Estelle Grengs (Cover) is a self-taught artist born and raised in New Hampshire. Her passion for fine art was sparked at a young age. Over her career, she has molded a unique and whimsical folk art style that embraces her experiences growing up in New England as well as her adventures as an Air Force spouse.
Today, she calls Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast home, where she continues to use vivid colors to create lively and happy artwork. Her medium of choice is acrylic, but she also enjoys the versatility that mixed media offers.
Estelle lives in Freeport with her husband Matthew and their two dogs, Hap Arnold and Lulu.
Bill Herrin (“Where the Rubber Meets the Road…Meet the Team from Destin’s Rick McIntosh Memorial Bike Shop”) has worked with newspapers, ad agencies, and companies of all sizes as a graphic designer, art director, creative director, copywriter, illustrator, artist and freelance cartoonist. He has lived on the Emerald Coast for two years, and finds the area to be a perfect fit for him and his wife. Bill also plays drums in a local cover band (Catalyst) that performs all over Beachcomberland.
Clay Jones (Cartoons) syndicates his cartoons daily to publications across the country. Clay was born in Fort Hood, Texas, and was raised in Louisiana, Illinois, California and Georgia. He currently lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His cartoons have recently been featured on CNN, and he was a finalist for the 2019 Herblock Prize.
Subscribe to the Claytoonz YouTube channel and watch Clay Jones create his masterpieces and demystify the whole cartooning thing.
Seagrove Beach resident Nikki Hedrick (“Group Therapy Has the Cure for What Ails You”) is a photographer and longtime Beachcomber contributor. She is the co-owner of 850 Music and Entertainment, and wears a few other hats, too. Nikki is currently gearing up for beach wedding season and wonders if anyone can own too many concert t-shirts.
Tim “Bali” Prescott (Live Music Review) has been playing drums in the area for 35 years, with Riptide, Cousin It, The Bryant and Grissom Band, Miss DeMeanor, Salty Dog, RoshamBeatles, First Note Productions and Pink Slipped, among many others. He can currently be found kicking out the jams with The Rhino Jockeys at Hog’s Breath in Destin (occasionally) and The Pickled Pickers at AJ’s in Grayton Beach (every Sunday).
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From Craigslist to Setlist…Redstone’s Gina Marini
By Nikki Hedrick “We’re a five-piece rock, pop and blues band. We’re from all around the area.” That’s how Gina Marini introduces Redstone, the cover band gaining steam across Beachcomberland. ...
Civil Disobedience Is Alive and Well in Northwest Florida
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Pet of the Issue – Hap and Lulu
Submitted by Estelle Grengs Hap—short for Hap Arnold—is a lab mix that Ms. Grengs rescued shortly after her yellow lab passed. “He stole our hearts and our other rescue Lulu the first...
Fort Walton Beach’s Unofficial Chicago Embassy
By Bruce Collier Drive down Beal Parkway in the 1000-block area, and you cannot miss a bright orange, yellow and blue food truck, parked in the lot of the Mercedes/BMW dealership...
One on One with UpBeat Music’s Dick Reinlie
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Sheer Heart Attack… A Night to Benefit Editor Manson
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