We had great weather for the 2022 Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival. We kept the Artist Award Dinner to just Award announcements so we want to do our “Thank You” acknowledgements now and in no particular order.
THANK YOU to - - -
Navarre High School Raider Battalion NJROTC for a weekend of exceptional volunteer work. We heard nothing but praises from all the artists for these young men and women.
Gulf Breeze High School volunteers were a huge help all around the festival and were especially appreciated at the Hospitality table and T-shirt & Poster tent.
Speaking of which – All the local businesses who donated the breakfast foods and beverages for the artists – they didn’t leave a crumb or drop behind. Greatly appreciated.
Sponsors – without you we couldn’t perform our mission of contributing to the local school art education programs and our PSC scholarship fund.
City of Gulf Breeze Parks & Recreation Department for all the hauling and keeping our festival area in top notch condition so that Gulf Breeze High School will permit us to have future festivals in their parking lot.
Gulf Breeze High School for the aforementioned use of their parking lot and the seniors who painted those parking spaces; also the use of the Band Room for the Local Artist Show.
The Gulf Breeze High School Custodian for opening and securing the Local Artist Show and keeping everything in order.
City of Gulf Breeze Police Department officers who provided security.
Food vendors for the variety of foods and especially the great job of washing down the asphalt with soap and water before leaving.
Can’t forget the Indoor and Outdoor festival judges who had a daunting task of selecting award winners from excellent artwork.
All the artists who donated to the Silent Auction – it was a great success.
To everyone else who participated in the festival, we couldn’t have done it without you.
And finally, the Patrons and Friends of the Arts and the community who came out and purchased artwork which not only supports the Artists but also the festival as a whole and contributes to our mission of providing funds to our local art programs.
Thank you all so much.
Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc
Oh! Thank you Chip Holston from Chip 24Hr Fitness for the great drone pictures!
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.
Paula Work’s drawing and paintings are filled with a reverence for nostalgic objects and nature in the form of animals. In her paintings, she combines realism with created, abstract space that visually secures the objects to the picture plane. The paintings share inspiration from medieval icons and from the assemblages she makes to capture and replicate fleeting visual memories.
Paula is a native of Pensacola and studied at Pensacola Junior College before transferring to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Upon graduation she was awarded the prestigious George A. and Isabella Brown Travelling Fellowship. A few years later, the Graduate College at Western Michigan University offered her a full Graduate Fellowship and it was there that she earned her Master of Art degree in fine art. She went on to study the culture and language of Japan in Fukushima Prefecture. An Assistant Professor of Art at Pensacola State College, she currently teaches drawing and painting and was recently awarded the Switzer Endowed Teaching Chair. Her work created through this award is on exhibit at the Lamar Studio on the Pensacola Campus of Pensacola State College.
Suzanne Robbert received her Bachelor of Fine Art at Springhill College, Mobile, AL in 1997. Since then, she has worked as a commission artist focusing primarily in oil portraits. She was president of the board of directors at Artel Gallery 2009 - 2018 and juried art competitions yearly during her tenure. Currently, Suzanne is launching her first series of satirical realistic oil paintings that have been collected throughout the East Coast and England.