The Men and Women Who Make Beachcomber

Kelly Pierre (Cover) was born and raised in Southern Louisiana. His passion for art sparked at a young age—as a child, he spent lots of time sketching marine life from the deck of his family’s shrimping boat.


Mr. Pierre uses multiple mediums—oils, acrylics, clay, wood and metal—because he doesn’t believe in restricting the artistic process. His studio is located in HarborWalk Village, where he finds inspiration in the wildlife and beauty of the Gulf.


This issue’s cover art was selected as the 2019 Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts poster contest winner and will be featured on the official posters, festival guides, t-shirts, and more.

Seagrove Beach resident Nikki Hedrick (The Record Roundup) 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 and will soon be up to her ears with the 2019 Kite Film Fest.

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 are featured on CNN and The Week’s Best Editorial Cartoons, and he was a finalist for the 2019 Herblock Prize.


Subscribe to the Claytoonz YouTube channel and watch Clay Jones create his masterpieces. And if you feel like some online shopping, grab some Clay swag at


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