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Back in Black

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Rockers Holy White Hounds—featured in our Aug. 25 BEACHCOMBER—read about themselves during an appearance at local radio station 103.1 “The Blaze.” That’s photographer Clay Redmond’s girlfriend Krista Van Riper—apparently the only person who was aware a picture was being taken.

Thirty-Eighth Annual Destin Seafood Festival featured artist Diane Black hails from the small town of Alcoa, Tennessee. She was first introduced to Destin as a child, when she would vacation at Sandpiper. Black earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and worked 25 years as a graphic designer. In 2008, she returned to school and earned her nursing degree.


She also pursued a new art medium—watercolor painting. As a nurse, Black traveled the southeast on assignments and was fortunate to work in the Florida Panhandle in 2011. This is where she first pulled out her brushes to capture the Gulf of Mexico and its wildlife.


Now blessed with a permanent job in Walton County, Black calls Walton County home. The proud mother of two—and even prouder grandmother—is inspired to paint by the clear sunlight, sparkling waters and joy our beach life brings.


We’re looking forward to meeting Diane at this year’s event Sept. 30-Oct. 2 on the lovely Destin Harbor. For more on the Seafood Festival—and nine other must-go fall festivals—jump to page 14.



We’re always on the lookout for stunning artwork for our cover, any “15 Great Something-or-Other” listicles to tie in with The Beachcomber’s 15th Anniversary, photos from recent events, and reviews of live music performances (local or otherwise). Email Big things are coming this fall, and we’d love to have you on board.

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