benefitting the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center will feature Andy Griggs, Daryle Singletary, Randy Houser, Josh Gracin, and Ashton Shepherd.

Andy Griggs

Andy is from Louisiana and records on RCA Nashville’s label.

Some of his best known hits are:

  • You Won’t Ever Be Lonely
  • She’s More
  • This I Gotta See

Please visit Andy’s website for more information.

Daryle Singletary

Darlye Singletary is from Georgia and released his first album in 1995.  Click here to visit his website.

Songs you might recognize are:

  • I Let Her Lie
  • Too Much Fun
  • I’d Love To Lay You Down
Randy Houser

Randy Houser is a singer and songwriter from Mississippi.  He has written songs for Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, and Jessie James.

A few songs he has recorded are:

  • Boots On
  • Whistlin’ Dixie
  • Anything Goes
Josh Gracin

Made famous for his appearance on American Idol, Josh Gracin is originally from Michigan.  You can learn more about Josh online.

Some of Josh’s most popular songs are:

  • Nothin’ To Lose
  • Stay With Me/Brass Bed
  • We Weren’t Crazy
Ashton Shepherd

Ashton Shepherd made her way from Alabama to RCA Nashville to release her first album in April 2007.

Some of her best known singles are:

  • Look It Up
  • Takin’ Off This Pain
  • Where Country Grows

 

This is a concert you don’t want to miss!  Tickets are available online for $27.50 downstairs/$20 upstairs.  Enjoy the concert and making a difference for the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center!