The city of Gulf Breeze and Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. are proud to host the 27th Annual Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival, held on March 25 and 26, 2023 in Gulf Breeze, Florida. This two day event is a staple event for the city of Gulf Breeze, which is a beautiful little city located between Pensacola and Pensacola Beach, just a short drive from the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. We are excited to host 100+ local, regional and national fine artists, food vendors, a Student Art Show, a Local Artists Art Show, a Silent Auction as well as live artist demonstrations. We are lined up behind the Orange Beach Arts Festival and the Fairhope Arts Festival, making these three festivals a perfect line up for the month of March.
Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc. prides itself in donating the proceeds of the GBAF to local school art enhancement programs to help with supplies and projects as well as an endowed scholarship fund at Pensacola State College. We have also donated to the Band, Drama, Choral and JROTC programs. As of 2022, GBAI has donated over $130,000. We would be unable to do this without the participation of our artists and the community, so thank you for your participation and support.
Randy New graduated from UWF in 1987 with a BA in Art Education. He then taught Art in the Escambia and Santa Rosa public school systems for 32 years, retiring in 2019. During his career, he taught 10,000 young people! After retirement, he became the director for Artel Gallery. He is also a GGAF volunteer, chairing the Emerging Artist committee; and he is the vice president of VAA (the Visual Arts Association of Northwest Florida). He is also an accomplished public sculptor, creating many bronze public works in Northwest Florida since 1999. His works include Bubba Watson at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, Yancy Spencer at Pensacola Beach, several pieces at Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park, several pieces for the Poarch Creek Indians in Atmore, AL, Quin Studer at Bodacious shops, the Navarre Blackhawk Memorial, as well as many portrait busts.
Probably best known locally for his many paintings on Graffiti Bridge, RodMan is also a fine artist. Recognized by the ISSA ( International Society of Scratchboard Artist) as a Master, their highest distinction.
He has demonstrated his handling of Ink on Clayboard…using Scratchboard techniques, as far away as Australia, Canada and across the USA. Painter, Sculpture, Plein Air, Contemporary, Murals, Custom Paint, the list goes on and on, including judging international Scratchboard shows and smaller, area shows.