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The Men and Women Who Make Beachcomber

This Issue’s Contributors

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Maxine Orange (Cover) loves being surrounded by the colorful inspiration of life on Florida’s Emerald Coast. She has enjoyed a multifaceted career and loves the journey of exploring life as an artist and creative entrepreneur. Maxine’s mixed media works of art carry the viewer to a place of memory or imagination. A unique textured abstract style is apparent in both her surrealist landscapes and abstract portraits.


Maxine finds connecting with others in the creative community a constant source of growth. She stays busy painting regularly in her home studio in Destin where she cooks up more ideas than there is time.


The artist has had a variety of achievements in 2019, including a show with Anne Hunter Galleries and Amavida, creating a sculpture for this year’s addition to the Underwater Museum of Art (see this issue’s Art section), curating a biannual collection of local art at Beachworx, and being a new member of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation board.


The cover art is a representation of Maxine’s love for the creative connection, and features Beachcomber Music Award winner Hope Given wearing a hand-sewn two-piece wedding gown by local designer Nicole Paloma.

Discover more at, and follow @maxineorange and @abstractbridalportraits on Instagram and Facebook. Join Maxine Orange at Velia Lala Designs Gallery in Fort Walton Beach Aug. 5, from 5 to 7 PM, and at the Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts in Destin Oct. 26 and 27.

Carrie Hunter (“Hurricane Michael Over Six Months Later”) is a filmmaker from Northwest Florida. After graduating from FSU’s film school, she worked as a Creative Services Director at Channel 3 in Pensacola and as an associate producer on the independent film The Lengths (available on Amazon Prime). Carrie moved to New York to work as an apprentice with the Directors Guild of America, gaining eligibility for guild membership on both coasts.  She was assigned to shows like Luke Cage, Law and Order, Kimmy Schmidt, Blindspot, and Ben is Back.


After completing the program, she returned to the south to produce her own work, including her current documentary This Is Six Months After Hurricane Michael. In the fall, she will be attending saw school at Georgia State University with a focus on intellectual property and entertainment law.

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 (Nonprofit Spotlight) 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 up to her ears in beach wedding season.

Samantha Lambert (Movies + TV) writes: “Three years now of living back in Florida, and it has been wonderful! Top faves about being back—having my family with me, beautiful beaches, clear blue/green Gulf of Mexico, laid back lifestyle, old friendships renewed and new ones made, fulfilling a dream of writing stories.”


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