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#ArtMatters Public Exhibition Artists Revealed

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The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is pleased to announce the six winning artists selected for the #ArtMatters Public Art Exhibition at the Hyatt Place, the newest hotel project to break ground in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. These artists’ works were chosen from over 80 submissions—Francisco Adaro, Linda Kernick, Susan Lucas, Michael McCarty, Raul Pardo and Julia Vanover.


The CAA and Howard Hospitality invited area visual artists to submit 2D works to be displayed throughout the Hyatt Place’s construction phase as part of the CAA’s Art in Public Spaces program. The artists were asked to create and submit artwork that represents the powerful connection between community and art and showcases the vibrancy and uniqueness of the South Walton community.


“Howard Hospitality is honored and excited to partner with the CAA, and we are thrilled to have our newest hotel, Hyatt Place, be a showcase for the six incredible artists who have been selected to display their artwork throughout the Hyatt Place’s construction phase,” says Tania Koehler, director of hotel operations for Howard Hospitality.


“The South Walton area is a thriving artistic and creative community, just as these six incredible artists have demonstrated, and it’s a joyous moment to be able to share what makes our community—our home—so special to people of all ages and walks of life who may not have the opportunity to experience and be inspired by art.”


The six winning artists each received $500 and a one-week stay at the Hyatt Place upon opening. Each piece will soon be printed on high-quality vinyl and incorporated into the Hyatt Place brand message along the front-facing perimeter fencing of the Hyatt Place site throughout the construction phase.


All six of the original works are currently exhibited and for sale at The Foster Gallery, located in Grand Boulevard Town Center.


“It is fitting that the launch of CAA’s Art in Public Spaces program is in partnership with Howard Hospitality and Howard Group, who have always shown their commitment to the arts and understanding of the role the arts play in making a vibrant and strong community,” says CAA executive director Jennifer Steele. “We look forward to continuing to shine a light on our area’s talented and diverse artists through future partnerships and collaborative public art projects.”


The Cultural Arts Alliance launched the #ArtMatters campaign in 2016 with an #ArtMatters blog on the CAA website, the Art in Public Spaces exhibit at the Hyatt Place hotel in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center and a rebranding of their email newsletter.


The CAA views #ArtMatters as both a noun and a verb. The CAA believes that art matters to our community by playing an integral role in establishing a culturally rich and diverse community for work, play and stay, and they also view art matters as a constant topic in their advocacy role for Walton County in keeping local, regional, state and national arts related issues top of mind. The CAA’s wish is to find creative solutions to community challenges through the arts.

Melissa Wheeler


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